Monday, December 05, 2011

Stomp-Kirk Franklin

This song always lifts my spirit!!!!  

Thanksgiving list continues:

71.  God's unconditional love

72.  My husband's understanding of my disease

73.  God's comfort thru the storms

74.  Sunshine

75.  My mom's generosity

76.  I am able to stay at home

77.  God's faithfulness and mercy

78.  God's Word

79.  Life is full of second chances

80.  My relationship w/ God thru HIS son, Jesus Christ 

Monday, November 07, 2011

I'm Here......

I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks.  I just have not had the interest.  I feel like I lost my "mojo".  However, things here are fine.   My hubby has caught a sinus infection and bronchitis.  He is doing better now after much medicine.  On a brighter side, he also has two job interviews.  Both are for a position as correction officer in one of our local jails.  He has 19 yrs experience in this field so that should be a major plus for him.  I ask that if you believe in prayer, please pray for God's will in this situation.  He really needs a better job than what he has now.

I am trying to make some changes in my life but its been SO hard.  I have NO self-disicpline.  Please pray for me too.  I want to make our life better but trying to change life patterns is no easy task.  Any suggestions???

I will try to blog more often but sometimes I have a hard time coming up with fresh and interesting ideas.

I pray that all have a great and blessed week!!!

thanksgiving list continues......

61.   new hair color
62.   "step" dog, Lilly
63.   that my hubby calls while at work
64.   that I have occasional work to make extra money
65.   my hubby has opprotunity for a better job
66.   caffiene
67.   lazy days
68.   new bowling ball
69.   17 days until my 5 yr anniversary
70.    free TV

Thursday, October 20, 2011


51.  Soft Kleenex

52.  Apple Juice

53.  Lazy days to rest

54.  Dinner cooked by hubby

55.  No need for A/C

56.  Soft blanket to cuddle in

57.  Congestion is starting to fade

58.  I am starting to feel better

59.  That I DON"T have to cook tonight

60.  That this cold is not as severe as it could be

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Some where some how I caught a cold.  Thankfully, this is my 1st time being sick since Feb 2010 so I should feel blessed.  I do but am annoyed with all the coughing.  So I have been pumping myself with Vit C and sleeping.   Fortunately, I do not work and can afford the luxery of sleeping when I need to sleep.   So I may be MIA for a few days while I recoupe or I may not be.  It all depends on how I am feeling.  Thank God, I am feeling somewhat better than day # 2 with this thing.   Please pray that it doesn't turn into something serious.  I really don't want to go to dr or buy meds.

Thank you my friends for listening to me whine......I do have some cheese with that....LOL

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Another Thankful Thursday......


40.  Thursday Night Bowling

41.  Old Friends

42.  New Friends

43   Long car rides w/ my hubby

44.  Lunch w/ friends

45.  New pair of jeans

46.  My hubby's sense of humor

47.  Controlled Blood Sugar

48.  An ok A1C result

49.  Controlled Blood Pressure

50.  Conversations w/ my hubby 

Thursday, September 29, 2011


31.  A clean kitchen

32 . My in-laws

33.  Football season

34.  Time spent reading

35.  Chocolate

36.  Smell of fresh cut grass

37.  Sunshine

38.  Hot pot of chilli

39.  Candles

40.  Flowers

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blah Days and Disappointments.......

This last week I kind of been away from the blogging world.  I did not post nor did I visit my usual blogs.  I have had some "blah" days.  I just felt overwhelmed by life and stayed on the couch most of the time.  I did go dog sit for my sister-in-law, but that was about all I did last week.  Do you ever have those days?  No matter what I couldn't shake it.   Then today I had 2 disappointments.  Oh well, life isn't always a bowl full of cherries, huh?  Today, I visited "my" blogger buddies and hopefully I will keep back on track with my blogging.   Do you ever fall off the blogging wagon?  I hope everyone has a great week.   GOD is still in control!!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fun Facts.......

Fun Fact:  My hubby and I tickle fight just about every night.

Fun Fact: My hubby and I are forming a new bowling league.

Fun Fact:  My hubby is my best friend(after Jesus of course)

Fun Fact:  I have a lot of addictions(chocolate, facebook, dt. Mt. Dew to name a few)

Fun Fact:  I like naps, reading, blogging, bowling and talking on phone.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thankful Thursday.....

21.  Cooler Weather

22.   A working dishwasher

23.   Music

24.  My Bible

25.  Clean clothes

26.  Running water

27.  God's Grace

28.  An understanding husband

29.  Good memories of family and friends

30.  Having e-mail

Do you have a thankful heart and if so, what are you thankful for today??

Monday, September 12, 2011

Brad Paisley.......

Sometimes we all feel unimportant at times, but there is someone who thinks you are the world.  It could be your kids, your husband/wife, your parents or even a friend (of course, we can't forget that GOD thinks the world of you).  So don't be discouraged.  Know that you are important in some one's world

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Romans 8 38-39......

Romans 8: 38-39

        For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers,nor things present nor things to come,

     Nor height nor depth,nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

What a wonderful promise God has made to His Children!  Even when we think we have been separated from God,  we know His Word is true.  Thank you Jesus!!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Puppy Kisses and Children Laughing

11.  Puppy kisses

12.  Children laughing

13.  Catching a sunset

14.  Listening to the rain

15.  Talking on the phone with a friend

16.  Cold glass of water on a Summer day

17.  Curling up w/ a good book

18.  Smiling babies

19.  Long hot shower

20.  Birds singing

I have just started my list of 1000 but I am already seeing what a change it is making in me.  I welcome you to join me.  You'd be amazed at the subtle way it creates a thankful heart.

I pray each of you have a great weekend!!!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


Some people have it and some people don't.  I am one of those people that don't.  Is it genetic?  Was it how I was raised? No! I'm not blaming my mother.  Ha Ha!  But what causes people to be more inclined to have it over others.  I desperately want it.  I have so much that I could get accomplished if I had it.  Do YOU have self-discipline?  How can I create it in me?  What can I do to instill it inside myself?  Any suggestions?  I need HELP!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Happy Sunday.....

I Samuel 16:7

     But the Lord said to Samuel,
                                   " Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his statue, because I  have refused  him.  For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

What does your heart look like????

Friday, September 02, 2011

Forever in my heart.....

September 2, 2009 was a sad day in my house.   Our beloved pet died.  She was a sweet dog.   She was the Best dog.  She had such an amazing personality.  Although it's been 2 years, I still miss her greatly.  Below are some pics of my "Baby"

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Thankful Thursdays.......

I have decided to participate in the above, however, I will be posting my gifts on Thursdays instead of Mondays.   Feel free to join me.....Let's take a moment out of our day to list what we are thankful to God for....

  1. Having a relationship w/ God thru Jesus Christ His Son.
  2. My hubby
  3. My mom
  4. Family and friends
  5. Having A/C since I live in the South
  6. Being able to see, hear, feel, smell and taste
  7. Having Internet service
  8. Being able to walk and talk
  9. Having a good marriage
  10. Having access to the Bible

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cabbage Casserole....

I have a very simple and easy receipe that I'd like to share:

1/2 head of cabbage
1lb of meat(I use turkey)
2 cans of condensed tomato soup( I use Campbell's)
1 C of water
1 C of INSTANT rice
2-3 C of sharp cheddar cheese

Step 1:
1/2 head of cabbage cut and placed in 4qt dish
                                       Step 2:                                   

Mix 1 c of rice w/ browned meat and layer over cabbage
 Step 3:
2 cans of soup mixed w/ 1 C of water layered over ground beef
 Step 4: Cover and cook 45 minutes @ 350, then uncover and add cheese.  Cook until cheese is melted.
covered w/ 2-3 C of cheese
I hope you enjoy this casserole as much as my family does.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Bible in 90 days Update......

BEHIND!!!!   That is the word.  I am so far behind that its not even funny any more.  First, I fell.  Second, I went out of town.  Thirdly,  I crashed when I got back in town.  Lastly, I have not felt well a couple of days last week and didn't read, plus the fact that I started 4 days later than every one else.  BUT, I will continue to read.  It has renewed my mind set on the things of God rather on my worldly cares.  It is bringing me closer to God than I thought it would.  I have made a decision.  I don't care if I finish in the 90 days or if it takes me 190.  I am going to read until I finish the entire bible REGARDLESS.  Then I may start all over again.  I have begun enjoying my time in the Word like never before.  It has become a part of my daily life and I like that.  I encourage every one to try this challenge of reading the entire bible.  It certainly has changed my life, but then again- God's Word is life changing.   May you have a blessed week in the Lord!!!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Update on Ankle/Toe.......

I went back to the doctor on Sunday to have the stitches taken out of my toe.  The dr. said that a radiologist looked at the x-rays and that all was normal.  So, she gave(not gave but will charge me and my insurance) a walking boot.  I have used it a couple of times.  I have also walked without it and its not too bad.  The swelling is still there and I am black/blue from my little toe to my heel.   Thankfully, I have not had too much pain.  I was actually able to take a "REAL" shower.  I feel human again.  I should be back to my bowling self in about 3 weeks.  At least that's what the doc says.   Now the tide has turned and my hubby is having a terrible gout attack in his heel along with some tendinitis.  AH!!   How is everyone else doing????  How has your week gone???  Would love to hear from you???

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

5 Year Anniversary......

I am writing this today but tomorrow is the 5 yr anniversary of the day that I first met my hubby.  I remember the day so well.  It was a Thursday and we were to meet at a local resturant.  I was so nervous.  I had a girlfriend of mine scope him out b4 I walked in.  I even remembeer what I was wearing.  We had dinner and talked for about 4 hours.  I remember thinking whether this guy was telling me the truth or not. I found out later-He was.  I felt comfortable with him.  He walked me out to my car and asked for a kiss.  I told him -NO! I would not kiss on the first date, however I allowed him to kiss me on the check.  By the 3rd  date, I knew that this was the man I was to marry and 3 1/2 months later we did get married.  One of the best decisions I ever made.    I thank God daily for bringing me a great husband.  It was well worth the wait.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Klutz Award.......

Friday I was brilliant.....I was standing on a step to pour out water from my cooler.  I tried to turn around to go back into the house and misplaced my foot and BAM! I was on the ground.  Well, I knew that I had hurt myself pretty seriously.  My husband came out and found my lying on the ground.  He helped my up and took me to an Urgent Care Facility.  Long story short: I fractured my ankle, broke my little toe, tried to lose the toe( dr had to put in six stitches to stop the bleeding. I think the skin and muscle torn when the tow bent back), scraped my knee pretty badly.  I still have scrapes and scratches on my toes, legs, and elbow.  The intersting thing is that my knee with the big scrape hurts worse than the fractured ankle. My ankle is wrapped and I have to see an orthopedic doctor in ten days.  The best part of all this is I get to walk on crutches.  YAY!!!!  Can you hear my sarcasm?? However, I truly thank God that I didn't get hurt any worse that I what I did.   I was able to borrow a wheelchair so I am still able to go to my family reunion in WV. 
     I have been elavating my ankle as much as possible.  I try to ice it 2-3 times daily and I try not to put any weight on my ankle at all.  Acouple of times I have lost my balance and ended up using the hurt foot to keep me from falling yet again.  The dr has me on antibodics since I have the gash on my leg.  I am a diabetic and they dont want me getting an infection.  I also have an antibodic ointment to put on my leg 2x daily.   So I am trying to do alll that the dr told me to.
     My mom and husband have both been wonderful in helping me.  They have been waiting on me hand over foot.   They have been great.  It is a bit of an inconvenience not to be able to use this foot but I am hoping that the orthopedic will put a boot on and I can a least walk on my own.
     I feel like such a big klutz for falling but I guess even the best have bad day HUH???
     Have you ever did something that made you feel like a klutz??? I would love to hear your stories!!!!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Prized Possession......

My wedding/engagement rings are my most prized possession.  It reminds me of the day I got married.   One of the best days of my life.  It is also a constant reminder of the love I share with my husband.  I love being married.  It has been one of the most rewarding relationships I have ever had.   I know that in Christ we are complete, but I have to say that I feel like my husband is an extension of myself.   We get along so well.  I have never felt so loved.  I know that I am truly blessed.   What is your most prized possession?  I am talking about that tangible thing you don't want to live without. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


My hubby and I are going thru a major life change.  However, I am confident that all is going to be alright.  I have the things I really need and this video says it well.   Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

On Schedule.....

On July 15th I signed up for a 90 day challenge.  It is to read the Bible in 90 days.  I thought WOW!  I don't know if I can do that.  I have never been one to read the Bible daily, although for my benefit I should.  Well, I am on schedule.  It takes about an hour of reading a day.  I try to do it while my husband is at work.  I turn the TV off, get off of FaceBook and just read.  I have only been doing it a few days but I am starting to actually  look forward to it.  I think its b/c there is a plan in motion and I have an accountable partner.  Just reading w/o a plan I tend to stop after a few days.   Anyway, I am on schedule and I am happy.  I hope everyone week is going well.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Bible in 90 days......

A fellow blogger challenged me to read the Bible, entire Bible in 90 days.   I am going to give my best effort to finish this challenge.  It will not be easy, but it will be so worth it.   I am behind b/c I started late.  BUT, I will not let that deter me from finishing my goal.  This is something that I have always wanted to do.  Read the entire Bible from cover to cover.   It takes about an hour of reading a day.  That is not too bad for an avid reader like myself.   IF you care to join me, go to  or .  I would LOVE to have some friends join me in this challenge.  Well, I need want to go do my nightly reading now..... Have a great day!!!!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Writer's Block.....

I feel like I am experiencing writer's block.  I cannot think of any thing to blog about.  It's like my brain has frozen.  Any suggestions on how to get out of this funk????

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

M I A.....

It seems like these last few weeks I have been missing in action.  I have not been feeling well.  Depression has been my companion over these last few weeks and I have not felt like doing anything.  Good news is - I will not let it control me.  I will fight and take action against this demon that I have fought for years.  I appreciate all prayers and kind words of encouragement.  Don't worry.... I will be back to myself in time.  I just need to refocus on those things that are of importance and delve into God's WORD.  Thank you for your understanding and support.  You are a help whether you realize it or not.  I take comfort in knowing that I have friends that care for my well being.   May you have a blessed week and I will return shortly.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Movie Review....

My hubby and I went to see another "free" movie last night.   Kung Fu Panda 2 in 3D.  It was funny.  It had a good story line.  The effects were amazing.  It also had some "teachable" scenes that you could pull out and use to discuss with your children.  There was even a scene that almost seemed "Christian" in nature and what I mean is that you could apply that scene to our life with Christ.   I would go into detail but do not want to give anything away.  I would definantly give this a thumbs up. 

I wil probably be doing quite a few movies reviews since my husband gets free tickets.  I hope this does not bore you as I will try to "post" about other things as well.  I have just been so tired lately that my mind is somewhat mush right now.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Date Night...............

Last night my hubby and I was able to do something thing we hadn't done in years.  We went to the movies.  He found out that he gets free movie tickets from his employer, so we took advantage of him getting off early and went to see not ONE, but TWO movies.  The first movie we watched was Jim Carey's  "Mr Popper's Penguins".  It was a cute, family orientated movie.  It was one of those man works to hard, doesn't see his kids often enough then through the gift of a penguin changes.  It's funny, fun loving, and a good natured movie.  I give it a thumbs ups. 

However, Bridesmaid is a different type of funny.  I would NOT take my children to this one.  It is full of adult humor, sometimes crass.  It has some adult language, adult themes, and a pretty realistic sex scene to start the movie off.  It is about friendship and the how friendship changes when one friend gets married while the other friend's life seemingly goes down the drain.  It is a good movie about sticking together through life curves.  I laughed so hard I couldn't breath @ times.  Although I would classify this as a "chick-flick", my hubby got a kick out of it.  The most amazing part(to me) was that of the groom's sister.  It was played by Melissa McCarthy-the pretty overweight girl of CBS' Mike and Molly.   The way they had her NOT made up was incredible.  She look SO different.  She was not the pretty overweight girl but the drab looking fat girl.  You'd just have to see to believe.

It was fun going out with my hubby. We had a great time.  If you see any movies this summer, I would love to hear your reviews since my husband is getting free tix and we WILL be going more often. 

I pray that all have a great Sunday and a great week.

Take Care,

Monday, June 13, 2011

I'm Here!!!!!

Sorry that I have not posted in a bit but things here have been a bit overwhelming.  My CFS seems to be acting up with the stress.  You see, my husband has lost his job and things are not looking good right now.  I knew that this month was going to be hard but it really has gotten to me in last few days; him too.   What we really need is for him to find a good job.  He has a pea-size job that is bringing in some money just not enough.  I have never been a crier but I see myself turning into one right before my eyes.  I really need some prayer right now and to pray myself.  Believe me when I say I have been praying and God has been working but it's getting closer and closer to the bottom and I will admit-I'm scared.  I'm scared that we may lose a car.  I'm scared that my husband may lose his will to fight.  My faith is really being tested and I need some warriors that will help keep my arms lifted in the battle.  Please pray for us.  Thank you my friend.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Dear Blogger Buddies,

I so enjoy reading your blogs.  I try to visit those I am "following" at least 2x a week and comment as often as possible.  Even when I don't comment, I am still reading.  The reason why I try to comment so often is b/c I LOVE getting comments on my posts.  That is the only way you know that some one is reading what you wrote.  I am making new friends through blogging and I love it.  To be honest, most of my friends are online friends, and I think you can never have too many friends.  My visits are random as well as my posting.  I am trying harder to post more often since I have a "following" now.  If you do follow, I try to visit your blog as well if you have a web page linked to your name.   Is there any thing I am missing? Is there something else I should be doing to be a better blogger and friend.  I want the most out of this experience and to be as polite and considerate as I can.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Blogfest Blessings.....

I was challenged by a friend to blog about my 10 greatest blessings on today.  It's strange that it is today b/c today I am feeling bummed.  So I pray this exercice will help lighten my load.  Here is what blesses me....

  1. My relationship w/ God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit
  2. The Bible(although I have neglected it far too long).
  3. My hubby- I enjoy travelling thru life with him by my side, even the rough parts of life.
  4. Friends-both those IRL and Online. They have been so supportive.
  5. My ability to read, write, see, hear, taste, touch and smell.
  6. The Internet!!!!  Tis true.
  7. Getting out of the house on those days that I feel well.
  8. Church when I am feeling well enough to go.
  9. Laughter, esp that of children.
  10. My hubby!! Yes, I know I have already listed him but he is worthy to be listed twice. He has been my rock these last few months.  He is supportive and understanding of my illnesses and loves me despite of my limitations.

What blesses you?? What are you thankful for today?? I would love to read your thoughts!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer Plans......

It's that time again.  Road trips, day trips, outing with friends and family, It's summer time.  This is usually the time that families plan and go on vacations.   Since Bob and I don't have kids, our vacations have been when and wherever.  However, this summer we will NOT be taking any trips,  since Bob is still looking for a full time job. No job means No vacation.  The one advantage of him not working as many hours is that I get to spend more time with him, thus always a reason for vacations.  The last little vacation was the bowling trip that we had already paid for before Bob lost his job.  Don't get me wrong, I AM NOT complaining.  Vacations  are luxuries and not a necessity.   If you get the privilege of taking a vacation this summer,  I would love to hear about it. If not a vacation, what are your summer plans? 

My plans are to volunteer with the Big Brother/ Big Sister Program, clean my house, utilize our pool( the apartment complex-not ours personally), read more and try to start writing a novel.

Have a great and wonderful weekend!!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SC State Bowling Tournament Pictures

My doubles partner Marty and I    He's being cheesey !!!

Us Again!!!

My husband Bob(left) and his doubles partner Chuck(right)

Unofficial Standings that we are in 1st place for the moment!!!!

Team Picture Left to Right
Chuck, Bob, Keena, Marty

Team Shot Again!!!

We had a wonderful time!!!

Blog Hopping.....

Ever since the April A to Z Challenge, I have been blog hopping.  Its been fun reading the blogs of others and I have read some that I like to follow.  Do you blog hop or do you just read the ones you have committed in following?  I am looking to make more friends.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bowling Fun!!!!

I had a great time this weekend bowling in the SC State Championship Tournament.  At first I was kinda scared.  I have never bowled in a tournament.  I have just been bowling on a league for a year.  I thought I just wasn't good enough.  I didn't quite comprehend the handicap part of the score.  So far, I am ranked 2nd in all events,  ranked 3rd for team event, and ranked 1st in doubles.  My average is 94 but I bowled over average for 8 of the 9 games.  My scores for 4 of the games were over 120. I even bowled 2 140's +.  I am so happy that I decided to do this.  However, physically it about killed me.  9 games in 2 days are rough.  The 2nd day I was hurting so bad in my left leg that I actually had to take pain killers just to keep in the game and not forfeit.  Today I am sore but not like yesterday.  This week I will rest.  I plan to take it easy for the next couple of days to allow my body to recoup.  I pray that all of you had a great weekend.  I sure did!!!

Have a fun filled and Blessed week!!!! 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bowling Tournament

My husband and I are in the SC State Bowling Tournament this weekend.  This is my 1st tourney ever. I am a new bowler.  I am going in with a 94 average, but usually bowl at least 102 or greater.  It's going to be fun.  I am taken the place of one member that had to drop out due to vertigo.  Now, understand this one point.  I will be hurting after I bowl. For one, it has been a few weeks since I bowled due to my knee injury.  When I practised it was killer on my body. Second, bowling usually does make me hurt with the Fibromyalgia  and Arthritis.  I will just take a day or two afterwards to chill.  I really enjoy bowling although I am not too good at it.  It gets me out. I use my muscles. I socialize with my friends.  I do have some "payback" time, but every thing I do has that. SO, I try to do a little at a time, then rest and try to enjoy as much as I can and not let my illnesses ruin my life
I hope all have a great weekend and I will post pics when we return home.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Leap of Faith

I took a leap of faith yesterday. I submitted my name to be a Big Sister.  I have always wanted to be part of the Big Brother/Big Sister program.  It has been on my mind and heart since I left my job.  I love kids.  My only concern is can I handle it. They suggest that you spend at least one hour every week so I thought "I can handle that".  I confess I really did not pray about it like I should have(that's another blog in itself).  The challenge is to find something that we both like that does not require extensive walking since I am unable to walk long distances.  I ask that you pray that if it is God's will, I will pass all background checks and interviews and that God will give me the ability to do what I need to do with this child.  I will keep you posted on the process.  Love and hugs to all my "blogging"  family.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Been feeling kinda blah the last few days!!!! I hope to be back into my blog schedule(I really don't have one) soon. I hope everyone had a great week...Love and Hugs!!!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011


Just to let all my followers know: I will be taking a small break after finishing the A to Z challenge. I loved it and enjoyed meeting many new friends. I plan to return on May 9th. May you all have a blessed week and a great Mother's day.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Z is for Zoo.....

I love the zoo. I love watching animals live in their natural(as possible) habitat.  I think God has such a creative mind to be able to create such beautiful and sometimes strangely creatures.  Due to my inability to walk or stand for long periods, I have not been to the zoo in awhile.  I may have to break down my pride, rent a scooter, and visit with God's amazing creation.  I'm not sure which animal I like best. They all fascinate me.  Which is your favorite zoo animal and why?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Y is for Yammer. Yak and Yabber......

Yammer, Yak and Yabber are are words for talkative and that is me... I LOVE to talk.  Every report card from 1st thru 8th grade stated that "Keena is a good student. She just talks too much during class". I asked my mom one time why she didn't punish me for that and she said that because I made such good grades she didn't bother. My response: Well, what about the kids that I was disturbing and was NOT making the good grades. Mom: Oh, I never thought about that....LOL. My talkative nature even carried on to the work place. I got into trouble more times than once because I was talking too much. I can Yak away with the best of them.  I can Yabber all day about nothing and I can Yammer even if it's to myself. Are there any others out there with this problem or am I by myself???

Thursday, April 28, 2011

X is for Xanthippe...............

     X was a real challenge for me.  Actually, I was scared to see it come.  The only word that I could think of was X-ray and I thought "too simple, I don't want to do that one".  So I got online and look at Webster's online dictionary and began looking at all the X words.  I learned that Xanthochromatic means yellow and that it a word begins with the prefix Xantho yellow is involved, IE xanthoderma means yellowing of the skin. But , that is not what caught my eye.  I saw the word Xanthippe(zen-tip-pi) and decided to look at the definition.  It means an ill-tempered, or nagging wife.
     It originated in Greek mythology. Xanthippe was Socrates' wife. She was know to be harsh. An ill tempered woman and nagging wife. According to legend, Socrates knew of her ill attitude but wanted to marry her anyway so that he could practice his patience.   Stories claim that Xanthippe threw washing water on Socrates, poured a chamber pot over his head, and trampled on a cake during the midst of her anger.
     I'll be honest. Sometimes I can be a Xanthippe to my husband.  I can be ill tempered at times, although I try hard not to be. I will apologize when I see my attitude not being one of love and support.  My desire is to be a loving, uplifting and encouraging wife to my husband.  He is too good to me for me to be otherwise.  May us married woman  be the wife that Christ has called us to be.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

W is for WHEN....

Have you ever the the phrase....When___ happens, then I'll do ___?  You can fill in the blanks with so much stuff.  My mother used to always tell me When you clean the house, you can have friends over.  Now you have to realize that our house was clean.  She was wanting me to clean baseboards and fans EVERY time I wanted a friend to come over. Or , I have heard woman say... When it's my anniversary, I'll wear my favorite perfume. Or When company comes over, I'll use the fine china.  We all have said it, but I've decided to NOW... NOW, I will wear the perfume my husband buys or I will invite friends over even if the house is not perfect.  Don't misunderstand me. We all need to have goals and be self disciplined but I believe that we sometimes put off for tomorrow what we'd enjoy today. I want to live for the now and enjoy what God has given me.  We are not promised that WHEN will ever come. We are only guaranteed now. 
So go and do! ENJOY the moment !!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

V is for Victoza.....

Victoza is a drug that was approved Jan 25th 2010 for the management of type 2 diabetes.  It is not an insulin, yet it is an injectable.  It helps your pancreas produce insulin and hinders the liver from producing glucose thus lowering blood sugar levels.  The best "side effect" is that is slows down the emptying of the stomach so you maintain a full fill longer.  I started using Victoza on Feb 11th and by April 11th I had lost 20lbs.  It has been amazing. I no longer felt hungry.  I actually had to force myself to eat.  I no longer worry about what I am going to eat or feel the need that I have to eat everything on my plate. The draw back is that this medication is extremely expensive.  Fortunately, my insurance pays for it, however my hubby has lost his job and we cannot even afford to pay the co-pay. What this means is that the Dr has given me samples of something else and I am not as happy with it. Victoza has been like a miracle for me since I am in need to lose about 100 lbs. So I will use the samples and when my husband gets a job, I will get a Rx for the Victoza.  YES, it does have some adverse side effects but doesn't every Rx that you have to take.  I just pray I will not suffer from those.
Stay Healthy my friends.......

Monday, April 25, 2011

U is for.......

I am unable to come up with a u word. I hope that you can have some understanding and consideration for my plight.  May we unite together and conquer this challenge.  I realize that this is an unique post and will understand if you are unavailable to comment.  This has been my hardest post yet(can only see what X will bring).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

T is for TIRED......

I was going to write about something else but stumbled about a poem(its in the post b4 this one) and reread the Spoonie Story(its also in a previous post) and thought it would be appropriate.   People with chronic tiredness and pain are a family of their own.  If you do not suffer from a chronic illness, its hard to understand the daily struggle that we face.  I encourage you to read the two previous post, esp if you DO NOT have a chronic condition.  It will help put into perspective our daily lives.

Poetry: Tired

Poetry: Tired

The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino

The Spoon Theory written by Christine Miserandino

Saturday, April 23, 2011

S is for Secret Shopper......

Now that I am no longer working, I do side work as a secret shopper. What is that you ask? Let me explain.  I go to banks, restaurants, fast food, clothing stores, etc and conduct my business.  It can be withdrawing money to buying a shirt or getting a burger. I observe the environment, inside and outside the establishment IE, cleanliness of parking lot, counters, and restrooms.  I pay special attention to customer service IE, if they greeted me warmly or made me feel welcome.  I notice their products and if it meets companies standards. I calculate the time it takes to be assisted, how long it takes to be assisted, and how long my total time to finish my business.   All this information has to be stored in my head until I leave the store.  Then we I get away from store, I will make notes.  I take those notes and when I get home I submit a report on line.  I cannot disclose who I am or that I taking notes.  The company wants all this to be done "secretly" to see if their products and/or employees measure up to the company standards.
Most companies will reimburse you if you must make a purchase.  Must obtain a receipt and upload on report.  Sometimes I have to take a picture of the store or kiosk that I shop.  In addition to reimbursement, some companies will even pay the shopper a small fee for doing the shop.  It's nothing to make a living at but its fun and you get free food or product.
The good thing about secret shopping is that you can choose when and where you shop.

Friday, April 22, 2011

R is for Rebecca......

I would like for you to meet Rebecca Faye Pratt.  She would have been my step daughter. However, seizures claimed her life at 4 yrs old.  My husband lives with her memory every day. Family and friends tell me she was a lively child, full of energy and laughter despite the fact she was not an healthy child. I love to hear their stories. It is one of the ways I get to know this child that was so easy to love. I never met Lil' Rebecca yet strangely enough I miss her.  She died a year and a half before I met her dad.  Here are just a few pics of this darling little girl:


Thursday, April 21, 2011

Q is for Quote.....

OK, so I have been away for a bit. I have had a bad few days spending most of my time in bed sleeping.  That's what happens when you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Something happens and you have to recoup in bed. BUT, here is my Q even if it's a day late......

Here is one of my favorite quotes:

          "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do"

Having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia limits my ability to do certain things.  However, I will not Quit nor will I give up.  I may not be able to do all that I did in the past but I will not let it interfere with what I CAN do.  I have to tell myself on a daily basis not to allow my limitations to dictate my life but to focus on what I CAN do and try to do that well.  I have to remind myself of this Quote quite often so that I continue to move forward and not get depressed over what has been lost to this disease.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

P is for POOP!!

POOP is how I am feeling today.  I had a bad night last night. I finally fell asleep around 5 or 6 this morning. I've slept all day trying to catch up but I feel as if I have been drugged and my mind is hazy. Sorry this is all I have right now.  I hope everyone else is doing well. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

O is for OUGHT.......

I ought to be doing dishes.....

I ought to be cleaning the bathroom....

I ought to be reading the book for upcoming book club.....

I ought to be taking a shower....

I ought to call my mother.....

I ought to start writing the novel that's inside me....

I ought to get off Facebook....

I ought to do my daily devotions....

There are so many things that I OUGHT to be doing but the one that takes precedences right now is blogging and visiting my "blogger" friends.   Thank for being my friends!!!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

N is for Newbie.......

I am a newbie when it comes to writing. I have done some writing for myself but nothing for others to read. However, my desire for that has changed. I would love to write something that people would actually enjoy reading. I dream of being published.  I have a lot of questions.  Here are just a few:

1. How do you start with a story?
2. Do you create characters then write a story?
3. Do you do an outline of what you want?
4. Where do you get your ideas?
5. How do you decide what genre to write?

I have no idea where to begin. The only thing that has come to my mind is a title.  I would appreciate any suggestions or ideas.

Friday, April 15, 2011

M is for Marriage.......

     MARRIAGE. What does that word bring to mind when you say or read it? For me it means happiness. You see, I have a wonderful marriage.  I have a husband that loves me unconditionally. That's the way it's supposed to be.  I am an old-fashion kinda gal. I believe that marriage is to be between one man and one women and it is to be forever.  I do not judge those that have been married several times(I'm my husbands 3rd wife) or those that are divorced because I know that things happen.  However, I believe that if people took their vows and marriage more seriously, America would have a lower incidence of divorce and break up.  The problem from my perspective is that people forget what commitment means.  That is the key to any marriage.  I made a commitment to my husband and I will keep that to the best of my ability.  Commitment last thru anger, hurt, disappointment and desire.  I commit to love my husband.  To commit to someone is an aggressive verb. I make it happen. I can not leave it to its own. I have to work at it. Even when I don't like my husbands behavior or attitude,   I stand by my commitment.
     Another key to marriage is friendship.  My husband and I are best friends.  We talk about every thing and listen to one other without judgement or condemnation. We laugh together, we joke together and we support one another.  We have been married for 4 1/2 yrs but I could not imagine my life with out him nor how I survived the 35 yrs before him. I am a better women because of my husband.  He gives me such love and thoughtfulness that I am just amazed at times. Now before you start to wonder let me explain something right now.  MY HUSBAND IS NOT PERFECT!!!!! Although I sometimes talk like he is, he does have his faults.
     Thats' another key in my relationship with my husband. I concentrate on the positive behavior that my husband demonstrates not the faulty behavior. God has taught me that.  Every time I would complain to God that Bob did something "wrong", God would rebuke me for similar behavior.  God has taught me to focus on what Bob does right not on what he does that I don't like.  Just like people every marriage has its weaknesses and its strengths.  The goal is to work on those weaknesses without judgement and revel in your strengths.
     The last thing I like to mention is that a marriage is  like a triangle with GOD being the top point and each partner is the bottom points.  As each partner(point) grows closer to the top of the triangle-God, they get closer to one another.   The closer each spouse is to God, the closer we grow together.  God MUST be the center of every successful marriage.

What doe you feel to be a key to marriage? I would love feedback and comments!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

L is for LOVE.......

"Love is patient, Love is kind; Love does not envy
Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in inquity, but rejoices in the truth;
bears allthings, believes all things, endures all things,
Love never fails"

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Keena......

That's right. KEENA!! ME!!! Just a few items that you may not know about me.  If you have any specific question that you'd like to ask,  please feel free to ask.  Make a comment below or you can email me @

1. I like my husband's BO. Now I know that sounds strange but he has a good smell about him. I don't mean like in his pits or anything but just in general I like the way he smells

2. I do not like holidays. I am not against holidays, but I never had fun with them. I had a small family and therefore, it was just my mom and I. Then I felt torn between seeing my dad and spending time with mom. It was not fun. Now that I am married, things are changing. I am beginning to like Thanksgiving. All of his family gets together for a big dinner. It is fun

3. I do not like to put away my laundry. I still have piles of loads that have been washed and dried. Some are even folded but I just can't get them into the drawers.

4. I miss sleeping in on cold winter mornings and having my dog snuggle up to me.

5. I like things to be even or straight. I have some OCD tendencies in me. I kinda like the guy in "Sleeping with the Enemy" , however, I am not abusive about it.

6. After I shower in the mornings, I like to lay down for about 15 minutes of "cool down" time. I have done this since as far back as I can remember. Weird huh?????

7. I enjoy being married. I mean I really enjoy doing things like cooking and cleaning for him and I like that he "protects, takes care of, and looks after me" . He is a great husband. I thank God for him every day.

8. I have a hard time throwing things away. Cards, letters, postcards, or anything that someone has given me. I still have a beat up spoon that my dad used to use to make C-A-N-D-Y. My mom threw it away one time and I almost had a fit. I sterilized it and kept it.

9. I do not like Christmas music. Refer back to #2. I always felt torn between my parents. If I was with one, I felt guilty for not being with other. When I hear Christmas music, I change the station.

10.  I am addicted to caffeine. It really is a powerful drug.  I would love to come off it but it just seems like I cannot function without it.  I have tried but have always went back.  I might try again.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

J is for........JESUS

I don't want to write about JESUS the Christ or JESUS the Savior but I'd like to explore JESUS the Child. What was JESUS like as a 5 yr old boy? Did he giggle when his mom tickled his feet? Did he cry during thunderstorms? Did he cuddle with his parents before bed? Did he pick his nose? What kind of games did he like to play? Did he laugh when he passed gas? Thinking of JESUS in these terms makes his humanness more real to me. It is not in disrepect but curiosity that I ask. When did he become aware that he would die for the world? We know that at 12 he was preaching in the synagouge.  I know that these questions are really not important  in the scheme of things but I am just thinking......

Do you have "questions" about JESUS' childhood??

Monday, April 11, 2011

I is for........ Inspiration

What inspires your writing? What inspires your creativity? Does it strike you randomly or do you set time aside for it?  I would love to hear where you get your ideas, and how your thoughts generate. What do you do when inspiration hits? Do you carry a pen/paper with you?  I am interested in your process. I am a newbie and am eager to learn.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

H is for.....HELP!!!!

I was going to write on Hobbies, then I then thought about Hope, but after the last two days HELP really fits my frame of mind.  I have had 2 very bad days and have had to ask for HELP from my hubby. He doesn't complain or grumble but jumps up and does what he can for me.  It has taken a long time to learn to ask for HELP and I still find it hard to do so.  I cannot always do what it is that I used to do and must ask for the HELP.  It is a continuous process. Do you find it easy to ask for HELP or do you put up a fight like I sometimes do?

Friday, April 08, 2011

G is for Gator......

That's right...Gator!!  My hubby calls me gatorgirl.  I went to a place in Myrtle Beach called Alligator Adventure and I just fell in love.  It is miles of land devoted to gators.  They have all kinds of alligaters.   Ones from China, South Africa, and every baby alligators.  They even talks to teachyou about gators and snakes. They have a live show where they feed the gators.  One guy told me that the only thing that keeps the gators in their areas(although they have fences) is that they feed them well.  When they first opened, they noticed the gators climbing the fence trying to find food so they had to increase their feeding.  Below are some pictures that I took while there.


Thursday, April 07, 2011

This is just a test.....Trying to learn how to post video.

F is for "Freddie The Frog".......

Freddie was a gift from my hubby for no other reason than because I love you.  I hope this brings a smile to your face.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Fisrt of all, sorry this is so late. My hubby's birthday was today and so... you can just imagine.

E is for.........Embarrassment.

I am not blonde but sometimes have those blonde moments when all I can do is laugh. For instance, tonight my hubby and I went to Applebys' to get 1/2 price appertizers for his birthday.  I told him I wanted the classsic wingless wings. LOL.."DUH" What was I gonna eat... the sauce.  Now that's not too embarassing but I will share a story that is a little embarassing.

I was in the chiropractor office getting an adjustment.  It was one of those hands on adjustments where the "pop" your bones.  Well, the young lady doctor asked me to turn over on my side, and when I did I farted!!!!  I was so embarassed.!!! All I could do was say I'm sorry. She just laughed and said that it happens more times than I would imagine and that it was ok. I am so glad it was a lady and not some nice hunk of a man.

Now that I have shared an embarassing story with you, do you have the courage to share one with me??

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

D is for departed but beloved dog

I miss her still.  It's been almost 2yrs and my heart still aches when I dwell on that fact.  She was 12 1/2 years old and she was my best friend.  The pet above all other pets.  Dove was friendly, gentle, loving, warm and STUBBORN.  I guess she inherited that gene from me.  I adopted Dove when she was 8 1/2 weeks old from the local animal shelter.    Her full grown ears looked funny against her puppy body.  She was half terrier and half cocker.  She LOVED to chase.  It didn't matter if it was a squirrel or a bug. She one time chased down an injured bird and ate part of it and scared the beejebbers out of me.  She often made me laugh.  She had an incredible sense of humor.  I could go on and on about that wonderful dog, but I don't want to bore you.  Below are some pics of my "baby:

My Christmas Puppy

Squirrel Chasing

Halloween Costume