Saturday, July 25, 2009

Freaky Friday- A Day Late

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Do You???

To answer the question being asked, stop in at, one of my daily journals.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Question of the Day

I've added a new Question of the Day- You can find it by visiting one of my other blogs- by clicking here or visitingg

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Window To Your World

New entry on one of my blogs- You can read it here @

Thursday, April 02, 2009

You Can Find Me...

I've finally been able to get in out of the sunshine and gorgeous weather to attempt to catch up on some of my favorite blogs- now if I can just get everyone linked from my sites, all will be great.

Even though I'm not updating here often, You can read my daily ramblings at the following three sites, all of which are owned and operated by, you guessed it- MOI`.

As I continue to develop the sites, there will be contests in the future, along with prizes for the winners.

I've pretty much decided for sure that Wednesday's With Wizzy will definitely be back, along with several other feature ideas that I've been thinking of.

More on those ideas as they develop.

In the meantime... if you'd like, book mark the following and stop in anytime:

Hope to see you soon :)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Saying Goodbye- Kind Of

As you know, I've been talking about having my own space for quite some time now, and I've finally made it happen.

I do believe that the 'great crash' of JS, pushed me to actually get that done, as it had been in the 'planning' stages for more than a year, but I just hadn't taken the time to get everything done.

I'm there now. Even though I don't have things the way I want them, my sites are launched. Yes, I did say sites, as in plural. A little more on that in a moment.

Because I am writing there full time now, and because I also have a blog at Keep Connected Live, my prescence here, aside from reading others will probably be very limited.

If you are looking for a great new place to blog, Keep Connected is the place to go. A former JSer is the owner, and he's really working hard to add features and make it a site that we all want to use.

I really admire and support his efforts, so I encourage you to do the same. You won't be sorry you did.

I may or may not link my entries from my sites here. It depends.

What I am in the process of getting done, is adding all of my favorite blogs to my new site so that I can use it as a springboard to visit everyone. It's going to take a little time, but I will get there. In the meantime- don't forget me.

More on the 'sites' thing that I mentioned.

I decided that rather than have one particular site, that I wanted to have different places to write about different things, so at this point I have three different places where you can read.

Most of the information found on each place is different, although sometimes they may overlap a little and you'll find something that you may have already read.

Each place is a part of who I am, and all three together embody somewhat of the complete puzzle of all that is- "ME". Granted, it isn't everything, but I would say that it's close.

So- I present to you- SimplyWizardress- Here you'll find me sharing everyday life- things I do, products that I like, photos, stories about Mister M, recipes, etc..

Through the Tulips- Here you'll find my gratitude lists, stuff about health, fitness, excercise, anything to do with being positive and having a positive outlook.

Last, but certainly not least- the place where things are a little crazy- Little South of Sanity. This is the place where I share things that are a little on the wacky side- or for those moments when my sanity takes a southerly turn. I'll also share crazy stories, or things I come across that I find to be odd.. plus any sort of wacky thing that is happening in my life.

There you have it- a little idea of what you can find at my new places.

These will not be temporary. These will be my permanent blogging homes, so feel free to bookmark or add me to your blogroll if you'd like.

I'm also strongly considering bringing back Wednesdays with Wizzy- which will interview people from across cyberspace , instead of only focusing on bloggers from the former JS or even bloggers in general, although I am leaning towards only interviewing other bloggers. It's still in the 'thinking' stages, but we'll see how it pans out. If it happens, it will be found on Simply Wizardress.

So, as the title explains- this is kind of a goodbye, but not really- the doors are open wide and I'm feeling more inspired than I have been in a long time.

Let's have fun!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Rest of the Story

If you read the previous entry- then you know that Thursday evening we had a little excitment here in Neverland, involving a helicopter zipping around my neighborhood.. Because I have a pretty wild imagination, before I realized they were probably looking for someone, I actually thought they may be having troubles and were going to crash. I know- crazy, but as I previously mentioned, I do have a very vivid imagination.

I do have the rest of the story, and you can read about it here.

It's a gorgeous saturday here in Neverland, so I'm probably not going to be spending much time inside today. This is NOT weather to spend the day indoors. Right now, I'm waiting for Marcel to wake up (he worked all night) so that we can go hiking through the sand dunes, at least that was the plan as of last night. I can't wait.

Happy Saturday!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Excitement in the Neighborhood

Weird stuff happening in our neighborhood tonight. A helicopter flying around, and obviously looking for something, or SOMEONE. This sort of thing NEVER happens in our neighborhood, or even in our town, so something is going on.

You can read more about what's been going on here. (That is the link to one of my three new journals, which are still in the early stages.)

More about the new spaces tomorrow.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Home Alone

I'm hoping that since my favorite guy is working tonight, that I'll have the opportunity to use his laptop and catch up on some of my favorite journals.

It's been a gorgeous day here in Neverland, and in spite of the threatening skies this morning, the day ended with blue skies and sunshine, and not without me spending some time outside with Marcel and Mister M. while I was cooling down after my work out.

There really is something about feeling the sunshine on your face after a winter filled with the lack of sunshine. It makes me much more aware of the little things that I assume are always there, and how easily they are taken for granted.

More from me later- hopefully. If not today, then tomorrow. Lots happening in my world- how about yours?

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Getting There

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I have been trying and testing things for this new adventure that I'm beginning. I can now officially say that all three places are up and running, but I still am in the tweaking stages, and still trying to decide if I like the layouts I'm currently using or If I'd like to switch to something else.

Eventually i'd love to learn to make my own layouts, but again- first things first.

In the next day or two I'll be adding everyones links, and hopefully (fingers crossed) I'll be much better about keeping up with what's happening in everyones lives.

The blogs are a trio, each with their own little purpose and cause- each of which representing a piece of me, that when put together comes closer to completing the puzzle that is me.

I'm excited, and I look forward to sharing it with y'all.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It's Official

I've been talking about it for a while, but I've finally make it official. I'm now the proud owner of my very own domain- to be followed directly by two, possibly three others.

It didn't take me but about two seconds to realize just how much I don't know, but with a little bit of work, I was able to do what I'd set out to do, and that's get the blog software set up and running. I'm still in the tweaking stages, but I'll be announcing the link in the near future.

Later, once I have more time, I'll eventually add a photo gallery and actually build a site around the blogs, but right now, the blogs will be enough. After all, Rome wasn't built in a day.

At least now, if things aren't working the way I want them to, the buck stops with moi. It's going to be fun, and a definite challenge to the grey matter. I'm ready for it.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

New Faces of Diet Pepsi (Free Stuff)

This morning I had an email from Pepsi-Cola annoucing an entire line of 'flavors' for Diet Pepsi. Flavors such as Cherry, Vanilla, Lime and Lemon.

Even though I'm a fan of Coke Zero, I thought that the Cherry and Vanilla would be something I'd love to try, and I probably will once they arrive in Neverland.

In the email, was also the following link to print your own pepsi coupon which will allow you to choose one free 12 pack of diet Pepsi, with the purchase of two 12 packs of diet Pepsi. Not a bad deal at all, especially if you can find them on sale somewhere.

Also in the email, was a coupon for a new burger at Arby's called the "Roast Burger", with the purchase of a Diet Pepsi. You can print the coupon here, then take it in to your local Arby's and enjoy!! (Mom & Diddy, I thought this may be something for y'all, even though I know you don't generally drink Diet Pepsi).

I always get excited when I see good deals, or products that I think others may enjoy, so I thought I'd share the wealth.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Making a Difference

I heard someone say today in an interview that boils down to that if we are living our lives for us alone then we are wasting our life- that it's not about US but about those around us, and the lives that we can make a difference in.

I agree.

I wonder though, how this society that we live in went from being caring and compassionate of others to a society that is mostly concerned with looking out for Numero Uno?

I believe we ALL should think about ourselves and do what's best for us, but this is far more than that.

Do you ever wonder how this became the ME, ME, ME generation?

I challenge you to be honest with you, and ask yourself if you are part of the problem, or part of the solution. We can't be both, but the positive thing is that it's not too late to turn things around.

Life is short- live it well.

My Gratitude List for March 11, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Ice cold milk.

2- Marcel and I washing the car together.

3- Mom's who call at just the right moment.

4- Sunshine on my shoulders.

5- Those who understand me, and who genuinely care.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 11- Chew on schedule.

Too much time between meals can drop your energy levels, decrease your metabolism and result in overeating. Space your meals evenly throughout the day and eat a healthy snack in between each meal.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Flashback to the 80's

I mentioned yesterday that Desere and I were out for a 'girls day' today in a city about an hour from here via train. Sure enough- this morning I was up at 6:30 (far earlier than I really wanted to be up), so that I could cook my steel-cut oats, toss in a little cinnamon, vanilla flavored splenda and a dash of milk- eat them, have a soak in the bath, plus get the hair and make-up done before 8:30 ish. Oh, and lets not forget, I also needed to have time to tend my farm over on Facebook. After all, I had crops that needed harvesting and selling. haha

The weather wasn't the greatest today, but Desere and I were armed with umbrellas and ready to take on the hardest of rainfall, as long as the wind didn't start blowing, because that would pretty much render the umbrellas useless.

I thought as I walked from store to store today that I had stepped out of a time machine in the 80's. I couldn't believe some of the things I'd seen- things that I hated during the 80's, that I still hate today- Parachute pants- really? At one point Desere looked at me and said, "Ohhh look." and low and behold if it wasn't a pair of those pants that M.C. Hammer use to wear, only these were black and not white. I couldn't believe my eyes.

Desere and I proceeded to have a conversation on what is regarded as 'in' for this coming season, and I was quick to say that I would be "OUT" because there was NO WAY I'd ever wear any of those things.

One great thing is, bright colors are in for the spring/summer which does make me happy. I saw some wild and colorful prints today that really did scream "LORI". I also found a summer jacket that I practically had a fit over in the store. Desere just laughed and said that it's "ME" without a doubt, and she's right- It's wild, it's whimsical, colorful, and a little bit freaky, but I loved it. It was by some European designer and what I considered to be pricy for a summer jacket, and I didn't buy it. I don't 'need' clothes. When I got home and told Marcel about it- he said if you want it, we'll go back and get it. I'm so tempted- but then again, I can tell you if he sees it, he will change his mind- it's far too wild for his mild manner tastes and I know he'll hate it. I'm tempted though- I've got to find a photo so I can share it. I wish I could remember who the designer was. Luckily, we have one of the same department stores in our neighborhood, so I may see if they have it there, but it's a smaller store, so I doubt it- if I can find it, I'll be sharing the photo. It's too awesome not to share.

In other local news- I was walking through the parking lot at the train station and two little boys were playing soccer. One of them kicked the ball and it was beside Desere's car, so I kicked it as hard as I could towards them and the other end of the parking lot. The ball made it back to them, but my poor toe is still hurting. Apparently Rocket Dog's are NOT shoes to kick a soccer ball in. Ooops :)

My Gratitude List for March 10, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A fun-filled 'girls day' out with Desere.

2- Wiener Melange coffee from Simon Levelt. YUM!

3- Homemade soup from my mom-in-law, which meant I didn't have to cook today.

4- Umbrellas with smiley faces on rainy days.

5- Childen playing in the rain, oblivious to the cold.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 10- Start at the perimeter of the grocery store.

Fruits, vegetabls, dairy and grains, which should make up the bulk of your diet, are located here. Eating these unprocessed foods boosts your nutritional intake and promotes health.

Monday, March 09, 2009

All Work and Some Play

As per usual these days- things have been extremely busy in Neverland and I don't see things getting any more leisurely in the near future. Granted, it isn't all work and no play, so tomorrow Desere and I will board a train and head off to a destination about an hour and fifteen minutes from here where we'll shop, have lunch, and enjoy spending some time together before she heads back to work in the near future.

I'm in the stages of finally getting my sites off the ground and running. I've been talking with people in terms of hosting, domain names, etc- and it looks like things are finally going to happen. I've decided that in order to challenge the grey matter, that I'm going to attempt to do the site on my own. I built a website years ago without any tools or programs, but strictly on writing the code myself. I've forgotten alot, and alot has progressed since then, but if I did it once, I can do it again- it's just going to take some time.

The blogs will come first- since I think they'll be the easiest to set up, and the sites will be built around them later. When things are ready to be launched, I'll let you know- I'll continue to write here even then, but I want my own space, where I can make the rules and do things the way I want to do them, write about what I want (not that I don't do that now), but things will definitely be different, at least for me.

On the personal front- my period is late. Not by much, just a few days, but I'm generally like clockwork. I know, this may be more information than you wanted to find on my journal (sorry guys), but it's one of the things going on in my world, and one of those little things I wanted to talk about.

No, I don't really think I'm pregnant. I could be, mind you- but I really don't 'feel' pregnant, at least if there's a way one is suppose to 'feel' when they are in the beginning stages of pregnancy. I think it's just one of those hormonal issues, or possibly I could be heading towards the 'menapausal light' at the end of the tunnel. Either way- I'm sure that whatever it is, that everything will be fine, but it has been passing through the grey matter some.

It's almost time for me to wake Marcel from his nap, so I can get him off to work, so I'd better say toodle-loo for now.

Oh, before I go-

My Gratitude List for March 9, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Confidence.

2- Little notes from friends that warm my heart and make my day smile.

3- Being able to be there for those who mean so much to me.

4- My 'unbiological' sisters, since I've never had a real sister of my own.

5- Learning to avoid toxic situations, and people.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 8- Slow down.

Savoring your food in a calm environment helps you tune-in to your body's signals. You're less likely to overeat and experience problems like acid reflux when you take your time to really enjoy the moment.

March 9- Eat 4-6 servings of vegetables daily.
High in nutrients and low in calories, veggies can help prevent diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. One serving is equal to 1/2 a cup.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Let The Sun Shine In....

The past two days have been a whirlwind of activity, which started when I woke up yesterday morning to find that the sun was shining. Yes, the sun, that has been ever-so-elusive since we returned from our trip home for the holidays.

I never knew how much I took the sunshine for granted until weeks went by where it didn't shine except maybe an hour a week. Needless to say, I was in pure celebration mode yesterday when I was granted an entire day of sunshine.

Not that I was energyless before, but you remember the old John Denver song called "Sunshine on my Shoulders"? In the song, John sings that Sunshine on his shoulders makes him happy- well that was me yesterday. Just SEEING the sunshine made me happy, and spending almost two hours soaking up the rays and feeling it against my skin had me practically jumping for joy.

After my work out yesterday, I decided to drink my water and have lunch outside, so I donned my favorite sunglasses and headed out. I don't remember noticing that it was 50-55 degrees out, only how warm and delicious the sun felt against my skin.

At a certain point I decided to allow my favorite feline outside with me, and Mister M. and I spent some time outside together. He didn't even seem to get agitated that I was brushing him, something that he generally tires of quickly.

I spent alot of time taking care of various domestic goddess things, and I topped the evening off with a walk together with Desere and a visit filled with laughter. It was a GREAT day.

It's amazing what a little sunshine can do for the soul. I've been ready to take on the world, and imagine how excited I was this morning when I woke up and saw the sun shining again?

I was making plans to spend some more time in the sun, soaking in some Vitamin D, when sadly the sun disappeared and didn't reappear the rest of the day. It gave me the perfect opportunity to zip around the house and take care of many things that I needed to get done, and I'm grateful that all that is now done and I can sit back and relax.

Marcel came home at six tonight, so I'm off to spend some time with him in a few. Tomorrow he'll spend most of the afternoon watching soccer, and then dinner at his moms.

I have lots to talk about, but right now, I really need to run. Before I go---

My Gratitude List for March 7, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Seeing positive things happening in the lives of those I care about, who have been hurting and struggling.

2- The feel of sunshine on my face.

3- Morning 'wake-up' calls.

4- Marcel coming home at 6 tonight instead of 10.

5- The adorable photos that mom and diddy sent me of my nephew in his Madison costume, and also of 'DOG' the cat, chasing a mouse.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 6- Too busy to cook healthfully?

To save time, use your Crockpot, cook and freeze large batches of food, buy pre-cut or pre-cooked ingredients, and keep organized grocery lists.

March 7- Avoid trans fats.
They increase your risk of heart disease. Foods with 'partially hydrogenated oil' as an ingredient contain trans fat (even if the label says 0 grams) and should be left on the grocery shelf.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Across Time

Many years ago when my brother was a little tyke (he'll be 40 in June) he played George Washington in a school program. During that time, my brother had longish (shoulder length) blond hair, so he didn't need the 'white wig', but what he did need was a costume, one that my mom lovingly made for him- sitting hours at her sewing machine so my brother could be the best George that school had ever seen. Even now, when I see photos of him in 'costume' I can't help but smile. She did a great job, and while I don't remember the others in the program, I feel fairly certain that my brother was the best dressed of them all.

Fast forward 30+ years- my nephew is now in a school program (today in fact) and called my mom and asked my mom if she remembered the George Washington costume she'd made his dad oh so many years ago. She obviously did, and he asked if she'd be willing to make him one for the program. He's not playing George Washington, but another president- the name of which slips my mind at the moment.

My mom had around four days to whip up a costume of presidental proportions for my darling nephew, and she was determined to do just that. My brother had said if it was too much to ask, that they would just rent one for him from a costume shop, but mom was having no part of that, she wanted to be able to give the same gift of love of her handiwork that she'd given my brother more than 30 years ago.

Yesterday he had his 'final fitting', and everything was perfect, down to the little additions to his shoes.

Most children probably wouldn't be interested, but my darling nephew asked mom countless questions about how she created the costume, and how she made her own patterns and the process in getting from the pattern stage to the finished product.

I suspect he wanted all the information so he could share it with his teachers and classmates and say "Look what my grammy made for me, and this is how she did it."

Yesterday- he turned to her as he was leaving after his final fitting and said, "I love you Grammy." Four words that would melt the heart of all 'grammys' and most definitely the heart of my very own dear mommy.

The last thing he wanted- was to know if his "Pap" (otherwise known as my diddy) would come help him get dressed for his program today. Something tells me diddy wouldn't have missed it for the world.

I hope they were able to get pictures.

It wouldn't surprise me, if in 20 or so years, my mom is getting yet another phone call from her then great grandchild, who also happens to need a costume for school- to play yet another president, and I know as long as she's able, mom will be honored.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 5- Drink Water.

It's the only beverage your body really needs and craves. Gradually replace sodas, flavored coffees, sugary drinks and other high calorie liquids with water. Aim for 8-12 cups daily.

My Gratitude List for March 5, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Longer hours of daylight.

2- Letters from home.

3- Marcel leaving me the same little banana sticker that I left him yesterday.

4- The crocus and daffodils which are beginning to bloom.

5- The smell of fresh brewed coffee.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Little Things

Dinner is in the oven, so I decided while it's cooking that I'd come back and share more of 31 Days to a Healthier Diet.

It's something that I can definitely benefit from, and since I know that it's something we ALL can benefit from, I wanted to share with everyone.

It is yet another dreary day outside in Neverland, yet in spite of the cold weather, cloudy skies, and drizzling rain, my mood is shining!

I'm happy and content- although I've been very worried about several people that I know and love who are struggling at the moment. I can't change their situations, but I can and will continue to pray for them, and be there for them if and when they need me.

Earlier this afternoon I was browsing through a cookbook that the local supermarket puts out monthly. The publications are gratis, and I always browse them and clip out any recipes that I find interesting, or that I think I may make in the future.

I ended up with three or four new recipes, one of which was a dessert that I'm itching to make- but will change to suit the tastes of those I make it for- namely Marcel, but probably won't make until the temps begin to warm a bit.

What I also found was an advertisement for Chiquita bananas, and you know the little blue and yellow circular stickers they put on the bananas? Well there were 'mock' stickers in the magazine, and they said things such as: "You are the best", "I think you're sweet", etc. I decided to clip all nine of them and give them to Marcel at various times.

This afternoon when he came in from work, one of the 'stickers' was lying on his laptop keyboard. It read- "I think you're sweet."

The look on his face when he saw it was priceless, followed with a "Do you really think I'm sweet?" I said that I did 'most' of the time, to which he laughed, and gave me a kiss on my forehead.

The sheets I'd washed were in the dryer, and he took them out of the dryer and made the bed. I offered to help, but he said he'd do it.

It's the little things.

Now before I go..

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 3- Enjoy 2-4 servings of fruit each day.

Fruits are rich in nutrients, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, all which help prevent disease. One serving is equal to 1/2 cup.

March 4- Know your "red" flag menu words.
Avoid restaurant items described as battered, bottomless, breaded, cheesy, country, crispy, creamy, fried, giant, loaded, smothered, and stuffed.

My Gratitude List for March 4, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A day at home without having to get out.

2- A husband who truly seems to 'get' the importance of the little things.

3- Samantha's upcoming visit.

4- Rebounding markets.

5- Baby doves, which indicate spring is closer than I think.

A Day in the Life

I am in the process of revamping my work-out program so that I can get the absolute best out of my work-outs. It's going to take time, but I'm hoping to have it done within the next few days, but at least I've made a dent in the direction I'm wanting to go. I lost a significant amount of weight last year, and in the process became fitter and healthier, but I still have some that I want to lose- and my plan is to work towards reaching my goal this year. I know I can do it, but I know it's going to take more work- work that I'm prepared to do.

This morning I've been doing laundry, plus taking advantage of the fact that the house is empty and catching up on household tasks. In a moment, I'll spend a little quality time with the elliptical, and be finished about the time that Marcel gets home from work. Tomorrow, I'll probably do the same, and on the two days following that he'll be working all afternoon and into the early evening hours, I'll have everything done and will be able to spend the time as I see fit.

I've been having the urge to create some new jewelry for spring- plus my book reading has gone down to nihl- and I'd like to do some reading. I go through phases though, where sometimes I can't devour books fast enough, and other times, I don't pick one up for months. It has been one of those 'dry spells', but I want to start reading again.

My computer time- emails and journals will be at the top of that list. I haven't had much time for that lately, mostly because my online time has been spent on facebook and my new obsession 'Farm Town'. I have quite the farm there, and who knew that I had it in me to be a 'farm girl'. It's cute, and some of my dearest friends are my 'neighbors', which makes me smile.

I still have so much to share, but that will come. In the meantime, I'd love to know what's been happening in your world?

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, March 02, 2009


I decided that while Marcel was taking a little after dinner nap, that I'd try to catch up on a few things at the computer. Unfortunately, an hour is not long enough to accomplish everything that I'd hoped to accomplish, which means the 'to do' list is left with a few things that need to be done tomorrow.

Today was 'grocery shopping' day here in Neverland- or at least for Marcel and I. I couldn't help but laugh at him when we went to one of the supermarkets, as they had my favorite toilet paper on sale- 32 rolls to a pack. One package was one price, but if you bought two they were a little less expensive, but buying three was the least expensive- 18 euro, which I knew was a great price.

I had explained to Marcel that they were on sale, but I didn't explain the process of how many we needed to buy, so he protested when I pulled three packages onto the cart. I think he was embarrassed for us to be walking to the check-out with that much T.P., and insisted that we were NOT buying that much. He even went as far as to say that he was NOT going moving another step with that much toilet paper in the cart.

Of course, I thought this to be comical- probably because you don't see the Dutch buying T.P. and that sort of thing in large quantities, but I love a bargain, so I just kept giggling and walking towards the cash register. Since he didn't have much of a choice BUT to join me, he did, but he looked embarrassed, which made me giggle even more. I'm sure the girl at the register thought I was nuts, but it just struck me as comical.

He proceeds to lecture me as we walk out the store saying we don't NEED that much toilet paper, and that he couldn't believe I'd bought that much and that he was SURE it would be on sale again and could have bought it then.

But again, being one that loves a bargain, I just didn't see the point in NOT buying it, when it's something we'll use. Besides, why pay full price when you don't have to?

Yes, it's the little things that entertain us on a day to day basis, although he did finally 'see the light' and understand the symantics behind my over the top T.P. purchase.

I wonder if men do these type of things, or if it's strictly women?

What do y'all think?

Just for the record, I also do it in terms of insurance, interest rates, and the list goes on. I like to be informed and get the best possible 'deal'.

My Gratitude List for March 2, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A husband who can laugh at the little oddnesses that make me, me.

2- An afternoon of coffee and great conversation with Desere.

3- The sunshine- even if it was for a short time.

4- Solitude.

5- Little things that make me giggle, like the above entry.

31 Days to a Healthier Diet

March 2- Eat Breakfast.

It boosts your energy, metabolism and mental focus. Plus, breakfast eaters consume fewer calories throughout the day than those who skip this meal.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Changing Things Up

It didn't take me long to get tired of the other layout that I had. I liked it, but it still wasn't exactly what I have been looking for, which leads me to this current layout.

I like the look, and it is very much "ME", but I still miss the old sunflower days. One of these days, I'm actually going to try to install PhotoShop and see if it will work with me running Vista now. Maybe then I'll actually create my own layout. I don't think it would be too difficult, since I do actually still have all the files from my old journal.

Things are quiet here in Neverland. Marcel went to his moms for Sunday dinner, and I decided to stay behind and enjoy the solitude. He brought me a plate with green beans and potatoes, and a chicken breast that I now have baking in the oven.

Since they were all having meatballs, and I only buy and eat very lean ground beef, my mother-in-law bought me a chicken breast instead. Lately she's been very respectful in honoring my wishes to eat healthy. I think she finally understood that I was dedicated to my health and a healthier lifestyle and she respects that, and I appreciate it.

I have a load of whites that are almost finished washing- I hear them going through the spin cycle as I type this. After those are finished, I have one more load and the laundry will be completely caught up. One thing that I won't have to think about this week. Yay!

March 1st- Can you believe it?

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I've decided to share with you a daily tip of 31 Days to a Healthier Diet- compliments of Spark People, one of my favorite sites.

As most of you know- I drastically changed my life last year when I started focusing on eating well, excercising, and getting rid of those very unwanted pounds. I haven't completely reached my goal, but I'm getting close, and this will serve as 'food of inspiration' for me, and hopefully for anyone else who is wanting to get 'healthier'. After all, we could all make better and more informed food choices.

March 1st- Keep a food diary.

Before you can improve your diet, you have to know where you stand. Record everything you eat and drink for five days and use these tips to improve your diet a little each day.

Ice Anyone?

I thought this morning when I woke up that the sun was actually shining. It seemed brighter than usual in our bedroom, but I was sadly mistaken when I got up and went into the living room, only to find that it was still dismal and cloudy, but just 'brighter' outside. The clouds have given way to rainfall, and that coupled with the cold weather has me feeling grateful that I don't have anywhere that I need to be today. It IS Sunday, and that means dinner at my mother-in-laws, but since my allergies are giving me a few problems, I've decided to stay home instead.

Last night at 11, the telephone rang. I could tell by the ringtone that it was either my mother-in-law or sister-in-law, so when I looked at the caller-id, I saw that it was my mother-in-laws number. I immediately felt a sense of alarm, because I know my mother-in-law would never call that time of the evening unless something was wrong.

Upon answering the phone, I found that it was my sister-in-law. I'd forgotten that it was actually Saturday and that she spends the night most Saturday nights there, because her husband works nights on Saturdays.

I could tell by the tone of her voice that nothing was wrong, so immediately I felt a sense of relief. She was calling to ask if I had any ice cubes, as she wanted to pour herself a drink and didn't have any.

My immediate thought was, "Are you kidding me?" but I let her know that I only had ice cubes in the summer time, and that was that.

Later, I called Marcel to chat and told him about his sisters call. He couldn't believe that she'd done that, but then retracted that saying that he shouldn't be surprised.

I'm glad that I wasn't sleeping, because quite honestly, I would have been highly annoyed if I had been.

On the positive side- at least there was nothing seriously wrong.

Ice anyone?

Saturday, February 28, 2009


I spent most of the day digging through boxes of things I had stored and deciding what to keep and what to toss. I've been going through parts of the house, little by little and reorganizing everything, and since I somehow twisted my knee and it has been giving me a little pain, I figured no time like the present to tackle a few projects in organization.

Four hours later I was finished with what I started, and everything is organized. I even found myself with much more space than when I started, because there were some things that found their way to the garbage. Some things I actually wondered how on earth they hadn't already made it to the trash- but I guess at the time I kept them for some reason or another. Since I've forgotten what that reason was, they are now part of this weeks garbage.

I was looking through a 'to do' book that I used last year to keep up with my daily work outs, when I first changed my lifestyle and I came across the following quote that I'd written in the margins of the book.

"In Order to learn the important lessons in life, one must each day summount fear." - Emerson

Those few words speak volumes, and I'm grateful that I came across it again today.

My Gratitude List for February 28, 2009

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- The sense of accomplishment I feel when I tackle a major task on my 'to do' list.

2- Finding little words of 'wiz'dom that encourage and inspire.

3- Quiet evenings, home alone.

4- Appreciation.

5- Warm slippers when my feet are cold.

Oh and does anyone know why I'm having to 're' follow people I was already following? It seems like all the people I was following, I suddenly need to add and/or follow again. (Insert Twilight Zone Theme Song here)

Friday, February 27, 2009

That's My Guy

I mentioned yesterday about something that happened that I thought was just adorable. Unfortunately, I ran out of time before I could get back on here and tell y'all about it.

Let me begin with a little background. A few weeks ago when Bobbi and I were on the train on our way to Bible Study, we noticed that our train conductor was cute. In fact, I'd go as far as saying he was deliciously hot, and we both noticed. It was one of those things you couldn't help BUT notice. (Yes, I'm married, but not dead, so I do notice these things.)

So, this past Tuesday, once again we were on our way to Bible Study and once again, said conductor was working. He took our tickets, stamped them, made small talk and then winked at me as he walked off. I don't think he was flirting, but being friendly, but I told Bobbi and we talked about it for a few.

When we arrived at our station. We opened the doors to our section of the train and stepped off. Low-and-behold said train conductor was standing outside OUR doors and wished us a great day.

He's very cute and we noticed.. After all, nothing against the train conductors that we generally have, but they aren't always the best in terms of eye candy.

When I got home, I was joking around with Marcel and told him about it. He started laughing and teasing me saying that I had a new 'boyfriend' - the train conductor. We both laughed about it.

Yesterday I went out shopping in Utrecht with some friends and when I got home, I called to let him know I made it home.

He said.. "You should check your email, because I noticed you had an email from someone".

My response was that I probably have many emails from many someones, but I promised to check the email.

When I checked email- I found the following message:

2009/2/26 Marcel

he ik wou even zeggen dat ik veel van je hou..

kusje de treinconducteur

Translated into English it says...

Hey, I just wanted to say that I love you very much.

Kisses, the train conductor.

I couldn't help but crack up laughing, and wrote him a little response. He called later to see if I'd received the email from 'the train conductor'.

I thought it was hilarious. He's so funny. That's my guy.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

I 'should' be cooking right now, or folding and putting away clothes, or even vacuuming. I have a list of things I 'should' be doing, but instead, I'd rather be sitting here typing this, so as you can see, that's exactly what I'm doing.

I spent the morning/afternoon with a group of friends (both old and new) in a city about an hour from here called Utrecht. We did what most women do when they get together- we talked, laughed, shopped, and ate. I had a GREAT time.

Since I arrived home early enough to get a few things done, I do plan to actually do them, but I wanted to check emails and such first, and the rest will come. I'm assured by the fact that the domestic goddess fairy isn't going to pop in and do it all for me, so it definitely isn't going anywhere.

I do have a cute (at least I think it's cute) story to share, but I probably should get a few things done first.

The weekend is on the horizon, along with March 1st, and I'm curious how you're going to spend your weekend?

Marcel is free tomorrow, and aside from a trip to the grocery store and to run a few other errands, we don't have any major plans at the moment. He's working Saturday night, so I'll be 'home alone'- which I have a feeling will become movie night for me.

More from me a little later.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

On Choices and Consequences

In spite of it being yet another dreary day here in Neverland, and the promise to myself to stay in today and get everything done that was on my 'to do' list, I decided to go on a quick shopping outing with Desere. An outing which proved fruitful, since I was able to find some new kitchen towels, something that I was in need of. I also found a few things that I didn't need, but isn't that always the case?

This morning over breakfast, Marcel and I (more me than Marcel), were listening to Anderson Cooper 360 that I'd DVR'd last night. They were playing President Obama's speech and when he began discussing the closure of Guantanimo Bay 'Gitmo' and how there would be no torture and abuse of terrorists, Marcel gave a quick, "He's Right".

Since it was something that we've never discussed, I asked him why he felt that way, and he responded with the fact that no one should be beaten and abused, terrorist or not, because after all, 'they are people too'. (His words.)

That actually sparked a debate between the two of us, because I feel quite the opposite, at least where terrorists are concerned.

I believe that ALL people should be treated with respect and dignity, BUT, I believe when you make the choice to cause terrorist acts that can ultimately be responsible for hundreds if not thousands of lives, you give up that right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Marcel disagrees, and we stand at the point that we agree to disagree.

Marcel says that beating them to get information is pointless, because they've been trained not to break. In that respect, he's probably right, but I believe it's worth a try.

I'm a very non-violent person, but this is actually something I feel pretty strongly about.

To some, it may seem like a contradiction in terms, but it's clear in my eyes.

I see it along the same lines as those who are sexual predators and who have been convicted of sex crimes.

Many, if not all of them feel that after they've served their time in prison that they should be afforded the same right to privacy as anyone else, where I feel that they gave up that right the moment they chose such a crime against another human being. I personally want to know where the child sex offenders are in my neighborhood. Wouldn't you?

So tell me, how do you feel? I'm curious.

My Gratitude List for February 25, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Orange Cranberry Compote from Williams-Sonoma, which is the best I've ever eaten.

2- My friend D., who I've been out of contact with for many years, made contact with me through Facebook.

3- Flannel sheets on those cold, dreary days.

4- My friends, my 'true blues', whom I love dearly.

5- Getting coupons in the mail- out of the blue. I love, love, love myself a bargain.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Glitches and Such

I've tried to visit and leave comments on several blogs in the past little while, but any blog that requires a word verification isn't working. (Sorry Bobby and Charmie) I was able to leave a comment without problem on Forest's, but she doesn't require the captcha, but the others would say that the captcha was loading and it never loaded. I tried again and again, but no dice. I'll have to try again tomorrow since I need to spend a little time with Marcel before he heads off to bed for the evening.

He should have his laptop back tomorrow, since UPS tried to deliver it today and I didn't hear the bell. They left us a note in our mailbox saying that they'd come back tomorrow, and since neither of us will be home, he called and asked them to deliever it to his moms, which they happily agreed to do. We're both curious about what the exact problem was with his laptop, but at least he should have it in-house tomorrow. I have a feeling that the next couple of days will find me reinstalling programs on his computer.

Marcel and I were talking over dinner about an article I read regarding the top 10 European countries with the most overweight people. The first country he nailed without a problem, and he didn't guess one of the other 9.

Do you know?

Top 10 Fattest European Countries

1- Germany
2- United Kingdom
3- Cyprus
4- Czech Republic
5- Austria
6- Finland
7- Malta
8- Slovakia
9- Letland
10- Hungary

Coming in at number 21 was the Netherlands, and the least overweight of the European countries was a surprising Italy.

Having been to Prague this past spring and seeing how the Czech people eat, I'm actually surprised that they weren't higher up on the list than 4. We indulged in one traditional Czech meal while we were there, and it was obvious it was not for those watching their calorie or fat count. With that being said, it was delicious, but once was enough- I couldn't imagine eating that way daily.

Tomorrow afternoon I have an appointment with my stylist and not a moment too soon. My hair is a mess, and I'm hoping she can work her magic and have me looking human again.

My Gratitude List for February 23, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Sunshine- even though the visit was a short one.

2- Leftovers, which meant I didn't have to cook today, and that left time for other things- such as an afternoon walk with my favorite guy.

3- Security, in a world which seems so unstable at the moment.

4- Marcel's computer being back from the repair center.

5- Little things that bring great joy.

How I Spent the Weekend

I didn't get much of a chance to write this weekend because Marcel was home, and we were busy spending time with each other.

Saturday we wanted to get out for a while, and ended up heading to Ikea, where even though it wasn't our intention when we set out, we ended up doing our part to help stimulate the economy. We bought something new for the computer room, to set our printer on, plus to allow for more storage space in here, so that it will look better, and not be so cluttered. We'd both been wanting something for a while, but it was one of those things we really didn't 'need', and in fact had discussed something entirely different, but when we saw this, we both knew it was something that would work well, PLUS it was on sale for $50.00 off the original price, so we couldn't pass it up. I'll have to try to get a photo and share it with y'all sometime or another.

Yesterday, I slept in and while Marcel was watching the soccer game, I worked out and then went into a cleaning spree. There were a couple of things that I got busy working on and the time flew away. After that, a little vacuuming here, and dusting there, and everything is in order again.

This morning I had an email from mom that she couldn't see my journal, and sure enough when I visited the website link, the page was blank. I'm not sure why, or how that happened, but I reinstalled the template, and added a few different things, and hopefully it will stay the way it's suppose to- but when dealing with technology, it tends to have a mind of its own from time-to-time.

Since I have quite a bit to do before Marcel gets home from work- I'd better bring this entry to a close, otherwise I'll never finish.

You'll hear more from me later probably, since I have so much that I'd love to say.

Happy Monday!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Focusing on What IS...

I have a very unhappy Mister M. (Mister M. is short for Mister Mistoffelees and is my very spoiled, but very beautiful kitty) crying out to me from the living room, and wanting one of two things- 1- He wants to play, and expects me to be his playdate, or 2- He's wondering WHY he's in there, and I'm here- without him. Either way you slice it, he's going to continue to be disruptive until I give in and either let him in here, or go in there with him.

This couldn't in any way-shape-or-form be part of the reason that he's spoiled rotten- no siree, not at all.

But, I digress. The reason I stopped back in here was to share a bit of something that I received via email earlier today. It's one of those things that I try to live daily, but being human and all that, I don't always succeed. I paused, and thought about my own life, and just how grateful I am for the life I have- far above and beyond the gratitude lists that I've shared on my other blog almost daily for more than a year.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... it's about learning how to dance in the rain!"

We all face adversity in our life. However, it's not the adversity, but how we react to it that will determine the joy and happiness in our life.

During tough times, do we spend too much time feeling sorry for ourselves, or, can we, with gratitude...learn how to dance in the rain?

It almost sounds too simple to feel important, but one word...gratitude, can change your attitude, thus, your life, forever.

Sarah Breathnack said it best...
"When we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present....we experience heaven on earth."

This message was a part of an email from Mac Anderson, founder of Simple Truths.

I challenge each of you who stop by this space, to take a moment and not think about what 'isn't' but what 'IS' in our lives. We often spend so much time focusing on all the negative, that we forget to recognize the wonderous, the beautiful, the blessings right under our nose. - The friend who cheers us up when we are feeling blue, The person who holds the door open for us when we are going inside of a building, The neighbor who collects our mail when we are on vacation, The supermarket clerk who checks the back of the store for an item that you simply 'must have', The husband who folds and puts away the laundry- just because, The wife who cooks, cleans, and manages the household day in and out. The list is endless.

What are YOU grateful for today? If you can't start rattling off things without even thinking, then maybe it's time to slow down long enough to stop and notice.

My Gratitude List for February 20, 2008.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Recognizing and being grateful for all the wonderful people in my life.

2- Marcel having a job to go to each and every day.

3- Dancing in the rain.

4- My brother- who is far more amazing than anyone ever gives him credit for being.

5- Little things that happen that cause me to pause and examine my own life.


My dearly beloved worked all night last night, so this morning I made sure that when he joined me in bed, that again his side was toasty warm. I turned on the electric blanket on his side, and left it on to keep the bed warm until he came in. I knew he'd appreciate it, and as I mentioned yesterday- it's the little things.

Unfortunately, he obviously didn't sleep well, as he woke up on the wrong side of the bed with his Grumpy Pants on. It didn't take me long to bail out of the living room and head for the hills- otherwise known as the computer room, so at the moment, he's on his side of the house, and I'm on mine. Choosing my battles wisely is one of those things that is an ongoing process for me, and since I know his problem is nothing more than the fact that he didn't sleep long enough, and is still tired, I'm leaving him alone with his grumpiness, and am spending my time doing laundry and a few other little things that need to be done.

This kind of brings me to the subject of the movie Fireproof. Have you seen it? If not, I'd highly suggest you do.

I'll be the first to say that the acting is not the best, and even a bit cheesy at times, but the message in this movie is one that EVERY married couple should experience.

When I sat down to watch it a few weeks ago, I asked Marcel if he wanted to watch it with me. Since it isn't your typical 'action' film, I really didn't expect him to say yes, but he did, and what surprised me even more than that- is that he actually really enjoyed it.

The story line is about a couple who are on the brink of divorce, and how they deal with what they are feeling. It's powerful, and I cried buckets (and I do mean buckets) of tears.

Even though Marcel and I have a great marriage, I know that there is always room for improvement, and I saw myself in several places in the movie- small things that I didn't realize until that moment, and knew that I could change.

Perspective really IS everything, and this movie gives a bit of insight to how men and women think, plus what is needed to make the relationship work.

One sure way to fail is to give up-

When I think about all the relationships that fail these days, and I think about how so many people search outside of their relationships to find someone who can give them what they need, I wonder if they invested the time in their current relationship that they did in the extra curricular one, how different their lives would be.

I KNOW that in bad relationships that it also takes TWO people working towards a common goal to make things work, and sometimes that isn't the case, but I wonder just how many relastionships and marriages fail because we stop listening to each other, respecting each other, and really caring what the other thinks and feels?

Something to think about-

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Day Gone..

This morning I slept sinfully late. Even though I knew I had quite a bit to do today, I decided that I would get up whenever I woke up and not worry with the alarm. It was wonderful. Marcel worked all night, so didn't come to bed until a little after six this morning, and it was great to fall asleep for several more hours with him there beside me.

Before I went to sleep, I turned on the electric blanket for him, so that his side of the bed would be toasty when he crawled in it this morning. It's one of those little things that I like to do for him, that make his day a little easier. Since I only grunted and turned over in the bed when he crawled in this morning, he thanked me for it later when he got up.

It has been one of those run, run, run kind of days. I worked out this morning, then jumped in the bath, got ready, ran to the store (not literally) to pick up a plant for his mom. She'd specifically requested a plant for her birthday, so we found one to go along with her birthday gift.

We spent the afternoon and early evening there- and came home in time for Marcel to catch two hours of snooze time before he has to get up (15 minutes from now) and head out the door for his last night shift. Since he only works two of each shift, it makes it much easier for him.

Desere is also home alone this evening, so she's invited me to come over and spend a few hours with her. So, when Marcel goes to work, he'll drop me off there, and Hein will bring me home later.

I do have so much I want to talk about, but it does seem that every time I sit here and begin to write, it's when my time is limited- just like now- I need to get the coffee brewing and Marcel's lunch made, plus change out of the clothes I have on and put on something more comfy to wear to Desere's.

Tomorrow morning Bobbi is coming over for a visit and staying for lunch, but tomorrow afternoon, I hope to find some time to write.

I watched the movie Fireproof a week or so ago, and I'd really like to talk about it. Have any of you seen it? If not, and you can get your hands on a copy (it's out on DVD now), I highly suggest you watch it.

More on that later...

In the meantime, before I head off-

My Gratitude List for February 19, 2009

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Small gestures which mean so much.

2- The DVR, which allows me to tape almost everything.

3- Being back on the Elliptical and feeling the 'burn'.

4- People who notice.

5- Cuddle time with Mister M.


I believe that all things happen for a reason, so I paid special attention to the following when I received it in my email earlier this week.

I've had quite a bit on my mind lately, nothing bad- just many things going on in many places with many people that I love, and I've found that often when I should have a clear mind that my thoughts continue on for hours, jumping from one subject to the next.

Below the email I received from SparkPeople, which is filled with 'wiz'dom that I could relate to. I hope that it will inspire and encourage you the same way it has me.

Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary. - Ray Knight

Are you able to focus on your goals?

Calm your mind. Quiet all of the distractions surrounding you. Concentrate on the one task at hand. Often a naysayer can cloud our minds and break our focus. What in your life distracts you? In the moment of need, silence your brain and allow yourself to stay focused. Save your worries about tomorrow and guilt over yesterday's failures for another time. Maybe you need to meditate, pray, or simply spend a few moments quietly gathering yourself before tackling the project at hand. Now is the time for just one thing--reaching your goal. Today, focus your energy, clear your head, and achieve!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Sounds of Silence

Since my two favorite guys are both sleeping at the moment, I'm actually enjoying the sound of pure silence. Ok, technically it isn't PURE silence, because obviously the sound of me tapping out these words on the keyboard makes a sound, and the coffee brewing in the kitchen is a faint sound in my ears, but when I say silence, I mean no meowing kitties, no television, no music, no chatter- but silence. I really do understand why they say that silence is golden, because there are times when I feel that it's music to my ears to simply hear nothing. (Oddly, as I typed those words, my cell phone rang with a very LOUD Nickelback playing "Rockstar" as the ringtone.) Since it was in the other room, I didn't answer it, but it definitely broke the 'silence' I was just raving about.

I guess that's just as well, since according to my clock on the lower right hand side of the screen, I have exactly one minute until I have to wake Marcel, which means one minute to actually finish this entry.

I may be back later so that I can actually write about some of the things that have been on my mind, plus to discuss some of Time Magazine's top 50 websites for 2008. I've actually gone through them all- bookmarked them (in their own folder marked Time's top 50 for 08), and plan to spend more time exploring them all when I have time. Some I've heard of, and some I haven't, but already love from first peek. More on that later..... right now I have a husband that needs waking.

Finding Balance

Don't you just love tax time? Marcel and I sent our taxes off to our accountant about two weeks ago, and he's finished them, but for some reason hasn't sent them in yet. What he's waiting on, we're unsure. I'm happy to have them out of the way early though, and now just waiting to get them sent, so that I can check that off the 'to do' list permanently for this year.

I am still finding a struggle trying to balance my time, and I'm still unsure how to find a balance that I'm going to be comfortable with. I've also added my work outs back into the mix, which take priority, so again, I'm searching for balance.

I kept asking myself why it was that before I seemed to have enough time to get things done and now I am lacking, and I finally figured it out- Facebook. Yes, it seems like Facebook is getting the blame for many things these days, so I may as well add it to my list as well.

Seriously- I love it. In the last few weeks, my facebook has been an explosion of 'blast from the past' friends from high school, and it's turned into a mini-reunion and lots of messages back and forth as to what we've been doing with ourselves the last 20+ years since we graduated.

Balance- there has to be a way- but right now it seems to be fleeting. I'll find it though- I just need to find what works and what doesn't.

How do you balance your time? Do you also have struggles from time to time where it seems like everything is a balancing act?

Monday, February 16, 2009

Where Has The Day Gone?

I just had a glance at the clock and realized that it's 6:30 p.m. and I'm wondering where the day has gone. I was up this morning a little before 9, and pretty much hit the ground running. Marcel called the company in regards to his laptop (which is now on it's way to Germany for repairs), while I made breakfast and updated my grocery shopping list.

I then printed out the Fed-Ex label while Marcel called Fed-Ex to schedule a pick up. The time frame they gave us was between noon and six, which gave us two hours to get the grocery shopping done. We made it with about 15 minutes to spare, and Fed-Ex arrived about 10 minutes after 12. Hopefully the turn-around time won't be too long on his laptop, because I think the poor guy is going into withdrawls. I can't blame him though, I would be too. He's been using my computer some, but it isn't the same as your own..

In other news around the homestead- I began my relationship again with the elliptical today. I was expecting serious problems, after neglecting it for so long, but surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as I expected. I did have a case of 'wobbly leg syndrome', but that's the only real thing that was out of the ordinary.

After a two month vacation, and a few weeks of adjustment period at home, I knew it was time to start using it again. I want to get the rest of this excess weight off this year, and I know I will.

Marcel is working today, so I've been able to spend the afternoon doing exactly what I wanted to do, which is always fun. My dinner is in the oven, and I'm thinking a hot bath is in order soon, but I'm slowly but surely getting back into the swing of blogging and catching up with blogs..

I just need to get everyone added to my blogroll and that will make it much easier to keep up with everyone. One step at a time. I have to keep reminding myself.

Before my dinner burns, I'd better put an end to this entry and get moving.

My Gratitude List for February 16, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- An afternoon to spend doing exactly what I want.

2- Marcel's laptop still being under warranty.

3- My elliptical.

4- The show The Biggest Loser, which encourages and inspires me each time I watch it.

5- Play time with Mister Mistoffelees, who always makes me giggle.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

New Spaces

My bath water is running so unless I make this short, I'll end up with a huge mess to clean up.

Marcel and I are spending the evening with Hein and Desere tonight, but I wanted to stop in and wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.

I do believe that we should express our love every day, and not just on 'special holidays', but I do think it's fun to celebrate the holiday as well.

I've definitely decided that this is going to be the place where I write, and probably even after I get my site going, I'll probably still write here.

In the next couple of days, I'll have some extra time to spend on the computer, so I'm hoping to be able to get everyone added to my blogroll, which should allow me to keep up with what's happening in everyones lives a little more.

I've decided that I will still write on JS, but the personal things you can find here. Not everyone knows about this place, and it's not a secret, but I am looking forward to this space.

Right now, as much as I'd like to sit and chat, I'd better dash before I end up having a HUGE mess to clean up.

Happy Weekend!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Slowly But Surely

Well, since I haven't had much time to write, I also haven't had much time to consider the layout- but since I had a little time this afternoon while working on Marcels computer (which is in serious need of something), I decided to have a look at my layout and see if I could find something that would seem at least slightly more homey to me. I was able to find something that was a little better- hence, the new layout.

It still isn't what I want- I don't think, but I like it much better than what I had, so I'm going to stick with it for now, or at least until I have more time to play around with layouts.

For those of you who stop by here to read what I've been up to and have noticed that I haven't been by your journals in a while, know that it isn't intentional, or from lack of interest in what's happening in your lives, but my time on the computer has been limited, and I'm finding it difficult to balance the time that I have had on here with getting everything done that I'd like to do.

I've had to prioritize, and unfortunately blogging has fallen low on the priority list. It isn't that I don't want to blog, or even that I don't want to read other blogs, but by the time I finish doing the other things, my time is generally gone, and it's time to head off and do other life things that keep my schedule full. I'm determined to find more balance though, so don't give up on me yet.

I've missed out on a few major events in some of your lives, and for that I'm sorry, but it hasn't been intentional.

I mentioned Marcel's computer issues in the beginning of this entry- I thought it was a virus, and I'm still not convinced that it's not a virus, but we'll have to wait and see. His computer was operating slow today and he tried to reboot but the computer wouldn't shut down. He did a manual shut down and when he restarted it tried to run a scan disk and found errors. The errors were unable to be repaired, and for whatever reason- be it a hard drive failure, a virus, or other issue, the computer doesn't even recognize that there is a hard drive on the computer. It's asking for a boot disk, and of course I don't have one. The recovery disk didn't work, because it said there is no hard drive to recover. Oyyyy! Can you say frustration?

Marcel has limited knowledge about computers, so I've been trying to sort it out myself, to no avail. Thankfully it is still under warranty, so we'll be sending it back and letting them deal with the headache of sorting out whatever it is.

Tomorrow is the big "Valentine's Day". We have plans to go out for dinner and a movie with Hein and Desere. It's the first time the four of us have been out in a while, and I'm really looking forward to it.

The first part of next week is fairly quiet, and with the latter part of the week being busy I think it will balance out. I have quite a bit to catch up with around here, so hopefully that will afford me the time to do so.

In the meantime- I wish you all a very happy Friday the 13th, and an even better weekend and Valentine's Day. Make sure you take the time to express to those around you just how special they are- but do it year round, don't just wait for a special day to do it- after all EVERY day is special.

My Gratitude List for February 13, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Marcel still having a warranty on his computer, so that we can send it back and let them repair the issues.

2- Fresh cherries- 1.00 a pound.

3- A morning spent with Desere-

4- Those who understand without explaination.

5- Reconnecting.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

On Appreciation and Assumption (Repost from JS)

For those of you who took the time out of your day yesterday to send up a prayer for Marcel and his family, I thank you- it means more than you realize.
On the whole, the day went well. I’m very proud at the way Marcel handled a few curveballs that were tossed our way, and surprised at another.
It was a difficult day- the fourth anniversary of his brothers death, but we spend our time in reflection, and we try to move forward. It’s really the only way to really LIVE, and we want to make the absolute best of the life we have together. It’s a great one, and we’re blessed in many, many ways.
Since yesterday was also the first day that we’d been out to do anything since he’d been sick, he couldn’t wait to buy me some roses for our anniversary, plus he bought me a beautiful charm for my T.S. bracelet. I explained to him that I don’t ‘need’ gifts to know that he loves me, but this was something he wanted to do, so I couldn’t rob him of that.
I haven’t talked much about my goals for this year, but one of them is to be more unassuming. Not that I really think that I’m very assuming to begin with, but I am guilty from time to time for ‘assuming’ that things are a certain way, when often times, I find myself being wrong in that assumption. So one of my goals is to not assume that ANYONE thinks or feels a certain way, or that any one thing is this way or that way without having the facts to support that feeling. Í know it will help me on this journey to be a better person, and live my own life to the best of it’s potential.
I have a feeling that’s a little life lesson that many of us could benefit from.
Marcel is back to work today, and I’m enjoying some time alone. I’ve had several things that I’ve been wanting to accomplish, and I’ve been able to get those done today. Tomorrow I’m hoping to get caught up on a few hand-written letters and get them sent out before Monday. I love writing so much.
Tonight, Desere is coming over for coffee, company and some girl talk. We spent some time catching up this morning, and we have MUCH to talk about tonight. You’d never guess that we’d just been over there yesterday, but we never run out of things to say.
Yesterday- Marcel and I were chatting with one of our neighbors and she invited us in since it was cold out and none of us wanted to stand in the cold. She and her husband have a lovely place, and she has the most whimsical cat I’ve ever seen in my life. I’ll have to write more about it later- and I’m even going to see if she’ll let me photograph him, but his name is Geno and he’s sleek, brown and simply comical. Of course, he’s not as amazing as Mister M, but he definitely runs a close second, and you know that’s saying something if I say that about a cat I’ve only met for about 45 minutes or so. More on Mr. Geno later.
Right now, I need to take care of a few more things around the house, and see if I have any work that I need to take care of.
More from me later if I get everything finished.

Monday, February 02, 2009


Since I haven’t written one in a while, I decided that I’d take a moment to write a list of the things I’m grateful for today. Even though I haven’t been sharing the list, I am grateful each and every day for all things in my life, even the not-so-pleasant ones, as they serve to teach me about myself and others.
Since I’d rather be spending my time with Marcel, I will keep this short, but expect to hear more from me tomorrow.
Marcel is going back to work Thursday, which will afford me some time to play ‘catch up’ in a major way. I’m completely caught up with all my household chores (with the exception of that dreaded closet revamping that I “STILL” haven’t done), so I should have some time to spend doing what “I” want to do.
My Gratitude List for February 2, 2009.
Today I’m Grateful For:
1- Marcel, whom I love more with each passing year.
2- The flowers, cards and well wishes that we received today in celebration of ‘our’ day.
3- Leftovers, which meant I didn’t have to cook today.
4- Snow- even though it was just a little, it made me smile.
5- Saying “I DO” five years ago today.

Happy 5 Years- (Repost from JS)

Today is February 2nd, which may seem like nothing more to some of you than the second day of the second month of the year 2009, but to Marcel and I it’s much, much more. Today is the five year anniversary of the day we said “We Do”- the day we committed to each other through thick and thin.
I’m definitely blessed to have him as my husband. He’s a great guy, far from perfect, but he’s perfect for me. I love him dearly, even in those moments such as the past week when he’s been home sick and far from fun to be around, I still adore him and know that he feels the same about me.
It’s been a great five years, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the next five brings us. I’d love to say that those five years have been without any sort of trials or tribulations, but I’d be lying. In fact, there have been probably more than enough, but through each of those we’ve managed to learn not only about ourselves, but about the way we feel about each other and our commitment to this relationship, which only brings us closer together.
Marcel, if you happen to read this- I love you, and look forward to waking up beside you for the next 50 + years. Thank you for being who you are.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Stayed Home

The entry below is a mirror of the entry I wrote today at JS. I'm still trying to get in the swing of things, but I'm getting there, and today seems like I'm getting there at a faster pace. I'm strongly considering making this my main blog, for the simple fact that I can change layouts, and Sunny has made a tutorial which helps make the process easier. Now to find the time to work on something. I am not in any hurry, but I have a feeling that it will make this place feel a little more like home- which will reflect the title of this blog appropriately.

I do have many things to talk about, including some new information on the fire in early 2007 that destroyed our other car. If you read my other journal, then you know that we returned from our vacation to find that two days prior our car, along with five others had burned to the ground in what we then thought was a wire short in a company mini van, but what ultimately was the beginning of many tricks of an arsonist in our area. We'd given up on ever finding out who was responsible, not to mention collecting on the fire, but new information has come to light that I'll share soon when I know a little more. Marcel will be calling the police tomorrow morning, and we are praying for good news.

Below- my entry from JS

"If you’ve been reading this journal for any length of time, you know that our Sunday’s always include having dinner at Marcel’s mom with the family. I enjoy it for the most part, and the only time that I usually am not there is when Marcel is working that afternoon.
This week though, I decided that rather than going to my mom in laws, that I could really use the time to myself, as I haven’t had ANY as of late, so I decided to stay home. Marcel brought me some salad and a piece of chicken breast, which I’ll eat along with my broccoli in a little while.
There really is some truth to the old addage that “Silence is Golden” because I am basking in every single second of silence. No television, no i Tunes, stereos, or video games- just pure silence, with the exception of the dryer, but I don’t really count that.
Last night I actually slept until 5:30 this morning without waking. Since I’ve been waking every hour or couple of hours since we got back home, this was so refreshing. I rolled over and went back to sleep and didn’t drag myself out of bed until much later, when I was greeted with a light snowfall.
As the day has worn on, the flakes have stopped falling, but the skies promise more, and I’m hoping they deliver.
I’m sure to those buried in the fluffy white stuff, the thought of more of it makes them groan, but I adore snow and it always brings a smile to my face, so bring it on!"

A question to my fellow ex- JSer's. What is your blogging home of choice at the moment? I'm still deciding, but I do know that the new JS owners show alot of potential, but things will take time. Even when I start blogging at my own space, I am sure that I'll still blog here somewhere- but where is the question. Something tells me I won't 'keep up three blogs though in addition to the new ones. I don't see enough time in the day for that.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Empty Promises (Repost from JS Blog)

Every trip home, I promise myself that I'm not going to have too much to take back with us, so that I can avoid the stress of trying to make sure each piece of luggage fits within the 50 pound requirement without going over.

Every trip home, I seem to have a lapse in memory to that promise to myself, and we always have far more to take home with us than we came with. This trip is no exception.
I thought that since we didn't bring that many clothes this trip, and that some of our luggage wasn't full, that we'd be skating through this trip without having to weigh and re-weigh each piece- wrong. I think, instead, that I decided I had plentyyyy of room, so I shopped, shopped, and shopped some more.

Granted, some of those goodies aren't mine, they are Marcel's or others, but things do add up, obviously quicker than I anticipated.

I also thought this trip that I'd start packing my bags a little at a time, so that when the time came to pack (such as now) that it would make things much easier. Because of that little philosophy, I managed to have several pieces of luggage packed a few weeks ago of things that I didn't plan on wearing, using, or what simply wasn't for me in the first place. Unfortunately, when it got down to the 'real' packing yesterday, I was over the weight limit in several of the pieces that I planned to check, which left me feeling a little stressed to say the very least.
The solution ended up being going through each and every box, grabbing some of the heavier items and packing them into a carry-on, which luckily is on rollers. I 'think' (and I say that loosely) that we'll be ok now, and we'll get by with paying for two extra pieces of checked luggage, which is par for the course for us.

Aside from that little drama, I'm feeling pretty good. I managed to make it through a visit with my friends (and fellow JSers) Bethany and ElisaC without crying, and as always it was wonderful to see them.

I also managed to make it through an entire evening at my friend Samantha's last night, without the first tear being shed. Doesn't mean I didn't think about it, but as I told her, I think I'm in denial mode, and she said that's where we have to be.

Luckily, she's hoping to visit this summer for a few weeks, and we'll be able to celebrate our birthday's together. We're both really hoping that we can iron out all the details, and once I get home, I'll be planning and scheming to see what we can get ourselves into.

I'm always sad when I leave the deep south, but I do love my other home also. My roots are here though, and they run deep, so saying goodbye is always difficult.

I do know that 2009 is going to be a GREAT year, so I'm looking forward to see what the year is going to unfold.

Marcel and I will be celebrating our five year wedding anniversary next month. I know five years may not seem like long, but it's something to celebrate, and celebrate we will.

So tell me something great that has been happening in your world. I haven't had the opportunity to visit any journals, but at least I'll have an idea of what's been going on with you until I can check-in and catch up.

My Gratitude List for January 19, 2008.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- Special notes from old and dear friends.
2- Being sentimental, because it's part of what makes me, me.
3- Blossoming trees, which promises more to follow.
4- The realization that the world is much smaller than we know.
5- Exit row plane seats.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mixed Emotions

Here I sit in the chair at the computer desk - my thoughts wandering to a million different places. Some of them close, and some so far away that they could be in outer space somewhere.
I catch myself looking at the window which overlooks the field. The skies are gray, and it happens to match my mood today. Gray!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy, but the reality has set in that in less than a week and a half, Marcel and I will be boarding a plane and heading home, and with that reality comes many mixed feelings.
I’ve talked about them before, so I’ll spare you the details now, but the mad rush before we leave has set in and it has me feeling a little frazzled- so much so that I told mom and Marcel that next trip- we’re telling everyone we are leaving earlier than we actually are, so that there isn’t a scramble at the last moment to get together and go to dinner, and that some peoples feelings aren’t getting hurt because I’m unable to accomodate getting together because I didn’t save a space for them.
I plan as people call and ask, and when the schedule is full, it’s full. It isn’t out of wanting to see one person more than the other, because believe me, there are some people that I have really wanted to see and spend time with, and some that I wanted to spend more time with that I won’t be able to, but it’s one of those things that I can’t control, so it’s best not to spend time worrying about it.
This morning Marcel and I ‘officially’ started packing. I’d already packed one suitcase about a week or so ago, of clothes that I didn’t think I’d be wearing between then and the time we leave, but now we’ve started packing and what I’m finding is that as per always, we will be paying for not only one excess piece of luggage, but two. Ooops! It may have something to do with the 10+ pair of shoes that I’ve bought this trip, and several handbags, and everything in between.
I actually got one box packed and scratched the packing idea for today. Marcel did tread carefully in here and ask if I was planning to pack another box, since our bed is heaped with ’stuff’, and I didn’t respond. I wasn’t trying to ignore him, I just don’t know if I am ready.
I know- to some of you it may sound like I’m whining, but I’m really not. It’s just my little way of working through the emotions and thoughts that I’m having now, and hopefully getting past the feelings of being overwhelmed.
I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to have a two month holiday, and grateful that Marcel and I were able to spend the time with family and friends. I’m also grateful that I can say that I have two homes, but there are emotional struggles there, especially when it involves leaving my parents, brother and his family, and all my wonderful friends here who I love so dearly- including the ones I haven’t had an opportunity to spend time with this trip.
I hear the garage door opener, letting me know that mom and diddy just arrived home, so I’ll close this for now so we can get lunch ready.
I miss so many of y’all and I do look forward to having a little more time to catch up with your journals, and also with emails and such when I get home.
More from me later

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Two Weeks To Go-

Two weeks from tomorrow, Marcel and I will be heading to the airport and heading back home after our two month vacay.

I was talking to Desere yesterday about how I have mixed feelings about this. It's happening regardless of how I feel about it, but yet I always start having this internal tug-of-war when the two week mark hits.

I miss our home in Holland. I miss Desere, Bobbi and my other friends there, and it goes without saying that I miss Mister Mistoffelees, who is the greatest cat ever!

Of course, my mother-in-law may beg to differ that Mister M. is the greatest cat ever, since he's been quite the little devil while at her place- jumping on the counter tops, on tables, and hiding puzzle pieces of puzzles she was working on (that's her own fault though, since I told her not to attempt that with him around). I like to assume that his antics are because he misses me so much, and I'm sure that's the case.

As promised before I left, I did buy him lots of treats, plus some new mice (not the real type), and a laser toy, that will probably be his favorite. Something that he'll find less than thrilling is the Christmas cape that I bought for next Christmas, and the little collar with bells and such. I have a feeling if cats could roll their eyes, he would be rolling his when he sees that. I couldn't help it though, it was too cute to leave behind.

Here, I'll miss my family and friends and the great fun we've been having. I'll miss being able to go to my nephews programs at school or church, and I'll also miss being able to go see Samantha's girls in their school programs. I'll miss sushi, and being able to drive 10 minutes to Samantha's and 4 hours to Julies, and canasta games with mom and diddy, Steve and Michelle. Those games have been extremely comical and fun.

What I won't miss is rednecks who have no respect for other peoples property and who drive their 4-wheelers on my parents property and other properties in the area in hopes of spotlighting a deer and shooting it while it's defenses are down.

What I will miss, is trying to catch those losers and hoping that the game warden gets his hands on them so they can kiss their 4- wheelers, guns, trucks etc.. goodbye. (This is the subject of a journal entry that will follow at some point)

It goes without saying that I'll miss mom and diddy, who I love and adore beyond words, and I'll miss my brother, who I've spent more time with this trip and who I admire a great deal.

I'll miss 24 hour shopping, the outlets- although my pocketbook will not.

There is so much I'll miss here.. but I know that I'll be happy to settle back in my life in Neverland once again.

Marcel and I have a five year wedding anniversary coming up, a few weeks after we arrive home. We're looking forward to it, plus plan to take a trip to celebrate, but think we'll wait until the weather is a bit warmer.

We're still in the talking stages of a new doggie, although Marcel has finally started giving in a little on the type of dog and we may actually be able to choose one together. I'd love a mini- Australian Shephard, but I don't think that will happen. Maybe the terrier breed that Toto was in the Wizard of Oz, and I could name him (of course), Toto. Wouldn't that be cute?

As you can probably see from this entry- my thoughts are jumping from one place to the other, and I've determined it's either an age thing, or a 'too much on my mind thing'.

One thing I do know for sure, is that 2009 is going to be a great year. The possibities are endless, so make the most of each and every day!

Since I haven't done one this year, and since I lost all the ones that weren't backed up on JS, I think I'll start hard copying these too..

Nothing like starting the year off full of gratitude.

My Gratitude List for January 6, 2009.

Today I'm Grateful For:

1- A new year, which is filled with endless possibilities and opportunities to reach out and grasp.

2- The true friendships that I have formed in my life. I feel extremely blessed.

3- Compromise.

4- Love- which is something that without it, this world would cease to exist.

5- Family.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Here or There?

I've had an online journal for almost 5 years now. It started out as an attempt to see if I would actually keep up with an online journal, plus a manner for my family and friends to see what was happening in my day, or what was going on in the often zany world of my 'grey matter'.

I actually believe that the people who know me well, probably see me as a sort of enigma, and yet in other ways as transparent as a glass of water.

With me, what you see is what you get- no facades, no superficiality (is that a word?), but in the same aspect, I'm far from predictable. One moment I can be serious and what many would consider 'boring', and the next I'm doing something that others would think are completely out of character for me.

I bore easily and like to throw a wrench in things to mix things up a bit. It's fun, and why not?

I digress. This information has place in yet another entry- one that I believe I'll sit outside in the grass overlooking a field with remnants of this years hay crop to write. The field, barren, yet beautiful in its own rights. After all, isn't everything? Even in the darkest, dirtiest and most painful places reside beauty waiting to be discovered, but again- I digress.

The space that held my journal for almost five years is no more. Not due to my own personal choice, but because of circumstances beyond my control.

I'm a very nostalgic person, and expected to feel a sense of loss upon hearing that Journalspace was no more, but surprisingly I didn't feel a sense of loss at all. Journalspace was a great place to write, and in fact, I literally have journals at probably 10 other journaling sites but that was my 'home' because of the user friendliness of the site, plus the sense of community.

But a website doesn't a community make, anymore than four walls makes a home. It is and always will be the people.

In almost five years, I've grown to know and love many people who have been a part of that very same space. That space disappearing doesn't change the dynamics of how I feel about those people, it only changes the manner in which I may communicate with them, since ALL of our 'spaces' are gone.

Some of those people (they know who they are) I've established close relationships with, and we have other manners in which to connect, and I know that wherever they choose to write, IF they choose to write, that I'll read them regardless.

There is a saying that with everything there is a season, a purpose- and I believe that Journalspace has had it's season, and I had my season there with them. It has served it's purpose, and for me- that has been something far more than 'just' a place to write my ramblings and feelings. It has been a place that has sparked friendships that I know will endure the sands of time, and that is precious to me.

I believe that nothing in life is 'happenstance' that with each and every thing that happens that there IS a reason behind it.

We all have the choice in life to spend our time looking back and mourning over what was, or we can celebrate the gifts of what those moments brought us, the friendships we made, and move forward.

I learned many years ago, that time spent looking back at things that can't be changed, is time and opportunities missed on what is happening in front of your eyes at that very moment.

It is timely that as the year came to an end, that this chapter in my life also came to an end, but I know that as that chapter closed, a new one is waiting to begin- to be discovered, and the possibilities are endless.

Is it just me, or aren't the ideas of that exciting?

Happy New Year- I wrote in my old journal several weeks ago that big changes would be happening in that space come the first of the year- little did I know how big those changes would be-- only not in that space, but another. Funny how things happen sometime isn't it?

I have a feeling this is only the beginning of what promises to be a year filled with fun, excitement, changes, and love-

More later as I collect my thoughts on the reflection of the past year, and the anticipation of what I'd like to see in this one.

For now- you can fine me here, or at wordpress- or for those of you who know my name, you can find me on facebook.