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Thursday Thirteen – Edition #48 – Thirteen Things I’d Like to Write in the Sand & a Quotation for Each

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Thirteen Things I’d Like To Write in the Sand

Once when I was getting over a heartbreak I went to the beach for a few days by myself, and I wrote the name of the person who had broken my heart in the sand.  Then I watched as the waves washed away the letters – symbolically washing that experience from my mind.   I liked the symbolism of it.  So this week I have listed thirteen things I’d like to write in the sand and then have the waves wash them away.  I’ve also included quotes about each hurtful habit or attitude.

(1) Unkindness  (Be kind to unkind people — they need it the most. ~anonymous) 

(2)  War  (War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. A war to protect other human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their own free choice — is often the means of their regeneration. ~Mill, John Stuart)

(3)  Selfishness  (Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out. ~Richardson, Nick)

(4)  Foolish Pride  (The owl of ignorance lays the egg of pride.  ~Proverb)

(5) Gluttony (Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As fire extinguished by an excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by an intemperate diet. ~Burton)

(6) Regret  (A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams. ~ Barrymore, John)

(7) Worry  (Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson)

(8) Impatience  (A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.  ~Burke, Edmund)

(9) Unloving attitude (Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.  ~Chesterton, Gilbert K.)

(10) Terrorism  (In every child who is born under no matter what circumstances and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again, and in him, too, once more, and each of us, our terrific responsibility toward human life: toward the utmost idea of goodness, of the horror of terrorism, and of God. ~James Agee)

(11) Disorganization  (The fact is, the old clichés work for us in abstract terms, but they never work out in real life quite the same way. Life is messy; clichés are clean and tidy.  ~Hugh Macleod)

(12) Clutter (Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow. ~Og Mandino)

(13) Superficiality (Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. ~Edward Chapin)

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Sunday Seven – My Edition #3

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Seven Things I’m Thankful For This Week

(1) Wednesday evening (Valentine’s Day), RT and I visited our daughter, son-in-law and the grandgirls for a little while.  We took the girls balloons and valentines and stickers.  We were only there for about 20 minutes, but it was so much fun.  It is enormously satisfying to have the girls be so thrilled to see us and to shower us with hugs and kisses and excitement.

(2) We had a snow day on Thursday, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.  I had so much I needed to do, and the snow day gave me the time to take care of a few non-school related chores.  As a bonus, it was a total surprise.

(3) I have my PowerPoint presentation finished for the meeting on Monday.  I’m not nearly as nervous about doing that presentation as I thought I would be.  Speaking in front of a large group is definitely NOT in my comfort zone.  However, I also KNOW that one of the things I’ll be thankful for next week is having that presentation behind me.  It’ll be one of those experiences that is not enjoyable but will be good to have done.

(4) I’m thankful the house is coming along so well.  The plumbing is almost finished, and the electrician will start next week with the wiring inside the house.  The electric company should put up the lines next week, too.

(5)  RT gave me a bouquet of beautiful red roses for Valentine’s Day.  They’re so pretty – and they smell wonderful.

(6) Tuesday evening we went to the sushi place I mentioned in an earlier post, and it was really good.  I’m still surprised that I found a type of sushi that I like.

(7) My mother’s birthday is Monday.  I am so thankful for my mother because she is the rock of our family and an inspiration for my siblings and me.  I hope to visit her within a few weeks.

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Thursday Thirteen – Thirteen Reasons I Love the USA – Edition #47

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007


(1) Just look at the variety of landscape – mountains, oceans, beaches, rivers, forests, snow, sun.  There is something for everyone here.

(2)  If our elected leaders don’t follow our wishes, then we won’t vote for them in the next election. 

(3)  Alaska – what a wild, unusual and wonderful frontier

(4) Hawaii – what a gloriously colorful and magical place

(5) The Great Lakes – lakes so big they’re almost like the ocean -  well, no salt water!

(6) The people who are against the war in Iraq can say so without fear of being arrested or otherwise officially punished in any way for disagreeing with the administration’s actions.  While I might not agree with the people who protest, they have that right, and that is a positive thing about the USA.

(7)  We’ve reached the highest level of human and civil rights of any nation on earth at this moment in time.

(8) We live relatively free from fear. 

(9) There is NOWHERE in the world where people have as many freedoms and privileges as we have in the USA.

(10) We have a system of capitalism.  That means that if I want to prosper, I must work for it.  However, what I earn, I get to keep (minus taxes).  Except for Welfare cheaters, I’m not working to benefit those who choose to be slackers.

(11) Materially, we have more than our forebears ever dreamed of.  Unfortunately, we tend to take our bounty for granted. 

(12)  I can attend our little Methodist church.  We have friends who attend a Catholic church.  Others go to Jewish synogogues, while still others go to a Muslim mosque.  Still other choose not to worship God at all or even to believe in God.  And that’s okay with our government.  It’s our choice.

(13)  I was born in the USA.  It is my home.


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Sunday Seven (Edition #2)

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

Seven Things I’m Particularly Thankful For This Weekend

Since I’ve been sick with strep throat the past few days, I’ve realized that there are some things that really make a difference for someone who is sick.  Here are the things and people that made a positive difference for me this past week:

(1) Penicillin - Friday morning I felt like I’d been run over by a truck.  After spending over an hour in the doctor’s office (They wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to share my strep germs with everyone else in the waiting room) I finally got a shot of penicillin around 10:30.  By the time I went to bed Friday night I was feeling noticeably better.  Miraculous stuff!  Saturday morning – even better.

(2) RT – He has really pampered me while I’ve been sick.  He has brought me breakfast in bed the past two mornings,  built a fire in the fireplace and tucked blankets around my feet as I sat in the recliner. 

(3) Sweet Stuff – Friday afternoon when she found out that I had strep, she called to talk to me and gave me some seriously tender sympathy.

(4) Sunshine – Who hates getting shots, and upon learning that I got a shot yesterday, she also gave me some seriously tender sympathy.

(5) Stinkeroo – Who called each day to check on me and offered to drive me to the doctor and do whatever she could for me.

(6) Ice Cream – It just feels SO good on a sore throat (and tastes good, too)

(7)  Homemade chicken soup – I made a pot of chicken rice soup yesterday afternoon – and it is SO good.  Hot, healthful, and hearty.  RT and I had some for dinner last night and will eat it for lunch and dinner today, too.

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Thursday Thirteen – Valentine Edition – #46

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Here are the thirteen people and things I love most in this world

(1) RT – What a great husband!  He keeps me laughing at his antics, and he’s still just as romantic as he’s always been.  We have fun together, and it is almost spooky how often we start saying the same thing at the same time.  Building the house with RT is fun because our tastes are so similar.  We have agreed on everything of importance.

(2) Our daughter – Stinkeroo – She’s my good friend and confidante.  We talk with each other just about every day.  I’m so proud of her.  She’s funny, and we laugh a lot together.

(3) Our son – Scalawag – Such a motivated and industrious young man.  He started his own business and is doing great with it.  He’s kind and funny.  We laugh a lot together, too.

(4)  Our oldest granddaughter – Sweet Stuff – Such a gentle and helpful spirit.  She’s always eager to do whatever she can for others.  She’s funny, smart, sweet – and precious.

(5) Our youngest granddaughter – Sunshine – Such an independent and loving spirit.  She’s funny and cuddly and smart – and precious.

(6) My mother – Ruth of Ruthlace – She has demonstrated in her life the “can do and will do” attitude that accomplishes so much.  She’s not only a wonderful role model, she’s a wonderful mother.

(7)  My six siblings – I won’t even start on each of their character traits.  Each of them is talented beyond measure, and I love each of them so much.

(8) The children I teach

(9) The teachers I work with each day

(10)  My church family – RT and I have only been members of our small United Methodist church for a little over a year, but the people have welcomed us with open arms, and we love the friends we’ve made there.  The minister is led by God, and we feel that specific church is where we belong.

Okay, I could go on and on and list “all the people in the world” but I’ll stop there with the people.  Now, what “things” do I love/enjoy?

(11) Blogging – It may sound silly to some (not to other bloggers, probably) but I love blogging.  I enjoy writing, and I enjoy seeing my words in print.  I love reading other blogs.  I enjoy it so much I started a new meme last week – SUNDAY SEVEN.  It’s a great way to end one week and start the next week with a little review and thankfulness.   (P.S. If you want to join – do it now.  Just email me and let me know.  We’ve already got a great collection of headers and a good blogroll.   Everyone who joins in February becomes a charter member of the Sunday Seven meme!)

(12)  A good night’s sleep – I probably mention this too much, but I still marvel at how wonderful it is.  There are few things better than a good night’s sleep.  And I am thrilled that I normally sleep very well now.

(13)  Computers – they save so much time.  I guess they waste time, too.  I love the convenience and ease of email and word processing and web surfing.

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Sunday Seven – Edition #1

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

The Sunday Seven meme begins this weekend!  You can go to our very own SUNDAY SEVEN blog where you will leave the URL of your Sunday Seven each weekend.  All of us Sunday Seveners will visit each other and support each other in giving thanks each weekend.

Within a few days we’ll have graphics for you to use with your Sunday Seven each week. We’ll get a blogroll going, too. Give us a couple weeks to get everything in place. In the meantime, though, join in the fun with this week’s SUNDAY SEVEN and visit the other Sunday Seveners.

The purpose of SUNDAY SEVEN is to write about seven things we’re thankful for each week. It will help us to be aware of the positive things in our lives, and it will help us to share those positive things with each other.

So here is my first SUNDAY SEVEN

7 Things I’m Thankful for this week
(1) That progress on our house is going so smoothly. I still get goose bumps just driving up the driveway and seeing the house – just a few weeks ago, there was nothing but woods there.

(2) That we finished figuring out the window order for our new house. Who would have guessed that ordering windows would be such a major ordeal?

(3) That I had TWO DAYS off work because of snow this pas week. I LOVE snow days!

(4) That so far I’ve managed to not get the flu – despite not getting a shot this year and despite the fact that lots of kids at school have had it.

(5) That I just finished walking the trail that RT made through part of the land.

(6) That our son came over and asked me to make him something to eat because he was STARVING!  And I was able to fix him some sandwiches and he ate a couple of clementines, too. 

(7) That RT and I will eat dinner with our daughter, son-in-law and the two grandgirls in just thirty minutes.  We’re meeting at the sushi place I wrote about a couple weeks ago.

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Thursday Thirteen – 45th Edition – Why I Want To Go To A Beach

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007


(1) I’m cold.

(2) I want a little bit of a tan.  Yes, I know it’s bad for me, but it looks so nice, and it feels so good to have the sun shining on me.  Pasty white skin is not very attractive.

(3) I like to watch the waves.

(4) I enjoy the sound of the ocean.  It is soothing and relaxing.

(5) It’s winter.  Did I mention that I’m cold? Snow is forecast for tonight . . . and tomorrow night.

(6) Walking along the beach is good exercise.  It doesn’t even feel like exercise.

(7) The sunset over the ocean is a spectacular sight.  I could take some great photographs.

(8) The feel of cool sand under my feet and between my toes is wonderful.

(9) The ocean breeze softly blowing through my hair feels good.

(10) Maybe I would find a beautiful shell.  And if I don’t, I can stop by one of the tourist shops and buy one and SAY I found it on the beach.  No one would know the difference.

(11) I haven’t been to a beach in several YEARS.  I can’t believe it has been so long since I’ve been to a beach.

(12) A fresh seafood dinner – and/or lunch – would brighten my day.

(13) The warm air would feel good.  Did I mention that it’s COLD here in Tennessee right now?

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Sunday Seven – Bricks, Skid-Steers, Bagels, Sunshine, and the House

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

This past week has been a busy one.  Here are seven highlights:

1.  The framers are starting on the second floor of the new house.  It is AMAZING, after looking at the house plans for months and knowing every little detail, to finally see the actual house taking shape.

2.  The rough-out of the stairway is complete, and I have walked up the stairs several times to look at the view.  It’s incredible.  The house is being built on top of a hill – the river is visible out the back, and the winding driveway to the front.  There are woods all around.

3.  My principal asked me to present some information to the faculty at the faculty meeting – a very last minute request.  My daughter and son-in-law got a store-birthday cake instead of a homemade one for their joint birthday family dinner Thursday night, but I got a halfway decent presentation together with only a few hours’ notice.

4.  My daughter called last night, and Sunshine has another ear infection.  She said Sunshine REALLY wanted to talk to me.  That by itself thrilled me.  So I asked Sunshine how she was feeling, and in a pitiful  little voice, she said, “My ear hurts.”  We promised to bring her some ice cream today.  When they were visiting this past Thursday, Sunshine climbed into my lamp and wrapped her arms around me and just cuddled for awhile.

5.  RT fixed my breakfast for me several mornings this past week – a whole wheat bagel (8 grams fiber) with a slice of low-fat cheese and a couple slices bacon (OK, the bacon wasn’t healthy, but it sure tasted good!).  I like to wrap my morning bagel in a paper towel and then munch on it as I drive to work.  RT had it waiting for me – wrapped and ready - as I left each morning.  Isn’t that sweet?

6.  RT and I spent a good chunk of Saturday driving around looking at brick.  We had each picked out different bricks from samples at the “brick store”, but when we saw them both on actual houses, we didn’t like either one.  The one I liked looked “speckled” and the one RT liked looked drab.  However, we were happy that we liked the same brick when we looked at finished houses.  We like a reddish-brown color with a more uniform look – and with a cream/tan colored mortar.  No white or very dark mortar.  Considering how important the brick is to the look of a house, we felt the day was well spent.

7.  RT took the Bobcat (skid-steer) that he had rented last weekend and went over the hiking path we had set out last year.  We walked over it yesterday, and it is perfect.  We’re going to put walking/riding paths all through the 90 acres.  There’s a tree service who is thrilled to let us have their woodchips.  So we’ll line the paths with woodchips, and we will have outstanding paths to enjoy.

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Thursday Thirteen – (My 44th Edition) – 13 Items on my Desk

Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

Thirteen Items On My Desk

  1. three bottles of hand lotion
  2. a white carousel of pencils, pens, rulers, emery boards, markers and glue
  3. a tape dispenser
  4. a magnifying glass
  5. a Better Homes and Garden cookbook
  6. a box of legal-size envelopes
  7. a hair dryer
  8. a Christmas card
  9. a box of blank CDs
  10. a stapler
  11. a nail buffer
  12. a camera case
  13. a hair bow that the grandgirls left here

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Thursday Thirteen – my 43rd Edition – Thirteen Places I’d Like To Travel

Thursday, January 11th, 2007

Thirteen Places I’d Like To Travel to and Visit

(Some are places I’ve never been, and others are places I’d like to Re-Visit

  1. ITALY – What’s not to love about Italy? I’ve never been, but it’s #1 in my list of places I want to visit.
  2. AUSTRIA – I love the photos I’ve seen of it.
  3. ALASKA – Since I was there in September, I don’t want to return real soon, but in a few years, I’d like to go back.
  4. HAWAII – Such natural beauty.
  5. – North Georgia mountains – Another beautiful part of the country. I drive through little bits of them sometimes on my trips to and from Georgia. I’d like to find a mountain cabin somewhere and spend a few days hiking and exploring.
  6. New York City – I want to see a Broadway show.
  7. Australia – I’d like to throw a few shrimp on the barbie and enjoy that culture for awhile.
  8. Maine – I’ve never been that far northeast.
  9. Sunburst Campground – When I was in middle school or high school my family camped out there. I don’t even know what state it is in, but I remember how it looked and how COLD the creek water was.
  10. Indian Springs Campground in Georgia – and old-fashioned camp meeting place that I’ve attended a few times in my distant past. I’d like to go there again.
  11. A Caribbean Cruise – I’ve done this twice before – once with RT and another time with my daughter many years ago. I’d like to go again sometime.
  12. Grand Canyon – I want to do the mule ride to the bottom and back – camp out in the bottom. I went there with RT years ago when he was on a business trip, and the vastness of the canyon was amazing.
  13. Seattle – Don’t know why, but I’ve always thought Seattle sounded like a nice place to visit.

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