Wednesday, December 31, 2008
A German scientist is prescribing aimless sloth as the antidote to professional stress and the secret to a long life.
"People who would rather laze in a hammock instead of running a marathon or who take a midday nap instead of playing squash have a better chance of living into old age," Professor Peter Axt, co-author of the newly published study, "On the Joy of Laziness."
Axt, who teaches at a college in Fulda, emphasised that moderate exercise like walking -- at least if taken at leisure and not snatched hectically from the working day -- and avoiding overeating were nonetheless healthy. But overdoing it was not.
"Research shows that people who run long distances into their 50s are using up energy they need for other purposes," said Axt, a health researcher whose previous publications include "Just Stay Young" and "Eat Yourself Slim."
"They suffer memory loss. They risk premature senility."
Committing heresy in a country where many consider waking after sun-up a sin, he also slammed early rising -- getting up too soon leaves people stressed for the whole the day, he said. And keeping down stress is vital to good health, especially at work, added Axt.
His prescription? "Waste half your free time. Just enjoy lazing around."
Monday, December 29, 2008
I admit when I saw the sign go up I had the melancholy set in
I have many wonderful memories of our time together.
Laughter cuz he was the funniest person ever
Laughter cuz of the times he and his son Kevin played
Laughter with all his very special friends visiting us here.
Thanks for the memories
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Joann didn't know what she was in for when she said she would help Donna and me. She was an expert in all things baking, cooking, crafting. You need help? Ask Joann. She should have known about Donna's (in)abilities as they had known each other for eons. I was new to the mix but fit in with Donna quite well.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Three little trees disappointed with their lives being so mundane. Each had high hopes and dreams for what they wanted to be someday. But God had something different in mind. Eventually each gets their wish, but certainly not what they had dreamed. God has plans for each one of his creation and the trees realize their meaning and purpose through what God does with them. This is such a beautiful and moving story. I loved the illustrations too.
A beautiful story of a lamb who is different but finds encouragement from his friend, the cow. Another fine story beautifully illustrated showing God's unique purpose for his own. Get your Kleenex!
Someone you love will really be blessed
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
This is the non 'ish' version:
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
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Monday, December 15, 2008
Christmas Cookie Rules...
1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.
2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.
3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, rule #1 is yours also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.
4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.
6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!
7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.
8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate. We all know how calories like to CLING!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I think making Turkey soup yesterday, which turned out so delicious,
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
"Blogs who receive this award are 'exceedingly charming' say its authors. This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!
Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award."
Well when I received my award from Chachaneen http://chachaneen.blogspot.com/
I was thrilled...my first award. When I read the criteria I was even more thrilled. I do believe in relationships. I covet my old friendships and am always wanting more than a surface relationship with people I meet.
Now I cannot choose eight bloggers because I do not even know eight bloggers well enough to give the award...so since Janeen already received one, I have one person left who truly fits the category specifics. And therefore I give this Proxi Award to my dear friend, Lori. (who actually helped me set up my blog..and that wasn't easy!)
I love Christmas stockings. I've already shared mine with you in a previous blog. I think I've also mentioned that I am also a wanna-be crafter. I try, but not much turns out well. Ever hopeful, I never give up. I have many stories about such 'crafts'...from blue pickles, to moldy christmas dough ornaments, and we won't even get into gingerbread houses! Well, maybe I will share the gingerbread house story with you another day in December!
One year I decided to make Christmas stockings for my family. Why should I be the only one with a special stocking? For some reason I had a sewing machine (shocking and that's a whole other story). So off I went to a fabric store (shudder) and found some cute material and trim. I was so excited!
I had no pattern of course; how hard could this be? I just drew the patterns and cut! Easy enough...looked great. Sewed the material and boom, they were finished. All I had to do was decorate with rick rack, buttons and fringe. Three darling stockings. I was so proud.
Then I turned them right-side out to begin the decorating. WHOOPS! I had not allowed the inches necessary to have a nice wide stocking, thus I ended up with stockings that were about 3 inches wide!!!! I didn't buy extra material so I was stuck. I went ahead and decorated them (wish I had a picture now) and they turned out so adorable...except for the width, of course.
Let's just say, no orange ever fit into one of them. We had a lot of laughs because each and every year I put in a banana.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
People love to hear my Jeff stories, of which there are many! Because you lost your father early in your sweet life I want to share some of his life with you, Kevin. I love you, Mimi
I think the funniest one is when he was about three years old. We all lived in our first home in Phoenix, Arizona. He had his own small bedroom…probably 9x9. It had two twin beds in it with a window in between with drapes…by the time you read this they probably will have stopped making these types of hardware for drapes, but they were these very sharp pointy deals about three to four inches long that fit into a pleat in the drape, spaced every few inches.
Your father was good about playing in his room by himself so it went unnoticed by me that it had been quite some time since I had seen or heard him while I was busy cleaning the house. At some point I decided to look in on him.
Upon opening the door I was faced with a room that was totally in chaos and undone, and I mean totally. The drapes were off the rod, the bedspreads, sheets and pillows on the floor and the mattresses askew! I literally backed out and closed the door to regain my composure. Having taken a deep breath I reopened the door and indignantly inquired of your father, “Just who do you think you are, turning this room upside down like this?” The proud answer: “Superman!” What could I do but laugh?!
I said, "Well I’m going to put the room back together, drapes and all and then I would like you, Superman, to show me how you managed to take the drapes off the window, if you don’t mind!"
Eventually (and it took a while) the room was back in place and I said, “Begin!” Needing no further encouragement, he got up onto one of the twin beds and started jumping, jumping, jumping…with each jump managing to get a bit higher in the air…at some point he flew across to the other bed but in the process, grabbed one of those pleats on the drapes and lifted it hardware and all!
He continued going back and forth until each and every piece of hardware was out of its slot and the drapes all on the floor. Quite satisfied with himself he said: “That’s how, Mommy!!!” with great enthusiasm for a task well performed.
All I could think is what I had thought so many times before…what child is this whose mind is so imaginative? and then, oh brother am I in for it!!!
Friday, December 5, 2008
Peace will come.
Monday, December 1, 2008
A bit of potpourri. The apple-cinnamon smells so good. I put it in a low vase and plopped it into an old candy dish of my Mother's.
Amazing what a bit of free greenery from Home Depot can do!
Smells good too!
The Santas take the best seats!
Joseph must have wandered off.....
This is my most favorite of all time decoration. This handblown glass set was a gift from my friend Patti. She brought it to me from Norway over eleven years ago.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
"O God, You have indeed been good to us. You have prospered our land.
You have opened your heart to us in love. You have forgiven our sins and adopted us as Your sons.
But now our country is in turmoil. We no longer have the confidence in our leaders. Our citizens are in revolt. Our young men are spilling their blood in foreign wars. People are turning away from You and are being enslaved by strange doctrines and godless philosophies.
We know that You have not turned away from us. You touch us with joy and peace the hearts that are open to you. You stand ready to show Your salvation to all who will trust in You. As we speak to You in faith, You respond in loving concern. You will give us what is good and will prosper us with gifts from Your hand.
You are holy and just. You love your children and will guide them in Your course for their lives.
Renew our faith, O God.
Forgive us our many failures and infidelities
May our land continue to be a place where we can be free to love and serve You."
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Anyway, I gave her a basket and she began filling it up. I grabbed my camera and took some photos which came out so adorable that I knew we would make a craft with those leaves. So that's what we did. We went and got a few picture frames and glued a variety of leaves on the frame...she dutifully pushed them til the glue 'took.' I had the photographs enlarged and ready to put in the frames a couple of days later. Then we wrapped them up and gave them for Christmas to her mommy and daddy and her other grandparents. I don't know how long those leaves lasted but it was a fun couple of days we shared making something meaningful for those she loved so much.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Soon approaching is a new season for this yard and for me. Like the tag in my blog: I am A Woman in Transition. The house will be sold and I'll be moving along. A new season for me for sure.
I have spent the last almost-seven years here caring for my son and lately the packing up has been difficult. I know closing the front door on Jeff's house for the last time will take its emotional toll as well, but also am secure in the love and grace of God who promises in Jeremiah 29:11:
do dads on a wall - See it's 70 degrees!!!!