Thursday, July 31, 2008

What the Fungus was


Poison Ivy, oak or sumac. I itch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and it is prickly........hence the picture of the cacti.
YUCH!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For Rent:Available to Fairies, Elves, and other Magical folk



Have you ever made a fairie house? We did.
Only my sister would think about doing this and actually do it.
It took two days to construct and we did have help. Yes, she knows people who do this. She managed to get rid of alot of old pottery that was cracked or chipped(She had a ball breaking it too). But we have a really nice fairy garden now and I am sure that Mom is going to enjoy the company.

Monday, July 28, 2008

My new Pen Pal, Caleb



Meet my new pen pal, Caleb Meurer. He is 10 years old and has a twin brother named Isaac. The boys do not look alike at all. Isaac is taller and has brown hair.
Caleb has written me two letters so far and I love it. He is a very interesting young guy with a true thirst for knowledge. He is does a lot of reading on his own. He is curious about the ancient Egyptians, Russian History, football and he just made his own bow and arrow.
I love talking to this boy. He asks good questions and he listens. I am not the greatest letter writer but I am going to answer every letter he sends to me.
My mom would just love it...........and so do I.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Upcoming Reunion


It is coming up fast and boy, am I excited. We are having a family reunion. Maureen initiated the proceedings and it will be held on August the 11th and 12th in Cascadia Park , OR. Those who wish will be camping and those of us who have better sense will be staying at a near by hotel. I know my niece, Evie will be there with her three girls, Ellie, Izzie, and Mags. Joe Coleman will be missed because he will be at sea. Of course, Maureen and her three boys will be there: John, Thomas, and Sam. Hopefully, husband, Christian will be there too. My wonderful brother, Ross and my niece, Lyndi will be traveling up from Texas. We had hoped that Tina's son, Zak was coming too but it appears that football will take precedence. My sister will be there along with her sister-in-law, Cindy Bailey and maybe, my niece, Cindy Foster will also make it. It should be a good two days. Since we have a bunch of birthdays, we will celebrate alot. Of course, since this year marks my 60th, I demanded the limelight and the others are sweet enough to let me have it. I wish others could be there but I promise I will take lots of pictures so you all can share. You're next, Marg. The big 60 is just around the corner(ok
so its next year but it is coming and if you thought the singer was bad, I've got a whole year to think of a way to top it)

Monday, July 21, 2008

There is a Fungus amung us


I have got a rash of some sort and I don't know how I got it but boy, does it itch. It is right on my tummy which is not exactly comfortable. So far nothing seems to help. I have tried everything I can think of: Gold Bond, Calamine lotion, neosporin, first aide cream........nada.
I hate itching. At first I thought it might be poison ivy or oak but it isn't oozy and it isn't spreading. Then I thought maybe it hives but it is only in one place so far.
Any suggestions will be welcome.
Meanwhile, Elinor returns today from the Sock Monkey Wedding in New Mexico. If you want to know what that is, you will have to check out her blog in a few days. She promised to have pictures. I've got to see this for myself. I saw her fairy godmother and it was a hoot.
One thing about this itch ........its a lot easier to scratch then some places I've itched.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

This time we got pictures





I went and watched Maggie Coleman play again on Saturday. Her team did very well and won 1-0. That means that they go on to the semis today.
I hope they win.
It was fun sitting on the sidelines cheering. Evie and I went and picked the girls up after the game and took them to a mall. We decided to go and get some lunch at Benihanas. I haven't eaten there for a long time and boy, did it bring back memories. I used to love to go there with my Dad when I would visit him on the weekend. Dad would always order a fork but I mastered the chopsticks. I can remember Mom hoping it would slow down my eating but it never did. I also
remembered that wonderful trip to Japan with Mom and Aunt Pat. That was one of the best trips I have ever taken. I really have been blessed. Thank You, God.......for everything.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Competiton

Today I am suppose to meet up with my niece, Evie, to go and see a soccor tournament in Beaverton, OR which is near Portland. Her youngest daughter, Maggie, is playing in it. I am really looking forward to it. Maggie is 15 and very athletic.

Last night I was throwing a softball around with a new friend from OA. Her name is Darci. She is very nice and we have been calling each other. Last night we went out for dinner at a Mongolian Grill. We decided to throw a softball around first because Darci has just joined a softball team that her office is putting together. She hasn't played in 22 years but you wouldn't have known it from her throwing. We threw for about 15 min. but I enjoyed it. I gave Darci one of my gloves since she didn't have one and I had two just sitting in my closet. I promised to go and see her play. I can't play anymore myself but I am a good cheer leader. Besides It keeps me occupied.

Sneaky Miss



She looks so innocent, doesn't she? Sneaky little beast!!!!
Last night, we left the door leading out to the patio open. We had the screen door closed. This morning I go down and it screen i s open a little. This rotten little bugger open the screen and went out in the moonlight. OH she came back when the sprinkler system went on but snuck out like a teenager.
We don't usually leave the door open but last night was HOT and we don't have air conditioning but that is the LAST time we will do that.























































































































































Sunday, July 13, 2008

The Road


I heard a great sermon this morning. It was all about trusting God even when things are horrible and don't make sense. Lately, I haven't been doing that. I thought I had lost God.....that he wasn't interested in me anymore but actually, I just had my ears plugged up so I couldn't hear Him. I heard Him today. "The Lord is my strength" He doesn't leave when times are tough but sometimes you just have to be patient and wait. God does have a plan for me and if I am patient and willing to wait He will show me the way. Even if it is dark, He is there. Even if bad things happen to me, He is there for me. He will get me thru the bad time or He will get me to the good time when I will be with Him. No matter what.......I am not alone.
Thank you, Heavenly Father for unplugging my ears today.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Trying something new



For most of my life, I have been extremely critical of myself. I am very quick to shoot myself down and I am very judgemental. I've decided that this is
stupid and hurtful and it hasn't improved me one bit. So tonight, I am going to write about what I like about myself and see if I can build on the positive.
I think I am basically a kind person. I genuinely want to be helpful. Although I am not always able to be of use, the thought is there. If a person is a friend, I am very willing to do whatever I can to be of help to them if they are in need. I try to look for the best in others as well. I think I have some talent with my camera but I really don't know as much as I should.
However, I truely try to get nice pictures of people and not show them at their worst. I emjoy sharing my pictures with others in the hopes of lifting their spirits. I think I am a good listener
but sometimes I wonder.
OK ..........that's enough for this session. I am not trying to pat myself on the back. I am just trying to stop smacking myself every moment. Hitting never really solves anything anyway.

Birthday Party




July 9th was a special day for three people in our family. It was the birthday for Cindy Foster, Wendy Lane Bailey and Sam Fox. I wasn't able to be with Cindy who is in Africa nor with Wendy who is in New Jersey but Sam was available.
His mom, Maureen held the party in the park with snacks, games such as pin the sticker on Spiderman, blue cupcakes with spiders on them(Sam loves Spiderman) and a pinatta. What more could a guy turning four ask for? Sam had a great time and so did his friends and his brothers. Happy Birthday, Big Guy.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Crossing Bridges


I feel like I'm crossing a bridge. It is one of those old tressel bridges with the railroad tracks and the spaces between that you think you are going to fall thru if you aren't carefull. I'm afraid to look down because I think I am going to fall thru or trip and I won't be able to get up.
It is a scarey business. I have to cross but I don't want to. I'm afraid of what is on the other side.
Slowly but surely,............ step by step,.............. inch by inch........closer and closer. I don't know
but I can't stop. I've got to keep moving. Closer and closer.............and closer.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Birthday, Evie


She is a joy to be around and everyone wants to be near her. I marvel that she has any time for herself. She manages a home, takes great care of her husband who is in the Navy, takes great care of her three daughters who are gorgeous and fantastic in their own way, she is involved in her church and she sings. She reads all sorts of wonderful books, helps friends and keeps in touch with her nine siblings. Not too shabby.
I wish her a great birthday. I am eternally grateful to know her and to have her in my life even if it is only for short snatches. Thank you, Heavenly Father for this incredible, wonderful person.........Evalyn Coleman. Please Bless and keep her safe because we all need a little dose of Evie every so often. It is good for our souls.