Saturday, October 22, 2005

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Currently Listening A Farewell Celebration By The Cathedrals
(It's actually what I'll be listening to on the drive to the Renaissance Festival, I'm sure!

What a wonderful evening I had last night! My Sunday School class met at the Michael's 'farm' and we had a bonfire. It was the perfect evening for a fire. It was a good blend of the two old SS classes, which meant we got to know one another a little bit better. That was very helpful. We toasted marshmallows and made S'mores and drank apple cider and hot vanilla (like hot chocolate, only vanilla). And we talked and talked and talked. :) It was a group of 40-year old women! What else would you expect?!?

I'm up and ready to head to Florence for this festival! It'll be interesting to see if it's as good as I've determined it will be! The Alabama vs. Tennessee game is this afternoon at 2:30. If the festival doesn't crack up, we can always head home early and watch the game! (I don't think my husband would mind that option one single bit!) He's such a darling to agree to go with me. :)
James is working for Heath Quick, today. He's been working an awful lot for Heath. The Quicks just brought property down the road from us, and it needs lots of work. It's 40 acres big. James will be kept busy and out of trouble for a while.

I'm very excited about tomorrow morning's announcement! I love watching God's plans unfold. But in order to do that, you've got to (1) be aware that it's God's plan, not man's; (2) not be so caught up in one's self; and (3) remember again that it's God's plan--and HIS TIMING!
Sometimes I find myself trying to hurry God along, or lend Him a helping hand. Thank goodness He doesn't need *my* help!

I woke up several times during the night with the wife of the man God's calling to our church, on my heart. I'm loving her with prayer. I look forward to putting a name to space (so to speak)! And soon, putting a face to a name!

I'm starting the day with the Prince of Wales tea. It's a leafy, bright-liquoring [nods to Ashullie] tea, from Anhui, Province of China. I wonder if there's significance in the fact that the tea wrapping is black. Who was known as the black prince of England?



Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Currently ListeningHandel's Young MessiahBy George Frideric HandelHallelujah!

Jocelyn told me to create a blogring for Blue Mountain Mommies, so I did. Now, it's up to daughters.

Todd got a call from Huntsville Park Baptist Church today. They decided to go with a full time man. He's very disappointed. My heart hurts for him.

Brother Pat announced to the choir today that there will be a very important announcement made on Sunday morning. Whoohooo!!!!

Gwenevere stayed upstairs last night and alone all day today. And the carpet remains dry. Praise the Lord!



Currently ReadingThe Patriarchs: Encountering the God of Abraham, Issac & JacobBy Beth Moore

Only two more days until the Renaissance Faire! I cannot wait!

I must confess: I had leftover Chinese for breakfast this morning. Nothing like General Tso's chicken to get your day going!

I also brewed a pot of Vanilla-Almond tea. Oh, it is so lovely!

Yesterday, after leaving Iron Works, I stopped by Tate Farm to pick up mums and pumpkins. I didn't realize that mums were perennial! I'm planting these puppies and spending my pennies on something else, next fall! Still, something about mums and pumpkins on the porch just make it cozy and fall. This is so my favorite time of year!

Friday night, my SS class is getting together at Denise Michael's home and we're going to have a bonfire. Then, on the 29th, Todd said we could have a family bonfire here! I can't wait! I've been telling him since we moved here that I wanted a campfire pit! This year, it begins! Next October, Julia has already said she will bring her crew down for a week or so. I'd really like for it to be in the latter part of the month -- I love the cool weather!

As much as I adore October, I abhor hurricanes. Boo to Wilma. One-Two-Three and a half, Wilma find another path! (Yeah, that's my stinkin' cheer.)

I finished The Preacher's Daughter - Beverly Lewis's newest. Her books always leave me with more questions than answers! But the Amish settings are so captivating . . .

I am so blessed in my husband's love for me. I love and cherish him deeply. God is so very good to me.

Sunday's session in the Patriarch's Bible study was quite fascinating. It was a look at Ishmael's branch, and how that branch translated into modern-day politics. I was completely caught off guard by Moore's comparison of Islam and Mormanism. Incredible. I will probably go back and re-watch that particular session. And perhaps week three -- the hair week -- also! I've never laughed quite so heartily!



Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Too busy! I've gotten too much accomplished this morning to spend too much time here! It's a beautiful day - I have so much to say - I don't want to whine - that I have so little time - to share my goings-on - and so I'll just move off and on! Lame, I know, but it suits me!


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Currently WatchingPirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition)By Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Prycesee related

I am slap worn out. I worked at the Farm today . . . just from 10-5 . . . it was MANIC! I loved it! There were *so* many people and children and parties! It was a crazy day! And beautiful, to boot! It was a perfect, pumpkin-patch day! Today, I floated, which was quite a lot of fun, even though it's the most tiring job I could have done (short of running carts all day, which they don't ask the girls to do). I worked in the Maze, with the bunnies, the rest of the animals, in the playground, weighing pumpkins, and at the admissions gate. Whew! The day really did fly by. I really enjoyed the bunnies (although it's a little nerve-wrecking) and the Maze! What hilarity!

The movie I'm watching? My birthday present from my darling daughter! Thank you my darling daughter! How did you know?!?!? I love you! :)

*Very* interesting day in college football. I have to admit, I cheered for Alabama! And go LSU!! I cheered for Notre Dame, too. I'd really have liked for them to have won. And GO Michigan!! Wow -- what a footballicious day!

But guess what?!? Tomorrow's Sunday!!! Yeah-rah! I love Sundays! I get so excited about going into God's house to worship Him, and to sing His praises, and to hear His Word!

I've got to go to bed, so I can go to sleep and wake up and have it be SUNDAY!!!

Buenes noches!


Thursday, October 13, 2005

Currently ReadingThe Preacher's Daughter (Annie's People)By Beverly Lewissee related

It occurs to me that a getting a quality education has as much (if not more) to do with the effort put into that education, as it does with the institution one attends for that education.

How can I complain about anything, in light of all that God has done for me?

I have a growing sense of urgency to share the Light of the Living Lord.

I praise God I see that Light in my own two children.

It's hard to be anything but humble when you're flat on your face. It's amazing what Satan (and my own pride) will whisper in my ear to keep me from "hitting the deck!"



Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Currently ListeningThe Sound of Music (1965 Film Soundtrack)By Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Julie AndrewsThe "Goodnight" Songsee related

Some days are just too full to be able to write cohesively about them. I love days like that! My last *two* days have been like that! My God blesses me beyond my imagination.

Jocelyn, I've sent you pictures . . . will you please check your e-mail?!?

Now I get ready to lay me down to sleep . . . right after I take a peek at!



Currently ListeningThe Best of the Stray CatsBy The Stray Cats I'm not really -- I'm just thinking of my cats!see related

The Tea of the Day is Irish Breakfast blend; a rich, traditional blend of small, full-bodied leaves. Robust and pungent, it hails from the Assam region of India. I enjoy this one almost as much as the English Breakfast blend.

Merlin saved me this morning. Usually (on night when Todd's on shift and Merlin can sleep in the room), when my alarm goes off in the morning, Merlin gets up and walks around me, licking my arms and nose. This morning he did that *before* my alarm went off. I just patted him down and he sat for about ten minutes, then he got up and went through the licking routine again! This time I rolled over and looked at the clock . . . 6:11! My alarm was supposed to go off at 6:00! Merlin knew what time it was -- he didn't need no stinkin' alarm clock

I had the pants scared off me this morning. Literally. I'll share later. Plus, I had a great birthday evening with James! He got me the platinum release of Cinderella! Yeay-rah! I've got to go get ready. James is heading down to the clean-up effort in South Alabama this morning.



Monday, October 10, 2005

Currently ListeningHappy Birthday AlbumBy Happy Birthday Albumsee related

*~*Today is my birthday; today is my birthday!!*~*

How fun is that?!? I don't think I'll ever outgrow birthdays, no matter how old I get! I got up and made cupcakes to take into work today, so everyone can celebrate with me! God is so incredibly good -- it amazes me to look back over the past 43 years and to be able to see the provision, the blessings, and the miracles that God has worked in my life! I want to share that!

My Mom and Dad sent me a scrapbook that my Mom made (and Dad helped) of the first two years of my life. How precious! I finally found out where I got the silver elephant bank that I've carried around for all my life -- it was my first Christmas present from my Daddy! How cool is that? It's a darling and sweet book, and I'll enjoy going through it for many, many years. It amazed me how several of the pictures could have been Jocelyn! In fact, my Mom was telling me that as she sorted through the "Denise" box of pictures and souvenirs, she picked up Jocelyn pictures a couple of times before realizing they were Jocelyn!

Brother Jamey Ragle preached for us yesterday morning and evening. He's got such an awesome heart for God, and such a wonderful gift for sharing God's Word! He never fails to bring the double whammy of blessing and conviction. The selections we sang in choir were pretty awesome, too. We sang Patti's song, "Through the Fire" which makes me want to jump up and down. That probably wouldn't go over very well! Anyway, praise God, it sounded wonderful to me!

Last night, the Burkett's, the Ellis's, and the McCoy's came over after church and we just fellowshipped over cake and coffee and stuff. It was fun! We need to do more of that -- we need to go to each other's homes and fellowship more and know of each other's lives. It's crucial so that we may dwell together in unity!

A special thank you to Dallas, for the birthday wishes!

See ya!


Sunday, October 09, 2005

Currently ListeningGrace Like RainBy Todd Agnewsee related

This morning, I'm having a cup of French roast coffee, with just a hint of hazelnut. Yummmmmm. Good to the last drop!

Yesterday was a good day. Work at the Farm was great! I got to work admissions **yippee!!** which is now housed in a brand new outbuilding, instead of in an open, telephone-booth thing. God is so good!! Especially since I was not dressed to be out in the elements! There were *tons* of people through there yesterday. Like, whoa. Sometimes people are really despicable. One couple came through with their daughter. The guy was prepared to pay for two adults, and then he commented that he thought his daughter would get in free. So I asked how old she was. He turned to the little girl and told her to "tell the lady how old you are -- come on, tell her" and so the little girl looked at me and started to hold up three fingers, looked at her daddy, and held up two. The dad looked at me and said, "There you have it," and I said, children who've had their second birthday pay regular admission. So they paid $15 and went on it. As they left, the mom picked up the little girl and said, "It's okay honey, you did just as we practiced--you did what you were supposed to do." I couldn't help but think they made that little girl put up two fingers instead of three, hoping they'd get her in for free. It made me a little angry, and a lot sad. But that was the only incident at the gates yesterday. Mostly, people were happy to be there! It makes me laugh -- children come running up when they first arrive, all giggles and shouts, ready to play, and they leave crying and whining, not wanting to go! It's so funny.

I put out the fall stuff yesterday afternoon! I lost a couple of things to storage mildew again. Ugh. But that's okay -- I replaced them with new things! :)

Todd and I went to LAWN CORN STAY COWS last night for dinner. Guess what I got? Chicken tenders!! They were so good! And Todd got beef tips with mushroom sauce over mashed potatoes. That was really good too! And we had a caramel apple dumpling for dessert.

What a way to kick off my birthday weekend!

From dinner we went to Linens'nThings -- one of my favorite stores -- and I picked out my birthday presents. Don't laugh, but I got a turkey roaster (it came with a rack, a baster, a carving fork and knife, and poker thingies) for $14.99. They had the SAME exact roaster without all the stuff, for $19.99, but they had $10 rebates attached to them. Well, I decided I was going for the $14.99 one with all the stuff. Then Todd read the rebate thingie, and mine was covered on it too! So in the end, I'll get all my stuff for $4.99! I love a bargain. I'm glad Todd was with me -- he looks out for my best interests! :)

I've got to get ready for church. I have more to say, but never enough time to say it all.



Saturday, October 08, 2005

Currently ReadingThe Preacher's Daughter (Annie's People)By Beverly Lewissee related

This morning, I'm having a lovely cup of Earl Grey. This is a fine blend of China teas flavored with bergamot (a pear shaped orange, having a rind which yields an essential oil used in perfumery--I'm a wealth of tea trivia). The bergamot explains the mild hint of citrus. I much prefer Twining's Earl Grey to Bigelow's Earl Grey. Bigelow's has a bitter aftertaste. I spit you out of my mouth. [That's not as much fun to say if you can't type it with a French accent, Monty Python style.] I have *my* Earl Grey with a little sugar and creamer. Ahhhhhh.

Last night I went to Wal*Mart to do the weekly shop -- somewhere towards the end of my shop, I did something (like pinch a nerve, maybe) in my right leg, where it connects to my pelvic bone. It was all I could do to get through the checkout. It's still causing me to limp and make funny gasps of surprise pain every once in a while. This is what I get for joking about running.
Anyway, earlier in the week, Todd purchased a new, heat-acting, steam-cleaning Bissell! I'm so excited!! It's like magic. We've got company coming over Sunday night, and since Gwenevere has been so "expressive" on my carpet, I knew I wanted it clean -- and it needed time to dry! So when I got home last night from shopping, I went ahead and did the carpet! Thank goodness there's only carpet in the living room, hallway, and the computer room. My house smells nice this morning. And Gwenevere is in the basement.

Today I am heading to Tate Farms! I don't know where I'll be working -- either at the gate or in the concessions. I'd really prefer the gate, but I'm just happy to be there! It's *such* a fun place. ****Note to Jocelyn -- you should bring some friends home one weekend and take them! We built a pumpkin cannon at Iron Works -- I got to test it -- and it is such a blast!****

Todd and James are due home around 1:00 this afternoon. I miss my guys! I hope they had a wonderful time. James is a man. He went on a men's retreat. Where has my little boy gone? Fiddler on the Roof.

Todd was so sweet to me this week! On Tuesday, he sent me "Happy Birthday" flowers to work (even though my birthday isn't until Monday, 10/10), with a card that read, "Happy Birthday, PART ONE. Love, Todd" Isn't that sweet? Wednesday, when I got to church, there was a ceramic pumpkin, two mini-scarecrows, a balloon, and a card waiting for me in the conference room (where I was holding a meeting). Thursday, when I got home, there were bags of candy corn hanging all over the place, and on the bed he'd spelled out "miss you" in hard candies! My husband is one of God's biggest blessings for me!

Time to hit the shower. Hey -- it's SATURDAY! Whoohoo!

Auf Wiedersehen!


Friday, October 07, 2005

Currently ListeningWorld's Greatest PolkasBy Lawrence Welk, Myron Florensee related

Is it considered bad form to leave a comment on your own entry? I need to know these things. What's the Xanga etiquette?

1) Jocelyn: I'm sending you some capital letters because it appears you've lost all yours. And I'm not *really* listening to the Gaithers -- I just liked the name of the CD. :)

2) Ashullie: The English (who made the tea I waxed so eloquently about), say "liquor" instead of liquid. There, now you've *really* learned something important while at college. Have your mom and dad send your next tuition payment directly to me. :)

I really need to get back to work. ! IT'S FRIDAY! Everyone have a great weekend!



ps: Jocelyn, I'm not really listening to Lawrence Welk's World's Greatest Polkas, either.


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Currently ListeningGod Is GoodBy Gaither Vocal Bandsee related

I want you to know (whomever you may be) that I've written entries TWO times this week, and my browser and/or ISP have hiccupped, and I lost my entries completely. These were thought-provoking (sometimes just provoking), heart-touching, insightful (inciteful) entries. I mourn their loss. Mostly I mourn the time I spent entering them -- I've only got so much spare time to write things in Xanga, you know! I've decided that from here on out, I'm going to copy my entries before I click to spell check or submit or any other thing. So there.

Todd and James left last night. They won't be back until Saturday afternoon. I hope they have a wonderful time!

Gwenevere has now had first floor access for two days now, and no accidents. Hurray!

Never set your phone alarm while driving. You end up getting up at 6:03 am, instead of 6:30 am. C'est la guerre.

One of the "lost" entries had a very eloquent soliloquy on my tea habits. I'm having tea again this morning; my favorite blend -- English Breakfast Tea. Yummm. A Ceylon and Indian tea having a lively, full-bodied liquor (which means liquid, not alcohol). I'm so excited!

I've will have worked a 45 hour week at my part-time job at Iron Works after today; I've put in 3 hours in at the Stuckey home, 7.5 hours in at Stuckey Builders, and 4.5 hours in at church. I've spent 1.25 hours driving each day, for a total of 6.25 hours. This is a grand total of 66.25 hours away from home in a 5-day span. Good gravy! There's only 120 hours in those 5 days! When you figure I sleep for roughly 33 hours in 5 days, that averages 4.15 hours per day that I'm home and awake. Two hours in the morning, and two in the evening. I need to re-think this part-time stuff, methinks.

God is good: He's gotten me through this week. He's evidenced Himself in my life through His incredible grace and strength, time after time. I do praise Him! Really, He is sufficient for me.



Monday, October 03, 2005

Currently ReadingNASB Zondervan Study Biblesee related

Sometimes, being the introvert that I am, I forget how sweet the fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ can be. Saturday night we (Todd and I) went to the Apples of Gold Celebration Meal and last night we (Todd, James, and I) gathered at the McCoy's for an impromptu celebration of Mike's birthday. Both evenings were so much fun! In fact, I had such a good time that I invited everyone who was there last night, to come to our home next Sunday! When it was asked who's birthday we'd celebrate next week, I said, "Mine!" Yeay-rah!

The situation with the cats is deteriorating fast. Gwenevere is now being spiteful in her random peeing, so she's back down in the basement. Merlin, for fear of getting stuck down there, isn't going into the basement at all. Well, there's no other litter box in the house -- it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that he's doing his business *somewhere*.

This is a busy week. I'm working at Iron Works a full week, because Jennifer is taking time off to be with Will (it's his fall break). So, from 27 hours to 40 hours in a single bound! Then, tonight I'd head to the Stuckey's home after work. Tomorrow I'll come home. Wednesday night I'll go directly to church. Thursday I'll do payroll and the books for Derrick, and Friday I'll come home. Saturday I'm working at the Farm! Whoohoo! And then Sunday is our celebration!

Wow. Isn't it weird that the only two nights I'm home, are the two days that Todd's on shift? That rather stinks.

I just read the above paragraph. I will definitely need my quiet times each morning. I'll need all of God's grace, protection, blessing from His Word that I can get my hands on! I'm off to see to my needs! I need to remember the grace and peace God brings to me, as His child. That was a more timely reminder than I thought!



Sunday, October 02, 2005

Currently ListeningIt's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)see related

This picture makes me think of Jocelyn. But *don't* ask her why!!!!

Brother Gregg Morrison was our speaker for this morning's service. He did a great job, speaking on the two conversions of Acts 9. First was the soul conversion of Saul. The second was the conversion of will of Ananias. I'd never considered that before and I found it fascinating. The other thing I found fascinating was the use of the term "rise up" in verse six, and "arise" in verse eleven. The Hebrew word is the same word that is used to refer to the rising up, or resurrection, of Jesus. Which, if you think about this, is what happened. Saul arose from his dead sin nature, and was born anew. Ananias died to his self will, and arose to carry out God's will. Just an interesting word picture at what took place in that chapter.

We have the video session of week 2 of the Patriarchs this afternoon. I need to go fill in my answers and get ready!



Currently ReadingLittle Lord FauntleroyBy Frances Hodgson Burnett, Donada Peterssee related

So much to say, and so little time to say it.

One cat, two cat; old cat, new cat!

A husband is a most wonderful thing to have. I am *richly* blessed.

Coffee and a blueberry bagel is the bestest breakfast.

I had a sweet potatoe casserole last night that was superb. I need the recipe.

I know potato is not spelled with an "e" at the end; it's my nod to former VP Quail.

Speaking of which, it's quail season. I think.

I don't know what I'm going to wear to church this morning. It's easier to get the whole morning process started when you know how it's going to turn out. It's hard to get motivated if there's no final product envisioned. Or perhaps that's just me.

I like it when my Merlin cat licks my nose to tell me it's time to get up.

Smiley faces are underrated.

Fashion magazines are overrated.

All next week I will work 8:30 - 4:30; James will be gone all the following week.

Monday will be the last afternoon/evening that I will go to the Stuckey's house and watch the kids while Derrick is gone.

For almost the whole month of May, Todd and I will be by ourselves -- both the kids will be in Europe.

In less than two years I will have no teenagers. :(

I gotta GO!