Showing posts with label Monday Mornings. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Monday Mornings. Show all posts

Monday, January 9, 2017

More Time Saving Tips

  • Simplify your Life.
  • Take stock of your daily routine--eliminate the unnecessary. It's ok to say no sometimes.
  • Do the 'have tos' first--delegate whenever possible.
  • Combine trips--saves time and gas.
  • Utilize small snippets of time when you have to wait (carpools, doctors offices, etc).
        • Always keep pencil and paper handy to collect quirky characters, bits of dialogue, different speech patterns, and sensory details.
        • Use spare time to sort out plot details, ask the 'what if', 'why', and 'what next' questions.
        • If you have a smartphone check your emails or update your blog.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

I LOVE this movie, Joe versus the Volcano. Joe is a hypochondriac convinced he has only six months to live so he agrees to throw himself into a volcano. Long story short--he finds himself adrift at sea on his floating luggage. One night Joe stands in front of the rising moon, overwhelmed by its grandeur, and perhaps, his own insignificance and thanks the Lord for his life. It is at this point he begins to live.

I think we all need moments in life that remind us to be grateful for our lives, less than perfect as they are. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and let your heart ponder over all the little things you are grateful for.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veteran's Day: Women Veterans

As I thought about Veteran's Day today, the main word that kept coming to mind was sacrifice. Sacrifice of one's all.

I did a little research into women's contributions in WWII, particularly in the OSS, The Office of Strategic Services (predecessor of the CIA). I read The Sisterhood of Spies by Elizabeth P. McIntosh who served in the South Pacific. She interviewed many of the hundreds of women who served in the OSS in different parts of the world.

These women provided vital service from the lack-luster, tedious filing type jobs, and tracking every serial number from German manufacturing plants, to operating underground resistance groups, and providing cover documentation and identifications behind enemy lines. Every women experienced deprivations of war. They were a part of everyday life, the kind of deprivations few of us will ever know, thankfully.

One lady in particular, Virginia Hall, continued to serve behind enemy lines even after she lost a leg while serving in Turkey. She was fitted with a wooden leg and went back to work in France. She became one of the most feared of Allied spies. Although in constant pain, she learned to modify her limp with her prosthesis because she'd be given the nickname of "la dame qui boite," the lady who limps. This was her only identifiable trait as she was a master of disguise and a remarkable actress. She accomplished too many things to list here.

So many women sacrificed to serve. They sacrificed the very things we take for granted. They were well educated women, fluent in at least three languages; many born in wealthy families who could've avoided service if they wanted to.

Thank you to all of the men and women who sacrifice even the basic necessities so that we can live in luxury. Thank you to all who gave the supreme sacrifice, "Greater love hath no man . . ."

Monday, November 7, 2016

For the Beauty of the Earth

For the Beauty of the Earth written by
Folliott S. Pierpoint and Conrad Kocher

For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies.

Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale and tree and flow'r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light,

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle thoughts and mild.

Lord of all to thee we raise
This our hymn of grateful praise.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Gonna Be a Bear!

Gonna be a Bear

In this life I am a woman. In my next life, I'd like to come back as a bear. When you're a bear, you get to hibernate. You do nothing but sleep for six months, I could deal with that.
Before you hibernate, you're supposed to eat yourself stupid. I could deal with that too.
When you're a girl bear, you birth your children (who are the size of walnuts) while you're sleeping and wake to partially grown, cute, cuddly cubs. I could definitely deal with that.
If you're momma bear, everyone knows you mean business. You swat anyone who bothers your cubs. If your cubs get out of line, you swat them too. I could deal with that.
If you're a bear, your mate expects you to wake up growling. He expects that you will have hairy legs and excess body fat.
Yup, gonna be a bear!

I found this little tidbit years ago. Unfortunately I don't know who the author is, but I like her.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Halloween Playlist

I love autumn and all of the seasonal delights that come with it. Time to get out all of the music and movies--I've posted about my favorite Halloween movies before. Today's post is about my favorite Halloween songs.

I divided them into groups because it is difficult to choose my favorite.

First off is Disney Halloween. My kids loved these growing up. They're just enough scary without being threatening:
Which Witch is Which by Mickey Mouse and friends
I Wanna Scare Myself by Tigger
Heffalumps and Woozles
They Don't Scare Me by Mickey Mouse
I Put a Spell on You by Bette Midler

Next are the silly songs of the 60s, 70s, and 80s:
Purple People Eater
Love Potion Number 9
The Witch Doctor
Star Trekkin'
Werewolves of London
Addams Family Theme
Spiderman Theme

A Classic:
Hall of the Mountain King

Harry Potter Sound Tracks (All 7 movies):
Double Double Boil and Trouble
Hedwig's Theme
Hogwart's March
Quidditch World Cup

The Pirates of the Caribbean Soundtracks (All 4 movies):
Will and Elizabeth
Hoist the Colors

The Piano Duet from The Corpse Bride

Of course, my most favorite is Monster Mash. It's timeless.

Have a blast creating new memories and re-living old ones!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Macey's Shopper on Aisle 3

I saw this little bird hopping up and down the cereal aisle, no doubt looking for free samples, on the busiest shopping day of the week. He didn't know it, but he brightened my day.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Healing Fields

 Over three thousand flags filled the fields near the Sandy City building in Sandy, Utah. Each flag was tagged with the name and story of each victim of 9/11. It was an awesome sight.

There were flags of other countries representing the many cultures who shared the same fate that day.

I love to hear about the heroic stories of sacrifice that came out. They break my heart at the same time they inspire me. Would I have had that kind of courage?

I loved the patriotic feelings expressed by all. One of the most horrific events in our history served to unify our country in a way that I hadn't felt before or since. Our people went back to church. We called upon God, as a people, of all religions.

This bronze statue is one of three sculpted by
local artist Stan Watts
 This statue is titled "Hope Rising to Lift a Nation". This symbolic act performed by these men feels to me like what Francis Scott Key must've felt when he arose aboard ship in dawn's early light to see our flag had survived--"Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave."


originally posted on the tenth anniversary of 9/11

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Shire

Without a doubt, the fictional world I'd most like to wake up in is the Shire. I thought about Lothlorien because of its beauty and serenity, but the Shire is more like a pastoral version of the real world. I'm totally good with breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, etc, except I may be the one having to make all of the food. Life just seems more laid back and less rushed, and so green. I have always dreamed of a country life. The cool thing about the internet is that I could live in the Shire and work online. .

Sunday, July 3, 2016

The Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial
 As I stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial I was overwhelmed by the greatness of this man. Tears welled up in my eyes and I knew I stood on hallowed ground.

I hold President Lincoln in the highest esteem along with our founding fathers and feel humbled by their sacrifices.

"The people of the United States are the rightful master of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the constitution."
--Abraham Lincoln

"You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot strengthen prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage by taking away people's initiative and independence. You cannot help people permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves."--Abraham Lincoln
The Gettysburg Address

Monday, June 13, 2016

Reading just for fun

I believe that a child's love of reading is a gift from his or her parents. I have fond memories of my mother rocking me in her rocking chair and reading to me at bedtime. I loved fairy tales the most, and I asked for the same ones over and over again: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, etc.

Then, Dr. Seuss came out with "Read Myself" books. That was cool! Enter the flashlight under the covers. I hated going to bed, so every night I'd pull out my flashlight and read until I fell asleep.

In the summertime, my aunt took my cousins and I to the library every week. I read all of the Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mysteries I could get my hands on. I tried, desperately to figure out the mystery before Nancy did, or at least by the time all was revealed.
     The only time in my life that I did not enjoy reading was when I read textbooks because I had to. Funny thing about professors--they think theirs is the only class you are taking, so it shouldn't be a problem reading 300 pages for the next class. How I longed for the day to read just for fun again!

Now that I'm there, I get to rock my grandkids in my rocking chair and read to them. Ahh, the simple pleasures. . .
     What are some of your simple pleasures?

Monday, June 6, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want."--Dan Stanford

I used this picture for the cover of the binder where I keep all of my rejection letters. It reminds me that if crocuses can bloom in a blizzard,  so can I.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day

My son-in-law

The Vietnam Memorial

Over 58,000 names of killed or missing soldiers lie on the two walls of the Vietnam Memorial. Men who served between the years of 1959 and 1975. Men who were given little to no respect for their service to their country. We may always have to send men to war but I hope we have learned gratitude and respect for the service they render.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

"The man who does not read is no better
than the man who can't."
~Mark Twain

Monday, July 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

"Fill your house with stacks of books, in all
the crannies, in all the nooks."
~Dr. Seuss