Monday, December 31, 2007

2008 - A New Year


I modified this image for a blog post this summer that was supposed to be a part of a blogosphere for world peace and never got around to posting it. I thought I would use it now as my wish for the world for the new year. You can never go wrong wishing for peace.

May the coming year be filled with peace for each of you.

More importantly, may each of you be the beginning of peace for us all.


now playing: Indiana University Band Trombone section performing Let There Be Peace On Earth

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Befuddlr!

I have just wasted some of my precious and valuable time at Befuddlr!

Befuddlr is an online version of those plastic scramble puzzles I had when I was a kid and had to slide the pieces around to get the numbers in order or to put the pieces of an image in the right places to display the picture correctly.

You can do it with any online Flickr Group image or with an image of your own if you have photos stored on a Flickr account.

Do it now before you ruin your 2008 New Year's Resolution to spend your time more productively! Oh and be sure to eat a lot of junk food while you're doing it! Of course you can wait a day or two and just blow those resolutions off anyway!

Just have some fun!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Maybe Christmas...

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas ... perhaps ... means a little bit more!" And what happened then ... in Who-ville they say [is] that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day!

-- Dr. Suess

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What Child Is This


I've actually had a couple of creative moments this week with this entry and the previous one. Nothing major, just throwing images from the web onto a background, misting, adding effects and text. It's a start towards getting back into a creative mode.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day.

still playing:
What Child Is This by Martina McBride

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Monday, December 24, 2007

It's Christmas


You can click on the image to enlarge it or just read the words here:

I had a dream, Joseph.
I don’t understand it, but I think it was about a birthday celebration for our son.
The people in my dream had been preparing for about six weeks.
They had decorated the house and bought new clothes.
They’d gone shopping many times and bought many elaborate gifts.
It was peculiar, though, because the presents weren’t for our son.
They wrapped them in beautiful paper and stacked them under a tree.
Yes, a tree, Joseph, right inside their homes! They’d decorated the tree with sparkling ornaments.
There was a figure like an angel on the top of the tree.
Everyone was laughing and happy.
They gave the gifts to each other, Joseph, not to our son.
I don’t think they even knew Him.
They never mentioned His name.
I had the strangest feeling that, if our Jesus had gone to this celebration He would have been intruding.
How sad for someone not to be wanted at His own birthday party!
I’m glad it was only a dream. How terrible Joseph, if it had been real!’

now playing: What Child Is This by Martina McBride

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas


C
hristmas
began in the heart of God.
It is only complete when it reaches the heart of man.
--unknown

now playing: Mary Did You Know by Reba McEntire

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Bragging

Here's a blurb from the Cope Middle School website about the Math Counts Competition this past weekend in Shreveport. Cope won the Parish-wide competition and my granddaughter, Emily, came in 2nd place individually. They will compete in the regional competition in February.

Congratulations to our MathCounts team for their first place finish at the parish MathCounts competition on Saturday, Dec. 15th. Cope Mathathletes won the Target Round, the Sprint Round, and the Team Round. We also had the top 3 individual scores in the parish. Cal Davis was the top individual scorer in first place; Emily Fisher finished in second place; and Meagan Speck took third! Way to go, Cope students and Mrs. Wall, their MathCounts coach. The students will now participate in the Regional Competition on Feb. 2nd.

Way to go Emily!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Miss Madelyn

Another child... another heartbreaking story of cancer. I've been following Madelyn's story for over two years and read the devastating news today at her site that the doctors at St. Jude's are talking in terms of weeks to her family. Please visit Madelyn's CaringBridge site and leave a message of encouragement for her family.


Madelyn

Things are getting very frightening for Ethan Powell's family as well. This young boy just turned one year old this month and has been battling cancer since his diagnosis last February when he was only two months old. The only option remaining for Ethan is a bone marrow transplant. However, the leukemia cells seem to be increasing so quickly again that they may not be able to perform the procedure on the 31st of this month as planned. His parents can really use your prayers and support also.

God give the family of these children a measure of peace. Please keep these children free from pain and suffering and fear. Help us to deal with our inability to understand when your will seems contrary to all that we believe. Amen

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It won't be the Same Auld Lang Syne this year

I just wanted to add my thoughts on the passing of Dan Fogelberg this past weekend. He was one of my favorite soft rockers, with several songs that I loved listening to. I hate to admit that I didn't even know he was suffering from cancer, although he was always one of the more private stars around.

Same Auld Lang Syne
was my favorite of all his songs. I also liked Missing You, Leader Of The Band and of course Longer.



Cancer is such a bastard disease.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Rockin' Robin

Happy Birthday Robin!




This picture of my sister Robin and her husband Bob was taken a couple of years ago at the rehearsal dinner the night before my niece Melanie's wedding.

Today, she is 52 years old!

Love ya sis!

now playing: Rockin' Robin by the Jackson 5

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Long Time, No Blog

It has certainly been awhile since I posted here. So much has happened since my last entry, I would be hard pressed to catch you up to date with everything that occurred in that time.

A brief summary would start with going to Indiana to pick up Mom, leaving there a few days later, heading south for Louisiana, stopping two nights in different locations in Tennessee before arriving back home where I rearranged several rooms of furniture (including moving my computer which was a massive chore) before my daughters arrived, so our Thanksgiving included mom, all 3 of my children and 3 of my 5 granddaughters (and missing the other two with every fiber of our being), lots of running around and cooking and eating, several plumbing mishaps (messy and serious - why always when people are here?), putting up a brand new never been used Christmas tree that half the lights don't work on that never got decorated and is still standing bare in the corner, another round of gut wrenching difficulties I can't / won't go into involving the two granddaughters not with us over Thanksgiving (think separation / divorce that has drug on for almost two years now), taking Mr. Woody K. Nibs to the vet for what we finally discovered was a snake bite on his foot (a baby ground rattler that got the worst end of the deal as I found him dead on the back porch shortly after I took Woody to the vet - and yes, they are poisonous but thankfully he must not have had much if any venom as basic antibiotics took care of the bite), a quick trip to Bossier City with Mom to spend a weekend with daughter Dee and her girls (and Nick) and seeing the Christmas lights at the Rose Center in Shreveport, leaving there in time to get home and take mom to my church for our Hanging of the Greens ceremony and the Cajun Christmas (food) Celebration afterwards hosted by one of our Sunday School classes where she got to meet many of my good friends, a last few days here at my home where mom was able to spend a lot of time with my son and I just relaxing and visiting before heading back up to Indiana over a week ago to find 8" of snow (which I thoroughly enjoyed before deciding I am now firmly a devout southerner after the cold really set in), eating a lot and spending time with my brother and his family before heading back very early yesterday morning and driving straight through to see a very excited Ginger and Mr. Nibs... well, Ginger was excited... Woody didn't really seem to care until much later in the evening when he jumped up on my lap and purred contentedly for an hour or so.

Aren't you glad I kept this brief?

I did visit the sites of some of my blogger friends and tried to keep up with everyone as much as possible and thank those who left comments while I have been 'away'. This is the longest I have ever gone without spending a great deal of time on my computer and handling email. I just let it all go while mom was here and I think it was good for me, even forsaking significant use of my laptop while at mom's... which isn't hard since dial-up is the only connection I can get there and just in case I've never told you before... dial-up really sucks!

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