March 19th, 2007

I got this from Greta. Here are my answers. Let’s see your answers!

1. Are you close to achieving your goals?
In about three months RT and I will move into our new home. That’s our most immediate physical goal. Basically we’re living the American dream. The only goal I can’t quite seem to reach is weight loss.

2. List something you could improve on this week.
Exercising and eating moderately. I WILL do both!

3. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
It’s half-full – I’m an optimist.

4. Are you current on paps, mammograms, dentists & check-ups?
Yes on all counts.

5. If you take medication, are you overdue for some maintenance?
Yes – I’m current on all my medications, too.

6. What is the last really nice thing you did for yourself?
I slept late this morning. Actually I went back to bed after I let the dog out, and THEN I slept late. When I woke up I drove myself, my morning coffee and the dog over to the building site (2 1/2 miles away) and walked for awhile through the woods while sipping my coffee. It (both the walk and the coffee) was wonderful!

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March 17th, 2007

(Saturday night) UPDATED at end of post:

I’m giving the children’s sermon in church tomorrow.  Here’s what I’ll say and do:

Theme: God’s Word feeds our hearts.

Materials: a box of Alpha-Bits cereal, some paper plates.

To give the children at the end of the lesson: snack bags with Alpha-Bits, small booklets of Bible verses

Good morning, boys and girls.  What’s this? (hold up box of cereal).  Yes, it’s Alpha-Bits cereal.   I always enjoy eating Alpha-Bits because I can spell words with it.  Let’s see what I can spell with these.  (pour some onto one of the plates and spell a simple word with whatever letters are there.  Show the children the word – them eat the word).   Yum!  I can spell the word, and then I can eat the word.

Here, you try it.  (Give each child a paper plate with some Alpha-Bits on it.  Call on the children to tell you the words they make.)

Can we eat the words you make from the Alpha-Bits ?  Yes, we can, and when we eat good food - it nourishes our bodies and makes us stronger and happier.  (To avoid spills, take up the plates and Alpha-Bits.  Tell the children that at the end of the lesson they’ll get a bag of Alpha-Bits to snack on later.)

Alpha-Bits aren’t the only way to eat words.  God gives us good words, too.  The Bible is God’s word for us. 

There was a prophet – a wise man – in the Bible named Jeremiah.  He wrote: “When God’s words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight.” (Jeremiah 15:16a, NIV)

Now do you think Jeremiah really ATE the words of God?  No, he didn’t.  He meant that he read them and they were like food to his heart.  They made him stronger and happier.

That’s what God wants us to do.  He wants us to read His Word – the Bible – and let his Words feed us so that we will know more about God and love him more and be stronger and happier because of the nourishment (good things) we get from His Word.

Here is a booklet of Bible verses for you to feed your hearts.  Will each of you promise to read one verse from this booklet each day?  Make sure you feed your heart with God’s word each day.

Let’s pray:  Our Heavenly Father, thank  you for giving us your word – the Bible – to feed our hearts and make us stronger and happier.  Amen

Hand out the bags of Alpha-Bits for each child.

UPDATE (Saturday evening):  Has Post stopped making Alpha-Bits?  I searched FIVE different grocery stores today, and none of them had Alpha-Bits.  I had a clerk at one Kroger look it up in the inventory, and he said that it had been six months since any had shown up on their inventory.  He didn’t know if it was no longer being produced or if Kroger had just stopped carrying it.

Now my lesson will have to be modified.  Not having Alpha-Bits nixes the use of that particular text – the whole idea of “eating words” doesn’t work without some literal words that can be eaten – and I’m not getting into alphabet soup.

So I bought some red seedless grapes.  The lesson will be about how food feeds out bodies – how we have to have food each day in order to grow and be healthy.  Then I’ll lead into how reading the Bible feeds our hearts.  We have to read the Bible each day in order for our hearts to grow strong and healthy.

I will change the scripture to Deuteronomy 8:3B “Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”   We need food for our physical bodies (bread – grapes), but our hearts/souls need food, too – and food for our heart is found in the Bible.                                           

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  • March 17th, 2007

     A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or noting important events in our lives

    Sunday Seven – March 17th & 18th

    Heritage Edition

    Since this weekend starts off with St. Patrick’s Day, my SUNDAY SEVEN lists seven parts of my heritage for which I am thankful.

    (1) I have a little Irish in my background, and I’m thankful for that – along with the German and Scottish and who-knows-what-else. 

    (2) My family has always had an appreciation for music.  I’m not musically talented.  However, there are others in my family with phenomenal musical abilities.

    (3) My family has always valued education.  Out of my seven siblings, we all went beyond high school.  Most of us have a Masters degree in our chosen field.

    (4) My family has always stressed integrity over “success.” The true measure of a person is WHO they are inside – not their position in society.

    (5) My family has always place God first.  My father was a Methodist minister, and my mother is a minister now.  The church is an integral part of our lives.

    (6) My family values fun.  When we get together there is always a lot of talking and laughing.  We have a good time together.

    (7) Family is a priority.  Every single day I thank God for my family – my husband, my children and their spouses, my grandgirls, my mother, my siblings and their families.  When we all get together we number well above 50 – and it’s wonderful.

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    March 15th, 2007

    Name two things that made you smile this week.

    (1) My granddaughter called me earlier this evening and told me about winning the Read-a-thon for the entire kindergarten at her school.  Her reward is riding in a limo with the principal and other grade level winners and eating lunch out one day.  She’s is so excited about it!

    (2) My daughter told me that when she picked up the girls from school today, she asked if they wanted to invite Grandma Carol to go with them to eat out to celebrate the read-a-thon win.  RT is out of town – so they knew I was eating dinner alone tonight.  They both cheered and yelled “Grandma Carol!” and one of the teachers mentioned how much they LOVED their Grandma Carol.  I’m still smiling over that one!

    Fill in the blank: Don’t you hate it when ________?

    Don’t you hate it when the dog smells so . . . wet-doggy?  It’s raining here – and that’s the permeating smell in my house.

    When you can’t go to sleep, what is your personal remedy to help yourself drift into Lullabyland?

    I eat a small bowl of cereal with skim milk.  I read in some publication recently that cereal and milk is a good thing to do for insomnia.  And the rare times I have trouble going to sleep, it sure seems to help me.

    Main Course
    What is something about which you’ve always wondered but have not yet found a good answer?

    Why do I eat more than I need – more than I really want?

    What is your favorite pasta dish?

    Bowtie pasta with spinach and grilled chicken in a very light alfredo sauce.  Delicious!

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  • March 14th, 2007

    Thirteen Dishes That Will Almost Certainly Be At Our Church’s Potluck Dinner Tonight

    1.  Miss Phyllis’s chicken pot pie

    2.  Brownies

    3.  Devilled eggs

    4.  A chicken casserole

    5.  Another chicken casserole

    6.  Some kind of jello salad

    7.  Ms. Edna’s cobbler – probably blackberry

    8. A hashbrown casserole

    9.  a beef roast cooked with potatoes, carrots and onions

    10.  a tossed salad

    11.  a loaf of homemade bread

    12. some cornbread

    13.  some homecooked vegetables

    All in all, it will be a very nice dinner.  The best part, though, will be talking and being with some really good people.

    UPDATE:  The potluck dinner is now over.  I had 10 out of the 13 correct.  I think that’s a pretty good average.  We didn’t have eggs this time – no roast beef or chicken pot pie, either.  However, one person brought a big bowl of ripe and juicy strawberries and another bowl of CHOCOLATE dipping sauce for the strawberries.  Needless to say, that was a major hit!

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  • March 13th, 2007

    A couple weeks ago I wrote about a discussion with a group of children about what they ate for breakfast and how that led to a mini research project on the breakfast habits of my students.  Perhaps I carried it too far, though.

    This afternoon I was reading with a group of three fifth graders.  One girl stopped mid-sentence while reading aloud and declared, “You haven’t asked us what we had for breakfast in two days!” 

    “That’s right,” agreed another girl.

    “Okay,” I said, “What did you have for breakfast?  All three immediately and eagerly described their breakfasts.

    What have I started?

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    March 12th, 2007

    Ever since I was in high school I’ve gotten fever blisters once or twice a year.  I hate them.  The first few days they HURT, and then after that they just look awful.  Since they’re usually right in the corner of my mouth, they crack and bleed easily whenever I open my mouth.  They’re just gross.

    About 15 years ago, I mentioned them to my doctor, and I asked if there was anything that would help make them not so bad.  She said that she could prescribe Valtrex since fever blisters are a type of herpes.  Valtrex is an anti-viral medication that is typically prescribed for genital herpes.  I think fever blisters are type I herpes simplex virus and the genital herpes is type II.   I think that’s correct.  I could look it up to verify that, but I won’t.   

    Apparently the medication doesn’t care WHERE the virus shows up – it treats it anyway.  It sure worked for me.  It doesn’t eliminate fever blisters, but it keeps them from getting too awful and cuts short the duration.  Valtrex is like a wonder drug.  Ever since I first tried it, anytime I’ve felt that tingling that signals the beginning of a fever blister, I start taking it.

    A couple weeks ago, I saw someone else with a fever blister, and I realized that I couldn’t even remember the last time I had one.  It had been at least two or three years.  There must be a mind-body connection for something like that because after thinking about the fact that it had been years since I had one, suddenly last Monday, one started developing – and a couple days after that a second one started!  I’ve never had two at the same time!  I found my old bottle of Valtrex and noticed that the prescription was filled in 2002.  I guess it had been that long since my last fever blister.  I called the doctor to ask her to call in a new prescription – which she did.  My double fever blister is about gone now – definitely on the wane.

    So that’s the purpose of this post?  A type of PSA.  I would never have known you could take Valtrex for a fever blister if I hadn’t just happened to have that conversation with my doctor years ago.  If you get them, you might want to look into it.

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  • March 11th, 2007

    I wrote this past week about the things I love about March.  In a comment to that post, someone mentioned that I didn’t include “March Madness” on my list.  The implication was that obviously it had just slipped my mind.  I admit – I’ve HEARD the term before, but I really have no idea what it is.  A quick Google search just now provided the information that “March Madness” is college basketball championships.  No wonder I had no clue.   I can think of few things that I am less interested in than college basketball. 

    So now I know what March Madness is . . .  and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    March 10th, 2007

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    March 10th, 2007

    A weekly meme for giving thanks and/or for noting important events in our lives.

    1.  I am thankful for this beautiful spring weather – I love it! Flowers are starting to bloom, trees are beginning to bud, and the sun is shining. My absolute favorite time of year.

    2.  I was able to go over to the land and take a walk almost every day this past week.  There is something so relaxing and walking through the woods.  There’s a path for only part of the way.  The rest of the time, I had to pick my way through the trees and light underbrush.

    3.  The grandgirls are going to spend tonight with us.  It’s been a month or so since they spent the night.  So it’ll be fun to be with them.  And that’ll give their mommy and daddy a chance to go out to dinner and movie and have a nice relaxing evening alone.

    4.  The grandgirls will also go to church with us tomorrow.  That’s always fun because the other church members always make a fuss over them.

    5.  One of the men in the church called and said that they had cleaned the church after their prayer breakfast this morning.  That saves me the hour I usually spend cleaning the church each Saturday.  Yea!

    6.  RT is doing such a phenomenal job of getting our house built.  He has stayed right on top of everything, and it looks like the house will be finished around mid-June.  WOW!

    7.  Everybody in the family seems to be over their colds and strep throat.  YEA for good health!

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