Monday, April 30, 2007


Today is somewhat of an important day for me. For on this day 17 years ago, I lost my mother to a long battle with cancer. At the time, I was only 17 years old. Not a child, but not yet a woman. I have now lived half of my life without her and oh how I have needed her. We got along fairly well, as well as most teenage daughters do with their mothers and I so longed for the day when my mother would become my friend. I know we would have been great friends, for we are so much alike. I can see in myself that same stubborn, outspoken, independent streak that she had. She loved life, she loved her family and friends, and she loved her church. She instilled in me her love of music, books, and movies. She played the piano and loved to sing, but she couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. I suppose that's why she always wanted to show off my singing abilities. She could fry a chicken and bake a pie like nobody I've ever seen. I only wish I had one-tenth of her cooking talents. They say time heals all wounds, and in some ways it's true. The pain of grief is not as intense as it used to be and I can reflect on her without collapsing in a crying heap. But there are days when I wish she could have see my children, held them, and played with them. I wish she could have really known my husband, been there when we were married, or held my hand during those early days of marriage when I didn't know how to be a wife. Those things were not to be and I think maybe I'm a stronger person having gone through them alone.
Mother, I miss you. I love you!

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun!

Yes, I am a "child of the 80's". Well, like to be more precise, I was a "tween/teenager" in the 80's. I was Like So Totally into like the day-glo colors, orange being like my favorite. It was so totally tubular. And, like Wham was like my favorite musical group. Like, I just loved that George Michael, he was like so gnarly. Ok, enough of the 80's slang. I recently purchased a 6 cd set of 80's music. It's like going back in time to the nights when my friends and I would stand in front of the mirror putting on our makeup, doing our hair, putting on those wild color clothes , and listening to our music before leaving for the evening. Those were the days. It warms my heart to see my almost teenage daughter getting into my music and dressing the way we dressed. I never thought any of those items would become fashionable again, but as "they" say, everything comes back around eventually.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


Most folks know I'm a member of the United Methodist Church. I am also a member of a web-blog called "The Methoblog". If you think it's a place for Methodists to connect, you would be correct! Another member of The Methoblog highlights other Methodist bloggers on his own blog with a profile. I was asked to participate and if you want to find out more about me, you can check out my profile here.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

This is a Hoot!

As I was surfing the net tonight and catching up on reading blogs (now that I have my glasses and can actually read them), I came upon this quiz at The Methoblog. Here are my results. Isn't this a hoot! I got a huge laugh from this.

You scored as Art Ruch.

You are Art Ruch! You're the only person to score as "Modern Liberal" in the Theological Worldview Quiz. Your prize is a new Volvo.
Art Ruch 75%
Lorna Koskela 67%
Abi Carlisle-Wilke 58%
Keith McIlwain 50%
John the Methodist 33%
Allan Bevere 33%
Jonathon Norman 17%
Theresa Coleman 8%
Gavin Richardson 0%

Hymn of Promise

In the bulb, there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree

In cocoons, a hidden promise, butter flies will soon be free.

In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody.

There's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me

From the past will come the future, what it holds a mystery

unrevealed until its season something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning, in our time, infinity

In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity.

In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,

unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

O Lord, we lift up the victims and families of the tragedy in Virginia.
We ask, O Lord your arms of comfort surround each one of them
may they feel your presence and love.
Help us, O Lord to reach out to those in our communities
who are hurting, whether from mental infirmities,
random acts of violence, broken relationships, or physical ailments.
Let us be your instruments of love and peace.
In Jesus' name.... AMEN.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

I Can See!!

I can see! Praise God! Maybe I should say I can read! Of course I have no problem with my actual sight, but as far as reading goes, I was having severe troubles. So, now problem fixed. I have my new glasses. Now, I'll be able to read more than one or two blogs a day and maybe actually leave a comment or two here or there. I cannot believe I'm actually excited about glasses. Now, I've had them before when I was about 12, but after seeing a specialist discovered I didn't really need them. I was told at that time that at some point in the future I would need glasses. Well, apparantly the future is now. I have somewhat of a lazy eye, not so you'd be able to tell, but I can tell and the opposite eye has been working overtime to compensate for the lazy one. It had gotten to the point where I couldn't read anything. As a matter of fact, Sunday morning after church while sitting in the dimly lit Mexican restaurant I couldn't even read the darn menu. I could've been ordering sushi for all I knew. Well, now the problem is solved and I can't wait to go pick up one of the books I took on vacation last fall and read it!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Christ is Risen!

Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here; Christ has risen!
Christ has risen indeed!
Christ has risen!
He has risen indeed!
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death is your sting?
Death has been swallowed up in victory!
Christ has risen!
He is risen indeed!
Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.
He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die!"
Thanks be to God!
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ
Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!
Alleluia! Amen!!

7 Songs

My husband "tagged" me recently about 7 songs I'm digging. Well, in no particular order here they are:

1. "Take the Weather With You".. Jimmy Buffett. This is the title track off of his latest album. It was originally done by the group Crowded House whom I used to dig back in the day, but for the life of me can't really remember their version of it. Anyhow, Jimmy's is better!

2. "Elvis Presley Blues"...Jimmy Buffett. Yes, this is another track off of Jimmy's "Take the Weather with You". I bought this cd while on vacation with my husband and being a "Parrothead" I just had to have it. I highly recommend it for any Buffett fan.

3. "Mean Eyed Cat".. Johnny Cash. Art received a couple of cd's of Cash for his birthday and we spent almost the whole vacation listening to it. I've rediscovered Cash's old stuff and heard some things that are completely new to me and this song is one of them. "she paid $10 dollars for a 10 cent hat and she bought some cat food for her mean eyed cat".... I love it!

4. "My Wife Thinks You're Dead".. Junior Brown. Words cannot explain this song, but it cracks me up. Junior has such talent, a smooth, deep voice, and his guitar abilities are out of this world.

5. "Put Your Records On".. Corinne Bailey Rae. I hear this song on our radio at work and I just love it. Reminds me of those carefree days of childhood.

6. "Waiting on the World to Change"..John Mayer. Another one of those songs I hear while at work. I had no idea when I first heard it that it was John Mayer. It has a great message, but at the same time I think people of our generation don't have to wait on the world to change. We should be collectively making the changes ourselves!

7. "Crazy"..Gnarls Barkley. Of course, this is another work radio song. But I just love it. Can't really explain why, but it's got a groovy beat you can really dance to.

Thursday, April 05, 2007


As my husband has announced, we're back from vacation. All in all, we had a good time. Art mentioned in his blog briefly that I had a case of food poisoning. People, I hope none of you ever in your lives go through what I went through. It was horrible. I may never eat fried shrimp ever again! Absolutely horrible. That's all I'll say about that. By Sunday, I was almost back to my regular mean ole self again, but it's still taking me a while to recoup. Actually, today is the first day I've felt a semblance of "normality". Back to the trip, Art was completely surprised and as you've seen from his pictures, the place was beautiful. We're already planning a trip back this summer. I can't wait!