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This looks like fun! You mean I can post just about anything I want, and you viewers will actually read it and make comments? Cool! I can’t always get comments when I talk to people one-on-one. In coming to this realization, I’ve put tremendous pressure on myself, for sure. But the only way I can get better at this blog thing is if you leave comments. Can I count on your help? Don’t you hate when someone just drones on and on about a topic? I mean, they just won’t let it die. If I ever get like that, please promise me you’ll tell me to let it die. I can’t promise I’ll be entering something brilliant every time…or even once. But I can promise that my topics will be heartfelt, or at least something I believe in…or not believe in. Either way, I can promise I’ll have fun delivering it to you–hopefully as much as you will have fun reading it. Feels good, and thanks for allowing me to enter the world of blogdom. Comments, anyone?

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Doughnut. Sweet food and red cup of coffee, tea drink. Breakfast, dessert with cake, snack. Brown wooden table. Bakery, sugar doughnut. Tasty espresso black hot morning beverage.

Oh yeah!

There’s nothing like it. Gotta have that java juice first thing in the morning to jump-start your day? Me, too.

Even better — the donut…with the coffee, of course.

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No, not this kind. Although, it does look yummy…..
Okay, I’m focused now.

This kind does your body no good at all. I know, they taste great. Really, I know! But trust me, they have zero value to your body.

What I’m talking about is the kind of donut with zero calories, zero fat and carbs, and zero sugar.

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What other kind is there, you ask? This kind.

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In case you didn’t know, let me just say that THIS kind of donut is invaluable after a surgery/procedure concerning the lower body, making it painful to sit.

It’s medicinal, it’s magical, and it’s….soooo soothing. Add to this an ice pack in that area, and we’re talkin’ heaven on earth. I happen to have had surgery of this type, so I know the quality of healing this type of donut provides.

Zero.

That’s right. You heard me. Zero.

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I see that look. Let me clarify.

Nobody but God —  our always faithful, all-powerful and true, living God — can heal our bodies. Things can bring temporary comfort, but our Lord of all creation brings about healing. Doctors play a tremendous part in the healing process, but our heavenly Father guides the doctors’ hands in surgery, as well as our recovery process.

Whether we need spiritual, physical, mental or emotional healing –God is in control, and He will give us what we need if we are truly His children. He is the God of all comfort. And He is worthy of praise.

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Think about it.

And as always……

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Wake up!

Wake up!

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Love lift us up where we belong…..

The song lyrics above take on a whole different meaning after we reach thirty-something. Don’t they, ladies? What a great movie. Couldn’t you just melt into Richard Gere’s arms? Not many actors have what he has. Great…um…acting ability. A-hem! Anyway, my point is this, and I’m still speaking to the female population, not everything stays lifted up where it belongs. Let me clarify. Things, and by things I mean breasts, butt, and face, start to go south after a while. Yes, they do. It won’t do us any good to deny it. We can still do something about it, though. We can lift everything back up where they belong. This includes our faces. They droop, we get a double chin, and we lose our facial tone. But no more.

 

Something I saw in a magazine caught my attention as a teenager. Excuse me? Yes, it was a lon-n-n-g time ago. Okay, where was I going with this? Oh, yeah. What caught my attention was a new type of exercise for your face. No, I am notkidding. You have probably seen some of them by now, but back then they were new.  Have you actually tried any of them? Uh-huh, I thought not. Well, why not give them a try? They work. I’ve decided to share with you some of the ones that I use. Don’t hide your excitement; I know you’re grateful. It’s my pleasure. In fact, to get these moves down pat I have decided to use the help of others through video clips and photos. You’re welcome.

Now, these are not attractive positions for the face, so never, I mean never let anyone see you doing these. Promise me. In fact, they’re pretty ugly. You don’t believe me? Watch yourself in the mirror, but lock that door! So to pretty up that already pretty face–

you’ve got to get ugly!

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Trust me, I have done these moves for years. They are super-beneficial to you. They really wake up your face. And in time, if you commit to doing these daily, you could give yourself a free face-lift. No, I don’t know this to be true, but it could happen. I was just trying to motivate you. Do I do these daily? Yes. For a time, I do. But then my time runs out, and I quit. I don’t quit, though, unless I see results. And you know what they say. You don’t know? Okay, this is what they say.‘When you see a change in yourself for the better, others have seen the change, first.’ So there you have it. Remember, they said it.

The main thing to keep in mind is when you stop–oh yeah, you will–give yourself a hiatus, then start again. And keep it up. Remember: A hiatus is just a vacation. Okay, maybe it’s a long vacation, but still a vacation. It’s not forever. You want to tone those facial and neck muscles, and lose the extra chin–or chins. But please, whenever you do these exercises, go into a room, lock the door, and step away from the window. You don’t want to scare your little ones. Trust me on this.

**Please do not try these if you have any problems with your neck, shoulders, back, or spine.

If you aren’t sure you can do them, check with your doctor first. This is extremely important, so please be cautious.

Now, to help demonstrate these exercises I have selected a few celebrities who can show you the moves.

Are you ready? Great! Really ugly it up, okay? The uglier, the better. Here we go:

Here we have Dick Van Dyke to demonstrate “ooo, ahh, eee.”

Dick Van Dyke:  No, Dick. It’s “ooo.”

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Not quite the “ooo” I was hoping for. But…okay. Just be sure and really tense that mouth. Purse, really purse those lips.
 And now I need an “ahh.”
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His brother has the idea.

Great “ahhh,” Jerry!

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Still no. Open wide and say…oh, nevermind. I’ll stick with Jerry for this one.

The Dick Van Dyke Show:

Now you’ve got it! Great! Okay, now I need an “eee.”

The Dick Van Dyke Show:

Oh, very funny.

The Dick Van Dyke Show:  Okay, but it’s too relaxed. I need you to show more tension. Like brushing your teeth. I need tense neck and facial muscles for this exercise.

And therewe have it!  Mary performs a great “eee.” Terrific, Mary.

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I’m sure you have the concept of “ooo, ahh, eee” now.

Next is the nose twitch.

Great, Dick.

Mary, hahaha!

Mary here, is the exception to the rule. She just looks gorgeous no matter what faces she makes. She couldn’t be ugly if she tried. I know, not fair. Why did I put her in my post, anyway? Oh, yeah. She came with Dick.

Okay.  Now Elizabeth has the nose twitch down to an art. But she’s way too fast.

So here’s a no nonsense sort of guy in a video clip who does it right. Richard Simmons.

In fact, he has a lot of the moves in this clip that I’ve already shared with you. Huh…wonder if he read the same magazine

“way back when”

when I found the exercises. Anyway… Okay, Richard….we’re ready when you are.

Copy this URL to your browser.

And there you go!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7eYjsyWU-Y

How are you doing? Are you following all this?

Great!

Well, I didn’t find anyone to demonstrate the last two moves, so I will do my best to tell you how to do them, myself. Nope. Sorry, no video. You think I want anybody seeing me with my face in those positions? No way. Back to work now.

These are designed to work your jaw and neck:

Tilt your head way back, and open your mouth wide for two seconds. Then close your mouth and pout. I mean really pout. Bring your bottom lip up to cover your top lip. Go up farther, if possible. Hold here for two seconds, open your mouth wide, then repeat these two moves ten times. Do this for a week, then increase five additional reps each week, with your ultimate goal being 25 reps. But only if you are serious about toning. You may get results with less. Who’s to say? Or maybe you only want to do enough to wake up your chin, jaw, and neck. That’s perfectly fine, too. You decide. You’re the boss.

Another take on the “open wide and pout” is this:

Look way up, pout as before, pull your head down into your chest, and open wide. Do either one. I don’t suggest both. Too much of the same thing. You’ll get bored and quit.

We have one more. Yep, last one. Whew! On this one we repeat our vowels. this one is an isometric exercise. You should stand for this one. Up, up, up!

That’s it. Now, say your vowels as before. Hold the palms of your hands over your forehead, pressing your head back with your palms while pressing forward with your head at the same time. That’s it.

An added benefit…

This will strengthen your upper arms, too.

An-n-n-d — if you tense your abs when you do these you’re getting a two-fer!

You’ve added two exercises to make that six body parts worked out in a matter of minutes!

I just knew you’d be excited!

Oh, yeah. I forgot.

Do ten reps for the first week, increasing five more reps each week, until you reach 25 reps.

Do these exercises until they become a habit. How long is that? Well, someone said it takes doing something 23 times in a row to become a habit, and even longer to break that habit. I don’t know who said it. They probably said it. They seem to know everything. But it sounds about right, doesn’t it?

Okay. Here’s the good part.

The good part…

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Once it becomes a habit you can stop counting, and do just ten reps each. 

Later, you can get by with your favorite two or three moves, decreasing to 20 reps each.

Don’t be silly! You can’t get away with only doing five reps. C’mon, be serious.

Watch this. It’s the famous quote

” You cannot be serious!” from bad boy tennis great John McEnroe:

Annnd…we’re back!

But if you rush yourself and do too many before you’re ready, you will be sore. I’m giving you fair warning. These are muscles we’re talking about.

The after effects…

After you achieve the toned appearance you seek, you will in all reality give a tremendous boost to your skin. Your skin cells seem to like the attention paid to your facial features. They will reward you bringing a rush of blood flow to your countenance, providing you with a healthier, natural glow. How’bout that?  

It’s win-win!

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Again, I knew you’d be excited.

BUT…

only you know the extent of exercise you intend to put into this regimen. Am I right?

  • It will take diligence
  • It will take developing an attitude of stick-to-it-ive-ness.

Like I said, gravity takes its toll after a while–our faces included.

 

So…

if we are willing to put in the work it takes to tone and lift, we can defy gravity for a good while. One thing I know–we don’t want to be looking down into a mirror, and have our faces falling forward like in this sitcom:

Go to youtube.com

then type in the search bar:

Golden Girls – Blanche and the Mirror

C’mon, do it.

 

Yeah, like that.

Wouldn’t that be a scary sight? (((shudder)))

You know what I think? I think we’re ready to commit.

Yes we are!

Okay, let’s get ugly!

Who’s with me?

YEAH!!

Just do it!

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Jennifer, this is truly amazing! My jaw hit the floor when I saw this post. I had to reblog this. Such great talent. Thanks for sharing it.

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My cousin built this AMAZING Harry Potter house in 8 months from scratch, 80% of it from recycled and repurposed materials–Pringles containers, cardboard boxes, tissue paper, packing materials, small plastic tips off nasal spray. Many of these items he found in his own recycling bin, some out on the curb that folks had put out with the trash.

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“The Dance”

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You thought today would never come, but it’s here, and you’re ready. Better weather, you couldn’t have asked for. Friends and family are here showing their love and support for the two of you.
And now the happy couple is getting ready to leave the church to embark on a new adventure together.
Confident and a bit nervous, they are ready and willing to tackle whatever life throws at them. And all it will offer in return, knowing in their hearts that it will always be this way. That every hurdle they face will be fought together, even in their golden years. God will lead them, and they will follow and serve Him. Life is good. And so begins “the dance.”

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Let me just take a moment to explain “the dance.”

With marriage, you encounter endless emotions along with the good, the bad, and the ugly. By ugly I am speaking of those unwanted, disastrous moments fraught with emotion. Or it could be times when just one of you is holding on to an irreconcilable past, not being able to let go of it, or the deep-rooted pain that slowly unfolds to reveal layers buried deeply within. Or even something worse. But when you work together, letting each other know all of the bad stuff, you are able to walk through all the turmoil, facing it head-on. Then together you conquer the ugly. You are victorious. The dance I’m speaking of here is for after getting through the tough times, and for those moments that could easily lead in another direction, one of separation or divorce. But you both got past it and moved on. This is the important factor. You didn’t take the other road. When you diffuse the bomb, and when you don’t give up on each other, you conquer the bad and the ugly. Then, you celebrate by metaphorically walking together to the middle of the floor. You see the light in each other’s eyes, remembering why you are together. You share a loving embrace, and you dance.

 

 

Your struggles will differ from those of your friends. Although you might share some of the same issues,
no couple’s problems are exactly the same. The dance is a release, a way to let go of all the stress from the bad, and the ugly. After all the mess is dealt with, “the dance” could be a euphoric feeling of letting go that leads to an evening of togetherness, holding hands while taking a walk, or to a night of love-making. The possibilities are endless, and it’s totally up to you. This is “your dance.”

 

 

 

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As you count your blessings through children, family, friends, good health, and Kodak moments, suddenly, and for some strange reason, the gears shift. You both are left wondering what happened. How did our life change so drastically? And you hold each other close, even as the dance steps are a little shaky now, and  you’re afraid. You both plan a hasty retreat. Then you stop, and hopefully you pray. You find your way in the dark, taking a few steps back to the floor where your steps are slowly in sync. And you conquer your fear—and you dance.

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A few more years down the road…
Again, the tempo changes.

The steps are even slower than before since you may have experienced the loss of a loved one, or something has happened to really shake your foundation. You feel like your bond together is tested. The cord holding the two of you together is twisted, yet strengthened. Twisted, because the two of you are united as one.  Like strands of rope that is strong and lasting. It is strengthened in love and your commitment to each other. And in time, you laugh as you regain your steps leading you, once again, to the place you began. To the dance.

 

Time stands still…
You have weathered the storms of tragedy and devastation. And along with celebrating life’s little nuances and blessings that fill you with joy—life deals you another blow. This blow doesn’t hit all at once. It creeps slowly, leaving you puzzled about your partner in the dance. A state of confusion overtakes this partner, robbing them of their memories as well as any future time together with you. As soon as you can, you persuade your partner to re-enter the dance floor, and try to recapture the moments together, and the light in your love’s eyes and smile. That smile that only shined for you…is now gone! the vacancy you find in those eyes  seems only to take your breath…
and thus your soul.

And now you know and are certain that this disease, this plague they call Alzheimer’s has claimed and destroyed yet another life…your life together. As your partner inches away slowly, leaving the dance floor, and leaving you —alone. You yourself are lost. You are left standing there and staring at this person who shared their life with you. And you cringe when you see this lost soul staring back, not having a clue as to who you are now. This same dance partner you gave your heart to so long ago, will lose their way, their life, and their love. They will lose you. This is a heart-rending disease. One that is harder on the ones that have their memories fully intact. The diseased victim doesn’t know you anymore, so they don’t remember ever having a relationship with you of any kind, let alone remember they love you. So the partner left behind will never enter the dance floor again. For you,t he dance is over.

This is so hard, but it does happen , and it leaves you empty inside. I don’t want to end my post like this, so get ready for a happier ending. Okay, are you ready?

 

In your declining years…
Though the dance rarely finishes while both partners reach the end of their lives and their dance together, it does happen. There is nothing sweeter than a final embrace, having their final dance in sync, and flashing their last smile at one another as they prepare to leave this world together, a couple who have weathered the storm, raised their children, suffered loss, and served their God, with joy. This long-lasting relationship they share is now at a close. Before leaving the dance floor, they share a look that says much about their entire married life. Holding hands, they quietly slip away taking their last breaths, remembering “the dance.

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Our morning prayer was short. This is normally the case when my husband and I go out early.We meet together to give praise to God and allow for Him to make of the day what He will, with Him allowing us to serve Him to the best of our ability. We pray for our children and grandchildren to have a good day. That’s basically it for now, except when someone needs immediate prayer. Only, this morning I added one more tidbit. A request for God to keep us safe today. After I was done I pondered this. God has always kept us safe, so why did I pray this? We aren’t going anywhere that isn’t safe. Thinking no more of this, I prepared to leave.

So here we are taking the ten minute walk from Point A to arrive at Point B. You may have to help me with this part as I am lousy at algebra. On our trek, we came to a busy intersection. We stopped on the sidewalk anticipating a short wait at the crosswalk. Yea, no waiting. The little man is walking. We can cross now. This must be our lucky day.

We approached the crosswalk together. I noticed one driver slowly approaching the light. Something out her window had her immediate attention. I don’t know that she even noticed us at the crossing. She finally stopped, and we continued ahead to cross the street. My husband, who was on my right, was two steps ahead now since I slowed down a bit watching the young driver. I noticed that she was still not looking at us as we proceeded. This made me a little nervous. I should have waited to cross, but didn’t. I was directly in front of her car now, and focusing on the end of the crosswalk….when she accelerated. My husband tried to pull me out of harm’s way as the car was coming straight toward me. I screamed and she stopped, but not in time. I was bumped with her car. Apparently, she hadn’t noticed us crossing until I screamed. She was making a right turn on red. Her car made contact with my body, but with very little impact. I’m talking minuscule impact, here. I wasn’t injured. I was just jarred a little, that’s it.

How could this be? God shielded us, that’s how. My husband and I have been recipients of His powerful, awesome ways, many times. Like I said, this took place in only seconds. I can’t even recall any details, it happened so fast. All I remember is after I screamed, my husband was with me pulling me back with him, being bumped, then my hands  on the hood of her car. And for some reason I found myself pulling my foot out from under the car to balance myself. (?) This was when I made eye contact with the teenage driver. She appeared shocked. She opened her mouth a couple of times to speak, I think, but emitted no sound. I wasn’t hurt at all, as far as I could tell. Amazing!

I think she was wondering if I would report the accident. I took a quick look back at our morning prayer, and the fact that God had kept us safe determined the outcome of this situation. What would Jesus do? (WWJD) If you have never read the book In His Steps I challenge you to do so. That book is where those initials originated. That church congregation defined what Christianity is all about.

Jesus would forgive this young driver unconditionally. No doubt about it. I opted to do the same. I held my hand up and mouthed the words “It’s okay.” Then walked with my husband to the end of the crosswalk. I was fine. She may have been too scared to speak. I hope this scared her enough to pay attention more while driving. And I really think she will. If she gives herself a chance to think about it, she will possibly realize the near tragedy of hitting two people with her car, had one not screamed to get her attention.

After crossing to the other side we came across a couple that saw what just took place, but we didn’t need them as witnesses. God kept us safe, just as I asked Him to do. It took only seconds for me to ask, and it took only seconds for Him to answer.

Thanks be to God. He gives us the victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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You hear it mentioned all the time, everywhere you go. You think, everybody has it, right? Well, except for horse jockeys, ballerinas, workout gurus, and the like. So none of us has the perfect body. Big deal. What could a little belly fat do to us, huh, kill us?

The answer is — Yes, it can.

We’ve no doubt all heard of the dreaded Heart Disease and

Type 2 Diabetes. That’s what having a bigger waistline can cost us.

 Also estrogen levels can skyrocket, and the added risk of Breast Cancer is more

prevalent. There is the risk of Colorectal Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease as well.

Bells and whistles should be sounding loudly in our heads.

Sounds loud enough that if we chose to ignore them–other caring individuals will hear and succeed in getting us to do something about it by taking  action.

Read this:

http://www.lifescript.com/diet-fitness/tips/f/flabby_abs_are_deadly.aspx?utm_campaign=2013-03-05-133894

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The belly fat itself runs deep within the abdomen and surrounds our internal organs. This is called visceral fat, and it is  high on the list for contributing to the risk of  Strokes. Are we scared yet? It should scare us. I mean, if this doesn’t, what will?  Something has to be done to combat belly fat. Ladies, if our waistlines measure 35 inches or more,we are at risk for any of the afore-mentioned diseases or conditions. Men, for you it’s 40 inches and above.

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Well, I think we all know what it’s going to take, don’t we? Healthy diet, a good excercise regimen, reduce stress, reduce calories, and proper amount of sleep. I know, this sounds like a lot of work. But I’ve found that if you start with a good workout session, the other things will usually be easier to follow.

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Ready for the great news? When we lose weight, our belly fat gets burned first. Yeah, that’s right! And if we add some cardio to our day, we combat stress and get better quality of sleep. That knocks out two on the list right there. How about it? Let’s get started on living a better way, and living another day!

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Nanu Nanu!

 For those of you who don’t know, the actor of stage, film, and television, Mr. Robin Williams, appears to have ended his own life on the evening of August 10, 2014.  His lifeless body was found at approximately 11:45 am the next day. The actor had battled clinical depression for many years. He also had his bouts with drugs and alcohol. Although he remained sober for 20 years,  unfortunately he suffered a setback  years ago, and sadly reclaiming  him once again.

Robin Williams got his television break playing the character Mork on Happy Days.  A spin-off was offered to him starring with Pam Dawber in Mork & Mindy. I had no idea just how talented this man was until he started branching into movies.

Happy Days (1978-1979)

Dead Poet’s Society

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  This man was  a phenomenal actor of our time, giving us such great movies.

Mrs. Doubtfire where we saw the love of a pretty terrific  dad who would move heaven and earth to be close to his children. Good Will Hunting left me spellbound because he showed such depth in the character he played.  In the movie Awakenings, to me he portrayed a doctor with such great love, compassion, and heart for his patients that it rivaled with Patch Adams, which depicted those same awesome qualities. Personally, I cried more watching Patch. Maybe the musical score touched me to the core, or maybe because I felt Patch showed more kindness in making his patients happy, or it could be that Patch lost his lady love in the movie.  I think it was all of the above.  Robin was such a versatile and compelling actor, he actually terrified me with his character in Insomnia.  I couldn’t sleep well at night for a while. I attribute this to the man’s great authenticity of the character. Didn’t  it grab you right in the gut like it did me?

 Awakenings

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Awakenings (1990)

 Patch Adams

http://movieclips.com/VftJ-patch-adams-movie-trailer-1/

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Peruse these links:

http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/movies/270824631.html

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000245/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/robin-williams-facts_n_5670220.html

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2014/08/11/director-tom-shadyac-robin-williams-%E2%80%98he-really-was-patch-adams%E2%80%99

I would have loved to have said some things to him face to face. For one, he was high on my list of favorite actors. That no other actor could have portrayed the same characters with such flair and panache as he did. And that no other actor could have stopped you in your tracks or caused you to ponder the smooth yet delicate delivery of his lines.

So…this is goodbye, Mr. Williams. You have served your public well. You are the man of the hour. Thanks for showing us what real, raw acting ability is like. Thanks for putting your soul, your all into each and every character you ever played. Rest well in the knowledge that you gave us your all.

You will be remembered fondly for decades to come. Because newbies will be thrilled with your movies, you will live on in our hearts just as you do on the screen. Thanks for the love and laughter. Thank you for the tears of happiness, sadness, and grief.

So…we’ll just put on a movie and see Robin Williams once again

and enjoy the person he was in our eyes.

Hiya, Patch! I’ll be seein’ ya soon.

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