Sunday, March 30, 2008

Baby Boomers, Lucky to Be Alive!

Dont know who originally wrote this, but it's good!

TO ALL OF US WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's !!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we
rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and

NO ONE actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because .


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down
the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. & lt; o:p>

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms.......
WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no
lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays,

made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang
the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.

They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned



If YOU are one of them . . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as
kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives

for our own good

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

Quote by Jay Leno:

"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks,"Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Soldier's Song

We may not agree with the war in Iraq, but we can't forget what our troops are enduring for the sake of our freedom, something we tend to take for granted. You really should see this touching music video. It even made my 17 year exNavy husband tear up. This soldier has real talent. Let me know what you think in the comments.

Thanks to Sandee from Comedy Plus who tagged me "Links Around the World Tag" I'm going to carry it forward as it is a great way to meet other bloggers and get your name out there! I'm pretty new to blogging so I can use all the help I can get. I'm tagging 5 bloggers that I have enjoyed reading and so will you.

Here's the rules:

1. Place your link after the list. If you have more than 1 blog, feel free to add them all here!

2. After placing your blog’s address/es, tag 5 or more bloggers that is not yet in the list, this is to keep the ball rolling. Links around the world tag (update as of Mar. 11, 2008)

1. Momhood Moments 2. Business Mars 3. Pinay Mommy Online 4. OnlineBiz and Resources 5. A Simple life 6. moms….. check nyo 7. Mommy’s Little Corner 8. Princezz 9. Princess 10. Random Thoughts 11. Paradigm 12. See Me For What You Will 13. Pamp’s Blog Corner 14. Pampered 15. HappyHeart 16. Qtcotzkie and Baby 17. A Sorta Fairytale 18. tragicseven 19. Listen to the Beat! 20. Just Saying 21. Tipsy Tips 22. Different Angles 23. Delicious Corner 24. I Care 25. Blog Blag Blog 26. Daily List 27. Life’s Journey 28. Welcome to my Crib 29. Hearts Desire 30. Island Paradise 31. Texas Life 32. Long Journey 33. D’ Cooking Mudra 34. My life 35. Swept Away 36. Winged Words 37. Rainier and Katrina 38. Life! Learn it. Live it. Love it. 39. Colour Our World 40. The Next Chapter 41. Painted Life 42. La Place de Cherie 43. Chez Francine 44. Le Bric à Brac de Cherie 45. Missbodybeautiful 46. My Thoughts and Moods 47. My Journey 48. Celebrate Life 49. Deeply In love 50. mY pReciOus 51. mY vOyAge 52. denz techtronics 53. denz recreational 54. Cashing 55. Icelog 56. Life's Impression 57.Liza 58. Its Not A Weekend;Its a Lifestyle 59. Napaboaniya APAD 60. the travelling ducks 61. It´s Sanni-licious 62. The Furry Diva 63. Comedy Plus 64. Blogging by Sandee 65. Celene's Treasure Chest 66. PASTE YOUR URL HERE

I tag (but only if you want to play along):

Rachel Anne
Mz. Jackson

Friday, March 28, 2008

Grandmas are moms with more frosting

You know they always tell you that there's nothing like being a grandparent. Until you are one, all you have to compare it to is being a parent. No comparison. I am very active in helping to raise my one year old grandson, Caleb. He has a fantastic single parent mommy who has a very demanding job. That's where I step in. Caleb and I have bonded in a way I never dreamt possible. There is nothing like looking into those big blue eyes and seeing that unconditional love and admiration shining back at me, those big sloppy wet open mouth kisses, the way he lays his head on my shoulder when he's tired or the way his face lights up when he comes through my door everyday. He is the light of my life and a wondrous blessing from God. I felt the same way about his mommy, well sort of. I can't explain the difference really, but there is one. I don't love him more, just different. I don't know, maybe it's the getting to send them home everyday part. All that love without all the responsibility. Whatever it is, there's nothing else like it in the world!

New Babies and Childhood Illnesses

My niece had a beautiful baby boy today. Dillyn Michael, 7lb, 15 oz. Lots of dark hair. I just love that new baby smell, don't you? Nothing smells sweeter, except perhaps that new Cadillac smell. Anyway, Ashlyn is Dillyn's big sister. Ashlyn has always been loquacious, amusing, too grown up. She called me one evening, which in and of itself was cute as she was just 4 years old. She said she had to call to tell me something really important. "Aunt Celene, did you know that when I was a little baby I was Black Toast Intollerate? That's where you are lergic to milk, did you know that?" I laughed hysterically at this dreaded disease! I'll be telling her kids that one some day. Of course she never really was Black Toast Intollerate. She just has a vivid imagination. Silly little monkey! If her new brother is anything like her, my niece has her hands full.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Elusive Spring

I'm looking out my window at a dull gray sky and the brown barren landscape. Frankly I've had enough! Winter has droned on and on this year. Has spring forgotten me? I'm ready for it's fragrant flowers and green grass, so I'm making my own spring today!

For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.

by Alernon Charles Swinburne

Click on the below link. You will get a black page. Click your mouse anywhere (& everywhere) on the page & see what happens! Better yet, click & drag your mouse over the black page... Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Randon Acts of Kindness

I am not versed in HTML, I do not have a lot of computer knowledge or technical experience. If it isn't pretty straight forward, I'm lost. I've been struggling to build my Blog site, though I'm happy with it so far, there is still a little fine tuning to be done. This brings me to the random acts of kindness. I emailed and asked another blogger, a stranger on the worldwide web for help with something on my site. I never really expected a reply. Not only did Sandee reply, she helped me with the HTML codes and walked me through a problem that had me totally baffled. Now, thanks to Sandee I can add some of your sites to My Friends List! Please take a minute to visit Sandee's Blog Comedy Plus . Thanks Sandee for being kind and taking your precious time to help a stanger. It made me wonder about other random acts of kindness. Here are a few I found at a site called Random Acts of Kindness

Missing Bag Submitted By: K Harrell Date Submitted

I was already late after leaving a store and wanted to get home as quickly as possible. As I was getting into my car, I noticed a large handbag, open, in a shopping cart return area next to my car. I could have left it but I knew in seconds how I would feel if I had left my handbag in a cart. I went inside to leave it with the guest services desk in the large store. I had to wait several minutes, making me even later in getting home, but I felt patience come to me. As I was leaving the store after turning in the bag, a woman was rushing into the store and I knew it was the owner of the handbag! I went with her to the counter and she was so grateful. She wanted to give me something but I was reluctant. I gave her my business card and a few weeks later she sent to me a gift card to a restaurant which I was then able to use to treat a friend who had been helping my family. The giving continues and so must the receiving.

A Shiny Floor Submitted By: Diane

I work full-time and I have two children. My husband and our children and I live in a small apartment in a multi-family home we own. We also have a cat and a dog. It's cozy and never boring, but a challenge to keep up.My youngest son was just a year old when my birthday came. He was still waking up during the night, so my husband and I were often exhausted, and our jobs were very challenging. My older son had sports practice, scouts, etc. It seemed like our house would never be clean again.I came home from work on my birthday and found the dishes clean, laundry done, the furniture dusted, and the kitchen and bathroom floors very, very shiny. My sister had used her extra key to let herself in during the morning (she works second shift) and clean the whole apartment! It was one of the nicest presents I've ever received.

""From what we get we make a living. From what we give we make a life."" Author:Blake Beattie.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Saying Grace in a Restaraunt

I found this online and thought it bore repeating!

Last week, I took my children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, 'God is good, God is great. Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert. And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!'

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark 'That's what's wrong with this country. Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!'

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, 'Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?'

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, 'I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.'

'Really?' my son asked.

'Cross my heart,' the man replied.

Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), 'Too bad she never asks God for ice cream. A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.'

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal. My son stared at h is for a moment, and then did something I will remember the rest of my life.

He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her, 'Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul is good already.'

The End

Sometimes, we all need some ice cream.

I hope God sends you some Ice Cream today!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!!

Hi girls! I just want to share my story with you. I have never been particularly artsy and crafty. As a matter of fact if you had asked me a few years ago, I would have told you that I didn't have a crafty bone in my body. In the past my only creative expression has always been the ability to decorate my home on a shoestring budget. I guess that's pretty creative, but I'd never "made" anything. I owned a failing small town cafe (unfortunately a dieing breed these days!) After I decided to close the doors I needed to keep up the mortgage payments. I had a decision to make. Go to work outside the home full-time to help pay for this building or do something with it to generate income. I chose the latter, as I have all my life worked 70+ hours a week outside the home, then of course my responsibilites at home, too!

I decided to try a part-time business out of the old cafe and to try my hand at sales on eBay from home to round things out. I thought I would try a shop that would not require much inventory or expense. I convinced my husband to build booths for me to rent out to vendors so they could sell there wares and to help me fill up the store with merchandise. Before long my little store was full to capacity and everyone seemed to be a crafter of some kind. I used my talent for decorating and the shop just came together. As I said, I didn't consider myself crafty or even all that interested in crafts! It just happened that way. I needed to expand within 2 months of opening, as I had more request for booths from vendors. I had a large back dining room that had become a junk room. My husband didn't have the time to build more booths for me. What to do?? Pam, a very generous friend of mine with some fix-it handy gal experience just happened to be renting a booth from me and offered to help me repair the floor and build booths. This was my first experience with building anything or using power tools. It was very impowering! That set the wheel in motion.

Pam and I now make all kinds of rustic country crafts and primitives. We call our little venture Wood n' Whimsy. We both have more creativity than we ever imagined! We have a workshop set up in what was the old cafe kitchen and we have a blast! Who knew we could do this? I would have never thought I was capable of woodcrafting and painting or clever enough to come up with so many neat ideas!
I'm not making tons of money yet, but we are going to "take it on the road" as they say and sell at craft fairs and shows this year!

My point is this, ladies, we can do whatever we set our minds to. We don't have to settle for dull and boring jobs! Sometimes we just have to open our hearts and heads to new ideas.
Pam and I sell Wood n' Whimsy crafts at my "brick and mortar" shop, on line at eBay