Saturday, July 30, 2011

My Week At A Glance 13

    July 23 - 29

Where did July go....can it really be August next week?  August is my favorite month.  Usually we have great, sunny weather, and NO bugs!  The only down-side is that the ends means that summer is pretty much over :(  I plan on enjoying my August for sure...another beach trip is in the plans.  

I received some lab results this week...guess I have an under-active thyroid.  That explains the previous results of  high cholesterol, and now the continual fatigue, lethargy, headaches, moodiness, slow weight gain, and memory and cognition difficulties. (see, I'm NOT just getting old)

Of course the doctor prescribed some meds that I won't take.

I decided to go to a chiropractor instead.  My first visit was Wednesday....He was very thorough, VERY!  He is recommending acupuncture for the thyroid issues. Not sure how I feel about having needles stuck in me. 

can you say, OUCH?

To think the highlight of my week was to visit a very good looking chiropractor, what an uninteresting life I lead.

The rest of my humdrum week consisted of housework and yard work. The weather has been so nice this week that being outside was a priority....this weather will NOT last very long. 

Oh yea, my son got his license this week too!  Good job Zekey-boy!

 Anything exciting in your week to share?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun

Thanks Hillary

This week’s statements:
1. I find _____ helps me relax when I come home from work

2. I always think my significant other looks best when ____

3. Someday I’m going to ___________________________

4. When I open my eyes in the morning, I want to _________________

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Week At A Glance 12

July 16 - 22
Catch up on my life with my weekly (or whenever I get around to it) posts.  

Feel free to add a link to one of your weekly posts in the comments :)
I'd love to read about your week also!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Gabby Moms July Review: 2 of the 5 R's

Godly Woman: 5 R's for Godly Womanhood

A bundle of five MP3's and five e-books from Eternal Encouragement


The first R, Refresh is the MOST important, in my opinion.  If we have this one in order, then all of life will fall into place!  

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

1. July 20th marks the anniversary of the first time man stood on the moon. Flash forward 42 years to July 8, 2011 which marked the start of the final Space Shuttle mission. Should we continue to explore space? Should nations devote more or fewer of their resources to exploring space? Would you want to go into space if the opportunity arose?

I've not followed our space flight much at all.  Yea, I've read about it and such but honestly....I think a lot of $$$$ is put into it that could go to more worthy causes. Take a look at our national debt, for instance.

2. What are three things in your freezer?
I would say ice cream, BUT that doesn't stay in there long enough to count.....

  1. 5# bag of pepperoni
  2. 10# bag of mozzarella cheese 
  3. pie dough
3. If you could see any band/artist perform live tonite who would it be? It has to be someone living-no Beatles, Elvis, etc.
I've been to 3 concerts in my life and that was 3 too much...I don't like loud music, crowds or being anywhere that I don't have an easy exit.

4. Ice-cubed or crushed? Or are you one of those people who don't like ice?
This is how I order my water in a restaurant....extra lemon, NO ice! 
And this is what I usually get!

5. The owner of a small restaurant outside of Pittsburgh recently announced he was banning children under six, saying they regularly disrupted other customer's meals. You can read the story here in more detail but isn't this a perfect topic to discuss in our Wednesday Hodgepodge? Have at it friends...what are your thoughts?
Being a mom to 5 kids, I would NOT patronize a place that is not child-friendly...BUT I do understand the why behind such a decision.  I'm thinking the parents should be banned NOT the kids.  It is the parents fault that kids act unruly, it is only natural for the child.  They have to be taught how to act in public or they will just do what comes naturally.   After reading the article, I'm surprised that it states only children under 6...I've experienced children MUCH older than 6 being very disruptive.

6. What was your first car? How did it come to be yours?
My first car was  a Buick Century that I bought when needed one to go to work.
It looked JUST like this one!

7. If I had a nickel for every time I forgot to do something I was supposed to do I'd be rich.

8. Insert your own random thought here.
I've got to get off this computer so I can stack some firewood so I can spend the afternoon at the lake on this very wonderful summer day :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Eagle's Wings Homeschool Review & Giveaway



If you've not heard of Eagle's Wings products, then you are missing out on some uniquely awesome curriculum for you and your kids!

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven Review

I have yet again learned the lesson not to judge something based on other's opinion or just plain ignorance. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Week At A Glance 10 & 11

July 3 -15

I've been so busy the past 2 weeks I've not taken the time to blog about it.  Now when I sit down to do so, I can't think of what I've done :)

When did our kids grow up and start having kids?  Last week I attended a baby shower for a daughter of my friend of 40 years (oh, that's when it happened!) 
(the 'hottie' with the sunglasses is the daddy-to-be)

then Sunday we went to my favorite place EVER!  The beach, that is the OCEAN beach!   The only problem was that everyone else and his brother/sister/uncle/cousin/mother thought it was a great beach day also.  A normal 40 minute drive took us 2 hours!  UGH!!! As I got more and more annoyed, my daughter kept telling me it would be worth it once I got on the sand and in the water!  She must have a smart mom, cuz she was right.
Here she is with hubby carrying her onto the beach as the day before she broke her toe :(

Cool dude at the beach with us
My 3 year old GREAT nephew :)

How to build a sandcastle 101 by Auntie Cindy

The older kids went down by the water and built a very nice sandcastle.  No pictures because my battery died :(  
We enjoyed our day in the sun.  The water was actually quite warm, not foot numbing cold as usual.  The waves were great, but I got exhausted as they kept coming and coming and coming.  I couldn't keep up.  Have I ever said how much I LOVE THE BEACH?  I will get back there at least one more time this summer.  

All other days were the same 'ole, same 'ole.....either I was not feeling well, working on the computer, doing housework/yard work, or cooking.   Ya know, nothing really exciting...just living from day to day !

Any interesting highlights from your past 2 weeks?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun

Thanks again, Hillary at Feeling Beachie

This week’s statements:
1. I don’t understand why ____
2. I don’t know what is worse___
3. My ____always get cold
4. I wish I owned a ___

Thursday, July 14, 2011

31 Days to Clean Challenge Update: Day 14

I am ending my second week of this 31 day challenge.  Day 14!  WOW!!!  Every day that I have stuck to this plan has been very rewarding.  So what does day 14 bring?

Mary Challenge: Figure out your “jazzy,” what makes you come alive, and then see if 
you can find a way to incorporate it into your week.

The Mary Challenge is to do something that you enjoy on a weekly basis. The idea behind this is to give you more energy.  Get the things done you don't want to do with a reward of something you love.  I've not figured out what this could be, but I'll be thinking on it.

Martha Challenge: Bedrooms – Clean and store winter bedding. Bring out your summer bedding.  Flip mattress.  Wash pillows.

I chuckled at this challenge because I have year round bedding ;)  Living in the Northeast, I just never know what a night will I keep all blankets, comforters and such on the bed year round.  My mattress has been flipped as I do that monthly.  I had to google how to wash my pillows.  I don't think I've ever done that before.

Here is a video I found which was very helpful:

How to Machine Wash Pillows —powered by

How many of you already knew the importance of washing pillows?  

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

1. How has your hometown changed since you were a kid? 
2. What song makes you laugh?
3. Are you a fan of Harry Potter? , 
4. If the truth hurts will you tell a lie? 
5. What is your favorite 'sauteed in garlic and butter' food ?
6. Attending any reunions this summer/year? High school/class? Family? Other? 
7. lilacs, hydrangea, peony...pick one.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Set Enterprises Games Review & Giveaway



Sad that you didn't win?  Don't give up.  I am having an 8 day, 8 game giveaway extravaganza here.    So many chances to win....come and enter one or all ;)

Set Enterprises offers some really fun-filled family games. One of their games is called Five Crowns.  

Description from website:

Five Crowns® is a card game for the whole family. It has original game play, but uses skills that you have obtained from playing your old favorites like Hearts, Spades and Rummy. Because Five Crowns has five Royal Families -- the Stars, the Clubs, the Hearts, the Spades and the Diamonds -- yes, five suits in the old usage, it allows a more equal chance of making a book or a run, effectively giving each player more possibilities to readjust their hand so as to go out. The play starts with three cards and the 3s are wild; the next hand has four cards and the 4s are wild.... working up to the last hand when the Kings are wild. Each of the Royal Families is portrayed in original art and has its own colors. Five Crowns®is a fast paced, ingenious new game in eleven rounds.

I found this game to be just as described...only the description doesn't talk about how much fun it really is!  

Our first game involved myself, my teenage son & daughter and my 79 year old dad.  Yes, it really IS for the whole family.  Although dad kept acting as if he didn't "get" it...he kept going out and whopped us all!  I jokingly said that if a half-blind, old man can play and win....then it is a game for anyone!

Here's one of our last rounds

In this hand Jacks were wild.
This player was left with only 3 points
A pretty good hand for sure!

A couple of things I like about this game.  It is very easy to learn.  Once you get the idea, it's simple.  You just have to remember which cards are wild.  A couple of times I discarded the wild :(  The next player was very happy with my lapse of memory!  It is a fast game.  It only takes about an hour to complete...great for right after supper or as a break in a school day. 

While I'm on the topic of school, Set Enterprises offers other games that can be used to teach.  One is called SET that has a free mathematics workbook to download to be used with the card game.                                                                                      Another is Quiddler which is a spelling game. I played this one a few years ago with my mom.  We both are good spellers, I just have a tough time thinking up words TO spell!
Then there's Xactika, which sounds like a very challenging strategy game.  

Even though Five Crowns is not advertised as an educational tool, I feel it can be used as one if you are a bit creative. It can be used to recognize numbers, colors, and shapes.  Or as a good practice in sequencing.  Or even memory and matching. 

I have been accused of only doing reviews for games I win....well, let me tell you, I  CAN'T WIN THIS GAME!!!  I don't know why, but I've yet to win...but I do love to play it.

Also, at the Set Enterprise website are free daily puzzles to work on.  There are puzzles for the games Set, Quiddler and Xactika

Set Enterprises is offering one reader a card game of choice.  You can choose from:
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*I received a complimentary copy the game Five Crowns for my honest review

Friday, July 8, 2011

Freedom in Jesus!

I am a firm believer in Patriotism.  America was founded on Godly principles that involved freedom.  
As grateful as I am to the men and women who have fought over the years for continued freedom in America I have come to realize that this freedom may be something my grandchildren will only read about.  
As sad as that may be, they can still have freedom in one can take that away, EVER! 

I have been singing this song for days now:

Our Pastor shared this poem on Sunday...The title of his message:



The following is a poem written by Judge Roy Moore from Alabama.  Judge Moore was sued by the ACLU for displaying the Ten Commandments in his courtroom foyer. He has been stripped of his judgeship and now they are trying to strip his right to practice law in Alabama. The judge's poem sums it up quite well.

  America the Beautiful,
  or so you used to be.
  Land of the Pilgrims' pride;
  I'm glad they'll never see.

  Babies piled in dumpsters,
  Abortion on demand,
  Oh, sweet land of liberty;
  your house is on the sand.

  Our children wander aimlessly
  poisoned by cocaine,
  Choosing to indulge their lusts,
  when God has said abstain.

  From sea to shining sea,
  our Nation turns away
  From the teaching of God's love
  and a need to always pray.

  We've kept God in our temples,
  how callous we have grown.
  When earth is but His footstool,
  and Heaven is His throne.

  We've voted in a government
  that's rotting at the core,
  Appointing Godless Judges
  who throw reason out the door,

  Too soft to place a killer
  in a well deserved tomb,
  But brave enough to kill a baby
  before he leaves the womb.

  You think that God's not angry,
  that our land's a moral slum?
  How much longer will He wait
  before His judgment comes?

  How are we to face our God,
  from Whom we cannot hide?
  What then is left for us to do,
  but stem this evil tide?

  If we who are His children,
  will humbly turn and pray;
  Seek His holy face
  and mend our evil way:

  Then God will hear from Heaven
  and forgive us of our sins,
  He'll heal our sickly land
  and those who live within.

  But, America the Beautiful,
  if you don't - then you will see,
  A sad but Holy God
  withdraw His hand from Thee.

  Judge Roy Moore

Someday, I won't have to concern myself with the failings of my nation.....because in God 


Follow Friday Four Fill In Fun

This week’s statements:
1- When I was younger, I used to ______
2- I always start my day with ______
3 – When I get some time alone I like to _______
4  – I think _______ is ridiculous

Thursday, July 7, 2011

31 Days to Clean Challenge Update: Day 7

I find it very appropriate that Day 7 brought these words:

Raise your hand if…

You ever wonder why it’s so difficult to keep up with your work…to keep “on task?”

You ever feel like no matter what you do things just get messy anyway so why bother?

You feel depressed and overwhelmed at the work that just keeps piling up?

Friends, there is a reason that the laundry keeps piling up along with dishes, that the
dust settles, and that work in general just seems so unproductive. Two words:


That’s right, the Curse where God pronounced judgment on our domains:

“Then to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have
eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from
it’; Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
“Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you shall eat the plants of the
field…” (Genesis 3:17-18)

It was partly due to the "curse" that I have not kept up with the daily challenges over the past 7 days.  Between just plain busyness and sickness, I have only completed 2 tasks!  But never fear, I think I am back on track now :)

For the Mary challenge I read and contemplated these words found in Romans 8:20-21

"For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God."  (NIV)

Then I became  Martha and cleaned out my very small pantry!

Don't forget to enter the giveaway of this e-book for your own 31 Days to Clean Challenge.
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