Monday, March 17, 2008

Last Post

Well here it is the last night before I go to the hospital for my surgery. I thought I was ready.. well or so I thought when the surgery was for wayyyyyyy in the future.. not so much now that it is here. I have done all I can do to prepare. Our family and close friends in the ward and stake fasted for me yesterday, I had a special blessing last night... not much else to do but keep crossing things off my to do list that keeps growing by the minute.

We had our family Easter dinner yesterday along with the egg hunt as I knew I would be in no shape to do one next Sunday and that was good. Kept my mind busy and when you watch grown adults and little children chasing all over the place looking for their eggs and bunnies you can't help but be happy with life at that moment.

For those of you readers that have Facebook, our daughter will be changing my status as she gets news. I know I am "supposed" to have limited arm mobility coming out of the hospital so I may have to use "the old bat the eyes at the husband trick" so that he might get me a voice activated computer hehehehe. Oh no wait.. money going to Hawaii.. focus on priorities girl :)

Well I am off for now. I wish you all a very Happy Easter and my the Lord shine on you this year. Be good and hopefully all will go well with the surgery and I will be around to give you all the details next week some time. Take care all!

Just for today

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Old age vs Being Young

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids?
If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?'
'I'm gonna be 16!'
You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!
And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony .

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, wh happened there?
Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You turn 30
Then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away.
Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there.
Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens.
If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.
'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out non-essential numbers.
This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches and negative ones pull you down.

3. Keep learning.
Learn more about the computer, crafts, reading, golf, gardening, sports, volunteering, whatever.
Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. Tears happen.
Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.
Your home is your refuge, safehaven and sanctuary.
Make it who you are and what you want.

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Soap Box Time

OK I haven't been on my soap box for awhile and I need to vent. Today's topic is dumpster diving. We live in a townhouse complex and right across our driveway is a large commercial bin for our garbage. Every single day (usually 2-3 times a day on weekends and moving days) we get someone diving into the garbage bin for recyclables. Why they should be in there instead of people recycling them is beyond me but we will save that topic for another day.

Now I understand everyone has to make a living and I don't have a problem with people wanting to dive into garbage bins to get pop bottles but why do they have to dump all the bags into the driveway and then leave them there?? Come on people!! At least be a good sport and put the bags back into the bin!! Do you not realize that be leaving the bags all over OUR driveway you are leaving them for the crows to get at and tear them to shreds leaving our garbage strewn all over the place? Do you not realize that because of you, someone has to come in behind you and clean up your mess? And what gives with the attitude of swearing at me when I very politely ask you to put the bags back in the bin when you are done?

Because our kitchen window faces the bin I see it more then pretty much anyone else. I have tried complaining to our property managers but when I call by the time they send their maintenance man over the divers are long gone. End of the month when people move out is such a nightmare!! The bins are over filled because people are throwing out all the tings they don't want to move and then the divers come and completely pull out all the bags to go through them and of course leaving the bags all over the driveway. Enter into the factor the cars coming into the driveway and not seeing the bags till they have already turned into it and are driving right on top of them and you have an even bigger mess! Then of course that means free meals for the crows to pick at the bags to leave strips of black plastic all over our yards and flower beds etc.

When I become President of the World I am going to make dumpster diving illegal and if anyone gets caught instead of having to pay a fine they will have to go pick garbage up! yup yup yup that's what I am going to do. Do you think dumpster diving should be against the law or am I making a mountain out of a molehill?

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Back to Basics

Last couple of weeks I have been trying to wrack my brains on what I could do to keep my brain occupied with everything going on with my life. Then when I was at mom's it hit me... do what I am good at. I taught skin care for many years, made a lot of money doing it, put a son on his mission with it, got a couple of cars with it and I am so ready for another challenge.

So I have gone back to being a Mary Kay Consultant. Now I am not going to be driving any pink Cadillacs lol. Sorry my spine isn't going to handle that well but we are going to have fun! I am going to be putting an order in every 2 1/2-3 months so if any of you decide you would like anything you just have to tell me you would like to be a preferred customer. And of course when you reach that status you always get freebies!! Who doesn't want them.

You can go online and check out their products. I will have my own website for Mary Kay shortly and then when you need anything you just take your little shopping cart through my store online and help yourself to as much as you need. Until then call or email me with what you want and I will add that to my order! If you have any questions please let me know ok?

I was one of the very first customers of Mary Kay in Canada. When people ask me how come I look so long I tell them it's my Mary Kay face. I was out with my 2 little granddaughters last week and one lady said what they all say "Oh they have such cute faces" and the 3 year old cracked me up when she patted her own cheek and said Thank you it's my Mary Kay face hehehe.

Delivery is free for everyone including if you live out of driving range. I will let everyone know a few weeks prior to putting an order in case any of you need anything. I would also be more then happy to go a one on one consult in case you are unsure of what formulas etc that might need.

Just give me a call or an email I am enclosing a picture or Keith and I when I went to Toronto for our annual Mary Kay Seminar. That year Mary Kay had actually been there and I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!!! Anyway that year I won Queen of Sales, Queen of Recruiting, and the creme de la creme,, the title of Miss Go Give! That was worth more to me then any Queen title. Miss Go Give was all about helping others, putting the T in team, and the M for motivation in the team. It was a lot of fun and I am sorry I had to put it away.

But slowly I am going to get back into it but just do it by brochures and email after you check out the site. You all deserve to look your very best!!!! :-D

See ya!!!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Pros and Cons of Children

The Price of Children

This is just too good not to pass on to all. Something absolutely positive for a change. I have repeatedly seen the breakdown of the cost of raising a child, but this is the first time I have seen the rewards listed this way. It's nice.

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 to be $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

* $8,896.66 a year, or

* $741.38 a month, or

* $171.08 a week.

* That's a mere $24.24 a day!

* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is if you want to be 'rich', don't have children. Actually, it is just the opposite.

What do you get for your $160,140?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!

* Glimpses of God every day.

* Giggles every night.

* More love than your heart can hold.

* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs. * Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.

* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites.

* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up.

You get to:

* finger-paint,

* carve pumpkins

* play hide-and-seek,

* catch lightning bugs, and

* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:

* keep reading "The Adventures of Piglet and Pooh" ,

* watch Saturday morning cartoons,

* go to Disney movies,


* wish upon a star.

You also get to:

* frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets, And collect:

* spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas,

* hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and

* cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For $160,140, there is no bigger bang for your buck.

You get to be a hero just for:

* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,

* taking the training wheels off a bike,

* removing a splinter,

* filling a wading pool,

* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and

* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to witness history:

* her first step,

* his first word,

* her first bra,

* his first date, and

* their first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs called grandchildren and great grandchildren in your obituary

You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, andhuman sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.

You have the power to:

* heal a boo-boo,

* scare away the monsters under the bed,

* patch a broken heart,

* police a slumber party,

* ground them forever, and

* love them without limits...

So that one day they, like you, will love without counting the cost.

That is quite a deal for the price! Gee when you put it that way I think I will keep mine around for a bit longer :)

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Should You decide to Accept this mission...

Ok here are the specs of this mission that I spoke about in my last post should you accept this mission. I am going be doing the spare bedroom this Saturday and I am enclosing pictures ACKKK!! I can not believe I am doing this but you have to know how important it is in my life to have order and this room is NOT orderly and stuff has to leave. I need to find a way to keep most of the pieces in the room that are there now. The bed is a Murphy bed that Keith built as are all the bookcases and desk. The buffet is his grandmothers from when she got married as a present from her grandmother. and we will trading the bed with a regular 48" mattress. I am going to enclose pictures of each piece of furniture and then dimensions on them as well as a graft picture of what the room looks like.

I decided to up the challenge. Top three designers to this room that we actually use some of your ideas, will win a free lunch with me. If I use some of your ideas we still do lunch. If I use inclusively one person, the rest that submitted ideas that I never used will still get lunch but the winning designer will get an extra prize :)

Are your creative juices flowing yet??

closet and part of the buffet that is supposed to be in the dining room but no room so it is here to hold the tv, dvd player, nintendo system etc

This is the bottom of the closet where Keith's tools are supposed to be stored but of course they never are and then they get all scattered

Top of the clothes closet

2nd bookcase closest to the window..

1st book case closest to the bedroom doorway

Looking into the bedroom from the front hall. Bookcase #1 is right there on right hand side

Murphy can see the bottom front leg of the buffet

Antique dresser on east side of bedroom

Top of murphy bed when pulled up, it latches into this space and supposedly frees the floor but we have too many sleepovers to ever put it up.