Friday, January 30, 2009
Oh where, oh where has Pete’s Aggie ring gone?
Oh where, oh where can it be?
We’ve searched high and low, backtracked our steps
And still wind up empty-handedly.
Come back, come back dear old Aggie ring,
Come back to Pete quickly!
We are not the same without you in our lives
And by our sides faithfully.
This is a picture of a great accomplishment taken at Thanksgiving when my nephew, Matt, who is a senior at Texas A&M University was home. He had just gotten his senior Aggie ring, something we Aggies take very seriously. Now Matt could join Pete and I as proudful owners of not only a beautiful gold ring, but a symbol and reminder of the wonderful time spent at A&M. When Pete and I got married, he didn't have an Aggie ring. I was astounded, yet understood that he hadn't had the extra money to buy the expensive ring. My parents had bought mine, and since Pete's parents are deceased, they were unable to buy him the ring. It really saddened me that he didn't have the ring he so deserved. I was still teaching at the time, so I took it upon myself to get Pete an Aggie ring. I had to be real sneaky when I got all the necessary information that was needed to order it, but I knew it would be well worth it. I even bought a special box to put the ring in as an added bonus. Pete was so surprised and he has worn it on special occasions for the ten years he has had it. Until now. I am saddened to say that the ring is missing. The last time Pete wore the big hunk of gold was before he went on his business trip. We have searched high and low, through things unimagineable and still haven't found the prized possession. Pete has put ads on-line and even registered through A&M's lost Aggie ring web-site (lots of heart-warming stories there). Well I hope WE have a heart-warming story to tell, so please pray for us that we may find Pete's ring.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Around the World
I travelled the oceans far and wide
from sea to shining sea,
swam with the dolphins
surfed big waves
lolled in the sun happily.
I climbed mountains high
in cold and rain
from plateau to snow-capped peak,
skiied up and down through twists and turns
each experience, bold and unique.
You, too, can journey this big wide world;
see creatures and vista's nooks,
just find a spot to relax awhile
and get lost in your favorite book.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
This is a picture of my critique group. We meet once a month to share our progress, review each other's projects and simply chat. A common bond we have, the four of us, and although we are different in so many ways, this deep bond~the love of writing~unites us and brings us together. I look forward to our meetings and am so thankful we have been drawn together during this time of our lives. I hope these special ladies know how much of an inspiration they are to me.
Friday, January 23, 2009
"The kids will be upset you didn't get to tell them goodbye," I said as he rushed out the door.
"I know- there's not enough time..they'll understand. I'll call you this evening."
Well, when I picked the children up from school, they were very sad- in fact Katie started crying (I think she is reaching that hormonal/emotional roller-coaster age, but that's a story for another time). So I have done my best to make this time without dad as fun as possible.
We've been going out to eat. The first night we went to Luby's and I was quite surprised at how much the kid's meals had gone down in price. The four of us ate there for $15.25! Last night we had Taco Bell for @$12.00. I was much too tired to cook after teaching preschool art all day. The funny thing is that I had gone to the store before Pete left and had been planning on making homemade lasagne as a surprise. I guess that will be his welcome home meal! Today is Friday, and I told the kids I would take them bowling after school. They are so excited. Since they have been bowling so much on the Wii, they want to see if they have improved in real life...we'll see.
Anyway, we are trying to pass the time without daddy quickly and haven't even felt the urge to get a new pet (the kids and I got Jake as a puppy when Pete was in Greece)...yet.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
By 11:45, while engrossed in the presidential inaguaration, Nicholas looked at me and said, "I think I'm better now. Let's go do something." He had enjoyed the music played by the trio and written specifically for this occasion, which he called "Japanese"- don't ask me why, but by the time we got to the poet (which of course was the highlight for me) he had had enough.
I looked at him and said, "You really didn't feel that bad this morning did you?"
He answered, "Well, no. But it's just like the olden days isn't it?"
I gave him a big hug and said, "Yes it is. I have a secret for you, too- I really didn't want to go to work either."
So we popped some popcorn and watched the rest of the inaguaration until it was time to go get Katie and Andrew, and just like the olden days, we took the DVD player for the car and the same movie we took everyday last year, and watched it while we waited for school to let out. Oh how I love days like this!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
So I had a little conversation with Pete who knows the guy and asked him to please find out what the deal was. Pete hinted to the guy that the pillow was very important to Ms. Angelle and asked him to at least call her and tell her if he needed a pillow. Well, he did and not long after that, an exuberant and joyful Ms. Angelle called to tell me the sweet young man hadn't robbed her after all. He had just needed to borrow it. She was so happy not to feel used, that she found two pillows that she had never even gotten out of the package and put some fancy high thread count pillowcases on them for the poor young guy. I sure do hope he stops by to at least give her the chance to tell him goodbye.
We never really know how important we are to other people.
1. Never play WII bowling right after you put hand lotion on.
2. Don't freak out when you hear your boys say, "I killed all those roaches for you." They are probably just playing the computer game, Spiderwick Chronicles and referring to the bad guys.
3. If your daughter spends the night with a couple of her friends, don't let her go over to her grandmother's house the next day. She'll probably take a LONG nap and wake up very cranky and disoriented!
4. Never serve crispy french bread after you spent all day cleaning the house (don't keep the dogs outside all day either- they'll just track in dirt).
5. Or, better yet- why clean the house when you have three kids and two dogs?
Perhaps the most important thing I was reminded of today is to enjoy every minute of everyday with your children and family- you just never know what tomorrow might bring. (I miss you Mary).
What did you do today, on this MLK day, to follow your dream?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Today after I gave Jeni the "Sisterhood award" cardinals started appearing in my backyard! I am not talking about just one or two cardinals. No- there were many more. Male and female cardinals were all over the place- on the ground, in the trees, on the powerlines, on my fence, grill and patio furniture. I have never seen so many cardinals in my yard at the same time- the bird feeder was even empty! Can you believe these red birds let me take their pictures, too? Usually when I want to get a picture, the beautiful bird flies away before I can get it. But today I was able to capture quite a few of the cardinals. I posted some of them. At first, I took a few pictures from inside (here's one)...
Friday, January 16, 2009
I was on a plane from College Station to Lubbock to visit friends. The UT/Texas Tech game was that weekend, so their were a lot of other college-aged kids on the plane also. I situated myself in my window seat over the left wing and put my headphones on to listen to music. We had been in the air for a little bit, when I noticed something fly off the wing. The businessman behind me noticed, also. He tapped on my shoulder and asked me if I saw that, and when I said I did, we told the flight attendant. The pilot made an emergency landing at DFW airport, where we were layed over for several hours. When we got back on board, the pilot shared with us we had gone through a flock of birds! "Free drinks for everyone!" He said to calm our nerves and compensate for the inconvience. I remember a sweet old lady who was petrified to get back on that plane, but did so she could see her grandchildren (the free drinks sure did help her). The rest of the flight and weekend was fun. The incident made the news and I was (and especially am today) grateful we had made it to Lubbock safely.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I have been praying and meditating more, though. In fact between the WII fit yoga and my meditation exercises, I have started having muscle spasms in my chest. The first night, I thought I was having heart palpitations, but by the second night Pete assured me they were muscle spasms. I sure am glad I didn't have to keep waking him up like I so often do. So, you see, I have done half of what I want to do for the new year, but I guess it's okay. New habits take a while to form and old habits die hard, right?
The good news is that I received this wonderful sisterhood award from my friend and fellow poet Rachel over at . If you haven't already, please check out her blog at www.homemakerslibrary.blogspot.com . It's one of the one's I visit regularly and I love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am so honored to receive my first fellow blog award.
P.S. I will be passing along the award to a new recipient within the next couple of days. If you are interested, please leave me a comment and let me know.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wish me luck. What could have happened before the holidays did, plus more. Let's see- where do I begin?
1. The first day's lesson required GLITTER, cotton balls and glue. Need I say more?
2. Oh, the last class of the day had a glitter party on their own accord- art is so fun.
3. The next day we dealt with paint and an unhappy coworker (- I forgot about working with a lot of women).
4. Then there was the day I had the big bucket of soapy water for the little kiddos to wash their hands in that was accidentally spilled all over the floor (last class again).
Yet, I am very optimistic about my day today because I have had a nice refreshing break and have been praying constantly. I love the kids and they love me- isn't that all that really matters anyway?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
"Hello?" said a female voice.
"Uh, is this the library?" I asked.
"No. Wrong number."
I hung up and looked at the number again. It looked like the one I just dialed, but maybe I pressed a wrong number or something. I dialed again.
"Hello," said the same voice.
"Ooh. I guess the phonebook made an error. I'm so sorry," I began.
"No. This has been going on for a long time. I have tried to get them to correct the error, but it never gets changed."
"So you must get a lot of calls for the library. Do you know the number?" I thought I'd ask.
"No. I used to have a library card, but I don't know where it's at."
"Well, maybe you should write a letter to the phone company this time, with your signature on it, stating that the main library number is listed wrong and it's your number." I couldn't think of anything else to say.
"Yeah. I might try that."
"Bye," I said as I hung up. I proceeded to look for the number in another phonebook, and after checking three different ones, I found they all had that number! The other number they listed was out of order. I finally had to call information to get the number to the neighborhood library. I wrote it on our cards with a big marker so we won't ever have to do that again. Then I had to come and blog about another quirky library story. Some things never change.
I need help! Does anyone out there know anything about this and have some suggestions? I would greatly appreciate some advice.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
A way I
Plan to feel this year.
Part of that may come this
Year from praying through my fear.
Next I hope to
Exercise each day and
Walk the blues away.
Yesterday and tommorow I won't
Ever fret or make a mess
Regrets, I will love more, worry less.