Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas

We are leaving tomorrow for Alabama to spend the holidays with our boys and their families. We will be back after Christmas. maybe I can grab a computer and get a post in , but not counting on it. Have a Very Merry Christmas!!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins

1. No, we will NOT be home for Christmas this year.

2. We copied each others recipes at the old kitchen table.

3. I watched the steam rising from the hot cup of coffee (or tea) and thought: Why am I doing this? I hate coffee and hot tea.

4. Everything is going to be okay.

5. I'll take a caramel frappuchino please.

6. The recession is far from over, at least from my point of view.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing my painting project, tomorrow my plans include cooking, cleaning, and laundry and Sunday, I want to pack for the trip!

Skywatch Friday

It was like invasion of the birds!!! FREAKY!!
These are geese in the sky over a lake near my house.
Taken in Monroe, AR Dec. 16, 2009.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Geese in a field near Stuttgart, AR.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Queen's Meme

1. When is the last time someone did something EXtra-special for you?
I had seen a necklace I wanted (costume jewelry kinds cheap variety) and he went back Sunday and got it for me.
2. Name one EXciting thing that happens in your life daily. I wake up!!!!!! Hey, that is exciting for me. This time last year, I wasn't so sure that would happen (before the transplant).
3. Tell us the good, the bad and the uglies of your online EXperiences.
The good- I have won many contests, and made several good friends.
The bad - not too much bad..mostly spam I guess. I've been lucky.
The ugly - putting something in search and it taking me to porn sites, which I was definitely not searching for.
4. What makes an ordinary day EXtraordinary and EXceptional?
Hearing from my sons, daughter-in-laws, or granddaughters.
Getting unexpected "good" mail.
My hubby being in a good mood and feeling good( he is very sick and always moody now).
5. Name one embarrassing incident you had to EXplain to your mother when you were a child. Why I wet my pants the third day of first grade and she had to come get me... I hated school after that.
6. If you could FedEX yourself anywhere in the world,where would you go? To my brother's house in CA
7. Who would you like to EXray and why? Johhny Depp.....just because I could and how much fun it would be......ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (hey, I'm old, not blind)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Unconscious Mutterings #359

  1. Up :: High

  2. Scram! :: Get out of Here!

  3. Smell :: Stinky

  4. Belong :: to me, Mine
  5. Doug :: Reinhardt

  6. Collar :: flea

  7. Squirrel :: Rocky (and Bullwinkle)

  8. Chinese :: checkers

  9. Tracker :: GPS

  10. Apartment :: number 4

Sunday Stealing Dec 13

The 6 Ws meme


Is easy to love? my granddaughter Lily is easy to love. She is the sweetest child and you just can't help but love her.

Do you just wanna smack? my neighbor Jerry. He needs to get it together before he loses everything he has.

Do you trust? My son David.

Do you talk to when you're alone? I call my daughter in law Regina


Dangerous things do you do while driving? I no longer drive. and yes it SUCKS!

Are you allergic to? sulfa drugs

Is Satan's last name? Wilkinson

Is the freakiest thing in your house?... my husband's grandmas ashes.... totally freaks me out even though they are in a box in the closet.


Is it time to turn over a new leaf? NOW

Will you be all that you can be? probably never, but I keep trying.

Is enough enough? it should be, but usually isn't.

Do you go to the dark side? not anymore..I used to dwell in the dark side quite often in my younger days, but I live on the bright side now.


Are your pants? in the drawer where they are supposed to be.

Is your last will and testament? in our filing cabinet filed away.

Is your junk food stash? in the kitchen junk food drawer.

Is Carmen Sandiego? at ACME Headquarters is located in San Francisco


Was the Lone Ranger alone? he had a tiny wienie and a slight seeing problem.

Was The Scarlet Letter scarlet? it matched her dress.

Are musicians sexy and plumbers not? strangely, yes

Are there no seat belts on school buses? because the school systems are just dumb about it. I have asked myself that same question for years. makes no sense to me at all.

Would you...

Swim the English Channel for a doughnut and coffee? If not that, what? no way, and since I actually can't swim, I'd just be left out as usual. But , for, oh say $ I would put on a life jacket and try.

Forgive someone who deliberately hurt you? I have done that. We must forgive others or it just makes you crazy.

Rather believe a lie if it hurt you less than the truth? no, I like knowing the truth, no matter how much it hurts.

You still be alive if you were sucked out of an airplane window? of course, not a scratch,lol. Seriously, if that happened, I would hope to be sucked right into Heaven. If I'm in the sky, I'm already close.

Play Sunday Stealing

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday Fill-Ins #154

1. Good times: spending time with my husband who is in stage 4 cancer, and every second counts.
2. We are moving to Nashville to be nearer the kids, and I can't wait to get into my home.
3. Sleigh bells ring ,are you listening? lalala..lalalala.
4. On my granddaughters latest ultrasound, she looks so little.
5. Once more I am making a life changing move.
6. I am reading 7th Heaven by James Patterson and cannot wait to get to the end?
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to shopping in Little Rock (an hour and a half away), tomorrow my plans include going to Forrest City (an hour away) to see The Blind Side and Sunday, I want to start my painting project! (I live in the Boonies, 30 minutes from ANY civilization. My town has a convenience store and a tiny bank).


sunset over Stuttgart, AR
Dec. 10, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Thursday Thunks

1. Isn't showing a condom commercial during Sex Rehab With Dr Drew almost like showing a pain narcotic or an alcohol commercial during Intervention? Yes, but if you think about it, it's hilarious!

2. Burger King and Ronald McDonald met Colonel Sanders in a dark alley. They beat him down for just serving chicken and not sharing his "11 herbs & spices". The Colonel goes down. Begs for his life. Where do they go to eat afterwards? Pizza Hut

3. You take a shower, go to leave the bathroom and the door is stuck. Due to humidity and moisture it won't budge. It will not open. No one else is home. You can't go out the window. How long do you sit in the bathroom and how do you occupy your time? I would keep trying to get it open, and if all else fails..a long bubble bath would work.

4. You are a rockstar, but you need a cool rocker name. What is it and how did you decide on that name? Bella Daly and I let do it for me.

5. Have you ever gotten naked at a family function? lol, no, but can't wait to see why someone did

6. If purple ate yellow, what color would come out? aqua

7. The closest paper and pen to you right now. What color are they? paper is white with green lines, pen is candy cane

8. Corn chips or potato chips? Potato chips, Lays BBQ

9. You are forced to swallow either a diamond or a piece of coal. Don't ask. Just do it. Which do you choose? the diamond... I would get to keep it in a few days after a good cleaning. The coal I would just flush.

10. If your mouse decided to attack your keyboard, who would win? my mouse would definitely win!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Your Astrology Guide 2010 review

Your Astrology Guide 2010

Overview of Astrology Basics

The transits of the planets and how they shape the different astrological signs are explained. The ruling planets, the elements, and the houses are expounded upon. The following concepts and how they affect everyday life are also taught: aspects, retrogrades, and eclipses. All of the information provided in this section is very basic, though. Do not expect more than a paragraph on each concept. This is not a book to reference for detailed information on how astrology works.

2010 Guide for Each Astrological Sign

The authors have released "Tips for the Year" in advance. With their permission, below are some excerpts from their tips for each astrological sign for 2010.

Aries (March 21-April 19)- The full enterprising power of Aries is yours when you accept the limits of society that require more precision this year. Whether you like it or not, you must slow down to get what you want.

Taurus (April 20- May 20)- Your potential to transform your life is incredible this year -- but your resistance to change is equally great.Similarly, you will find happiness this year as long as you remain open to surprises.

Gemini (May 21- June 20)- Overcoming your own resistance to fully feeling your emotions enables you to uncover buried treasure that can enrich your life for many years to come.

Cancer (June 21- July 22)- Seek out those with talents you admire so that you can learn from the best. Step outside your comfort zone; you'll discover that it's not foolish to take risks. There are enormous rewards when you invest in your own excellence.

Leo (July 23- August 22)- It's true that this year brings great potential, but exhausting yourself trying to achieve the impossible dream is not a sensible strategy. Heed the counsel of wise friends and seasoned professionals before making any life-changing decisions.

Virgo (August 23- September 22)- Challenges to the core truths you cling to can be a source of irritation and a cause of physical, mental, and emotional fatigue. The battles you face, though, are not with outside forces but within yourself. It's time to reexamine the ideas that have kept your life in order for years, but may be holding you back.

Libra (September 23- October 22)- Your overall success during the coming years will be based on your ability to pay careful attention to your long-term goals rather than short-term successes.

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)- Surrendering some self-control to reveal your emotion can feel risky, of course, but it's a great way to open your heart and enhance your creativity. Making mistakes is not the road to failure but the laboratory of invention. You can surprise yourself by discovering new talents when you put away the heavy hammer of self-criticism.

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)- Open yourself to new philosophies, learn about new technologies, and re-create your future by being more conscious in the present moment.

Capricorn (December 22- January 19)- Your journey this year could be one of extremes as the most visionary planets -- Jupiter and Uranus -- light up your life with exciting new perceptions while the most conservative ones -- Saturn and Pluto -- keep stepping in to turn down the volume of your enthusiasm.

Aquarius (January 20- February 18)- Don't waste too much energy resisting the inevitable. Instead, focus on the exhilaration you'll feel once you've overcome the obstacles and your life is heading in a new direction.

Pisces (February 19- March 20)- The highs and lows you experience this year accentuate the contrast between your greatest hopes and darkest fears. Expansive Jupiter in your sign makes your life seem so big that even the smallest act can appear to take on enormous importance.


Both authors, Rick Levine and Jeff Jawer, have been on radio and television programs throughout the United States and Europe. In addition, Rick Lavine is the author of's daily horoscopes, while Jeff Jawer is author of's weekly romance horoscopes. They are frequent lecturers and have written multiples articles and books. In the world of astrology, both are well-respected and sought after.
I highly recommend this book!
I Love this book as it makes each day more delightful to see what will happen in your life. A complete one-volume guide to the year 2010. This fantastic and in depth book includes month-by-month forecasts for every sign and all you need to know to find out what is in store for you in the year ahead.
This would make an amazing gift for someone, or for yourself.
You can purchase the book here.

I recently received a copy of from FSB Media.
* I was sent this book to give an honest review and was not paid for my review *

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Recipe Club book review

I recently received a copy of The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendshipby Andrea Israel & Nancy Garfinkel from FSB Media.

Initially told through a series of emails, letters and recipes, we learn about Val and Lilly and the power of friendship and food to enrich and nourish us. It is about these two girls who are friends and decide to start a "Recipe Club." They deal with issues of trust, love, anger and resentment between friends - you will definitely recognize yourself and your own friends in these two women. The book captivated me. I also enjoyed the way some 80 recipes were included, along with photos and illustrations.

YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK ... it is fantastic. You'll laugh and cry and miss the girls terribly when it ends.

You can buy the book
here .

* I was sent this book to give an honest review and was not paid for my review *

Sunday, December 6, 2009

2 weeks of wins

week ending Dec 5, 2009
I book for review, to book wins and a $25 Coleman's GC I won on a Twitter contest.
week ending Nov. 28, 2009
3 Book wins, 1 book for review, and a box of Baby green items I won on a blog.

I forgot to post last weeks here are both!

Unconscience Mutterings #358

  1. Hotter :: Colder

  2. Negotiator :: Priceline

  3. Crimson :: Tide

  4. Loses :: Wins
  5. Tide :: Roll Tide... GO BAMA!!!!

  6. Alan :: Thicke

  7. Fool :: The Motley Fool

  8. Pink :: Breast Cancer symbols

  9. Palm :: Pre

  10. Lipstick :: Max Factor

Sunday Stealing Dec 6

The Can't Sleep Meme

1. Would it be hard to kiss the last person you kissed? Not at all..wish I was kissing that person right now!

2. When is it hard to kiss someone? It is hard for me to kiss someone I am not going to see for awhile. I am not good at "goodbyes".

3.You're trapped in a room with your most recent ex for three days, what do you do? Pray.

4.Does it matter to you if your significant other smokes? No, He did for a long time, and quit just this year. Says he can't believe how much better he feels.

5. Have you ever regretted letting someone go? Yes, but that is water under the bridge.

6. Where would you go if you were butt naked and locked out of your house? To my next door neighbor Jerry's house. He is gay and could care less if I'm naked or not, lol.

7. Do you want to please everyone? I used to be a pleaser and still am to a certain extent, but am actually getting real good at saying NO.

8. Have you ever been called heartless? no, not to my face anyway

9. Someone calls you at 3:00 AM, who do you expect it to be? one of my kids

10. Does it matter if your significant other drinks? Yes, my dad was a drunk, my ex was a drunk..never again!

11. Could you go the rest of your life without doing drugs? I am of the older generation and have never done drugs, so I can definitely live without them.

12. Which is better, amazing eyes or an amazing smile? amazing smile

13. Do you want to get married and have children one day? been there, done that!

14. Are you easy to get along with? very easy to get along with

15. Do you ever want to go to sleep and not wake up? No

16. Are you shorter than your Mom? no, about four inches mom was 5'1"

17. Describe your life currently in one word: uncontrollable

18. Are you on medication for anything? Yes, I take 19 pills daily because I had a liver transplant last year..but some of those are vitamins

19. Who would you allow to read your thoughts for one day? Oh wow..this is a hard one..I guess my husband, because he usually knows what I'm thinking anyway.

20. Are there things in your life that you will never be able to get over? yes, but I try daily.

21. If you woke up naked next to the last person you kissed, what would your reaction be? oooohhhhh, funtime!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Mom's Story : A Child Learns About MS Review

Mom's Story : A Child Learns About MS
by Mary Jo Nickum

This is an 80 page book about a child’s view of MS. It is told in the child's voice.
This story is fictional, the information it presents is factual. The story is about a family of five: the mother, father, Tony & Kelly the twins, and Amy the youngest. It begins with a fall, then a plate of dropped eggs, followed by temporary blindness. The Verdict MS.
The family goes from the initial fear that is common when a loved one is diagnosed with MS, to learning about the illness. Knowledge about MS helps a great deal to alleviate those initial fears. Nickum cleverly weaves tidbits of information on how online help can be found for those interested in learning about MS. In addition to this, at the end of the book the author included a section titled Information Resources for Families. These pages contain sources of additional information in the form of websites, books, videos, and DVDs that help aid in the understanding of MS.
About the Author: Mary J. Nickum is an editor and freelance writer. She was diagnosed with Ms in 1989 and lives with her husband in Fountain Hills, AZ.
This would be a great book for children who’s parents have been diagnosed with MS.
You can purchase the book here .
*DISCLAIMER* An ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book was provided to me by the Author for review. This in no way influenced my review.

Can God Be Trusted Review

Can God Be Trusted by Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD
Have you struggled with trust in God? Father Williams will challenge you to rethink many of your earlier ideas about God and what to expect from him. I believe he is exactly right when he says that we never expect too much from God; we always expect too little. Father Williams is a priest and a Vatican analyst. In this book, he talks about the reasons that some people don't trust God because of several different reasons. This book has the potential to help those without faith begin a relationship with God. The author assures his readers that God is up to the task of dealing with their doubts. He explains why we have trouble trusting. He tells us what we can and cannot expect from God. He makes plain why trust is so hard for some people and so easy for others.
I think this book will be most helpful to believers who are questioning the ways of the world. I am a believer and this book would make a great Christmas gift as everyone needs it.
You can purchase the book Here .
* I was sent this book from Hatchette Book Group to give an honest review and was not paid for my review *

The Source of Miracles Review

The Source of Miracles: 7 Steps to Transforming Your Life through the Lord's Prayer by Kathleen McGowan

Millions seek success and happiness in other self-help books, But "The Source for MIracles" Shows readers the real secret is in the power of prayer that unites two billion Christians worldwide.

The Source of Miracles addresses challenges we face in modern life, with concise, practical advice and plenty of grace. It is the third novel in The Magdalene Line fiction series. This series is based on 20 years of research on four continents into the history of women in Christianity and their long-forgotten role in the development of global spirituality.

Page 21 How To Use This Book says it well. 'Caution:Committed use of this process can bring about happiness, abundance, and fulfillment beyond your wildest expectations. The subtitle of this book claims that the prayer will transform your life. It's a hefty claim, but I believe it is also an honest one. It is, in fact, the intention of the Lord's Prayer and the practice that surrounds it.But the key to your success with this practice is commitment'.

I would never have guessed that "traditional" Christianity would hold the secret to true wealth and true abundance. But to have true wealth and true abundance, one must go to the "source" and Kathleen's new book guides one onto this path ever so well.

I was very moved by this book and hope you will be as well.

You can order the book Here .
* I was sent this book to give an honest review and was not paid for my review *

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's cold outside......

and I am in Little Rock for a few days. That is why no posts. Should be home this evening. Robert is undergoing some tests at UAMC.
Also my nephew Keith (who was only 40) died yesterday...please help by praying for his family. His mom Martha is my ex sister in law, but I was in that family for 25 years and they are still my family. Even ex agrees with that.
Have a wonderful fun filled day.......Meemaw