what I believe

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter, don't mind!
~Dr. Seuss

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Something for Saturday . . .

I just love old art prints, especially simple prints with simple colors, and simple subjects.  These cute prints were given to me by my sweet sister.  Her church was up-dating their library, and was giving away all of the out dated pictures.  I just love these simple prints and can't wait to frame them!

This one is going in my downstairs bathroom, don't you just love the old fashioned, vintage feel of this picture!?

 This one is going in my spare bedroom, where my little grands sleep when they stay overnight.  It will remind them to say their prayers before bed. . . so cute!

These prints remind me of my own childhood.  I love to think about the past, and remember the way that I felt when I was young, but I'm glad that time marches on, and makes us who we are today!

"Look not at the days gone by with a forlorn heart. They were simply the dots we can now connect with our present, to help us draw the outline of a beautiful tomorrow."



Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Fun Stuff. . .

You know, it 's not a wonder everyone I know is watching their weight . . . including me!  A few weeks ago, as we were dining out, and I notices how huge hamburgers are these days!  When I was younger, which was a long time ago, hamburgers were just a normal size, french fries came in a little bag, and the drinks were just one size, unless you ordered one for a child.  Now, just get a load of these burgers!!

We really giggled about this burger, my mom could hardly get her hands around it, let alone take a bite!!  She finally cut it in quarters to eat it, and then half of it went home with her.

Then, get a load of this big boy!!  Needless to say, we ended up bringing half of it home too, it was just huge!! And notice the fries, they really fill up the plate!  I guess it's time to start sharing a plate with my husband when we go out to dinner!?

Have a great week-end everyone!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Closure . . .

This is a post I have put off, not really sure whether I wanted to  post about it or not . . . please bear with me on some very personal thoughts.

The last few weeks have been just full of emotion, of thoughts and feelings that I thought had been long buried and forgotten.

My youngest brother, who, for reasons of his own, was not close to our family, was diagnosed with pancreatic and liver cancer, about 2 months ago, he was only 52 years old.  He didn't live nearby, so no one really saw him or really knew how serious his condition was, or how sick he was.  In fact, I don't think anyone had seen him for at least 5 maybe 6 years.  After his diagnosis, my older sister would talk to him every other day or so, and we would find out how he was doing.  On May 20th, I received a phone call from my older brother, letting me know that my brother was in the ICU, and that his situation was very serious, and that he was not expected to live through the night, that he and my older sister were going to go and be with him and his daughter at the hospital.  He passed away later that night, his body ravaged with cancer.

I had a very rocky relationship with this brother - he really disliked me!  I won't go into details, because it's not important now, but he felt like I ruined his life, when I was actually trying to help him.  I have not had the same reaction to his death as my other siblings.  I have not felt that "sting" of death, or that deep sadness.   He lived a very sad life, full of bad decisions, and consequences, so for me, his death was a blessing, because I truly feel like there were just things in this life that were holding him back from being the person that he wanted to be - he will be able to progress and heal on the other side, we have been promised that, by a loving Father in Heaven, who knows us, and loves us, and is anxiously waiting for us to return to him.

I have had a chance to examine my feelings for my brother, and my heart has softened somewhat.  I will choose to remember him as a child - full of energy, full of life, full of love.  I will choose to think of him with kind thoughts and good memories, of good times we had together and fun times.

His daughter had him cremated, so my mother, who is unable to travel, did not get a chance to see him for the last time, and find the closure that she so desperately needs and wants. We are having a memorial service for him this coming Saturday, and hopefully my mother can find some peace and closure.  I found closure many years ago.  My faith is strong, and I know that he is in a better place, with family and loved ones who are comforting him and loving him . . . I know that I will see him again, and it will be a happy reunion. Good-bye little brother . . . until we meet again . . .

 Mark Howard Taylor 1962 - 2014

. . . Why should I be out of mind, because I am out of sight?  I am but waiting for you, for an interval.  Somewhere.  Very near.  Just around the corner.  All is well.

~Henry Scott Holland~


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband!!  He is my best friend, my love and my eternal companion!! I love this man more than words can say!!

"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.” 



Monday, May 19, 2014

Plumbing Woes . . .

Can I just say that the last four weeks have been crappy - literally!  We had not been home three days from our anniversary trip when we realized very quickly, that something was drastically wrong with our septic system!  The toilets weren't flushing like they should, and I could hear a funny gurgling sound in the basement when my washer was draining.  We called someone to come and pump our septic tank (gross huh?!), and he confirmed that our drain system was not working . . . not what we wanted to hear!  And to make matters even worse, we were babysitting three of our grandchildren for a few days, but can I just say, they were so good at NOT using water.

To make a long story short, our contractor, after talking to the inspector, told us that we had to hook onto a sewer line that runs in front of our house.  Now, we were told when they put the sewer line in three years ago,  that we could not hook onto it, that it only serviced a few other communities, many miles from our house! Well . . . that is not true.  If you live within 300 feet of this sewer line, and your septic system fails,  you MUST hook onto it, and it's not cheap!!  So, four weeks later, we are just now able to use the system!

Four weeks of dealing with dumping dish water, only flushing when needed, taking military showers, and only doing minimal laundry, has made me a cranky woman!  We are finally hooked up, and it feels really good to be able to use the water again.  I could write a book about the cost of hooking up to this system, and the way that government is trying to control us in every way!  I could also write a book about how living with minimal water has made me realize how grateful I am to my ancestors for the sacrifices they made, and how grateful I am for modern conveniences!

I'm not sure my yard will ever be the same, (my poor trees!), but I am grateful for those who do this work, my son being one of them.  We have lots of work to do as far as landscaping, but, I am so glad that I have a working toilet!!