Remembering Bill Hall
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Remembering Bill Hall
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
My 9 month old granddaughter Jersey was standing alone looking at the bright lights of the Christmas tree while shaking her little legs to Sounds of the Season music in the background. I squatted down to take a break and suddenly the reflection of the lights on the tree where shinning in her big blue eyes. No camera could have caught this moment more perfectly! She took that precious hand and pulled me to her and gave me my first big MeMe kiss all by herself! Ahhhhh......it took me back to my daughters first Christmas when she too was 9 months old and enjoyed our tree. Moments like these make being a stay at home MeMe so powerful and reaffirming. It's these days she won't remember but Meme will!
This is so easy and fun to make! Quick too!
- Bag of Wilton White Candy Melts
- Bag of Wilton Dark Candy Melts
- Large Candy Cane crushed (sold at Walgreens 2/ $1.00)
- One Candy Mold (I am recycling the insert from my frozen quiche appetizers)
After washing the disposable Quiche tray that I saved from going into the garbage I placed two Candy Melts in each circle. My favorite is using 2 white but the kids love them mixed.
Microwave for 1 minute. Swirl with toothpick and sprinkle the Crushed Candy Cane onto the top. (If it hardens to fast you can rezap it in the microwave for 5 seconds.
Place tray in freezer for no more than 3-4 minutes.
Remove from freezer, tap or turn upside down and voila…there you have your wonderful Peppermint Bark Disks!
I told you it was to easy! Experiment and play with other flavors too!
Last year we melted 25 candy melts of either color in a large Wilton decorators icing bag and added ONE DROP of Cinnamon Oil. Microwave for 1 minute and continue at 15 second intervals until melted. (Each oven is different and you don’t want them to burn!
Oh My Goodness…the scent that filled the air was overwhelming!!! Then we simply pipe the candy into our molds and the flavor was delicious!
Go ahead…borrow my idea! Really!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
This song has been in my heart all day today. When I sing it I am taken back to my very young days of being ages 8 /9. Two Rivers Baptist Church always had something going on for us kids! Always!! We would go on weekend church retreats just an hour or two away from home and you'd think we were going cross-country! The entire time we were in the bus we'd sing and sing and sing some more! The retreats were usually brought to a close with an open invitation and lots of praise worship. How I love my praise worship! They could take an energetic group of kids and by "lights out" they would have us deep in thought about our own personal relationship with Jesus.
It's during these years that I learned to pray as a child and to look at my soul and reflect on my choices I made. As I've grown older I've come to cherish the "praise and invitation" time for such deeper reflection and also found it to be a cleansing time...a time to really tell all that's on heart.
Tonight as I celebrated Christmas with my Dad, my sister, my kids and my grandchildren I found myself praising privately inside. Rejoicing in my family. Reflecting on how good, how very, very good God has been to me!! Also how very good God has been to my family. All of them.
So in closing this day
look back and realize what you DO have...not what you want or hope to get. Relish in what's here, what's now and what you hold dear.
sweetest of dreams...
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
There is so much on this brain
I've caught up on two weeks worth of blogging and cant seem to find where they just posted....hummm
*see how Lenora did in Gastonia, NC in the Teacher of the Year finals
*check on Joye, Joye
*make several more batches of Peppermint Bark
*design a digital Christmas card and email as I've not mailed the two stacks in front of me
*mail box to West Palm Beach
*go by cemetery
*take bread to Tanisha at Dr. Swauncys
*gift for dirty Santa party
*church on Friday/Saturday nights
*recheck BP .. lol
GO TO BED NOW to be up by 7 and get this list completed
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Well I should have stayed up last night and continued to create because going to bed didn't provide any sleep! Don't you just hate it when your dragging physically but your brain is still going full-throttle! I guess I should be glad the ole' brains a-working but even the greatest of minds need rest from time to time! teehee~
I made it to my Doctors appointment and I have to say I'm somewhat discouraged. Seems that I get less than five minutes for my visit and I just don't think this is right! My "care-giver" is actually a Nurse Practitioner and I really like him but I'm aggravated that they continuously load him up with so many appointments. Today he even apologized and said, "With the holiday they have triple and even quadruple booked us all today hon and it'll be 8pm before we get out, I apologize for rushing". Well, shoot, not again!! Now don't get me wrong I understand about people trying to get in before a holiday but seriously as a patient I'm entitled to my time. Right! (nodding my head in a confident manner)
Here's what today's visit consisted of.
I arrived at 7:40 for an 8:15 appointment.
About fifteen minutes later they ask for a urinalysis (this I wasn't prepared for but because it's pain management and people abuse it, I understand) no big deal except I cannot pee on command. ~ never have been able to. My bladder and I have totally different opinions of when, how and where it is acceptable to tinkle. Sure, get me to laughing and I'm guaranteed to feel a slight warm dribble if not more beginning to puddle on my "I THOUGHT I WAS OVER PADS" pad.
~Jay (my NP) calls my name. I step up on those dreaded scales and a sense of accomplishment comes over me when I see the numbers flashing back! : ) We walk into the exam room. He ask me how the shots helped last month and I basically beg him for five more. (I received five trigger point injection around the T-9 area on my last visit) I can handle the discomfort of a needle anytime when I know the long term affect is AMAZING! Keep in mind that I give myself injections three times a week for my Multiple Sclerosis, not to mention my B12 injections.
To my surprise and dislike he engages in a short conversation about being overbooked and me having to reschedule another appointment for the injections. Ughhhhh! Really? Within the next four minutes he uses his stylus to click, click, click and voila a prescription for pain medication is magically printed in the next room. We politely exchange holiday wishes and I return to the waiting room to digest ounces and ounces of water and do what you do in a waiting room. Wait!
Forty-five minutes of chatting with other patients, playing with my smart~phone and catching up on a few emails and I feel that twinge, that long awaited urge. YipPEE! The pee-pee comes and my cup runneth over. It was welcomed by giggles and cheers from outside the door as a line had formed. Unfortunately blushing gave way to my poor face as I exited and they say blushing is a virtue?
Again, I understand this is pain management...but the reason I'm here is to gain relief and not necessarily just from taking narcotics!! Am I wrong? I mean, I did have this spinal cord simulator installed down my spine to gain relief and relief it has given to some degree. It isn't however relieving any of the pain in my legs, my heels or the middle part of my spine. Now the lower part of my back is so, so much more tolerable than it has been in years! So the last 3 visits I've had have been hurried, seriously hurried. (on one visit all the patients from one city were being seen in this office due to a truck running through their building, so, again they were overbooked. Really.)
Well, so far, pain-wise, this morning as been about a seven on the ol' pain threshold chart...but then again, I am on pain medications! I am forever grateful that my Multiple Sclerosis hasn't taken a lot of my motor skills away like it has done to friends of mine. I'm thankful, very thankful that optic neuritis hasn't reared it's ugly head in a few months therefore allowing me this time to be in front of the computer!
My first digital sticker is complete...but I've got all this extra border. Hum.......welp, it's 2:17am and I have an early MS appointment in the morning. My brain is tired but wanting to create more!!! This is so addictive!
Night all, sweetest of dreams~ bri
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I am so
She wants absolutely nothing to do with crawling...she wants to walk! She says "HI" on the phone in the cutest little raspy voice. She has learned a few sign language signs and is beginning to use them. She shakes that head from side to side so quickly to tell us "NO" and just today she started nodding, YES! OMG, I just about fell over and wet my pants I laughed so hard! I was able to get the video camera out and record for Mom and Dad. She is something!! She is Miss Independent already! From the spoon to self-feeding, she wants to do it all! Today unfortunately was also the first accident! :( Oh my~ I cried as much as she did! In her attempting to be so independent she lost her grip and hit the coffee table. As I picked her up I was expecting the worst. However with a little cuddling and a cool cloth applied to her she quickly bounced back to her normal self. I am in control yet freaking out that shes going to have a horrible bruise and wouldn't you know tomorrow is her 9month Dr's appointment!! ugh! Well, hours later and she's still not showing signs of a hematoma! (That just sounds more dramatic than bruise! lol)
She is MeMes daily delight and I'm so honored that I've gotten to bond and share this one on one time with her these last 7 months! More to come my Jersey~Girl!
Friday, November 11, 2011
I personally believe that one must ask the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart. To ask Him to forgive them of their past wrong-doings and to change themselves from the inside out by learning His Will for their life. From that point on ones Spiritual Journey begins and with daily studying you begin your library of Spiritual knowledge.
My daily walk is personal and often times challenging...but aren't the greatest things we work for usually the most rewarding? I am so very THANKFUL to live where I can worship Jesus Christ in my heart publicly and willingly!!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Weekends are becoming very sacred to me. You see I have Jersey-girl usually M-F and I'm at the Y after she goes home, so, my weekends have become my time to sneak and create while the kids aren't around! lol! I've created 6 fleece blankets, two hair-bow holders, 3 crayon canvas letters and the list is growing!! Oh, and lets not forget the baby food jar Christmas trees that Steph and I worked on two nights this last week and the 5 sets of corn-hole boards Daddy and I have made!! Whew...when I see it typed out in front of me I can see the progress I'm making!!
Seems everyone is really trying to get into the Spirit of Christmas by making homemade gifts this year and that's just so up my alley!! For years I've been making homemade gifts but I'd also purchase the latest and greatest from the local retailers. It's exciting to know that this holiday we will honor the true meaning of the Holidays without a bunch of retail hoop-la! This is why I've become a Pintrest-holic and a blog walker! SO much to find online! Welp,,,I'm off to pick up some more Modge-podge and fleece fabric at Joanne's!
Happy crafting my friends!
Monday, October 24, 2011
who remembers that song?
I love this time of year and wanted to share some of the photographs I've taken the past few days around my home.
Who knew that a foggy morning at 10am would turn out to be as beautiful as a pretty as it was? The fog was literally sitting all around us!
TRUNK or TREAT
How about this for a Pumpkin?
Her daddy has quite an imagination! Way to go Jamie, these are too fun!
Those beautiful baby blues!
Seriously, they all 4 have the most amazing, bluest of blue eyes I've seen!