Saturday, May 31, 2014

Titters From the Twitter (and Other Places): May 2014

This month's titters from the Twitter (and other places).  Enjoy! 

04/30:  From Facebook:  T.Walker Shared: A joke heard from my 14 year old, Sarah:  What did one pants leg say to the other pants leg?
"What up Britches?!?"

05/01:  From Twitter:  @GeorgeTakei tweeted:

 05/05:  From Facebook:  R.Tompkins shared:
05/07:  From Twitter:  @LateLateShowCBS tweeted this (I love these maps):
05/07:  From Twitter:  @GeorgeTakei tweeted:
05/05:  From Facebook:  R.Tompkins shared:
05/07:  From Facebook:  R.Tompkins shared:
 05/08:  From Facebook:  S.Argrett shared:
05/09:  From Twitter:  @BenDukes tweeted:  The barrel of my 410 is also gluten free. Wanna stuff that in your mouth?
05/09:  From Facebook:  R.Johnson shared: "I just opened a shop named, 'It's The Thought That Counts.' It's full of totally useless gifts."
05/09:  From Facebook:  R. Helstrom shared:
Getting ready to do a wedding and I noticed a large group of people have been huddled around a door for a good while trying to pic a lock to a door that had accidentally been locked and shut.   I waited as long as I could and then walked up and asked, "Can I give it a try?

I think I was able to pic the lock in about 15 seconds...
Someone says, "Oh wow...that was fast...aren't you the pastor?"

 Me: "uh yeah...lucky first try"

Some things from my past never go to waste lol.  Grateful for His grace.
05/09:  From Facebook: D. Johnson shared:
05/13:  From Facebook:  D.Raulerson shared:  It happened again in less than a year. Threw some protein bars in the trash and now the racoons are bench pressing my neighbors Labrador retriever in the backyard.
05/13:  From Facebook:  P.Logsdon shared:
05/14:  From Facebook:  R.Tompkins shared:
05/15:  From Facebook:  R.Tompkins shared:
05/18:  From Facebook:  G. Ford shared:  The trust between a woman and her hair stylist is similar to the trust between a man and his proctologist.
05/18:  From Facebook:  I Shared: 
Repercussion -

Dictionary definition: an effect or result, often indirect or remote, of some event or action

Band nerd definition: hearing the drumline kick it again at the end of a game or performance
05/18:  From Facebook:  T. Kingston shared:
05/20:  From Twitter:  @JonAcuff tweeted:  The reason we have jerk 15 year olds is that sometimes we let 7 year olds be jerks & give them 8 years of practice.
05/22:  From Twitter:
Dr. Henry Cloud:  Usually, less flashy means less pain in the butt.
Me:  You talking people or underwear?
Dr. Henry Cloud:  yes!
05/28:  From Twitter:  @WomenSouthern tweeted:
05/30:  From Twitter:  @latweedle tweeted:
"She's red hot passion, he keeps a simple life, he's turned his back on her, but soon he'll swing round again"
05/30:  From Twitter:  @JonAcuff retweeted:  "People love butterflies, but hate moths. A butterfly is just a moth with one nice outfit. "
05/31:  From Facebook:  K.Dunaway shared: 

Best of Show: The Simple Woman's Daybook [30 Day Photo Blog]

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For Today:  Saturday, May 31, 2014

Outside my window … A cloudy sky canopying lovely green trees and the buds of summer flowers.  As I finish this, the blue sky breaks through.
Praising God for…  The restart of my craft business, being out of the hood, another year of life to celebrate, and the love of friends.
In prayer for...  Growth of the business.  Favor. Strength to hustle and get it done. My health.  As always, praying for those who don't know Him; that's God's goodness will continue to draw them to repentance (Romans 2:4).

I am thinking...
about anger.  Things are on an upturn, but I've had an undercurrent of anger brewing for a long time.  I know the Bible says "Be angry and sin not" (Ephesians 4:26), but I've been angry too often for too long.  I'm starting to become calloused and bitter about certain things.  Some days I feel like my hard work and following the rules garners little to no reward while others can play the "here's what I've been through/here's my hard story" card and get the moon on a silver platter.  When I was a young adult, I tried to play those cards and was severely chastised for "thinking the world owed me something."  I agree.  I simply want to fulfill God's call for my life.  I'm not asking for a pass (although that would be nice); I just want a chance.  OK, whining over.

I am thankful...
for my new digs, for friends, for God's creativity that flows through my hands  (was that one too much?)
In the kitchen...  Not sure.  I've got lots of veggies to enjoy, so it may be "hot mess" omelets and stir fry dishes for a few days.  I've got leftover cupcakes and ice cream from my birthday, so I may enjoy those for dessert tomorrow.

I am wearing... Tank top and shorts.  Hello summer.  :)

I am creating...
 Baby items, getting set up to make hand painted greeting cards, also working on my websites.  Hope to get it all done so that I can relax tomorrow.
I am going... I'm working today, but hope to get walk/run some miles in at the trail this evening.  Anybody got any Skin-So-Soft?
I am wondering... how does a woman succeed in life without having to lean on a husband/boyfriend yet maintain her integrity?  I want to complete my life's assignment, but I'm not going to lie, and I don't want to have to pine away waiting for Zorro to rescue me.  If he hasn't shown up by now, he isn't going to.

I am reading... Sunday school materials.  We're studying Ezekiel and Daniel this quarter.  It's going to be a deep one. 

I am hoping...that I get everything done today so I can have some relaxing fun tomorrow.

I am looking forward to... Growth in every area of life.
I am learning… new things every day.

Around the house... laundry and straightening up.
I am pondering...  amends I need to make to my family  As I continue to soul search in my recovery, I realize I've caused my family a lot of hurt.  I don't know how to make amends for it.  I cannot erase my very existence...well I can, but I'm not interested in that.  I guess moving away was a good start.  No, it's not that far away, but it's a start.
A favorite quote for today...

Dr. Henry Cloud:  Usually, less flashy means less pain in the butt.
Me:  You talking people or underwear?
Dr. Henry Cloud:  yes!

One of my favorite things... Tissues that don't have lotion in them.  Ever tried cleaning your glasses with a tissue you didn't know had lotion in it?  Better 1 or....eww!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Chores and working in the workshop today.  Church and hopefully a day of relaxing fun tomorrow.

A peek into my day...  Some of the best photos from the 30 day photo blog challenge.  I really enjoyed this and may do it again in a few months.

From May 1

From May 3

From May 4

From May 6

From May 11

From May 12

From May 19
From May 21

From May 24
From May 26

From May 27

From May 28

From May 29
From May 30

Friday, May 30, 2014

42 [30 Day Photo Blog]

Today marks my 42nd year of life.  Forty-two, that's 21 twice, y'all.  I love it.  My friends say I don't look my age.  Of course, black don't crack.  :)
Had a fun day today.
My mentors Jim and Jan took to Baja Grill for lunch.  Yum!

Saw one of my old boyfriends and his mom outside of the restaurant.
Went to WWF at CR tonight and the band from Word Alive brought it!

Ended the night with a beautiful rainy drive home.  Happy birthday to me.

Five Minute Friday: "Nothing"

Thanks to Lisa-Jo Baker at Five Minute Friday for the prompts.

Without Him I could do nothing
Without Him I?d surely fail
Without Him I would be drifting
Like a ship without a sail.
- Without Him.  Lyrics by Mylon Lefevre
Nothing: (definition 5) - something or someone of no importance or significance
I saw a quote on Joyce Meyer's Facebook page that said:  "Don't determine your worth and value by how other people have treated you."  I had a very hard time with that quote.  Yes, in God's eyes, I am redeemed by the blood of Christ.  That's wonderful.  However, how I get along on this earth is determined by my worth and value to others.
If a person determines that I am worthless to them, then to them I am nothing.  I have no place or influence in their life.  I can handle that better than having the worth of a mere thing in someone else's life.  That's the worst kind of nothing--I work and work as a machine, but my humanity is erased.  Both hurt, but that's worse.
I love the lyrics to the song Without Him.  It was the first thing I thought off when I heard what the prompt was.  Without Christ, in heaven I am nothing, lost, and destined for eternal separation from God.  Thanks be to Him that in His eyes I am something.  The question is, what do I do here on earth to bring that "somethingness" to a world that thrives on showing people how much nothing they are?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Celebrations II: Auntie's Baby Graduates High School 2014 [30 Day Photo Blog]

Shantaylor & Ferendez

Four kids from my family graduated high school this month.  Michael graduated from a high school in Georgia.  Breon and Shantaylor both graduated from Anniston High School.  Unfortunately, I am not as close to these three as I would like.  I am very close to the fourth, Ferendez, who also graduated from Anniston High School tonight.  I guess it's because at one point, we lived next door to each other and  even after they moved, we spent lots of time together.  His two sisters and I are also very close.

I share these pictures to say, Ferendez Lowery, Auntie loves you and I am very, very proud of you.  Just remember what I said, the day you think you too old for me to hug and kiss you is the day I write you out of my will.  ;)


Celebrations I: Pre-Birthday Ups and Downs [30-Day Photo Blog]

No, we ain't right.
Woke up in a very blue mood today.  My emotional downspin had nothing to do with my upcoming birthday.  I actually enjoy getting older;  it beats being dead.  No, my mood was about something that happened last night, but that's not important right now.

My buddy Michelle, her son, Caleb, and her
grandmother, Sue threw me a little pre-birthday celebration complete with cupcakes, ice cream, and presents.  My presents were a fluorescent green/yellow T-shirt (so I can be seen on the bike trial from Piedmont) and some.... err.... ah.... unmentionables that will make my riding experience more enjoyable (and less chaffing). 

It was a little early Christmas crafting in Auntie's Workshop today.  Had a customer who wanted a couple of my stuffed gingerbread men.  That got me to thinking that maybe I need to get together a "Christmas in July" sale.  Do people still buy like that?

No, my feet aren't ashy.
That's a tan line.
Tonight, I trucked on over to Anniston High School's graduation.  My grandniece, Shantaylor, and her cousins, Ferendez, and Breon celebrated the moving of the tassel tonight.  I don't know why I thought I would find a close parking space.  Yes, I went an hour early, but I forgot that although Lott-Mosby Memorial Stadium has decent bathrooms, they have no parking to speak of.  I had to park a quarter of a mile away.  Here's to adding to my ARC mileage.  Good thing I had my biking shoes (aka, my ex running shoes) in the car.  By the way, to the hood rats who had the nerve to openly laugh at my wearing athletic shoes with my dress, unlike SOME people, I had absolutely nothing to prove by wearing little cute shoes that I can't walk that far in and can't climb or descend the stadium steps in.

Anyway, I had a great time at the ceremony.  It was short and to the point.  There were several unique things I liked about it.
  • The parents had balloons they released when their child's name was called.  I'd never seen that before.  I don't know if the balloons contained messages or not, but it was still a loving gesture.
  • There was nothing in the program that said, "hold all applause until all names have been called." I've been to many different types of graduations, and never saw this stupid rule followed anyway. Now a kindergarten graduation, yes, but high school or college, no way.  Besides, who wants to be the kid no one applauds for?  It's not a good feeling.
  • Along with the usual "Pomp and Circumstance" and the singing of the Alma Mater, the school's choir did a very upbeat, non traditional song called "Happy."  I'd never heard it before and thought is was great.  Sorry, but I've played or sat through the music of several ceremonies that leave me wondering who died?  This is a celebration!  They should have marched out to this: