It’s Raining, It’s Pouring, It’s Monday!

Today was one of those mornings when I just hated to give up my warm spot in the bed!  I’d been snoozing and listening to the rain on the roof since four this morning, but I finally gave in and got up to join Heather’s meme,  Monday Quiz About Me!  Here are today’s questions:

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1. Do you tend to be more logically or emotionally driven in your decision-making?

Ed’s the logical one in our family.  As for me, I tend to sometimes let emotions cloud my decisions, which is not always a good thing.  Together, we balance out–most of the time.
2. Do you take vitamin or other supplements? Do you feel that they actually work?

Yes, I do take vitamins and supplements, and YES they do actually work!  After suffering from a chronic condition for seven long months, and becoming discouraged with the lack of results from pharmaceutical drugs, I desperately turned to vitamins and supplements.  I’ve been very pleased with the results!

3. Have you ever kissed someone and just knew they were not the right person or vise versa?

No

4. Why shouldn’t the woman pay for a Valentine’s Day date?

I still believe in old-fashioned chivalry, but I suppose the woman can pay, if she wants to, and her date doesn’t mind…  I don’t think she should HAVE TO pay though.

My question:

5.  How are you planning to spend Valentine’s Day?

Weekend Re-cap:

In the words of fellow blogger, Joyce, it was a “Ho Hum Weekend” around our house.  Friday was a “sick day” for me.  From the minute I set my feet on the floor, Friday morning, the room appeared to be spinning.  I remained dizzy, and spent the entire day on the couch.  However, there was a bright spot to the day.  Being sick gave me lots of time to catch up on old episodes of my new favorite show, “Downton Abbey”.    I made it through Season One!  I have no idea why I was dizzy all day though.

Our son, Brad, got a thermostat for us, and, on Saturday, Ed installed the thermostat in my new greenhouse.  (Thanks, Brad!) It seems to be working properly, and will help maintain a more constant temperature for the plants.  The marigolds that I planted on Tuesday have already sprouted!  I’ve never been able to grow anything in the winter before, so this is exciting!

I felt a little better on Saturday, so I tried to do the shopping that I was supposed to do on Friday.  I don’t like shopping on Saturdays, especially at Wal-mart!  Boy was I glad to get back home!   Note to self:  skip Wal-mart on Saturdays, especially when you are not feeling 100%!   In fact, skip Wal-mart on Saturday, period!

Before I go, I would like to mention that someone special celebrated his second birthday on Saturday.

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Happy Birthday,  Alex.

His name is Alex, and he’s the toddler that my daughter keeps.  Alex has both of his cochlear implants turned on now, and appears to be adjusting well to them.  He’s back to being a busy two-year-old little boy!  Alex has made a remarkable amount of progress during his second year of life.  I can’t wait to see what his third year will bring!

Published in: on February 11, 2013 at 10:19 am  Comments (6)  
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Thursday’s Thoughts ~ Christmas In February…

Yes, that’s right. I’m going to post about Christmas, even though it’s February! There’s a reason for my madness though.

Dealing with a health issue (candida) for several months made it nearly impossible for me to sit anywhere for extended periods of time–especially in my computer chair! Not being able to sit kept me from being able to work with my photographs, which are located on the desktop computer. Oh, how I’ve missed being able to make video montages and photo books!

The good news is, I’ve been on the “Threelac” program for almost a month, and I’m doing so much better! I’m not completely healed, but I’m a whole lot better than I was. Finally, something seems to be working! I hope, in time, I will eventually be rid of “this curse”, or at least keep it under control!

For now, I am able to sit at the computer again, as long as I don’t stay too long!  I managed to sit there long enough to get a montage made, although it took me a couple of tries.  Let’s hear it for progress!!

Now, back to Christmas. All things considered, we had a good one. Ed and I didn’t participate in as many activities as we usually do, but Christmas came and went, anyway. We seemed to have spent more time in the doctor’s office than anyplace else!

The good thing was, Ed and I still have each other, and we were able to be surrounded by our family. That’s really all that matters. When this family gets together, good times usually follow, and this year was no exception.

I tried to capture the highlights of the season with my camera, and here they are…

Published in: on February 7, 2013 at 9:00 am  Comments (6)  
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Mid-week Hodgepodgin’ …

Mid-week Hodgepodgin’ sounds a bit interesting, doesn’t it?  Actually, it is!  Thanks to our hostess, Joyce,  I’ve learned lots of interesting fun facts.  Today was no exception!  Here we go again…

1. Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10th, and 2013 is the year of the snake. When did you last see a snake? Are you okay around snakes or do they give you the shivers?

The last time I remember seeing a snake was when our daughter and son-in-law actually found one in their house, a couple of years ago!  The snake was found stretched out in the hallway, when our son-in-law got up during the night .  It’s a funny story, and I wrote about it HERE.  I am NOT alright around snakes, they definitely give me the shivers!

2. The color red in Chinese culture usually means good luck. Do you believe in luck?

Our family has an inside joke about luck–we feel like we didn’t get any, but I actually don’t believe in luck.

3. Sledding-ice skating-building a snowman…if given a choice, which activity would you choose? Which of the three have you done most recently?

I’m not athletic or out-going, so I’d choose to build a snowman.  I may have helped build a snowman at some point in my life, but I’ve never gone sledding or ice skating.

4. Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited as saying, “The years teach much which the days never knew.” Where have you seen this quote played out in your own life?

I’m not sure exactly what this quote means, but I take it to mean we learn much as we grow older.  I’ve found this to be true so many times, especially in recent years!  I remember, in my younger years, my mother-in-law would tell me things, and I couldn’t understand what she meant. One of her quotes was, “When your children are little, they’ll step on your toes.  When they are big, they’ll step on your heart.”  Now that I am older, I know exactly what my MIL was talking about.

5. When was the last time you ate a cupcake?

On Superbowl Sunday.  I was tempted by the chocolate cupcakes at my daughter’s house, so I gave in and ate one.

6. What’s something you can’t say no to?

Apparently, a chocolate cupcake with whipped frosting!

7. Are you a doodler?

If you are referring to drawing on a piece of paper, no, but  I  have a nervous habit of playing with a tissue, napkin, or gum wrapper when I’m bored or nervous.

Random:

Yesterday was a beautiful day in our neck of the woods.  It was sunny with a high of 72 degrees.  I went outside and got busy planting seeds!  I’m already  putting my new green house to good use.  So far, I have planted marigolds, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, and cabbage.

As for Ed, he’s spent a lot of time searching for his lost pocket knife.  No luck, yet, but he’s found several other interesting “treasures” with the help of his metal detector.  Unfortunately, nothing Ed’s found is of any real value.  Most of what he’s found appear to be parts of old farming equipment.  I can’t help but wonder how many years they’ve been buried though!

Published in: on February 6, 2013 at 9:00 am  Comments (10)  
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Just Me On Monday…

The weekend has come and gone, and once again, it’s just me on Monday.  Once again, it was a nice weekend in our neck of the woods.

Since I gave Ed his Valentine’s Day gift (the metal detector) a few days early, he returned the kindness and did the same for me.  He spent most of Saturday getting my gift set up.  In case you may be wondering what my gift was, it was a green house!

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I’ve been wanting a green house for a while, so I’m thrilled.  I can’t wait to fill it with lots of sprouting seeds and plants.  I asked Ed to figure out some way to “pet proof” the bottom of the green house, and I think he did a pretty good job, by putting lattice trim around the bottom.  The front piece is removable, for easy access to the inside of the house.  (On a side note here, Ed and I don’t usually exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, but this year we both wanted/needed something special, so we did.  We also exchanged gifts early, for the same reason.)

Of course, Sunday was “Superbowl Sunday”, and our daughter and her husband hosted a “Superbowl Party” for the family.  Some came for the football game, others came for the food.  Nobody left disappointed.  Go Ravens!

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Brad and Jennifer came in Sunday, from out-of-town, and it was so good to have the entire family together, once again.  I miss having our weekend get-togethers!

Everyone made their favorite finger foods for the party, and of course,  I cheated on my diet.  I hadn’t had a hot dog in over two months–and see those chocolate cupcakes in the photo, they were my weakness!  I couldn’t pass up chocolate with whipped topping.

I felt a bit guilty, but at least I didn’t cheat alone.  Almost everyone in the family has been eating healthier since the new year began, and all have lost weight.  I guess you could say “the family that diets together, also cheats together!”  Today it’s back to business for all of us!  It will take several days to undo last night’s damage.

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Before moving on, I’d like to remember several individuals in prayer today.  The six-year-old son of one of Ed’s co-workers, has just been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lymphoma.  This family has traveled to Atlanta (four hours from home) for treatment, beginning this week.  Yet another co-worker has a premature infant daughter, who was recently flown to Ohio, for surgery to repair two holes in her heart.  Also, Walter, hubby to a long-time blog friend of mine,Linda @ Retirement Daze, is having surgery today.  Walter has taken excellent care of Linda since her stroke, nearly two years ago.  Now it’s Walter’s turn to be cared for–hopefully for just a short while.  In addition, I recently found out that the husband of a friend and former co-worker is now battling cancer–on the heels of by-pass surgery.  All will have my continued prayers…

Last, but not least, it’s time to get down to the Monday business of joining Heather and Wayne for their fun Monday meme.  If you’d like to play along, simply click the button below.

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Here are the Questions:

1. Are you good about going to the doctor?

For years, I wasn’t very good about going to the doctor, I once went for 14 years without having a pap smear or breast exam.  However, after two cancer scares, and being diagnosed with  two chronic conditions–this is no longer the case.    These days, I always have a standing appointment with my primary care physician, and I see my gynechologist regularly.
2. What do you think about the practice of restaurants adding automatic tips for large groups or specific events?

Personally, I don’t like it.  A “tip” should be optional, not required–for any reason.  When a tip is required, it’s takes the pleasure out of giving it.
3. When was the last time you went out for dinner?

It’s been a while since I went out for dinner, but I went out to lunch with a friend on Thursday.  We ate at Cracker Barrel, and it was delicious!
4. What is your best budget saving tip for recovering from an unexpected expense or planning for one?

It’s fairly easy to save some money in the food department, if you take your lunch to work, don’t go out for dinner, plan only inexpensive meals, clip and use coupons, and eat lots of left-overs!  Use the money you save on food for that unexpected expense!

My question:

5.  Did you watch the Superbowl Game?  If so, what was your favorite commercial? 

(Being the animal lover that I am, I liked the Budweiser commercial featuring the baby Clydesdale.  The sight of that horse running down the street, after his former owner, tugged at my heart strings!)

If you missed it, here it is:

Published in: on February 4, 2013 at 10:49 am  Comments (14)  
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Six Word Saturday…Concerning Bank Tellers


My six words for this Saturday are:

What?!  Tellers Who Can’t Count Money?

I used to think only the best and brightest people entered the field of banking.  After all, we trust these individuals with our hard-earned money, right?  Surely they must be some kind of math geniuses?!  Judging from a couple of my recent banking experiences, I don’t think the standards are quite as high as they used to be, and I’m having second thoughts about trusting them with anything–especially my money!

I go to the bank every two weeks.  I deposit a large portion of Ed’s check, then bring home enough cash to last us for two weeks’ worth of expenses.  I’m particular about how I want my change, so I write it down on a slip of paper.  I always ask for my change in 50’s, 20’s and 10’s, and I’ll list on the paper how many of each bill that I would like.  You’d think this would be simple for the teller, with no room for error, right?

I’ve been banking this way for years, and haven’t had any problems, until recently.  Since we live 7 miles from town, I always stop in town and count my change, just to make sure it’s all there.  It’s always been correct in the past.  However,  I’ve had two major errors in my change in the past six weeks!  Both tellers “shorted” me a lot of money each time.  I was well over one hundred dollars short each time, but the big difference between the two tellers was their attitude when I drove back up to the window and told them they’d made a mistake with my change.

The first teller recounted my money, and got the error straightened out.  Then she apologized for the error and the inconvenience she’d caused me.  However, the second teller looked and acted insulted when I told her she’d made a mistake!  Then she handed my money to the other teller to recount, and didn’t bother to apologize for anything when she’d finally gotten her error straightened out.

What ever happened to the best and brightest people who used to work in our banks?  What ever happened to friendly, customer service?  Worst of all, what ever happened to people who simply know how to count?  Heaven help us!

*Thanks to Cate for hosting this fun Saturday meme!  If you’d like to play along, simply click her button at the top of this post…

Published in: on February 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm  Comments (4)