Thursday, August 30, 2007

Three Things

Three thinks in life that, once gone, never come back-
1. Time
2. Words
3. Opportunity
Three things in life that can destroy a person-
1. Anger
2. Pride
3. Unforgiveness
Three things in life that you should never lose-
1. Hope
2. Peace
3. Honesty
Three things in life that are most valuable-
1. Love
2. Family and friends
3. Kindness
Three things in life that are never certain-
1. Fortune
2. Success
3. Dreams
Three things that make a person-
1. commitment
2. Sincerity
3. Hard work
Three things that are truly constant-
Father-Son-Holy Spirit
I ask the Lord to bless you, as I pray for you today; to guide you and protect you, as you go along your way. God's love is always with you, God's promises are true. And when you give God all your cares, you know God will see you through.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Monastery Life

A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to helping the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand.

He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript. So, the new monk goes to the head abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.

The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son."

He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot.

So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing.

"We missed the R ! We missed the R !

We missed the R !"

His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying

uncontrollably. The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"

With A choking voice, the old abbot replies,

"The word was...


Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Why is it so hard for me to catch a shot of lightening? The one shot I did get is NOT good in my book, but here it is! Now if you can NOT see it, look in the upper left hand corner!

Monday, August 27, 2007

First Day of School

This is what NOT to do on the first day of school!! OVERSLEEP! I never do this, I always wake up when John is getting out of the shower, not today. I guess I even told him I was getting up as he was leaving. GRRR!!! Tessa made it to school, I even managed that first day of school photo. I think what really bothered me was watching her walk to school without me. I have always been there that first day. She did not seem bothered, so why did it bother me? I am proud to say that I did NOT have tears like I have had other years with other children.

Alicia comes to see me before her weekly meeting. I asked her if she had to drive home in the bad weather last night. She said that she was on her way home at 7:30pm before it hit. I guess those really lovely giant sunflowers she had growing on the west side of her house took a real beating. I am glad that we were able to get photos of them with the blooms. She was telling me about Northwood and I was shocked. I never listen to the news and once again was clueless. John, Tessa and I had gone outside of town to watch the storm come and to try and get good photos. I listened to the radio say that it was near Northwood, but never really thought much of it.

The storm was bad enough in town to scare Tessa, so she spent most of the night on the couch. I unplugged things and then went to bed, I did not feel like there was anything else I could. I still love to listen to the rain, just did not like how close the lightening was.

I was really glad to hear Tessa say that she was excited for school tomorrow. I think it would be fair to say, I was SHOCKED! She went to a friends house, the one action that can sometimes make me nervous. I do NOT always know right away where she it, another adjustment of being back in school. How is everyone else? I know photos, and eventually I will get them on here. Till next time...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I am going to attempt something that all week I have NOT been able to do! Try to put thoughts into words, but every time that I try my mind seems to shut off. Now that I get my daily call from Mom, by the time I have told her of my day, the desire to repeat it is gone.
The last Saturday before school starts. John and I started it by going and getting most of the errands before Tessa woke up and wanted to go along. I knew what she wanted us to do and I was dreading it. SHOPPING! It brings tears to my eyes, almost! Tessa found shoes that put big smiles on her face and sent me into sticker shock.
I really was rather irritated with myself, getting a headache on a Saturday. It eventually went away and I was able to enjoy some time out at Alicia's. A last minute trip there with plants was just what the Doctor ordered! I would just love to sit out and enjoy a beautiful evening in the country.
Tessa is having a sleep over tonight with Josee. I am hoping it stays quiet here and I just want to relax and enjoy another cheesy Sci-Fi movie. How is everyone doing? I sometimes feel like I am loosing contact with everyone outside my four walls. Till next time...
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Friday, August 24, 2007

California Marinade

1 cup salad oil
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup worcester sauce
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1-2 tsp coarsely cracked pepper
2 cloves of garlic minced
Soak meat at least overnight, the longer the better.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Oreo Bon Bons

I was given this recipe at work after having a taste.These are so good. The ones at work were made with blond Oreos and chocolate almond bark. You will have to give them a try.
1 package Oreos
1 8 oz. block of cream cheese (room temperature)
1 package almond bark
Crush Oreos - I put a row at a time in a Ziploc bag and take a rolling pin to them. You will have to scrape the sides of the bag from time to time because some of the crushed Oreos stick to it.
Blend - Add Oreos and the block of cream cheese to a mixer or food processor. Mix until it basically forms a giant black ball.
Roll mix into balls and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Melt almond bark using the directions on the package. Take Oreo balls out of refrigerator and dip in the almond bark. Let the excess almond bark drip off and then set on parchment paper or wax paper until they are set. Refrigerate and enjoy at your leisure!!
Also - these make great eyeballs at Halloween time by pressing a chocolate chip (upside down) in the center for a pupil then making blood shot looking streaks with red food gel!! You have to put the chocolate chip in before the almond bark starts to harden.
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August 15, 2007

A day that started with a little oops in the neighbors driveway, to my first staff meeting. I really do NOT like being introduced and having every eye on me. I stayed there till 2pm and still really did NOT want to leave. Tessa had be thinking that I was going to have to make a visit to urgent care. It looks like we by passed it for now. Brenna is on her way home and we will see her tomorrow. A lunch has been planned with my girls and I. How was your day? Till next time...

Saturday, August 11, 2007

August 12, 2007

Yesterday was spent at the Canad Inn and I will say it is a nice place. I found it to be miserably hot in the water park area. I was really wish I could stand under that bucket and get cooled off. The kids had a blast playing there and I know that Tessa wants to go there for her birthday. She thinks if we only go out to eat every other Sunday we can save for that. I am NOT going to think about it yet.

The most shocking moment, was when certain areas were close down because of something getting into the water that shouldn't have. SOLID WASTE!! I have to assume that some baby's diaper was NOT as tight as it should have been. I just never would have dreamed of that happening.

Mariah had a cute cupcake cake. We forgot to take a photo of her blowing out candles, so later when eating pizza, she had her do it then from one cupcake. John took those and eventually he will get them uploaded.

Tessa got to stay overnight with them. I did not get a call to come get her, so I assume she behaved. John and I enjoyed a quiet drive watching the sun go down and getting a chocolate ice cream cone from Dairy Queen. YUM!!! We both commented on how it had been a really long time since we had each had one of those. I am getting ready to close this entry to the sounds of squirrels fighting over the feed outside my window. BOY are they loud! I hope you have all had a great weekend! Till next time...

Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

While Brenna was home wednesday, she used her time to BAKE! This was the recipe that she had found on the back of the Craisins bag. They are actually pretty good. Enjoy!

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1-1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1-1/2 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 6-ounce package Craisins sweetened dried cranberries

2/3 cup white chocolate chunks or chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Using an electric mixer, beat butter or margarine and sugar together in a medium mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, mixing well. Combine oats, flour, baking soda and salt in a separate mixing bowl. Add to butter mixture in several additions, mixing well after each addition. Stir in Craisins sweetened dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Makes approximately 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Can I Drive the Car?

A young boy had just gotten his driver's permit and inquired of his father if they could discuss his use of the car. His father said he'd make a deal with his son. "You bring your grades up from a C to a B average, study your Bible, get your hair cut and we'll talk about the car.

"The boy thought about that for a moment, decided he'd settle for the offer and they agreed on it. After about six weeks his father said, "Son, I've been real proud. You brought your grades up and I've observed that you have been studying your Bible, but I'm real disappointed you haven't gotten your hair cut."

The young man paused a moment then said, "You know, Dad, I've been thinking about that, and I've noticed in my studies of the Bible that Samson had long hair, John the Baptist had long hair, Moses had long hair and there's even a strong argument that Jesus had long hair."

To this his father replied, "Did you also notice they all walked everywhere they went?"


This is what I am facing with our darling pet! I woke up to this after having gotten the floor clean the day before. It almost makes a person wonder why BOTHER?! Till next time...

My home away from home

This is the little office area that I get to work in. The piles are starting to get bigger and bigger. I am really not to worried about not having anything to do for a very LONG time. Tessa thinks that is a really ugly area. It really isn't so bad, enough people are always walking through that it does NOT seem so bad.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Good Eyes

Tessa saw these as we were driving over the bridge into Grand Forks. John did NOT believe her, but he turned around and the photos are the proof. A mama deer and her babies near the bridge and river. I was rather surprised to see them so close to the city. Till next time...

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Thump it good and it works.

Today John was finishing up the trim work around the till. He finally pulled the miter saw out of the basement. The one that I gave him for christmas 3 years ago. It was STILL in the box. I saw him standing near the door and asked if it was going to be hard to use. He turned to look at me as said, "Yes, if I can't get it to start!" I think my heart stopped and all the times I had said he needed to check to make sure it worked came to mind! I know it was upsetting him, and so I kept trying to keep all my thoughts to myself.

After lunch, he had gone outside and all of the sudden I heard the saw fire up. I was so excited!! I ran outside and asked what he had done. He turned to me and said he punched it. He thought if it was not going to work, a good punch could NOT hurt it. All I can say, is thank GOD! I doubt that he will NOT check to see if something works when he first gets it. How was your saturday? TIll next time...

Bloody Snake

Read the following through to the end... it's a "bloody good story" and all because of a Bloody snake!

Garden Grass Snakes, also known as Garter Snakes (Thamnophissirtalis) can be dangerous. Yes, grass snakes, not rattlesnakes. Here's why!......

A couple in Southern Victoria, had a lot of potted plants. During a recent cold spell, the wife was bringing a number ot of them indoors to protect them from a possible freeze.

It turned out that a little green garden grass snake was hidden in one of the plants and when it had warmed up, it slithered out and the wife saw it go under the sofa. She let out a very loud scream.

The husband (who was taking a shower) ran out into the living room naked to see what the problem was. She told him there was a snake under the sofa.

He got down on the floor on his hands and knees to look for it. About that time the family dog came and cold-nosed him on the behind. He thought the snake had bitten him, so he screamed and fell over on the floor.

His wife thought he had had a heart attack, so she covered him up, told him to lie still and called an ambulance.The attendants rushed in, wouldn't listen to his protests and loaded him on the stretcher and started carrying him out.

About that time the snake came out from under the sofa and the Emergency Medical Technician saw it and dropped his end of the stretcher. That's when the man broke his leg and why he is still in the hospital.

The wife still had the problem of the snake in the house, so she called on a neighbor who volunteered to capture the snake. He armed himself with a rolled-up newspaper and began poking under the couch. Soon he decided it was gone and told the woman, who sat down on the sofa in relief.

But while relaxing, her hand dangled in between the cushions, where she felt the snake wriggling around. She screamed and fainted, the snake rushed back under the sofa.

The neighbor man, seeing her lying there passed out, tried to use CPR to revive her.

The neighbor's wife, who had just returned from shopping at the grocery store, saw her husband's mouth on the woman's mouth and slammed her husband in the back of the head with a bag of canned goods, knocking him out and cutting his scalp to a point where it needed stitches.

The noise woke the woman from her dead faint and she saw her neighbor lying on the floor with his wife bending over him, so she assumed that he had been bitten by the snake. She went to the kitchen and got a small bottle of whiskey, and began pouring it down the man's throat.

By now the police had arrived. They saw the unconscious man, smelled the whiskey, and assumed that a drunken fight had occurred. They were about to arrest them all, when the women tried to explain how it all happened over a little green snake. The police called an ambulance, which took away the neighbor and his sobbing wife.

Now, the little snake again crawled out from under the sofa and one of the policemen drew his gun and fired at it. He missed the snake and hit the leg of the end table. The table fell over, the lamp on it shattered and, as the bulb broke, it started a fire in the drapes.

The other policeman tried to beat out the flames, and fell through the window into the yard on top of the family dog who, startled, jumped out and raced into the street, where an oncoming car swerved to avoid it and smashed into the parked police car.

Meanwhile, the burning drapes were seen by neighbors who called in the fire department. The firemen had started raising the fire ladder when they were halfway down the street. The rising ladder tore out the overhead wires and put out the power and disconnected the telephones in a ten-square city block area (but they did get the house fire out).

Time passed! Both men were discharged from the hospital, the house was repaired, the dog came home, the police acquired a new car and all was right with their world.

A while later they were watching TV and the weatherman announced a cold snap for that night. The wife asked her husband if he thought they should bring in their plants for the night.

And that's when he shot her.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


John and I had gone to pay a bill and try to find something to work with our threshold problem. We come home to get Tessa for a drive and low and behold, SHE HAS DONE SOME CLEANING!!! I mean real actual work. She had vacuumed, put clean dishes away and something else. On the computer screen was a note asking if we would PLEASE take her school shopping for all her hard work. Do you actually think there is hope yet?

Today was really not so bad. I had my first experience with the network not really wanting to behave. When a person's job depends on the computer, that can be a bit frustrating. My trainer-boss was in a board meeting and could not help, so I just winged it till my time to go home came. I hope that tomorrow she can show me how to enter tenant files. There is a crap load of them to get scanned and into the system. I mean boxes and boxes. All I can say is that glasses are a gift from God. I would be totally lost with out them. The day ended with such a lovely evening. John watered the flowers and I sprayed for weeds. I think I need more of Dad's concoction though. How are all of you? TIll next time...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

August 1, 2007

I really do not have much to say, but this. I am rather enjoying this job and almost have to force myself to go home. It really is nice to be around other adults and just listen to their voices. I will be glad when I am not the new kid on the block. All the faces are still strange to me. I am sure you will all be relieved to hear, that I will probably not write as much anymore. I do not really enjoy sitting down at the computer at home after sitting at one all day at work. Today was one of learning to fix mistakes. I have to be careful how quick I click the mouse. IF the wrong button is hit, words tend to pop out of my mouth! I have found out I am not the only one that happens to. My bread machine should be dinging at me soon, so I will close for now. How is everyone? Till next time...