Saturday, September 30, 2006
Friday, September 29, 2006
Here's a fun one - a 50 questions survey from Sassy - play along and leave me your link!
1. First name: Karen
2. Middle: L
3. Named after: a friend of my paternal grandmother's
4. Last cried? tuesday i think, grieving Richard's transition
5. Like handwriting? sometimes
6. Favorite lunch meat? turkey, & turkey pastrami
7. Kids? one rottweiler, one bernese mtn dog
8. Friends with myself? most the time
9. A Journal? absolutely
10. Use sarcasm alot? who me? :)
11. Still have tonsils? yes
12. Bungee jump? No way
13. Fave cereal: any chocolate cereal and oatmeal
14. Untie shoes when taking them off? always
15. Think you're strong? yes
16. Fave ice cream flavor: chocolate, or caramel cone
17. Shoe size: 8
18. Red or pink: both
19. Least fave thing about self: hair
20. Whom miss most: steph
21. Want everyone to send this back? it would be interesting to read your answers. Give me journal link if you have already done it. yes, please do!
22. What color pants & shoes wearing? golden Lugz shoes & my Levi's
23. Last thing ate? enchiladas, tortilla, salad, avacado
24. Listening to now? nada
25. If crayon what color: Purple - "surprise" lol
26. Fave smells: puppies, babies, roses, pine, wood
27. Last person talked to on phone: some business
28. First thing notice about people attracted to: personality
29. Like the person who sent this? of course!
30. Favorite drink? starbucks, heineken, black opal merlot or cabernet sauvignon
31. Favorite sport? football & tennis
32. Hair color? salt & pepper 33. Eye color? hazel
34. Contacts? bifocals
35. Fave food? seafood, steak, shrimp fried steak, teriyaki chicken burger
36. Scary movies or happy ending? happy ending
37. What color shirt wearing? blue
38. Fave dessert? cheesecake or ice cream
39. Who will respond? not sure - hopefully someone
40. Least likely? haven't a clue
41. What book reading: Teach Only Love-by Gerard G Jampolsky, M.D.
42. On my mousepad? nothin
43. Watched on TV last night? college football while listening to music & reading
44. Fave sounds? rain falling, seagulls, my dogs howling (or even coyotes)
45. Rolling Stones or Beatles? Neither,
46. Furthest been from home? Germany, Holland, France
47. I know that 47 had something to do with do I believe in Santa, whichI DO!!!! and 48 went something like, Does Rudolph sit on the roof or in the garden? On the roof, of course, until he flies off again! I agree!!!
49. Special talent? photography
50. When & where born? KY
Simple Truths -by Kent Nerburn a small little book i recently picked up for my birthday Ellen at church gave me a gift certificate for our bookstore and of course i had to cash in this wonderful little book is a must read the following are a couple excerpts from the book:
Life is but a dream we renew each day, it is up to us to infuse this dream with light, and to cultivate, as best we are able, the ways and habits of Love.
"We each have a different kind of strength. Some of us are able to persevere against hopeless odds. Some are able to see light in a world of darkness. Some are able to give selflessly with no thought of return, while others are able to bring a sense of importance into the hearts of those around them.
But no matter how we exhibit strength, its truest measure is the calm and certain conviction with which it causes us to act. It is the ability to discern the path with heart, and follow it even when at the moment we might wish to be doing something else.
True strength is not about force, but about conviction. It lives at the center of belief where fear and uncertainty cannot gain a foothold. Its opposite is not cowardice and fear, but confusion, lack of clarity, and lack of sound intention.
True strength does not require an adversary and does not see itself as noble or heroic. It simply does wht it must without praise or need of recognition.
A person who can quietly stay at home and care for an ailing parent is as strong as a person who can climb a mountain. A person who can stand up for a principle is as strong as a person who can fend off an army. They simply have quieter, less dramatic kinds of strength.
True strength does not magnify others' weaknesses. It makes others stronger. If someone's strenth makes others feel weaker, it is merely domination, and that is no strength at all.
Take care to find your own true strength. Nurture it. Develop it. Share it with those around you. Let it become a light for those who are living in darkness. Remember, strength based in force is a strength people fear.. Strength based in love is a strength people crave.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
My Old Friend Lyrics
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My Old Friend Lyrics
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My old friend, I recall
The times we had hanging on my wall
I wouldn't trade them for gold
Cause they laugh and they cry me
Somehow sanctify me
They're woven in the stories I have told
And tell again
My old friend, I apologize
For the years that have passed
Since the last time you and I
Dusted off those memories
But the running and the races
The people and the places
There's always somewhere else I had to be
Time gets thin, my old friend
Don't know why, don't know why
Don't know why, don't know why
My old friend, this song's for you
Cause a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live on long after
All of the sadness and the tears
We'll meet again, my old friend
My old friend, my old friend
this morn as i was remembering Rich and driving down the street, this song came on i was just wondering only yesterday how to say goodbye to him how fitting Spirit brought this song to me this morn....and i also learned today from the thought, 'what do i know about Life' and reflecting on him that it's not all about me not that i try to be about me only, but sumtimes i get caught up in that i am just one Spec in this Universe a fraction of the whole there's sooo much more to Life i have yet to learn but what a treasured gift Richard was in my Life and this Life the gift he gave of himself.....
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
C . O . U . R . A . G . E
IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES
she's in her pink outfit her pink shirt, her pink shoes, along with her mountain gear rock climbing she sits on my wall framed reminding me what i need to do this week i had a sense i was tryin' to still please others that is not what my Life is suppose to be a note in the previous entry reminded me i do as i damn well please nowadays i'm free to have any and all emotions i so desire curse if i wanna get wild be FREE....so i put on my pink shirt (don't have pink shoes) and today i will Be!
Each player of this game starts with the "6 weird things/habits about you". People who get tagged need to write a blog of their own 6 weird habits/things as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose 6 people to be tagged and list their names. Don't forget to leave a comment that says "you are tagged" in their comments and tell them to read your blog.
1. i smoke a pipe (luv the taste and the smell)
2. i limp sumtimes, and don't even know it until someone points it out to me (originates from a broken left femur long ago and the leg is shorter now as well)
3. i analyze tooooo much
4. at age 48, i still sleep with my dogs (literally in my bed, all nice & cozy)
5. maybe i read too much? i've started 6 books and haven't finished them yet, and still buying more
6. i do whatever i damn well please 99.9% of the people i know don't know this and i have a bite too
Donna in Texas
Thursday, September 21, 2006
from the SOM magazine:
I play in the sunshine, sliding enthusiastically through my spiritual journey.
SOM=Science of Mind....the September issue has a good article regarding Oprah Winfrey i like Oprah, but all the years at the p.o. allowed little to no time to watch her i think i was at the p.o. as long as she's been on tv anyways, reading sum of her quoted thoughts, i had no idea how spiritually evolved she is i knew she was doing many good things, but her philosophy has peeked my interest i'll need to buy The Gospel According to Oprah -by Marcia Z. Nelson, a religion writer and i think there was another book mentioned as well within the article i love what Oprah said, "...It's very difficult for me to even see myself as successful because I still see myself as in the process of becoming successful. To me, 'successful' is getting to the point where you are absolutely comfortable with yourself. And it does not matter how many things you have acquired." what a great way to view success i may adopt this thought for i'm still struggling at times to be totally comfortable with myself although i've gotten better the past few years, i have reminders along the way that i'm not there yet to be totally at peace with myself, how humbling Life will unfold, i will grow, i change like the seasons hopefully becoming a better person....
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Saturday, September 16, 2006
the following is an excerpt from 365 Science of Mind, A Year of Daily Wisdom from Ernest Holmes (our founder) it was perfect for me today, thought this was well worth sharing;
Daily I Contemplate My Importance in a Divine Plan
For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's field, ye are God's building.-I Corinthians 3:9
My thought is a gateway to illumination. I know that the Spirit within me is my strength and power. I approach life with a sense of security and well-being. I know that I have a secret source in God. I know that my thought is a gateway to illumination. It is the secret place of the most High within me from which comes inspiration, guidance, and wisdom. Therefore, I accept the fulllness of this moment. I accept life as a glorious experience, a spiritual adventure.
I believe in myself because I first believe in God. I believe in my destiny because I believe that the law of good is operating through me. I have a calm confidence in the future, a keen and enthusiastic expectation of good things to come.
I open my whole consciousness to the realization that all the power and presence there is surrounds me in an eternal embrace, that the Spirit forever imparts Its own Life to me, forever flows through me into happiness, success, and well-being.
Knowing that I cannot live unto myself alone,but that I am a part of all Life, I gladly and enthusiastically unify with people, conditions, and events, flwoing into them with the certain knowledge that I belong to the universe in which I live, that this universe belongs to me, that I am a part of it, necessary to it, one with it.
ok, it was the first game i attended tonite we didn't do so well we lost 27-17 but apparently our starting QB got hurt last week well we missed him for sure tonite but i had a great time anyways it was nice to be in the atmosphere n the spirit of football and home games i even got a visor which i wasn't expecting so, i'll see how our current QB does in next week's game as to whether i'll go again i may regardless, i mean it's only a game!
Your alarm goes off, you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10
He stays up for days on end.
You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe
You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.
Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.
You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if
they'll ever meet
You criticize your government, and say that war never solves
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and
remembers why he is fighting.
You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told.
You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and
You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be
woken by gunfire.
You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse
place because of men like him.
If only there were more men like him!
If you support your troops, re-send this to everyone you know,
If it gets to another veteran who hasn't received it yet, it will
bring back memories.
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,
Jesus Christ and the American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom. ........
Friday, September 15, 2006
This has been kept alive and moving since 9/11. In memory of all those who perished this morning; the passengers and the pilots on the United Air and AA flights, the workers in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and all the innocent bystanders. Our prayers go out to the friends and families of the deceased.
IF I KNEW
If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.
If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.
If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.
If I knew ! it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.
If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.
For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.
There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"
But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.
Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.
So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
! you'll surely regret the day,
That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.
So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them howmuch you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear
Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
ok i didn't believe it in the papers, but i went to the gas pump tonite and yep it's gotten way low $2.73 for my unleaded plus saved me $10 which in turned paid for my lunch today O goodness, now why can't they keep these prices during the summer o well, better enjoy it while we can....
in the meantime i got my shoulder checked out finally today yep it's been hurting since May & my florida trip for awhile it seemed like it was going to get better i even had my massage therapist work on it, but its better feeling lasted briefly so off to the doc and he said i have probably with my rotator cuff friday they'll give a shot for pain since i can't get into physical therapy until 2 weeks from now in the meantime, take sum tylenol in addition to the naproxen i already take if it doesn't get better within 6 weeks, we may have to consider going under the knife -Yuk! he gave me 2 exercises to begin with which i'll head there now and begin.....
Monday, September 11, 2006
Saturday, September 9, 2006
...damn it! the local tv station tape delayed the women's U.S. Open Tennis championship game showing Lobo football again i remember this from last year it just plain sucks! i'm sure there's not enough tennis fans in this part of the country to override their choice......soooo, i put a game on, NOT the Lobos, muted it turned on the radio and worked on my scrapbook more enjoyable!!!! my scrapbook consists of photos i've taken in the past 6yrs that i didn't ever put in a photo album i also wanted to do something more with the photos than just stick them in an album this time so i gathered the StAcK of photos and started randomly putting them in the book no order with these photos i also found stickers and rub-on sayings that i could include in the scrapbook so it's a lil more personal and creative great relaxing project.....now in the meantime, i'm staring at the boxes i have yet to unpack from moving in here months ago-YUK!!!! it's mostly paperwork and i hate paperwork i'll start manana on it, one box at a time now when manana arrives, who knows...lol
Friday, September 8, 2006
-by Max Ehrmann (1872-1945)
Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
And remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
Be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly & clearly;
And listen to others,
Even the dull & ignorant;
They too have their story.
Avoidloud & aggressive persons,
They are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
You may become vain & bitter;
For always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
It is a real possession in the changing future of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
For the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
Many persons strive for high ideals;
And everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
For in the face of all aridity & disenchantment
It is perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
Gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue & loneliness.
Beyond wholesome discipline,
Be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
No less than the trees & the stars;
You have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
No doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
Whatever you conceive Him to be,
And whatever your labours & aspirations,
In the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery & broken dreams,
It is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Monday, September 4, 2006
there comes a time when Change is inevitable whether we want it or not sometimes we want both, no change & change this legend is all about change from Rebel to middle-aged parent they wrote he was a Zen Master or someone called him that after seeing his farewell speech from yesterday, i'd say Zen is fitting he is a tribute to our world an example we could all live by he's an inspiration to so many including me to be your own person, doing it your own way and changing as you grow sumtimes, or often, we become complacent in life, but this guy never did never giving up right to the end i'll remember the tribute they gave him tonite, the commentary my words here fall way short of who Andre Agassi is if you get a glimpse of him, do take a peek you might be moved....
i salute you Andre! may Life continue to treat you well (and your family too)!
Sunday, September 3, 2006
Saturday, September 2, 2006
this is what our day looked like today just outside my front door i included all the pics i took of the peak cloud cover & all sum are good, others not ....anyways, it's been a great fall day! now back to my scrapbook it's slowly coming along, but i'm enjoying the hell out of it:-)!
...and i decided to spend my money on a massage in lieu of the Lobo game tonite my shoulders need it badly i'm feelin' it Vicky will do it just before the 'Topes baseball game tomorrow nite those tickets already bought months ago, no cost except for hot dogs & beer the highlite will be the final fireworks after the game we're taking Savanah, Vicky's granddaughter with us i think she just turned 5....
...and my man Andre didn't play tennis today the whole day at the U.S. Open was wiped out by rain Ernesto leftovers were drenching the area i hope he doesn't play while i'm at church tomorrow i volunteered to assist with passing out class certificates again o well, Life goes on!