Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Much, much better!

Yikes! Figured I'd better post or you might think I'd been committed! :) I am in a much better frame of mind. In fact, I was better by Friday night, and pretty much back to normal on Saturday. It helped that I spent time with some of my favorite family members (my daughter, my niece Jen and her twin baby girls, and my sisters) AND that we went tag sale-ing...that word does not look RIGHT as saling...but I guess it IS. Wierd. English can be wierd at times!!!

Anyhow, I am done work for 10 days, then go back for a 3 week summer session, then off for a month. Have NO idea how I am gonna manage rent, bills, etc. But nonetheless, am looking forward to some time off!

Speaking of which, we head out early tomorrow morning for a 5 day jaunt to NH, to visit our dear friends (and Shao's godparents.) Can't wait to BE there, and relax! :)


Friday, June 19, 2009

Tough day I am struggling. I have been crying pretty much all day. I am so tired. I want to lay down and give up the fight. I feel like a camel, who's had one straw too many loaded on, and is broken now. So many little things, all coalescing into hopelessness.

Aiyiyi...gotta go to work now. Only a few more days, then I will be off. School is over next Wednesday. Thankfully, I will be working 20 hours a week most of the summer, and collecting unemployment when I don't work. But since I am not making it NOW, I am definitely NOT going to make it this summer. I am going into it owing all kinds of money. Not a pretty sight...and neither am I, today. Red eyes, snotty nose, and sadness. Oh, dear. Well...I SAID this was going to be a reality blog. So here it is. To make it worse, my girl is not coming home until late tonight. I miss her, unlike many parents who breathe a sigh of relief to get time off. I would rather have her here. My sweet, sweet girl. SHE'S the reason I get up every morning. Right now she is in a white stretch limo, headed to a shopping mall, then out to dinner, with a bunch of girls. How's that for a 13th birthday party? I can't wait to hear all about it. :)

Sorry for the blahs...I don't usually have them...but I am just feeling a bit hopeless today.


Thursday, June 11, 2009


Couldn't resist sending these along! :)

Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services.

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus.'

Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.

The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care much about you.

Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.

Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.

The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing: 'Break Forth Into Joy.'

Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.

A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?' Come early and listen to our choir practice.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.

The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.

This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.

Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.

The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.

Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.

The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.

Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.

The Associate Minister unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan Last Sunday: ''I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours”

Remember..."laughter doeth good like a medicine!"


This and that

Nothing much new going on here. Same old, same old. ALTHOUGH...I AM cleaning the house!! Not that I NEVER do that...but I am ORGANIZING! FILING! Actually unpacking and settling in! WHAT?!? What's that, you ask? When did we move? Oh, well. Umm. Well...ah, almost 2 years ago! :) But to my credit (alright, NOT my credit, but DEFENSE, okay?!?!) I no longer have 20 or 30 boxes piled up in various rooms of the house, waiting to either be gone through or put up into the attic! AND, I might add, I HAVEN'T had any (or more than a few, from time to time) for at least..well...probably 9 months? So there! :)

I FINALLY got around to straightening up the small back bedroom, actually setting up files and filing away all the boxed paperwork, etc. It's beginning to look like a room! Of course, you cannot sit on the bed. But not because of junk. Unless you consider stuffed animals junk. Hey, watch it! These are my special fuzzy friends! Yeah, I cannot bring myself to get rid of them. I have purged a few...a very few. The rest? Hey, their part of the family. No can do. Maybe some day. Until then, they sit on the daybed in the backroom, reminding me of when Shao was tiny. Most have a story. Many are Panda bears. Some I bought before she even came home. The large fluffy duck waited in her bassinette for a year, along with her bunny Bun-Bun, whom she sleeps with...or at least, who is one of the privileged few to gain inner sanctum in her bedroom. The rest are relegated to here.

Her dollhouse is in here too. It is large. And beautiful. And lovingly made by her godfather, Uncle Dick. And too fragile and precious to be put in the attic. But I wish there were a little girl to play with it! Perhaps when the twins get bigger...we'll see.

Why all this sudden frenzy, you may ask? sister just became a Pamper*d Ch*f Consultant. So I am having a party at my house, to help her out. It will be fun, and a chance for some of the folks at work to see our place. Several of Shao's friends' Moms are coming, and of course, bringing their daughters. I imagine the girls will hang out in Shao's room, except when there's food available, of course! :)

While I always feel frantic at this times, I also welcome them. They motivate me, and that's a good thing. I am looking forward to this house being more organized. YIPPEE!!!

Gotta go...lots to do, and bus driving to do, as well! :)


Saturday, June 6, 2009


My girl is so very beautiful. Last night she danced like a dream. It's funny how they almost ALWAYS place her front and center in each dance number. I suppose it's because she is good? Anyhow, she did a wonderful job. People kept coming up to her and remarking on how impressed they were with her dancing. What a gift God has given her! Speaking of gifts, her godmother is helping pay for her to go to two weeks of "summer intensive" ballet camp. The instructors are from the Joffrey Ballet company, and from the Alvin Ailey Dance company. These are two of the best ones out there. I am excited for her, and I think she will learn so very much.

Poor girl was so exhausted last night. But not so exhausted that she and her friend Stephanie didn't scheme and get us moms to agree to let Steph spend the night! In hindsight, probably not a good idea. Steph woke Sleeping Beauty up at 7 AM. About 3 hours LESS than she would have normally slept, after such a hard day on Friday! Needless to say, Shao was tired and out of sorts all day. We went to the beach for the late afternoon, and then Steph's parents came and picked her up. Shao immediately retreated to her room. I tucked her in awhile ago, and hopefully she will sleep a good 10 hours tonight. Church tomorrow, but it starts late, 11:15. So she really doesn't need to get up until 10.


Shu Li needs to come home!

Won't you go over to my bloggy friend Lori's blog, and join in the efforts to bring their new daughter Shu Li home from China? China does not allow children to be adopted once they turn 14, and Shu Li is close, so time is of the essence, and money is tight. Lori has crafted some amazing things, and is having a contest to raise money! Maybe YOU will win something...but I will be MAD if you win the rag throw quilt, since it has HEARTS on it, and if you KNOW me, you know I'm all about hearts (can't help it, came by the addiction honestly, I was born on Valentine's Day!)

go to ! You won't be sorry!


Friday, June 5, 2009

Are you my mommy and daddy?

Corrie needs a mommy and daddy! Please spread the news! Go to the Morning Star Project button on the sidebar, and it will take you to her!


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Where's the heat?!?

It's cold here today. Not jacket cold, but it is rainy and grey and I am SOOO ready for summer to come! It feels more like April than June! But hey, there is no snow or ice, so all in all, I'm good.

A few days ago I got to babysit for the twins. They are SOOO stinkin' cute it isn't funny! They were, as usual, wearing something I had given them. I think this signifies that I buy them far too much! I can't seem to help it! And I don't buy new, for the most part. I ebay or tag sale. It's amazing the bargains you can get!!!!!!!

My needle aspiration/biopsy is scheduled for July 2nd. I am totally at ease about the situation. I took the radiologist's 99% view and am running with it! My friend Lori also got good node involvement. YIPPEE!!!! She will do chemo and radiation, but her prognosis for cure is nearly 90% good, so I am running with that, too! :)

My girl's ballet recital is tomorrow night. I can't wait to see her dance! :) One of her friends from her old ballet school, and her mom, are coming, too. Plus my Mom and my two sisters. Should be a great night! But poor Shao is going to be exhausted!!!!!!!!! Her band trip to Lake Compounce (an amusement park) is ALSO tomorrow! Elaborate plans are in place to pick her up early, so she can come home, shower, and get ready! It's gonna be a crunch!!! Guess I will let her sleep in as long as she likes on Saturday! :)

I will leave you with some pictures of Cadence and Hayleigh. I finally got my camera to work AND remembered to bring it! :)

Hayleigh, looking pensive
Cadence playing!Blessings...Nancy

Monday, June 1, 2009

Looking good!

OOPS...sorry, didn't mean to leave you hanging here! My appt on Friday went well. Upshot is, a cyst, which will be needle aspirated (can you say ouch?!) and possibly needle biopsied. But the radiologist was not at all concerned. So I am relieved, to say the least!

That's it for now. Just wanted to update about that. OH, and my friend Lori is doing GREAT!! She is expecting the lab results this week, but it looks like she will need a little radiation, and that's it. YIPPEE, JESUS! as my friend Linn would say! :)