Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another Warm Thought

Just read the following on my desk calendar.

"People are like stained glass windows; they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within."

Wow does that say a mouth full. I have several Christian friends and I always see that light within especially during times of trouble.

It's a lovely day in Jacksonville, Fl. I'm so ready for Spring and the beautiful flowers that it brings. We have to install a new liner in our pool this year, so hopefully Saturday will be warm enough to pull out the old one and let the ground beneath dry out, prior to installing the new one.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I think I have as much fun planning anything as I do the actual event. We are in the process of planning our vacation. We will leave Jacksonville bright and early May 15, and make our way to Birmingham, Alabama.

I have family there. Since I come from a family of nine children I actually have a large family in that area. If you've ever read my book Audrey's Window you will be familiar with my family.

Some years back my brother Charles started having what he called "A Family Fish Fry," since then we've all tried to gather once a year to just be together. Larry's gone the past two years with me but for several years I went by myself. There are 5 girls and 3 boys living. We five girls (women) and I'm the youngest which I always remind someone, always have are pictures taken together.

Getting back to our vacation we plan on the "Fish Fry" then want to tour Graceland in Memphis and then over to Nashville for the Grand 'Ole Opry, finally coming home by way of Helen Ga. Yep we plan to cram all that into one week. That's what takes up all our planning. I've been putting Mapquest to good use and have discovered that Memphis is about 3 and 1/2 hours away from Birmingham and Nashville another 3 from there and maybe four hours to Helen, Ga.

If anyone has gone to all these places I wish they would enlighten me on the best places to stay and all the fun things to do, since Larry has nixed my wonderful idea of staying in the "Burning Love" suite at the Graceland Hotel. I think it's the price, let's see, yep $545.00 per night is a bit steep. Guess our burning love will have to be burned up someplace else.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Hearts and Flowers

When Larry and I were dating he asked me what kind of flowers I liked. I had never received many flowers so I had to think about it, but I do remember telling him that I liked yellow roses, daisys, and I think I even mentioned pink roses.

The next day he brought me a basket of flowers, there were 10 yellow roses and 10 daisys and 10 pink roses. It was gorgeous. The yellow roses lasted the longest and were beautiful. I raved about them and he asked why didn't I just say Yellow Roses were my favorite. Duh?

I've been practical my entire life and not knowing what flowers cost I figured that daisys would be fairly inexpensive, or so I thought. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would buy every flower I mentioned.

But since then he's only bought me Yellow Roses and they are a special brand that are very big and quite beautiful. They have to be ordered in advance I think they are called Mohana Roses, I've probably butchered the name. I'm expecting Roses tomorrow like a lot of other women out there, but I'm wondering how many are expecting yellow roses.

He's also big on jewelry and last Valentines day got me a set of hearts from Swarovski. They are purple, a necklace and ear rings. Very pretty and quite unusual looking.

He asked me to marry him on Valentine's Day so he always make the day extra special. We are having lunch at the restaurant where he proposed then going to a friend's house to see her and her husband renew their wedding vows, (40) years.

So this Lady is looking forward to celebrating our big day and lest you think I've forgotten him, I haven't, a new camera case, cd, and gift card to the movies await him.

Many Blessings

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Blogging World

The first blog I ever read was Kristy Dykes' Christian Romance and from that I decided to create a blog. Then I found Jennifer's and from there I've been bouncing all over cyber space and reading the most amazing stories.

You ladies are incredible. Pictures, recipes, good advice, sad stories, love stories, and crafts. It's all out there in the Blog World.

When I first read Kristy's I thought a blog might be a great idea for me to express some of my feelings through out the day. I've been journaling for years and since I'm in front of a computer all day at work, and believe me work has been slow, but I still have to sit here, thought I would try blogging. In between business picked up then slowed down and life happened, so I don't log on very often to write.

I recently posted a blog about my ex-husband's illness and Jennifer asked how he was.

My daughter has been designated as his caretaker so she's been making all the medical decisions.

He's better in that he is no longer sedated with a feeding tube.
Other issues have come to light. He has been diagnosed with diabetes which has gone untreated and he may have some lung problems. He's been a long time smoker. Right now he is still in the hospital and will remain there until Monday sometime when he will be transferred to a rehabilatative hospital. He's been confined and almost totally out of it for over two weeks so he must get his strength back, prior to going home.


Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Warm Thoughts

Just read something that I truly hope I can always remember.


Prayer is with me all day long, as I walk down the hall at work I'm silently praying for my husband, my children, my friends, my co-workers and in between thanking God for all he does for me daily. And that saying just confirms my day of prayers.

Your heavenly Father knows your needs. He will always give you all you need from day to day.... For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Luke 12:31,32 TLB.

God knew what we would need before we were even born. How awesome is that? The friends he has sent me along the way confirms that, and I have needed Him daily my entire life.

My heart has been softened so many times over the years, just when I'm so angry at some one a sweet thought of that person will filter into my mind, and then I feel only love in my heart. And it blesses me no end to know that God never has to have his heart softened toward me, that HE ALWAYS loves me.