Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thank You Wernher von Braun and the German Rocket Scientists

Thanks to Wernher von Braun and his crew, Huntsville has several great German restaurants.  I am going to dinner at one tonight.  I have been dreaming of it for longer than I care to admit.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Junk Food

I saw Barbie cereal at the store.  Claire seemed interested, I love Barbie.  You can guess what happened next.

Barbie cereal is delicious.  It seems to be heart shaped crunch berries with lucky charms marshmallows.  It all comes in a happy pink box. 

Sunday, April 27, 2008

using my stuff

I have been on a journey of using what I already own.  I decided in December that I needed to clear out my stash of a lot of stuff.  I had a lot of bath products.  More than enough shower gels, lotions, and makeup.  This was my worse area.   I am still using my now much smaller stash.  I have gone through and organized my makeup, so I am aware of what I have to use.  

It is an odd sense of accomplishment.  Making a goal has worked for me.  I am such a rule follower, I don't even want to break my self imposed rules.  I was tempted last week and smelled some bottles of shower gel while I was shopping.  I even cut out a coupon for one of my favorites.  I can make it, I have made it this long.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Where does the time go?

Ever felt a strange sense of Peace?

I have been thinking about Peace.  Against all reason, I have been in awe of the peace I have felt.  I am big on reason.  I spend many hours trying make sense of the unexplainable.

In the instant my mom died, I felt peace.  I had worried about how I would feel at that moment.  I haven't had all peace in the situation before or since, but in that moment I felt peace.  I think that peace was God. 

When I was in college, I was a summer missionary twice.  The second year,  I was in upstate New York.  It was a dreadful experience, that changed me completely.  I had disappointment and failure unlike anything I had experienced prior.  Who failed me?  Myself? God? Southern Baptist Convention?  In my pain, I found peace. 

Anyone care to share a time when they felt absolute peace? 

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Reality of April 20 for me

Three years ago, at 10 AM my mom died.   I could not comprehend at the time how much this moment would changed me.  Beyond sadness, grief, loss, this event changed me.  I understood compassion, empathy, and community---on a different level.  

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ugh, Yuck!

I have a lazy susan cabinet with all my spices, etc.  I have lived here for eight years.  

Word of advice:  Go through spices more often than every eight years.  

The Christian Century

This magazine was recommended to me. I was interested, but wanted to see a copy before subscribing. Well good luck finding a copy in Madison/Huntsville. I have looked at Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and called Christian Family Bookstore. The latter was the suggestion from the helpful lad at Books A Million. I really didn't expect them to carry this. 

Oh well, in 6-8 weeks I will know if it is worth the $49 a year.

Here is a link to the website.  

thrift stores and such

My love for thrift is well known.  I find myself so excited about my bargains,  I must share.  It just blurts out at times.  It's my grown up version of Show and Tell.  

There is something about a thrift store on Saturday.  The people searching the piles for that one item that captures them.  It gets their attention.  It is like a treasure at times.  How many people in Madison, Alabama would smile at seeing Sen. John Danforth's Faith and Politics book?  Fifty cents!  I will read it and pass it to my dad.  Senator Danforth is an icon of my Missouri childhood.  

I love this--combined with our stop at the local health food store, this may be close to a perfect Saturday. 

Friday, April 18, 2008

Is this vain?

I see the photo below and think--wow I love my hair!  :)  That Rob is worth every penny!


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Myers Hall 1996

I met my friend Leslie in 1996.  We lived on the same floor in Myers Hall.  She had her door open, I was friendly---we became friends.  Josh and I met in a similar way the same semester. I guess I was up for new relationships.

I was amazed by her creativity.  Her portfolios of artwork seemed much more interesting than my Math for Elementary School Teachers homework. 

We did all sorts of crazy things together.  We carved pumpkins, made popcorn balls, talked for hours.  

We both graduated, and went off to do all sorts of things.  We kept up through e mail and mail off and on.  On occasion, we would have phone conversations that went on for hours.  
Six years ago, we were both visiting "home" in Missouri.  We met up for a few hours at my parent's house.  

I have a few of Leslie's paintings in my home.  I am still amazed by her art.  I send my friends to her website.  I am totally in love with one piece of her work.

Leslie and her husband were in town for a conference.  We were able to get together for dinner. I had a great time.  I could have talked for hours more.    

I am glad she had her dorm room door open that day...who would have thought twelve years later we would still be talking.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

overwhelming days

On April 19, 2005, the phone rang.  It was not unexpected, my mom was dying.  My dad called.  I had to get there as soon as possible.  

I had to make arrangements.  How would I get there?  What about the girls? What to pack? I was overwhelmed.  So many things to do.

I had people that surrounded me.  In the best sense.  People showed up.  They helped in so many ways.  Some how it all was done.  All my needs were met.   When I desperately needed it.  

Monday, April 14, 2008

another year...

What adventures are in store?  I can't wait to see where this year takes me.  

Josh tells Claire to do one thing she is scared of each day.  Some nights, he will ask her about her one thing that day.  It is interesting to think about challenges.  Big or small, challenges do motivate.  

Sunday, April 13, 2008


Thanks for all the pre birthday wishes.  I have already received some wonderful and thoughtful gifts.  I am grateful to have such thoughtful friends.  

I had a fun weekend.  Beverly, the owner of the B&B is a wonderful cook.  I ate and scrapbooked the weekend away.  We stayed up way too late---laughing and talking.  

Life is good


Thursday, April 10, 2008

The one left talking

I am going to a weekend scrapbooking retreat at a B&B.  This is my third time going.  It is a lot of fun.  It is sort of like having sleepovers like when I was growing up.  Stay up late, then go bed and talk until one of us falls asleep.  I am always the one left talking.

I have always been the one left talking.  I am sure my friends would agree.  

Monday, April 7, 2008

In One Week..

I will be 32 in one week. 

31 things I did at 31.

 1.  Christmas at the beach
 2. New Year's Eve at Lu-Lu's
 3. Visit Mackinac Island 
 4. Mother's Day in New Orleans
 5. Peter Mayer Christmas Concert
 6. Hot Springs with Josh in October
 7. McClard's Barbeque in Hot Springs (beyond delicious)
 8. Christmas Lights at Bellingrath Gardens
 9. Fourth of July Fireworks at the beach
10. Tried Yoga
11.  Picked Pecans
12. Made my girls birthday cupcakes instead of buying them
13. Replaced a zipper in a skirt
14. Painted the girls room
15. Started Mowing the Yard
16. Tea at Emma's Tea Room
17. Started a blog
18. Hurrah for curbside recycling
19. Bought the girls a pet beta fish
20. Dealt with sad girls after beta fish died
21. Canned homemade taco sauce
22. Made Pickles
23. Water Park at Point Mallard
24. Attended the A. C. Gilbert Heritage Society Annual Convention (Erector Sets a Plenty)
25. Made Mahi Tacos like Lu Lu's 
26. Drank water from the Spring at Hot Springs
27. Christmas Dinner at Waffle House
28. Went to Ruth Mountain B&B in Arab, AL
29. Joined a Bunco Group
30. Painted the Master Bathroom twice in one weekend.  I don't recommend the discounted colors that were mixed and rejected.
31. Celebrated 31 with Claire and my friends the Tuckers.  

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Everyone has a story to tell...

I have always enjoyed biographies.  Beginning with my childhood favorite, Meet John F. Kennedy.  It amazes me that small choices can make a huge impact in the course of one's life.  I just finished Born Standing written by Steve Martin.  

I love stories.  There are so many stories of life.  Where did you grow up?  Did you have a best friend?  What was your first impression of love?  The question I ask the most around here is "What brought you here to Madison?".  

What I take from this is to ask questions and really listen to the answers.  It may surprise us all what we learn.  

Friday, April 4, 2008


My parents were married 39 years ago today.  My dad is spending the weekend here, so he won't be alone.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Watch Out Lainie!

Who would have guessed?  I actually enjoy kickboxing.  Is this for real? 

Don't live with regrets

Yesterday, a friend's husband died unexpectedly. 

This event made me think about my own relationships.  Was I grumpy when I left for work?  What if that was my lasting memory?  It is hard sometimes to resolve all the differences--but be at peace in your relationships.