Saturday, September 26, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Today my mother-in-law lost her father. He had been ill for a long time and we knew this day was coming, but one is never prepared for that loss when it happens. Her name is Betty. Please lift her and her family up as well...they are a close family and this will be a very hard time for them.
The kids and grandkids are all here and things are as crazy as ever. There are many schedule changes to be made and much going on to work around...floods, moving cows to safety, class reunion, Matt preaching this Sunday, Susan singing, me playing the piano...and more, but we trust the Lord to work all of this out for us. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
These photos don't even begin to capture the true beauty of the "foggy webby wonderland" I was in. They were everywhere. They were every shape, size, mangled, tangled, perfectly woven....different in all ways, yet all amazingly beautiful and mystifying in their unique form.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Let's go back - when my children were born, I was the normal mother who washed the pacifier if it dropped on the floor. I sterilized and sanitized their little world, but not obsessively. My husband on the other hand, was more concerned with the germs of the world. He drove me nuts sometimes over things that were "dirty". He would bring up the silliest notions and I would just laugh at how absurd they were. Simple little things - using his elbow to push open a door, a napkin or paper towel to grasp a doorknob, stressing over the cleanliness of a hotel room. At first I was not on board with such ridiculous behaviors. But, the more he brought up these things, and the more I saw on TV and in news articles, the more I began to think about them too. The "EEEWW" factor began to creep into my thoughts and I found myself thinking like a true germ-a-phobe. How about you? Do you use those "anti-bacterial" wipes in Walmart for your shopping cart? Do you have a portable high chair cover for your child? A portable shopping cart seat cover? Are you a germ-a-phobe???
Let's see if you have ever thought about any of the following scenarios. WARNING: What you are about to read could change your life forever.
Let's begin with something simple....public restrooms.
1. Person uses the restroom. They turn on the faucet, wash their hands, turn off the faucet that they just used their dirty hand to turn on, get their paper towel, dry, leave. Now, you use the restroom, turn on the same faucet they did with their dirty hands, wash your hands, turn off the faucet with the dirty germs still on it, adding yours to it, and so on....get the picture? Modern restrooms are catching on. They have automatic faucets and towel dispensers, either no door or a door that pushes out so you don't have to touch the handle to get out. Or, they place trash cans right beside the door, so you can use that paper towel on the handle and throw it in the trash instead of on the floor. (which is why they moved the trash can over there...tired of picking up paper towels off the floor)
2. I do hope you are not one who sits their purse on the floor of a public restroom. Or one who uses their hands to flush. YUK! Did you know that when a toilet flushes, it spews little minuscule particles into the air that reach as far as 6-8 ft.? That's even gross in your own bathroom. Hide that toothbrush girls! Don't leave it out in a holder! And for goodness sake, learn to flush and run!
Let's move on to doorknobs - now this is just nasty...not trying to be gross, just honest. And you can thank my husband for this one. I never would have come up with it on my own.
3. When men use the restroom, they must aim right? How do they aim? With their hand. Suppose they don't wash their hands? They walk around handling all kinds of things, including doorknobs. Then you come along and innocently handle them too. Or they push a buggy around in the store...the same one you're using. Ever thought about how many times you are indirectly touching a...well, you know? (sorry, I know that is yucky, but if you think about it, it's true!) That's not even considering the other multitude of germs lurking on these surfaces.
My favorite - hotels. (graphic and gross, but certainly true)
4. I have witnessed this with my own eyes. Did you know the housekeeper mops the bathroom floor with toilet water? Think about that. Let it soak in. You walk around on that floor, usually barefooted. When housekeeping comes along the hallway with their cleaning carts, have you ever seen a mop bucket with them? I promise you, this is how they mop the floor. Do they change rags after cleaning the toilet, tub and on to the counter top? How about those glass cups and glasses? Saw a nasty hidden video series on that one. (thanks Dateline) You don't want to know.
5. Let's think about the TV remote and the phone. Know what goes on in most hotel rooms? They don't offer adult movies for nothing, you know. Just because you don't watch them, doesn't mean the thousands of other people who stayed in that room don't. So, these same guests handle the remote, the phone, the faucets, etc. Do you really think the housekeeper wipes the remote and the phone down with disinfectant? Have they ever cleaned a doorknob? What's the first thing your kids want to do when they enter the room? Turn on the TV!
6. Here's a fun one - the shower. How many times have you been taking a shower and the curtain brushes up against you? Think that only happens to you? Has the tub ever backed up and you're standing ankle deep in everyone else's drainage?
(Are you hating me yet?)
See???? Once your mind starts going there...it won't stop! The list goes on and on, but I'm going to stop here and leave the rest up to you. But beware - your imagination can get the best of you.
Here's what I've decided. I will do my best to use "anti-bacterial" wipes, spray, etc., when possible. But the truth of the matter is - germs are everywhere. They always have been. You cannot escape them and live in a sterile world. Yes, I am now more aware of some of the "quirkier" things than I used to be, but I will not fall victim to being a prisoner in my own world! I will overcome this obsession!
For example, just last week, I was in the airport going through security. You now must take off your shoes and place them in the little gray plastic baskets...along with your purse, bags, whatever you are carrying. (hmmm...my purse is now sitting where someone else's filthy shoes have been sitting? STOP IT!!!) They usually have disposable booties available so you don't have to walk barefoot through the check zone, and then put your dirty feet back into your shoes. This day, they were out. Everyone else was walking around barefoot without a care in the world. See, if they can do it, so can I. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...But wait! Lo and Behold...they had little zip lock bags for your personal items. VOILA! See how well I am doing???
Zip lock Feet
God save the germ-a-phobes!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Her Egg Sack
One Mean Dude
Bloom After the Rain
Our Father, which art in heaven
Visitor Outside the Door
Red Beauty Pretty Lily Pot
Froggie Death Grip
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Find time to de-stress!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Every year at the fabulous Yell County Fair, the week is kicked off by the Miss Yell County Pageant. I am on this committee and my job is music/entertainment. Our theme this year was Motown. The "Raisinettes" opened the program last night. Expect to see this on Broadway!
Hopefully (or not) a video will be available soon...
Well, it seems we are a youtube item now...a friend of the "Old Lady" videotaped this from afar. The quality isn't the best, but you can get the idea!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wv9SvSGMWCU - takes a while to download.
* Reminder - Pause playlist music first
Thursday, September 3, 2009
For a number of years, Rick tried to convince me to move from town and build a house out here. It's only 9 miles out of town to the ranch, but my parents lived across the street from us and I felt that need to "be there for them" as they grew older. As Rick gently nudged me from time to time, I knew deep inside he was right...it was time to start the building process and get on with it. I would only be a 10 minute drive from my parent's house and my older brother was only 5 minutes away. But, I felt guilty even telling my parents we were going to start the process. As always, Mother was encouraging and all for us doing what we wanted to do. Daddy did his best to convince me I would hate it out here. I was "his girl" and as his health declined, he became quite dependent on me for security. I assured him daily that I would come into town to see him every single day and if he and mother should need me, I was only a phone call away. I did my best to reassure him that I would never neglect them. After we moved, Daddy would often ask me, "Now you tell me the truth. Do you really like living out there?" I always responded, "Daddy, I really do love it out there. But you know what I hate? I hate being away from you." I think that's all he needed to hear. Someday, when I'm able, I will share my story of losing both of my parents 17 months apart. It is still much too raw and personal to relive again, but there will be a time to share it - because God taught me so much about myself and about Him during that time.
Fingers in the Sky Reflection Itsy Bitsy Spider Reflection in the Pond Dewy Surprise Hanging On Red Cluster Mrs. Killdeer Pretty LadiesIce Berries
Ice Magnolia Leaf
Stare Down With Mr. Toad
Mr. Toad Plays Dead
Praying Mantis in My Tomatoes
Until next time -
"The Lord said, 'Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.' Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." 1Kings 19:11-12
"Be still and know that I am God". Psalm 46:10
* Sometimes we are not quiet or still enough to hear the gentle whisper.