Sunday, September 28, 2008

A Very Enjoyable Day-despite the outcome of the game!!

On Saturday Norman and I went with another couple to the Auburn/TN game. The weather was perfect for football. The couple we went with has a daughter who is a freshman at Auburn so we went by to see her dorm room and had a nice lunch with her at the famous Moma Goldberg's Deli. It was good but very crowded. Once we got our food we ate across the street underneath a nice shade tree. We then walked down to the corner of Roosevelt and something where the Tiger Walk takes place. The band came from all 4 streets and met at the corner where the drum major led them in serval numbers including the Auburn fight song. I love a marching band. After that we met up with the couple who got us our tickets. A very nice couple who both graduated from Auburn. We had great seats and because they were scholarship donors we were able to get our refreshments for free. We got to see the eagle fly in and around the stadium and enjoyed singing God Bless America along with the other 87,000 people there. Where else in the USA can you do that? Then we all sang the National Anthem. We do live in a great country!!!! It was a very enjoybale day.

G3 Pizza

On Friday I made my favorite pizza-Gorgonzola Guacamole Greek Pizza. I use a toasted whole wheat tortilla shell for the crust. Next I mash up 1 small ripe avacodo with a little salt and pepper and spread it on the crust. Then I chop up a tomato and sprinkle it on. Next I add some thinly sliced pieces of red onion, a tablespoon of gorgonzola cheese and some craisins. You can add 2 pieces of crumbled crisp ready to serve bacon. Then I bake it for about 5 mins. just to get it nice and warm. It makes a very colorful meal. For WW people its only 5 points!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Our Weekend

We had a special treat this weekend, a visit from Sara. She got in town around 6:00 on Friday evening. We met for a catfish/chicken liver dinner at Henderson's. When we got back to the house she and I got busy downstairs doing some measuring and planning for their up coming move into their house in Valdosta. She was up and off by 8 for breakfast with Samuel and then on to the airport to pick up Igor, an interpreter from Ukraine. We missed seeing Ryan and the children but hope it won't be long before we can all get together. Oh and on Friday night we get a call from Chesed. She is on her way to Summer's and needs a few directions. I give her what she needs and hang up. In a little bit she calls back and seems that Patrick has left his directions at home and he, too, needs some directions. CAN WE SAY THIS IS A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN ALREADY OR WHAT?????? On Saturday we spent most of the day resting and doing the WEEKLY laundry. I did get up and fix us two Lean Cuisines for supper. Yum Yum. Sunday we attended church @ North Atlanta which is always a treat. The lady in front on us was from Bradford, Tn. Can you believe that??? After church we met Summer, Josh, Luke, Chesed and Patrick for lunch. We were excited to get to met and greet this Patrick fellow(some people were not sure what his name was..Summer called him Eric and Norman called him Matthew)that we have been hearing sooooooo much about. He was very good natured about all that, thank goodness. Yes, we do agree they are definitely SMITTEN!!! Is that polictically correct? He has our vote!! Now is that for a husband or President of the USA?????(Chesed as first lady?) Anyway, it sounds like May will be the month of marriages!!! We are excited for both of them. After a delicious meal (Max and Erma's again-those chocolate chip cookies are soooo worth the drive) and a little fellowship, Norman and I headed off to an Estate Sale-half price today. We did find some deals which will be delivered tomorrow. We went by the hospital to visit our new friend Kate who is in therapy there recovering from an Acquired Brain Injury. We could not believe the how much more alert she was this time. It had been 3 weeks since we had seen her. She reached her hand out to Norman and made eye contact with me. She is not speaking yet but we are praising God for this progress. Her stay @ Shepherds as been extended which is a good sign. Next we made a stop to look at a used washer and dryer we had seen advertised in the paper. The people were very nice and we enjoyed visiting with them. They lived in a high-rise condo on Peachtree. The view was gorgeous and the washer and dryer had only been used about 8 times. It will be perfect for Sara and Ryan. Needless to say, by the time we got home we were pretty pooped. It is late and I must go to bed for Monday will be here shortly. Hope everyone has a wonderful week.

Labor Day(a little late)

I forgot about these pictures that we took during our visit to the panhandle for Labor Day. We enjoyed a nice quiet meal on the bayou in Niceville with Ma, Papa,and Aunt Sarah.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Life's Lessons and the Eliptical

You know things are rather quiet around my house and there is plenty of time for pondering. Some of this is done on my eliptical. I would like to share some of my pondering thoughts...
*First of all my eliptical machine is located upstairs and unless I get up, go upstairs and actually get on my eliptical it will not do me any good whatsoever. My Bible is located on my night stand and unless I get up, open and read it, it will not do me any good either.

*Here is a picture of one of my routines. It has some easy parts and some that are not so easy. The more difficult parts make me stronger physically. The more diffcult times in life make me stronger spiritually.
*The routine I am working on now is 30 minutes. Sometimes I get on and I start pedaling fast, thinking the faster I pedal the faster I will get finished but it is 30 minutes no matter how fast I pedal. In fact, when I get to the hard parts if I am still pedaling fast a flashing light will come on and say, SLOW DOWN! SLOW DOWN! How very true with life...when things get difficult in life we need to SLOW DOWN, be still and seek God's wisdom.
*In order to get through the more difficult parts of my exercise routine I have to take one part at a time. I can't focus on what is still left to do or I become overwhelmed. Sound familiar... One day at a time or maybe even one hour at a time on somedays.
*Most of the time I hold onto the movable handles to get the full benefit but sometimes I need to lean on the stationary handles just to get through the more difficult part. Ever need to lean on someone during the tough times?? I sure do and I am thankful for all of you who so graciously let me lean, who listen to me, who encourage me, who hold me up when I cannot stand alone.
*Everyone's life has its ups and downs. You may look at someone and think, "Boy, they sure have it all together," only to find out later they have struggles, too.

These are just a few things I have learned from my eliptical.
And here are a few verses that I have found that have blessed me...

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge. Psalms 62:8

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25

But I will call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. Psalms 55:16-18

Supper with Samuel

Thursday night I was in town so I text Samuel to see if he would like to meet me for supper on his way home from work. He said yes. Summer had suggested a place called Max and Erma's. I got there first and got a table (although it was not all that crowded). Samuel arrived in his new suit, dress shirt and tie!!!! He looked so handsome and professional but of course, I forgot to get a picture!!!! Hopefully, we will we able to meet again soon and I will be sure to get a snapshot. It is always so good to spend time with him. Oh and guess what??? Samuel picked up the tab. Thanks, Samuel it was delicious and I look forward to meeting you again soon.

**Let me recommend the tortilla soup and the delicious HOT chocolate chip cookies!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are acheiving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16

We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8