Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Good Results

Hooray, another good report from the Oncologist.  Ron's cancer is still in remission!  We are sooo incredibly blessed.  Dr. C. said she always holds her breath when she gets Ron's CT scan results.  She's not the only one.  But we have another 3 month reprieve from cancer.  Ron can go visit his daughter without a care in the world.
I was wanting to get the first results after retirement over with.  My superstitious nature made me afraid that now that we are retired the bomb would fall and we'd get a bad report.  NOT.......

I talked to my girlfriend in Arizona to let her know we are coming in November.  I'm just so excited to see her again.  I have things lined up for Mike to keep him busy while we are gone.  My daughter will take him to her house on Friday and fix him a pizza.  She's going to watch the football game with him on Saturday and take him to church on Sunday.  We'll leave Thursday and be back on Sunday afternoon so I think I've got Mike covered! 

Life is GOOD!

Monday, October 5, 2015

I pray you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season.................

Once again we are on the cusp of the holiday season and I'm bracing myself not for the crowds of shoppers but the hoards of complainers who somehow believe they have suffered personal persecution if met by a greeting of happy holidays!  This is just one more on the list of ways people are believing their religious beliefs have been attacked. 

Every day I read some complaint on Facebook that prayer has been taken out of schools.  That the Pledge of Allegiance has been rewritten to exclude "under God" or eliminated all together.  Yet as a substitute teacher I have recited the pledge (in its' original format) with the kids every single morning.  At last Friday's assembly the entire school recited the pledge together followed by a time for meditation, reflection and yes prayer.   

So, my question is what is wrong with people?   Are they misinformed or do they just not care whether the BS they spread on social media is correct or not?  It seems to me people would rather feed the flame with total disregard for the truth.

Our government has never issued a ban on saying "Merry Christmas".  No citizen has ever been arrested for wishing anyone a Merry Christmas.   But if a business chooses to use the more inclusive greeting of Happy Holidays some Christians lose their minds.  It's a business for Pete's sake....just like in advertising they are attempting to appeal to the greatest number of people and not every consumer in America is a Christian.  Go ahead, respond with a hearty "Merry Christmas" if you choose; no one is going to come running out from the shadows to shackle and put you in a stockade for public viewing.  

I'm still trying to figure out what the issue is about concerning prayer in school.  How can ANYONE be prohibited from praying?   If you want to pray you can pray anytime and anywhere.   So what's the beef?  Somehow I get the impression that there are some who don't consider you a "real" Christian if you aren't imposing your beliefs onto others.  Or at least that is what social media would lead you to think.   


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

In the past 15 months I have lost approximately 40 pounds.  Ron and I started Weight Watchers about mid August and we have both continued to lose weight.  It is a great program but it isn't a miracle worker.  What I've learned so far is you HAVE to be mindful of everything you put in your mouth.  Every bite counts.........  If you aren't willing to do that you simply won't lose weight.

Ron has been walking every day and that has helped him a lot.  However, exercise alone will not produce weight loss.  A doctor told me once that you can lose weight without exercising.  It's all about what you eat.  Exercise does help you eat more without gaining weight but it won't make up for a lot of extra calories.

I'm still trying to find a cardio exercise I can do that won't hurt my knee. (still need a knee replacement) But I'm losing because I count everything I eat.  I'd just like to reap the benefits of exercise like increasing my endurance and maybe help me lose a little faster.

So hats off to anyone who has struggled with weight and won the battle.  It is really worth the fight!


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Being lazy

What a lazy Saturday I am having.  For the past week I have had a hard time sleeping.  I just can't fall asleep.  Thursday night I was up until 4 am and then only slept 3 hours when I did get to sleep.  So yesterday I stayed awake and didn't take a nap just so I'd be sleepy enough to fall asleep.  Still didn't get to sleep until about 10:30.  All this crazy sleep cycle has made me really tired and I don't want to do much.

This morning we did go over to my daughter's house and spread some weed & feed on her lawn.  I've been doing absolutely nothing since then.  Guess it will just be one of those days.

Ron is taking Mike to a baseball game tomorrow so I will have the house to myself for awhile.  Don't know what I'm going to do but I'll think of something.

Oh, yesterday I did listen to some of Trump's speech at the state fair.  All I can say is "Can you spell pompous?"  What a blow hard.  He ranted on and on about how great he is for at least 55 minutes.  He is a complete ass.  I guess this election will be about whether the dumb and stupid out number the marginally intelligent.  I know which group is bigger in my state.  They elected our governor and that says it all.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Muct to do about nothing!

Wow, I can't get over how fast the weeks fly by now that we are retired.  There is always something to do and we are busy every day.  I'm still getting used to the fact that we can go shopping when everyone else is at work.  Stores are much less crowded and it is so much more fun than rushing around on the weekends trying to get everything done and fighting the crowd at the same time.

The Oklahoma State Fair is going on right now and Donald Trump is going to be there this afternoon.  I WILL NOT!  We heard that there will be some group there protesting their disagreement with Mr. Trump but since Oklahoma is a Republican state I imagine their protests will fall on deaf ears.

We made our airline reservation to fly to Las Vegas November 5th.  We are renting a car and driving straight to Kingman, Arizona which is 90 miles east.  There we will visit my childhood friend and spend two nights then we will drive back to Vegas and spend one night and then fly back home.  

We got such a good deal on the flight and rental car that we couldn't pass up the opportunity to go.  I think Mike will be ok for 3 nights without us or at least we will find out one way or another.

I've started doing some Christmas shopping.  I was looking at the Pioneer Woman's line of dishes and cookware that is surprisingly at Walmart.  Since I don't like giving any of my money to  Walmart I haven't purchased any of it but the colors are so pretty.  I've read some reviews that the quality isn't very good but I guess that is to be expected for the price.  Doubt I'll be getting any of it.

I'm wanting to go to some garage sales in search of old wooden frames.  A friend of mine has been making the prettiest picture frame Christmas wreaths out of them.   

Ron and I may go to some sales tomorrow.  I found some frames at Hobby Lobby to paint but they were $19.00.  Don't want to spend that much.

The dog is driving me off the computer.  She keeps standing under the desk panting her bad breath right up my nose.  She has old doggie breath!  I give up!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Yesterday I posted pictures of the "pink" house across the street.  It needs no explanation.  It is hideous and I don't see any hope of it being changed.

But, yesterday afternoon Ron was letting the dog outside when he said, "I think we are being mooned".  I of course went to see what he was talking about and there is our neighbor's yard (at the back of our house) was a 15 to 20 foot statue of a naked lady, bending over mind you.  Her butt facing toward the back of our house.  It is our view from the patio.

Well, intrigued we had to take pictures.  

This thing is huge.  If she were standing I am sure she'd be taller than the roof line of the house.

Actually we got quite tickled.  Ron said he had never seen a lawn ornament quite like it.  We are curious as to what the naked lady is doing.  Ron thinks she is pulling weeds.

Ron says we are living in an eclectic neighborhood.  That all these neighbors are doing is expressing their artistic styles.

I don't know what it is about but I'm afraid my husband will be spending quite a bit of time on the back patio.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

This is the view in our backyard.  A 20 foot naked lady.  I'm not sure exactly what she is doing, maybe pulling weeds.