Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A Meme

I came across this meme at Susie's Space and thought I'd try it. I did leave some blanks!

Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following…They must be REAL places, names, things…NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person in front of you had the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question.


1. Famous Athlete: Jackie Joyner Kersee
2. 4 letter word: joke
3. Street name: Jefferson Street
4. Color: Jade
5. Gifts/presents: Journals
6. Vehicles: Jetta
7. Tropical Locations: Jamaica
8. College Majors: Junior High Education (?)
9. Dairy Products:
10. Things in a Souvenir Shop: Jewelry
11. Boy Name: Jared
12. Girl Name: Jocelyn
13. Movie Titles: Jingle all the Way; Jack Frost
14. Alcohol:
15. Occupations: Jailor
16. Flowers: Jasmine
17. Celebrities: Jada Pinkett Smith
18. Magazines:
19. U.S. Cities: Jacksonville, FL
20. Pro Sports Teams: Jaguars
21. Something found in a kitchen: Joy of Cooking cookbook
22. Reason for being late: jet lag
23. Something You Throw Away: junk
24 Things You Shout: Jump!
25. Cartoon Character: Jetsons

Do you want to play? Consider yourself tagged! Then let me know if you do, so I can come read your answers!

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Catching Up

Last Sunday, January 21st, I said I would post pictures of Caleb's Pinewood Derby "later." Well, it's much later - a week later. But here's a picture of Caleb after the racing:

Although he didn't win any races to warrant a trophy, he's a winner because he did his best! He and Uncle Ben made his car.

On Tuesday, January 23rd, my friend and colleague, Linda, turned 40!

Her office colleague, Carol, decorated her office in lots of 40 stuff and got her a boxfull of 40 purple items!

On Friday, I took a vacation day because I was going to a bed and breakfast for the weekend to scrapbook! Before I left, I put my new purple bedding set on so I would have a nice clean bed to come home to!

The weekend of scrapbooking was so much fun! I finally started Matty's album and did about 20 pages. I did most of the journaling but have a few stickers to add that I didn't have with me. This weekend of scrapbooking at the B & B was pretty much for CM consultants only - to give us time to work on our own albums. However, one of the ladies cancelled and my best friend, Vickie, was able to go! She started scrapbooking when I became a consultant. She's hooked! She did 20 some pages, too, but she has to do her journaling! We shared a room at the B & B, which wasn't too bad! I'm not used to sharing since I don't have a husband, kids, or roommate!

The front of the B & B and the Elk Lake Room that Vickie and I shared.

I got home around 12:45 today and just kind of puttered around, unpacking and such. I decided to watch some TV around 4:30 or so. Next thing I know, it's after 6:00!! I missed small group at church this evening. Normally when I nap on Sundays, it's about 20 minutes. I was shocked when I woke up and it was after 6:00! Guess I'll be up late tonight!

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Price of Children

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle income family. Talk about sticker shock! That doesn't even touch college tuition.

But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down. It translates into:

* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month, or
* $171.08 a week.
* That's a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is don't have children if you want to be "rich." Actually, it is just the opposite. What do you get for your $160,140?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

For $160,140, you never have to grow up. You get to:

* finger-paint,
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs, and
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:

* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watching Saturday morning cartoons,
* going to Disney movies, and
* wishing on stars.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay or Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

For $160,140, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:

* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and
* coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

You get a front row seat to history to witness the:

* first step,
* first word,
* first bra,
* first date, and
* first time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, So one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!

Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren!!!!!!!
And I'm also adding, Love & enjoy your nephews! And nieces, too!

Sunday, January 21, 2007

A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Yesterday morning, on my way to Caleb's Pine Wood Derby (I'll post pictures later!), I drove through my hometown - the town where we lived until 1978. I was 13 when we moved, ready to start 7th grade at a private, Christian school.

As I was driving past the houses yesterday, many of them looking somewhat the same, it brought back a lot of memories.
  • "Back in the day" when we would play outside all day.
  • We didn't have GameBoys, videos, X-Box, Nintendo - we came up with our games or played tag, kick ball, dodge ball, hide and seek.
  • I remember making mud pies. Do kids nowadays know how to make mud pies?!
  • Inside, I remember playing school and house with my 3 siblings. As the oldest, I was in charge! The teacher or the mother. We played store, too, so I was the cashier!
  • We also played board games, especially Parcheesi!
  • We rode our bikes with our friends, all around town, without our parents! I guess kids today really can't go bike riding without their parents. That's sad.
  • We had a barn that we used as a garage and storage. I remember getting caught playing doctor with a boy my mom babysat. He was reclined in a child-size lawn/lounge chair!
  • We were limited in how much television we watched. Of course, "back then," there weren't a whole lot of choices, but we could watch The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie, The Brady Bunch, The Flinstones, all shows I enjoy watching in reruns!
  • I remember going fishing with mom in the creek that ran behind our house. We'd catch catfish. I hate fish!
  • The old post office is now a pizza shop. A new post office was built, along with a library, which used to be an old building where we would spend our summers - making crafts, playing on the play ground, going on field trips. FUN TIMES!
  • The Grange, beside my great-grandmother's house, is now an antique shop. There are new owners, probably several times over, of my great-grandmother's house.
  • I remember walking to Great Mammaw's. She would give me a dime for going to Yinger's (the store across the street from us) to get her some milk. I would spend that dime on penny candy at Yinger's. I remember the wooden floor creaking and the BIG wooden candy case and Mr. Yinger putting my choices in the small brown paper bag!
  • Mom's favorite item from Yinger's - Orange a bottle!

All good memories.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - 1/11/07

(Note: I originally posted this around 8:40 PM, edited to do the block quote and messed it up. I ended up deleting it and starting over!)
Thirteen Random Things
1. My youngest nephew, Matt, has a lazy eye. He may need to wear glasses. Will he not be the cutest in little glasses? I think all little kids wearing little glasses are cute!

2. I went to Arby's drive-thru last night. When the cashier asked me what drink I wanted, I said, "What kind of non-soda products do you have?" She said, "We have Pepsi products - Root Beer, Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew." It took me a second to respond because I asked what kind of non-soda products they had and she listed all the soda products!! I said, "Okay, but what do you have that's not soda?" And wanting to add "Since you obviously don't understand English!"

3. I have lost my taste for soda (as referenced in #2 above). I'm not sure why. But I've been drinking only water, milk, or iced tea. And I used to drink Diet Coke. Not as passionately as Sarah, but I would enjoy a Diet Coke now and then. Not so much these days.

4. I am off work today with a stomach "issue." My cat, Penni, is loving it when I go upstairs to rest. She's a napper, even in a plastic bag, as caught on camera!

5. There are so many things I could do today around the house, but I know I won't. They'll wait until Saturday! (Edited at 8:36 PM - I did 4 loads of laundry today!)
6. I rented Lake House this past Saturday. Disappointing. I had heard several bad reviews, but I wanted to see it for myself.
7. I started this post at 11:41 this morning and am just now getting back to it.
8. Even though I am having stomach trouble today, I could go for a Starbucks coffee!

9. I got a new set of canisters - stainless steel. I'm replacing my small kitchen appliances with stainless steel. I like the look. I don't like it, though, that I have to display my new canister set in reverse size order because of the garbage disposal switch and the electrical outlet!
10. I also got a new stainless steel Cuisinart coffee maker.
11. I haven't taken down any Christmas decorations yet. I didn't put up all that many either.
12. I plan to leave my snowman decorations out through February!
13. As a testament to my exceptional procrastination abilities, I haven't yet hooked up my new external hard drive that I purchased on December 28th.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Four Questions Meme

I've never done a meme on blogger, except for the 100 Things About Me (does that count?). I received this as an email and thought I'd turn it into a meme.

A) Four jobs I have had in my life: grocery store stocker, part-time church secretary, professional gift wrapper (LOL) at Pomeroy's (now Bon-Ton), Vice President

B) Four movies you would watch over and over: Father of the Bride (and FOTB II), Almost Heaven, Benny and Joon, The Other Sister

C ) Four places you have lived: Lewisberry, PA, York Haven, PA, Harrisburg, PA, and Mechanicsburg, PA

D) Four TV shows you love to watch: Criminal Minds, Extreme Makeover Home Edition, Dancing with the Stars, and Design Remix

E) Four places you have been on vacation: Ocean City, NJ, Ocean City, MD, Washington State, and Pinchot Park

F) Four of my favorite foods: Grilled chicken, grilled cheese & tomato soup, Mom's Deviled Round Steak, and Mom's Polish Noodles

G) Four places I would rather be right now: a scrapbook retreat, in bed reading a book, vacationing in a cabin on a lake, shopping

H) Four friends I'm tagging: Since I'm not sure that 4 people even read my blog, I tag whoever happens upon this meme! Just let me know so I can come read your responses!

I) Four people I miss the most: Mammaw, Great Mammaw, Doug, and Pap

J) Four of my most memorable moments: mission trip to the Ukraine, being in the delivery room when Austin was born, 20th work anniversary, and 40th birthday party.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Thursday Thirteen

13 Things I Want To Do In 2007
1. Be more diligent about prayer and quiet time.
2. Organize my desk
3. Paint my living room
4. Paint my bedroom
5. Read 12 books - one a month
6. Remember to send out birthday and anniversary cards
7. Become less of a procrastinator
8. Set aside time to work on my scrapbook albums
9. Downsize - get rid of the clutter and unused items in my house!
10. Organize my scrapbooking supplies
11. Complete the survey/questionnaire on
12. Watch less TV/be more active
13. Change my eating habits

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year

I cannot believe it's 2007! You blink, and a whole year goes by!

For New Year's Eve, I went to Vickie's for dinner. Her father-in-law made something like a stromboli. I don't know the specific name for it. And we had other munchies. We watched "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles," and I left there shortly before 10:00, so I was home by 10:00, in bed shortly after that, and asleep around 11:15. I am old!

I hosted New Year's Day dinner at my house. Mom, Dad, Tommy, Corie, and Caleb came for pork, sauerkraut, dumplings, mashed potatoes, and rolls with honey butter. For dessert - coffee and a store-bought cake! It was a nice afternoon - relaxing and a fun time reminiscing.
The table is set with my Winterberry pattern
Caleb in his New Year's hat!
Corie and Tommy at dinner

Mom and Dad

I didn't take a picture of the pork and sauerkraut, my first time making it. Everyone said it was delicious! I peeled 5 pounds of potatoes for mashed potatoes!

I hope you had a memorable first day of 2007!