Saturday, November 28, 2009

Well, Thanksgiving is over. It's on to Christmas! Hope you saved lots of $$ on Black Friday. I did! Had a great time shopping. I got a Down comforter for $29.99, was $129.99. Thought that was a good deal! Feel free to comment on what you saved on during your shopping spree.
Until later............

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have all of your family around and that all of you are happy and healthy. God has been good to all of us and let us all remember to tell him how much we love and thank him for all of his Blessings!

Tom Turkey, food, family, and fun, it's all good!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A Christmas Eve Snowfall

An original poem by: Freida Thomas

It’s Christmas Eve tonight,
The tree is all aglow with its white bright lights.
Songs of Christmas are playing on the radio real low,
the wood has been chopped, the fire has been stoked.
Alone, I sit sipping on hot cocoa and snuggled in my robe,
my friend is in my lap purring, I feel as if I’m the only one on the globe.
I’m here, yet my thoughts are straying to days gone by,
days when my true love was here by my side.
He loved snow on Christmas Eve, and always told me so,
He’d say, “Honey I love you so much, and I’d love it to snow!”
“It’s beautiful and flawless like just like you, perfect in every way,”
How wonderful it was to know he loved me and made me feel special every day.
Life’s not fair, why was he taken so soon?
From a wife who adored him and thought he had hung the moon.
I feel his love for me now, though I know he’s gone.
If it would just snow tonight, I would feel as though he had come home, you see
to enjoy the snowfall and to share another Christmas Eve with me.
I got up and checked the door, then walked to the window to see,
and sure enough it was snowing, it was hard for me to believe.
Small white snowflakes were falling, delicate and beautiful it had dressed the trees,
My love had come home again this Christmas Eve, just to see me!
As I went to bed, my heart was lighter, my tears had dried,
my true love was here with me, once more by my side.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Visit link for Slide Show of Fall Foliage

A friend of mine from Associated Content posted a slide show of Fall Foliage made on their recent travels. Visit the link and meditate on God's Beautiful Creations as you view it.
Have a great day!

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10 minute, no-equipment workout

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009
The 10-minute, no-equipment workout
By MEGAN K. SCOTT - The Associated Press

It's November 10. Thanksgiving is in two weeks, followed by holiday parties, shopping and stress. Who has time for a workout?

No need to spend 30 minutes slogging away on the elliptical or making the rounds on the weight machines.

Here's a 10-minute no-equipment program that works the entire body from Peter Park, fitness expert for and Lance Armstrong's strength and conditioning coach.
Reverse crunch
Negative push up

CLICK link at the top of page for photos!

Note: Park recommends doing the workout twice a day for better posture, a stronger core and a balanced body.


1. Chair pose (This works the lower back, hamstrings): Stand with your feet 6 inches apart. Bend your knees slightly and push your hips back. Lift your arms up above your head as high as possible while looking straight ahead. Keep your weight on your heels. Hold the pose for 30 seconds.

2. Glute bridge: Lie on your back with your arms at your side, palms down by your hips, knees bent at 90 degrees. Your feet should be 6 inches apart and flat on the floor. Push up through your heels to lift your hips as high as possible while squeezing the glute muscles. Hold for 15 seconds. Then lower. Repeat four times.

3. Plank (for your abs, core): Lie flat on your stomach with your toes touching the floor. Place your elbows directly under your shoulders with your forearms flat on the ground. Using your abs, lift your hips in the air until your body is parallel to the floor in a push-up position. Squeeze your glutes and brace your abdominals while holding a rigid plank position. Hold for 30 seconds. Then lower. Repeat.

4. Back extension (for the lower back): Lie flat on your stomach, your arms at your sides, with your legs extended straight behind you, heels touching and toes on the floor. Squeeze legs together. Press your elbows into your ribcage. Lift your hands off the floor. Raise your chest into the air while keeping your feet on the ground. Then lower. Do 2 sets of 15 repetitions. On the last rep of each set, hold the highest position possible for an additional 15 seconds.

5. Hip flexor stretch (for the hip flexors, quads): Step into a long lunge. Lift arms straight above your head and extend them back slightly. Bend your torso back and away from the rear leg to stretch the side of the body. Hold for 30 seconds. Do the same on the other side.

6. Wall squat (legs): Press your back flat against a wall, legs shoulder width apart. Slide down until knees are bent about 90 degrees. Keep your upper back against the wall and raise your arms completely above your head. Keep your head, back and arms firmly against the wall. Hold for 45 seconds.

7. Negative push up (arms): Move into the plank position, and slowly lower body evenly to the ground, holding strong through the core. The negative push up should take 15 seconds from top to bottom, in a constant slow motion.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Does the word Hospitality scare you? It does me. To be hospitable to me has always conjured up images of having to be "perfect", meaning having to have a nice, clean house, using the best china, and being the best cook. I know this comes from insecurity and a general lack of self esteem. Feeling that I'm never "good enough". But I've been thinking about what God considered hospitable in the Bible. Do you remember the story of the woman at the well, who simply gave Jesus a "sip of water". This wasn't much, but I'm sure it meant alot to Jesus who was thirsty. A simply kind gesture is hospitality.

What about when Jesus was at the home of Martha and Mary? True, Martha opened up her home to him, but it was Mary who sat at Jesus feet and listened to him and spent time with him. Martha was too busy working and preparing the meal. Jesus considered what Mary did, as the most hospitable gesture. For the complete story read, Luke Chapter 10.

While these are just 2 of the many instances in the Bible where hospitality is practiced, it makes me rethink my old definition of hospitality.

Maybe I just need to be "me" and not worry about appearances when someone visits my home. All I need to do is spend time with them and not apologize for how the house looks, or how the meal tastes. Hospitality should be only about making people feel comfortable around you and in your home. All the other "stuff" doesn't matter.

I'm going to make a true effort to me more hospitable in the coming new year. Think about this and ask yourself, are you truly practicing hospitality or are you worrying about what other people think about how you measure up?

Until later........... Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Save $$ on Dining Out!

From: Real Simple Magazine

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Katie Brown - Where's Katie

Katie Brown - Where's Katie

Click on this to get instructions from Katie's website on how to make a beautiful edible centerpiece that everyone will love. Very simple to put together.

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