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Sunday Seven – Edition #8

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

SUNDAY SEVEN is a weekly meme for giving thanks or for noting important events in our lives.

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Sunday Seven – Edition #8

1.  I am thankful my youngest sister, Beth, is out of the hospital and feeling better.

2.  I am thankful for my older brother, Terry, who had a birthday on Thursday – thankful that I could drive to GA to help with the celebration.

3.  I am thankful for my younger sister, Debi, who is handling a lot in her life right now – thankful that she is so giving to others.

4.  I am thankful for my younger brother, David, who will be the father of the bride in just a few weeks – thankful that I have the opportunity to help plan a family bridal shower for my niece.

5.  I am thankful for my older sister, Joan, who is dealing with “crazy Charlie” too often these days – thankful that she lives close enough for me to visit anytime I’m in GA visiting my mother.

6.  I am thankful for my older sistest, Janice, who always replies to email so quickly – thankful that even though we don’t see each other often because we live so far apart, we still can communicate easily via email.

7.  I am thankful for my mother who I was able to visit for a couple days this week – thankful that she is doing well and does many good things for others.

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Thursday Thirteen – My 52nd Edition

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Thirteen Things About My Drive To Georgia Today

(1) I started the trip later than I had planned.  I had hoped to leave in the morning, but I left home around 2:00 p.m.  A little over three hours, and I’d be at my mother’s in Georgia. With the time difference and the later departure, that would put me in Chattanooga around 5:00.  I was worried about hitting rush hour.  As it turned out, traffic was the least of my worries.

(2) I-24 going east – a trip I’ve made hundreds of times.  I honestly was thinking about Thursday Thirteen, and I was jotting down things I saw along the way in order to write my T13 as soon as I got to my mother’s. 

(3) I was going over the bridge on the Tennessee River and Nickajack Lake when traffic almost came to a standstill.  A car had had a tire blowout and was blocking a lane of traffic.  No big deal, though.  Someone had already stopped to help.  A minute or two at a slower speed, and that was behind me.

(4) A few miles later I felt a little skip or bump in my engine.  Uh -oh! Was it a rough spot on the pavement, or was something wrong with the car?  I turned off the radio so I could listen.

(5) There weren’t any other bumping noises or feelings, but I noticed that the power steering had suddenly stopped working.  That wasn’t good.  The engine was still running, though.

(6) Then the battery light on the dashboard flashed on — shining brightly red.  As I studied the dashboard I saw that the needle on the heat indicator had not only gone past “hot” — it was flashing red as far past “hot” as it could go.  There were too many red flashing lights on the dashboard!  And no power steering!  Something was definitely wrong. (Well, duh, Carol!)

(7) Of course I was nowhere near an exit.  The car was still running fine – despite the flashing red lights and lack of power steering.  I slowed down and kept driving for a mile or so and saw a “Rest Area – 1 mile” sign.  Whew!  I’d get off there.

(8) The rest area was closed.  I was afraid I’d damage the engine if I continued driving with an overheated engine.  So I pulled to the side of the road next to the blocked exit to the rest area.  Too bad the rest area was closed.  I had to go to the bathroom, but that would have to wait.

(9) Thank God for cell phones and a 24-hour roadside assistance insurance policy.  One phone call, and everything was arranged.  The wrecker was there in about 30 minutes – which was much quicker than the 60-minute ETA the dispatcher gave me.

(10)  I spent the 30-minute wait calling my husband and children to garner some sympathy – as trucks and cars whizzed past me on the expressway – rocking my car with each passing.  The kids were great and appropriately concerned and sympathetic and proud of how I was handling things.  Of course I had to tell them how efficiently and well I was handling everything for them to tell me how proud they were of me.  My husband was in meetings with his phone turned off.  I would finally talk to him much later in this adventure.

(11) Since my car is a BMW, the tow truck took me to the BMW dealership in Chattanooga where I found that the parts shop closed at 5:00, and most of the mechanics in the service department had left by 5:00.  However, they had someone who could look at it to see what was needed.  Two belts and a water pump were needed.  Apparently not unusual in cars with over 100,000 miles on them – like mine.  No parts and no mechanic meant no repaired car until tomorrow.  I didn’t want to spent the night by myself in a hotel in Chattanooga.  I asked about a rental car.  I didn’t realize that local car rental places often close at 5:00, too.

(12) It took awhile, but they found me a rental car – a 2007 BMW.  Oh yeah! I could live with that.  They’ll repair my car tomorrow, and I’ll pick it up when I go back through Chattanooga on my way home Friday.

(13) I got to my mother’s – safe and sound and only three hours later than I had planned.  All in all, a good ending to a long day.

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Sunday Seven – Edition #7 – Family Heritage Week

Saturday, 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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Thursday Thirteen – My 51st Edition

Wednesday, 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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Sunday Seven – (6th Edition – Weekend of March 10 & 11)

Saturday, 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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Thursday Thirteen (My 50th Edition) – Green Things I Like

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

Thirteen Green Things That I Like

1.  Emeralds – RT gave me a beautiful emerald and diamond ring for Christmas.  I just love green gemstones.

2. Peridot (my birthstone)

3.  Broccoli – especially with cheese sauce on it

4.  A fresh salad with a combination of greens – a veritable medley of shades of green

5.  My eyes – It may sound vain or silly, but I’ve always loved the fact that my eyes are green.  Green eyes are somewhat unique – and I like that.  (RT and both my children have brown eyes.)

6.  Jade

7.  Green enchilada sauce – especially when it’s poured over chicken enchiladas.

8.  Kermit the Frog – especially his “Rainbow Connection” song from “The Muppet Movie”

Written by Paul Williams and used by Kermit the Frog, of The Muppets, Jim Henson Productions

Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that
and someone believed it,
and look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.

All of us under its spell,
we know that it’s probably magic….

Have you been half asleep
and have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it.
It’s something that I’m supposed to be.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
the lovers, the dreamers and me.
La, la la, La, la la la, La Laa, la la, La, La la laaaaaaa

9.  Lush green lawns, freshly mown.

10. Drooping, flowing weeping willow branches.

11.  Limeade (quick & easy – Sprite or Diet Sprite with a slice of fresh lime in it)

12.  The first shoots of jonquils and crocus each spring.

13.  Four-leaf clovers.  I used to find them all the time.  However, it’s been a few years since I’ve had that particular stroke of luck.

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Sunday Seven (Edition #5)

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Seven Things I Like About Our Church

1.  Pastor Tom – He’s a good preacher and pastor and friend.  He’s led by God and his preaching is Bible-based.

2. Monthly Covered Dish Lunches- Once a month, we have a covered dish lunch after the Sunday service.  It’s fun to visit with everyone and share food.

3.  The Sanctuary – It’s an old church – small – registered as a historic site.  It is beautiful.

4.  Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month

5.  Edna Mae, Willie, Cherry Lane and Betty – Some of the ladies in the church who always go out of their way to greet us and talk to us about whatever is going on.  They are also fantastic cooks, and I’m hoping they’ll help me with some canning next summer.

6.  Joyce, Pastor Tom’s wife, who teaches our Sunday School class and also plays the piano.  Her piano-playing and cheerfulness would be enough to make me want to be a part of the church – even without all the other pluses.

7.  We’re fortunate to have many members who are talented with wonderful voices and other musical talents.  That includes both Pastor Tom and Joyce, along with members who are part of nationally known singing groups (We ARE right outside of Nashville – Country Music USA).  So the music at church is phenomenal.

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Thursday Thirteen (My edition #49) – Reasons to love March

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Thirteen Good Things About March

 1.  Spring break

2.  Flowers begin to bloom – especially daffodils and jonquils.

3.  The weather gets warmer.

4.  It’s still possible to have a snow day from school.  It rarely happens, but there’s still that possibility to cling to.

5.  The trees start to fill out with leaves.

6.  I can wear sandals again.  Well some days are warm enough for sandals.   I LOVE wearing sandals.

7.  Daylight Savings time begins.  It’s wonderful having daylight last well into late afternoon/early evening.

8.  Lots of birds are around – busy building nests and visiting the bird feeders.

9.  It’s easier to grill outside.

10.  I know that summer break is getting closer.

11.  Stores stock summer clothes, and I enjoy shopping for summery clothing.

12.  Everything looks so new and fresh.

13.  The greens of the trees and bushes and flowers are just spectacular.  Green is my favorite color, and spring is bursting with all the varied shades of it.

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SUNDAY SEVEN Charter membership period almost over!

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

Just a quick FYI – in case you’re interested.  The “charter” period for the SUNDAY SEVEN meme will be over at the end of February.  Click HERE to find out information about the meme and the benefits of being a charter member.

The Sunday Seven is a weekly meme for giving thanks and/or for noting important events in our lives.  It’s a way of ending one week and beginning the next week with thanks. 

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What is a “meme” and how do you pronounce it?

Sunday, February 25th, 2007

I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an official definition of the word “meme.”  It’s one of those words that you see so often that you know the general meaning of it.  However, in the past twenty-four hours, I’ve heard the word pronounced two different ways:  “me-me”, and  “mim.”

So, I looked it up.  Both the pronunications I heard before were wrong.  The correct pronunciation rhymes with the word “theme.”  Long e in the middle – silent e at the end – “meem”.

The official definition is:

A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

It comes from the Greek word “mimos” which means “mimic.”  And that really explains the use of the term “meme” in speaking of practices such as Thursday Thirteen, and Sunday Seven.  They’re definitely cultural information that is transmitted online repeatedly from one person to another.

Whew!  I always like to get things straight. 

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