Month: January 2008

Works For Me Wednesday – Hallmark.com

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My tip for this week is to use the Internet so you never miss another Birthday, Anniversary, Holiday, Thank You, or lose contact with friends.

First, register for a free account at hallmark.

 

Second, use their online address book at  hallmark to keep track of all your addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, this way even when you aren’t home you can find an address as long as you’ve got access to a computer.

Third, use the Reminder service at hallmark to set up reminders for every birthday, anniversary or upcoming events and get an email reminder a day in advance, or a week in advance, or even 2 weeks in advance.

Last but not least, go here hallmark to create an E-card for each event and set the date for delivery for the date of the event.  You can create a card for just about any occasion, whether it’s a birthday,holiday or thank you card, or just telling a good friend you miss them.  It’s that easy and it doesn’t take more than a few minutes for each card.  You can schedule all your cards for 2008 in an hour or so depending on how many you have to create and you’ll never have to worry about missing a special occasion ever again!

De-cluttering My House Days 19 & 20

I spent the past 2 days finishing up the book Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, which is somewhat of a de-cluttering as it has cleared a book off my nightstand and since my daughter wants to read it, it’ll even leave the house!  Woo-hoo!  This was a compelling story and the only negative thing I must report about the book is the occasional use of profanity which was totally un-necessary and the author could have refrained from the usage and still had a wonderful novel.  Now that I’m done this book, I’ll be able to finish And The Angels Were Silent, The Final Week of Jesus by Max Lucado and get that book off my nightstand.  I won’t be starting any other books for awhile because I really want to focus on the courses I’ve signed up for through Online Bible College and Benny Hinn Ministries and I consider this de-cluttering as it is something that I have left unfinished and it’s in the back of my mind causing me stress because I started something that I know God wanted me to do and I’ve let it fall by the wayside.

I’m still catching up on my DVR recordings and I’m making great headway.  I’ve said it before, watching these messages help me to de-clutter my mind and spirit and has rekindled my desire to become closer to God and walk in His plan and purpose for my life.  I long to hear Him again and getting the clutter out of  my head is the best way to start.

I started to go through and iSlice some of my other magazines and have earmarked tomorrow as the day to finish going through all of my magazines and pamphlets so that I can cross that off my to do list.

I’ve noticed a real decrease in the amount of emails I receive from when I went through my inbox and started unsubscribing to some emails so that de-cluttering effort is already paying off.  Sometime ago I wrote a post about how you can stop getting telemarketing calls by placing yourself on the Do Not Call list as well reducing your junk mail by getting on the Do Not Send list.  It took a few months but I’ve noticed a real decrease in the amount of junk mail in my mailbox.  This is great not only for me, but for the environment – less stuff for me to shred, less trees being cut down to make the paper that I end up shredding.

Well, that’s all for today, time to sit down and relax with the hubby and chat about his day, then clean up the dinner dishes and then I’m off to my bedroom by 8pm when American Idol will be streaming into my living room holding my husband and daughter captive – UGH, when will it stop!

Interceding For Our Children Week of Jan 27th

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Each week, Interceding For Our Children posts a new prayer and I feel it is so important that we pray for our children that I want to list the prayers here as well.   Take a moment to say this prayer over any children in your life, and then visit IFOC to see prior prayers she has posted.

 Take care and God bless you.

I pray that ______________ be given the gift of joy. Let the spirit of joy rise up in their heart this week and may they know the fullness of joy that is found only in Your presence. Help them to understand that true happiness and joy are found only in You. Whenever they are overtaken by negative emotions, surround them with Your love. Teach them to say, “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 18:24).

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

“His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5

Now That’s God

My Mom sent me a link to this in an email today.  She didn’t warn me that I would need tissues, so I’m warning you – have some on hand.  This story, true or not, touched my heart deeply and I felt led to share it with you.

It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. We had not seen rain in almost a month. The crops were dying. Cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long gone back into the earth. It was a dry season that would bankrupt several farmers before it was through.                                 

Every day, my husband and his brothers would go about the arduous process of trying to get water to the fields. Lately this process had involved taking a truck to the local water rendering plant and filling it up with water. But severe rationing had cut everyone off. If we didn’t see some rain soon…we would lose everything. It was on this day that I learned the true lesson of sharing and witnessed the only miracle I have seen with my own eyes.                                                                              

I was in the kitchen making lunch for my husband and his brothers when I saw my six-year-old son, Billy, walking toward the woods. He wasn’t walking with the usual carefree abandon of a youth but with a serious purpose. I could only see his back. He was obviously walking with a great effort … trying to be as still as possible. Minutes after he disappeared into the woods, he came running out again, toward the house. I went back to making sandwiches; thinking that whatever task he had been doing was completed. Moments later, however, he was once again walking in that slow purposeful stride toward the woods. This activity went on for an hour: walking carefully to the woods, running back to the house.                                                     

Finally I couldn’t take it any longer and I crept out of the house and followed him on his journey (being very careful not to be seen…as he was obviously doing important work and didn’t need his Mommy checking up on him). He was cupping both hands in front of him as he walked, being very careful not to spill the water he held in them … maybe two or three tablespoons were held in his tiny hands. I sneaked close as he went into the woods. Branches and thorns slapped his little face, but he did not try to avoid them. He had a much higher purpose. As I leaned in to spy on him, I saw the most amazing site.                      

Several large deer loomed in front of him. Billy walked right up to them. I almost screamed for him to get away. A huge buck with elaborate antlers was dangerously close. But the buck did not threaten him…he didn’t even move as Billy knelt down. And I saw a tiny fawn lying on the ground; obviously suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion, lift its head with great effort to lap up the water cupped in my beautiful boy’s hand. When the water was gone, Billy jumped up to run back to the house and I hid behind a tree.                                                            

I followed him back to the house to a spigot to which we had shut off the water. Billy opened it all the way up and a small trickle began to creep out. He knelt there, letting the drip, drip slowly fill up his makeshift “cup,” as the sun beat down on his little back. And it came clear to me: The trouble he had gotten into for playing with the hose the week before. The lecture he had received about the importance of not wasting water. The reason he didn’t ask me to help him. It took almost twenty minutes for the drops to fill his hands. When he stood up and began the trek back, I was there in front of him.  His little eyes just filled with tears. “I’m not wasting,” was all he said. As he began his walk, I joined him…with a small pot of water from the kitchen. I let him tend to the fawn. I stayed away. It was his job.                                                                             

I stood on the edge of the woods watching the most beautiful heart I have ever known working so hard to save another life. As the tears that rolled down my face began to hit the ground, other drops…and more drops…and more suddenly joined them. I looked up at the sky. It was as if God, himself, was weeping with pride.                                                            

Some will probably say that this was all just a huge coincidence. Those miracles don’t really exist. That it was bound to rain sometime. And I can’t argue with that… I’m not going to try. All I can say is that the rain that came that day saved our farm…just like the actions of one little boy saved another.                                                                                          

I don’t know if anyone will read this…but I had to send it out. To honor the memory of my beautiful Billy, who was taken from me much too soon… But not before showing me the true face of God, in a little, sunburned body.                                     

*~THAT’S GOD ~*

Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for?
THAT’S GOD! He speaks to you through the Holy Spirit
Have you ever been down and out and nobody seems to be around for you to talk to?
THAT’S GOD! He wants you to speak to Him.        

Have you ever been thinking about somebody that you haven’t seen in a long time and then next thing you know you see them or receive a phone call from them?
THAT’S GOD! There’s no such thing as coincidence.              

Have you ever received something wonderful that you didn’t even ask for, like money in the mail, a debt that had mysteriously been cleared, or a coupon to a department store where you had just seen something you wanted, but couldn’t afford.
THAT’S GOD. . He knows the desires of your heart. .             

Have you ever been in a situation and you had no clue how it is going to get better, but now you look back on it?
THAT’S GOD! He passes us through tribulation to see a brighter day.                                                                                          

Don’t tell GOD how Big your storm is.  Tell the storm how Big your GOD is!
HAVE A BLESSED DAY

What Color Crayon Are You?

I found this over at The Happy Wonderer and thought it was fun so I decided to participate too.  I’m a green crayon and even though my favorite color is purple, I like what it says about me so I’ll stick with the green. 

 

You Are a Green Crayon

Your world is colored in harmonious, peaceful, natural colors.
While some may associate green with money, you are one of the least materialistic people around.
Comfort is important to you. You like to feel as relaxed as possible – and you try to make others feel at ease.
You’re very happy with who you are, and it certainly shows!
Your color wheel opposite is red. Every time you feel grounded, a red person does their best to shake you.

 

What Color Crayon Are You?

Francis Manahan – Prayer Request

Dear friends, please lift Francis Manahan up in prayer.  He’s temporarily in Quaker Nursing Home, Woodstown, NJ as he’s had shingles and is trying to regain his strength.  His condition has weakened him and he could really use our prayers.

Heavenly Father, Master of the Universe, I come to you on behalf of Francis Manahan.  In the mighty name of Jesus we declare him healed of shingles and all the affects it has had on his body.  We send Your Holy Word out to him declaring healing and rebuking the enemy.  Father, Your Son Jesus, bore all sickness for all eternity on His back while on the cross so that we can walk in healing.  Through His death we have been given life and power and authority and so we bind the enemy and Your Word says that what ever we bind on earth will be bound in Heaven.  Every blood cell in Francis’ body carries life and healing to his organs, tissue, muscles and bones.  We praise You Father for Your love and mercy and thank You for sending Your only Son so that we may have life and have it more abundantly, in the matchless name of Jesus, we believe and receive Your healing, Amen.

De-cluttering My House Days 16-18

Okay, so maybe you are wondering if I’ve set aside my de-cluttering or perhaps even turned my back on it???  Well, I haven’t been productive this week in the way that I wanted, but God had something else in mind for me.  I have in fact been de-cluttering – as I said earlier in the week I’ve been going through my recorded shows on my DVR and what an absolute blessing that God put that on my heart to undertake.  I’ve been watching the Believers Voice Of Victory messages and got all of October and November caught up.  I can’t tell you how much I was able to learn and take hold of by watching them back to back.  I literally watched over 5 hours of messages every day the past 3 days and God has impressed some important messages upon me.  In a way, this is not just a cleaning up of my DVR, it’s a de-cluttering for my mind, spirit and soul.  God has been showing me that there is some junk stored up in there that needs to just get tossed out with yesterdays news and trash!  I’m standing on His Promises and Word and I’m being restored.  I was watching a message from Gloria Copeland and I want to share this word with you:  Don’t say “No I don’t have”, or “No its has not happened”, or “No I haven’t received”… Instead say, “I’m standing and believing that I am receiving…”  When someone asks you, “have you gotten that car yet?”, instead of saying, “no not yet”, say, “I’m believing that I have received that car”.  If they ask about that job you’ve applied for but haven’t heard about, don’t say “no they haven’t called me”, say, “I’m believing I have received that job”.  This message hit home and it hit hard.  I applied for a job back in November and have often times become discouraged and worried because I keep getting the same response, we haven’t begun interviewing for that position yet.  Well, I’ve prayed several times asking God for guidance, and to be blessed with this job and not be stressed out but then doubt creeps back in.  When friends have asked me if I’ve gotten the job yet, I would say no and I finally realized that every-time I do that I cancel my blessing.  Well no more, ask me if I’ve gotten that job yet and I’ll tell you “I’m believing I have received that job and God has it all under control!”

I’ve also been going through my email and clearing out my inbox but I’ve taken it a step further and have been unsubscribing from various companies that just crowd my inbox.  The Internet is a blessing, but sometimes when you order from a company, they begin to bombard you with their advertising.  I also decided to stop getting updates and alerts from ZDNet, NBC 10 and lots of other newsletters that I don’t really read anymore.

Well, it’s late and I don’t want sleep the day away so I’m going to close for now.  I want to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my blog, thank you for your prayers, your friendship and for bringing joy to my life.  I pray that God blesses you and your family, friends and loved ones.  May He give His angels charge over you and plant a hedge of protection around you, your finances, your health and your ministry.  May you walk in His Grace, Mercy and Love, may you have victory in all things and may you have fullness of joy all the days of your life.  I thank God, believe and receive all that I have asked of Him in the name of His precious Son, Jesus.Amen!

Aloha Friday – Week 17

 

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Kailani hosts this weekly meme and in her words:  In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing heavy or thought-provoking. If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants!

 

So here is my question for this week:

What book(s) are you reading right now?

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My daughter gave me a book for Christmas called Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.  When I read fiction, I usually stick to certain authors, but she thought i’d enjoy this book.  The story line is really good, it’s about a man at the end of his life in a nursing home and the circus comes and it brings back memories from when he worked in the circus.  The only problem I have with this book is when the language gets explicit, so I skip over those parts.  The author could have refrained from using profanity and still have a compelling story.

 

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I have read a lot of books by Max Lucado, he’s one of my favorite authors, but this must be his best ever.  The chapters are short, some are humorous and some sad but each one is thought provoking.  While each chapter tells a different story they all relate to Jesus and His last week on earth.  Lucado has a way of making you feel like you are right there, he transports you back in time and brings it all alive to you.

Make sure you head over to An Island Life and check out the other participants and their questions and be sure to leave a comment for Kailani!

 

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I keep this with me at all times.  It has 3 of Charles Capp’s books in one.  It has God’s Creative Power for Healing, God’s Creative Power for Finances and God’s Creative Power Will Work for You.  I highly recommend getting this and get extra copies to give as gifts.  Charles Capps taps into God’s Word to help us prosper financially, in our health and our lives. 

Favorite Ingredients Friday

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Overwhelmed With Joy hosts this weekly Meme and this weeks theme is Super Bowl Snacks.  Here are a few of my favorite snacks no matter what the occasion!  Make sure you visit OWJ to check out all the cool recipes!

Chili Cheese Dip    P1190049                                                          

I always have Velveeta cheese, canned chili, cream cheese and Rotele in the house.  I like to make Chili-Cheese Dip and serve with Tortilla Chips, or I’ll take flour Tortilla’s and warm them in the microwave and cut them into trips to dunk in the Cheese Dip.

Ingredients:

1 can Rotele (you can substitute salsa)

1 lb. Velveeta cubed

2 cans Chili with beans

1 package Cream Cheese cubed

Directions:

In a medium sauce pan add Chili and Rotele and stir over a medium heat.  Once Chili starts to heat up, add the cubed Velveeta and place the lid on the pan.  Check every few minutes and when cheese is mostly melted, add cubed Cream cheese, stir to combine and reduce to low heat.  Stir regularly until everything is well combined, cheeses have melted and consistency is smooth and creamy.

* on a few occasions I have been out of chili and I’ve substituted refried beans and sometimes I’ll add a plop of Sour Cream once I place the Dip in the bowl.

Bacon Wrapped Dates

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What You Need:

Pitted Dates (you can also use fresh dates if you prefer and pit them yourself) – I recommend getting a 16oz container of the Dates.  You can usually find them in the produce section with the dried fruit and nuts, just make sure they are whole pitted Dates and make sure you check the ‘use by’ date to insure freshness.  I haven’t done a lot of experimenting with this recipe, but as I’m writing this, I’m getting the idea to try using other fruits like Apricot and Mango.

Bacon – A 1 lb. package of bacon.  You can use fresh or pre-cooked bacon, avoid the wide cut bacon.  If you are using fresh, make sure you look for bacon with more meat than fat.  With fresh bacon, take 1 strip of bacon and cut it in half and wrap around the date, if this overlaps too much, cut the rest of the strips into thirds.  With pre-cooked bacon you might be able to cut the strips in half, sometimes I have found depending on the brand I pick up, I have to use a whole strip (when I use Hormel from Sam’s Cub I can cut the strips in half).  Also note that fresh bacon takes a little longer to cook and requires placing a wire rack on the cookie sheet before placing the wrapped dates on the sheet to keep the dates from absorbing too much of the grease.  I prefer using pre-cooked bacon because it’s faster, has less grease and it’s quicker to clean up after.  I know that some people prefer to use Turkey bacon, but I haven’t tried it yet so I don’t know how it would turn out – but just for kicks, I’ll have to test it out!

Cookie Sheets – (1-2 depending on the size of your cookie sheet and number of guests you are cooking for)                                                                             Parchment Paper – (this is optional, you can line your cookie sheet with it to help absorb some of the grease)                                                                                Wooden Toothpicks – (avoid the kind with the colored cellophane on the tips)                                                                                                                  Paper Towels or Brown Paper Bag – (to help blot some of the grease after you remove cooked dates from the oven)

How To Prepare:

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  If you are using fresh bacon, cut the strips in half.  If you are using pre-cooked bacon, cut the strips in half if possible.  Sometimes you can’t get 2 pieces out of one strip depending on how they packaged it. (but you don’t need all that bacon for one date either, so I trim some of the excess and save it for topping off salads, or use them in omelettes).

Wrap each date in bacon as you would a pig in a blanket and then use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.

If you are using fresh bacon, I recommend laying a wire cooling rack on top of the cookie sheet, then place the dates on the rack – leave just enough room between dates so they don’t touch.

If you are using pre-cooked bacon you can use parchment paper, however it is not mandatory and there is no need to use the racks.

Place in oven and cook until bacon is crisp – approximately 15-20 minutes for fresh, 7-10 for pre-cooked.  The times will vary depending on your use of fresh or pre-cooked and your ovens.  You can increase the oven temperature to speed up the crisping process.  I don’t recommend using the broiler because the intense heat causing grease splatter and smoking.

Plum Dipping Sauce – optional

by the Editors of Easy Home Cooking Magazine

Yield: Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients:

2/3 cup plum sauce  (check your grocery store’s Specialty or Ethnic food aisles)

2 green onions (scallions) with tops, sliced thinly

3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar or cider vinegar

1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger

1 tablespoon honey

3 to 4 drops hot chili oil (optional)

Preparation:

1. Combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.

*****  You can also stuff the date with Blue Cheese prior to wrapping it with bacon – yummy!!

Pepperoni Bread

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I make my Pepperoni Bread a few different ways depending on how much time I have to prepare the bread, and how many I’m making.  You can use store bought bread or pizza dough to save you time and canned pizza dough works great too!  Sometimes, your local Pizzerias will even sell you some of their pizza dough!  for this Tapas Tuesday, I’m making my own dough.

What You Need:

Pizza Dough (if making your own dough)

3 cups of flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup warm water (should be 85-115 degrees,  should be very warm but not hot to the touch)
1 package dry yeast
2 tablespoons olive oil ( I like using Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
1 tablespoon honey (optional, but it gives the dough a great taste)
3/4 cup water

Filling

1 pound slicing Pepperoni – thinly sliced (available at the deli counter)                                                                                                                2 – 8 ounce packages of shredded Mozzarella cheese (fresh is nice, but pre-packaged is just fine)                                                                                                          1/2 pound Provolone Cheese – thinly sliced                                                            Garlic Powder                                                                                                                              Italian Seasoning                                                                                                  Extra Virgin Olive Oil                                                                                      

Finely Chopped Fresh Basil (this is optional, you can use dried Basil if you prefer)

Combine salt and flour. Dissolve the yeast in warm water; let sit for 10 minutes.  Add 1/2 of the oil, honey, water, and yeast mixture to the flour  and stir, then add the rest of  the liquid and stir.  Flour your hands and then knead the dough for 5 minutes.  Take the bowl you stirred the dough in, place a little Olive Oil in the bowl and swirl it around coating it.  Place the dough back into the bowl flip it over once or twice to coat with the oil, and then cover it with a damp paper towel.  Let the dough rest in a warm place for an hour.  Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Stretch and roll out the dough on a floured surface. 

Lightly drizzle some Olive Oil over the surface of the dough and using your hands spread it over the entire surface of the dough.  Now sprinkle Garlic Powder over the surface to taste.  Now take about 1 teaspoon of Italian Seasoning and place it in your palm.  Cover the seasoning with your other hand and roll the seasoning back and forth between your hands to grind the spices and sprinkle over the dough.  The oil on your hands and the friction you create by rubbing your hands together brings out the flavors of the spices.  I do this anytime I use a dried herb.  Now starting at one end, lay the pepperoni over the dough end to end until you’ve covered the entire surface leaving a border of dough of about 1/2 inch.  Now lay your sliced of Provolone cheese over the pepperoni, you don’t need to cover the entire surface, just make sure you space them evenly.  Finally, top it all off with your Mozzarella Cheese.  Once you’re done that, start at one end (if you want a short fat roll, start at a narrow end, if you want a longer narrow roll, start at a wider end – note that the short fat roll takes a little longer to cook) and then slowly begin to fold up the edge and begin to roll it towards the other end like you’re making a Jelly Roll.  Once you’ve done that, pinch the ends together and tuck them inside the roll a bit.  Lightly pinch the dough together and place it pinched side down on and ungreased cookie sheet.  Take a sharp knife and cut about 4-5 even spaced slits about 1/2 inch long to allow the heat to escape and to keep your dough from puffing up too much.

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Place in oven for about 15-25 minutes or until dough is just about golden brown.  Remove from oven and let cool for about 20 minutes, slice and serve with warm marina sauce.  My family likes it without the marina sauce too!

You can get really creative with your filling – you don’t have to use Pepperoni, try some Genoa Salami or try something else.  Prep your dough as listed above, drizzle your oil and spices over the dough and instead of using Pepperoni and Mozzarella, try some of my favorites below or think up your own.  Some of the ideas below don’t require you to oil the dough – it’s up to your taste preferences, and some don’t need Italian Seasoning, use your favorite spices!

Broccoli and Swiss Cheese (I use thawed chopped broccoli and top with Swiss cheese)

Cheddar Jack Cheese ( I get the cheese at the deli counter sliced thin and just layer lots of it on the dough – yummy and gooey)

Spinach, Mushrooms, Bacon and Swiss Cheese (I use thawed chopped spinach and saute with bacon and mushrooms and top with Swiss)

Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese (I shred boneless buffalo bites and toss them in blue cheese dressing then spread over the dough – mmm, mmm, mmm)

Roasted Veggies and Parmesan (roast up your favorite veggies in the oven by chopping them, drizzle some EVOO over them, sprinkle with salt and pepper and garlic powder and toss them – roast for about 20 min’s in a 400 degree oven then spread over the dough and sprinkle a generous amount of Parmesiano Reggiano or my favorite Locattele cheese and bake)

Bacon and Eggs (simply scramble up some eggs and chopped bacon and spread over the dough.  top it off with your favorite cheese – I like cheddar and swiss – yummy)

Thursday Thirteen 13th Edition

snowflake-tt.jpgOh my goodness, it’s my 13th edition for Thursday Thirteen, I’m feeling the pressure…I’ve been trying to come up with something creative and interesting and thought provoking but I’m coming up with zilch, zero, nada, bubkis (spelled wrong??).  After much thought I’ve decided to list 13 of my favorite board, Internet, card or television games.  I know this isn’t the greatest TT, but I added pretty graphics to make it look good!!  LOL

scrabbleLuxuryEdition Scrabble – I like playing with friends and online.  I  like playing with at least 2 other people because the game doesn’t drag on for hours – I’ll never forget the time my best friend came up with the word Zygote – we’d been playing for a long time and most of the tiles were on the board and out of nowhere her face lit up she peeked in the dictionary and was so proud of herself for using her Z she made me take a picture of her big scoring word!  That was a good night!

spider solitaire Spider Solitaire – I really like this game, I play at least once a day.  I usually play with 2 suits, and on occasion I have played with all 4 suits.  I actually won 1 time on the hard level, but medium is less frustrating and more fun to me

cranium Cranium – My daughter’s boyfriend brought this over one night and it was so much fun the whole family enjoyed it.  This is a great game!

zuma Zuma Deluxe – I discovered this online a few years ago and sometimes I find myself playing for over an hour…

gin Gin Rummy- When I was in my teens and living in Maryland one of my friends taught me how to play and I would go over her house on Saturday’s and play with her whole family – so much fun.

tripoley Tripoley – My Mom and Dad would have friends over on Friday nights and they would set out all their pennies, snacks and plenty of “beverages” and play till the wee hours of the morning.  I loved watching them play and when I got older it was one of the first games I bought to play with my friends.

jeopardy Jeopardy – Every Monday – Friday our whole family gathers in front of the TV and shout out the answers to the questions.   If we could combine our answers we’d be the champions of the world!!

sudoku Sudoku – Can we say totally addicted?  I have books everywhere and even play online!

ttt Tic-Tac-Toe – Who doesn’t love this classic?

Dots – When I was a kid I would spend hours creating dot grids in my favorite color pen (purple of course) and whenever we would have field trips or friends would come over or even at lunch time we would play – I hated to lose at this game!

texas holdem Texas Hold’em – I’ve never played this with live people, only online, but I love it.  I like watching it on TV too! 

parcheesi Parcheesi – This was one of my favorite board games as a child, and it still is to this day!

freecell Freecell – This is probably one of the first games I got hooked on when we got our first computer, it’s more fun now than back then because computers are so much faster now.

Works For Me Wednesday – Conversion Chart

 

wfmwsmall I noticed that I still had a 2007 calendar on my fridge so I thought I would check out the reverse side before I tossed it out and found this handy dandy little conversion chart.  I decided to scan it into my computer so I can still toss it out, and I’ll have it as a quick reference right in my documents if I ever need it in the future.  I killed 2 birds with one stone here, I decluttered my fridge and since it’s in my computer it isn’t going to take up space anywhere but my pc!

I know it’s a bit hard to read but I saved it as a word document that can be resized and printed so if anyone would like one, just let me know and I’ll be happy to email it to you.

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De-cluttering My House Day 15

I didn’t tackle anything on my list today, but I still did some de-cluttering today – on my DVR.  I love my DVR and I have several shows set up to record like Kenneth Copeland’s Believers Voice Of Victory, Zola Levitt Ministries, Prophecy Study Bible, Changing Your World and In Touch Ministries.  The only problem is that I don’t stay on top of them and I am really, really, really backed up – I have about 100 episodes all together that need to be watched!  I don’t really watch a lot of tv anymore and I keep forgetting that I have these shows set up to record.

So, today I didn’t feel like going anywhere or doing anything because I still have a headache and it’s been raining and it’s cold so I decided to watch some of the stuff I recorded.  I watched 3 episodes of BVOV today, so I figure that counts for de-cluttering.  I’m adding my DVR to the list and I figure since I have 5 shows I record Monday – Friday, I will need to watch at least 6 episodes every day (including weekends).  That means that I should be caught up sometime in May – unless I cash in on the sleepless nights courtesy of Menopause, then I could be done before the end of this month!!!!! LOL.

Prayer Update – Rapheal

Dear prayer partners, back in October 2007 I posted a prayer request for Betti and her son Raphael and today I received a request from Betti to once again lift her son up in prayer.

Raphael is three years old and has been diagnosed with a blood disease and he needs our prayers. 

Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus, I command Raphael’s blood cells to destroy every disease, germ and virus that tries to inhabit his body.  I command every cell in his body to perform normally.  Every cell that does not promote life and health in Raphael’s body is cut off from its life source.  His immune system will not allow any disease to live in his blood and he is redeemed from the curse of the law.  The spirit and life of God’s Word flows through Raphael cleansing his blood of every disease and impurity.  That which God has not planted is dissolved and rooted out of his body in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Aloha Friday – Week 16

 

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Kailani over at An Island Life has a new Meme.  I’m a bit late posting this one but I plan on being on time for this coming Friday.  Here’s how it works: I post a question and you answer here by commenting.  If you want to play, post your question along with your answers on your site, then head on over to Aloha Friday and add your link.  Show some linky love on your blogs by using the button above and linking to An Island Life and don’t forget to visit the other participants as well.  If you don’t have a blog but still want to play, just add your comment and put your question with your answers there.

So here’s my question this week:

 

What 5 words would you use to describe yourself?

Mine would be:

Loving

Funny

Caring

Thoughtful

Friend

Valentine’s Day Swap

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Kailani over at An Island Life is hosting a Valentine’s Day Swap – isn’t that a “sweet” idea!!!  I am participating and wanted to give you a chance to get in on the fun too, so here’s how it works:

  • If you’d like to participate, head over to An Island Life and then leave her a comment letting her know that you’d like to participate and whether you prefer a U.S. partner or are open to anyone world-wide. Then add your link to the Mr. Linky. You have until January 31st to sign-up.
  • If you do sign-up, please make sure that you’re able to commit to participating. It’s kind of a bummer to send out a package and not receive one in return.
  • On February 1st, she will be announcing your swap partners so make sure she has your email address.
  • It is your responsibility to contact your partner and exchange mailing addresses. Please take some time to get to know each other. This is a great opportunity to make a new blogging friend!
  • In order to try and get to know each other better, Kailani has posted a questionnaire in hopes we can learn a little more about you. You can post your answers on your blog or in comments.
  • Try to send out your packages asap to ensure that your partner gets theirs on/before Valentines Day.
  • You should try to spend somewhere between $8 – $10, not including shipping charges.
  • Once you’ve received your goodies, don’t forget to post pictures so we can all see what you got!
  • Have Fun!

De-cluttering My House Day 14

Well, today is MLK Day which means the kids are home from school and the hubby has off from work.  Now go ahead ask me if I got any de-cluttering done today, go ahead ask me – I double dog dare you!!!  NO, I didn’t get anything done today which upsets me because I wanted to do something, even if it was just a little thing.

I did get some clutter out of my house last night however – my daughter came to visit so I gave her the afghan that has been taking up room on the floor by my bed, and, she took the baby shower gift for Eileen (one of her college suite-mates who’s expecting her first baby) which also was taking up quite a bit of room on a bookshelf in my bedroom so I figure that has to count for something!  Both of these were in big bags and took up a bit of room and with them gone I now have a neater looking bookshelf and no big pink bag on the floor by my nightstand.

I should have taken a picture of the baby shower gift bag to post on my blog, but I did take a picture of my daughter and her boyfriend holding the afghan I made – big isn’t it?  P1200051 and yes her boyfriend is really tall!

Help Jess Reach Her Goal!

jess.jpg  Jess, my daughter from another mother (my daughter met her in college and we informally adopted her into our heart and family) has accepted the challenge to walk in the Avon Walk For Breast Cancer this May in Boston.  Jess is a Public Health Grad student at Boston University and she is eager to get ready for this walk!  In addition to getting prepared physically, she needs to raise $1800 so I am posting a link to her page and asking for your help and support.

Jess sent out an email with the following information and I wanted to share it with you:

“Did you know that every three minutes, another woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer? I didn’t, and I was shocked to learn how prevalent this horrible disease has become in this country.  I am eager to get started with my fundraising and I need your support! I have pledged to raise money for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as part of my participation in the walk. Your contribution will help to support medical research into the possible causes of and cure for breast cancer, education and early detection programs, and clinical care and support services for women with breast cancer in communities across the country. There is a special focus on helping medically undeserved women, the poor, minorities, the elderly, or those with inadequate health insurance. And much of the money granted by the Foundation goes back to the communities where it was raised, supporting everything from local grassroots programs to national organizations. This is my first initiative as a new Public Health student and I really appreciate your support!”

If you would like to help Jess meet her goal and support Breast Cancer Research, click on the button below and it will take you right to Jess’s page!  I would also appreciate it if you could pass the word along through your blog, email or word of mouth.

Thank you and God bless you!

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MP3 Giveaway at 5MFM

 

5MFM in cooperation with Best Buy is giving away a free Insignia® – Pilot 4GB Video MP3 Player with Bluetooth Technology insignia-4gb-mp3 and a set of Insignia® – Bluetooth Wireless Behind-the-Head Headphones!    insignia-headphones To learn more and enter, click here

If you don’t have a blog, they understand you can’t link back, but they do ask that you please spread the word amongst your friends via email and let them know you are doing so when you submit your comment on their site!

This contest is open to both US and Canadian shipping addresses!

5MFM will announce the winner on Tuesday, February 5th. Please remember to check back at their site to see if you won and check your email (including your junk mail folder).