Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Well, things are looking up! I actually did 2 more things I have wanted to do for years...go to a Christmas Eve service and make sugar cookies! First, Mike and I, his sister Terri, and my in-laws Ruth and Ted went to Christmas Eve service at 9:30 pm on, of course, Christmas Eve. We sang Christmas songs, heard the Christmas story and at the end, lit candles to Silent Night. It was magical and happy. Secondly, I made sugar cookies and decorated 5 of them ! :o)
The Christmas tree with the little star garland, pink snowman, orange and brown reindeer, yellow star with multi-color sprinkles and the blue bell with silver jimmies and a white snowflake knocker.
I baked 2 batches.....the first one on Sunday the 19th was gluten-free. They tasted ok, but not exactly how I remembered them so out they went. On Monday the 20th I baked another batch with regular flour, but since I used a mixture of xylitol and unprocessed sugar they were a little on the brown side and a bit soft. I kept them in the frig for 5 or 6 days and brought them with me to my in-laws. On Christmas afternoon, my mother-in-law Ruth and sister-in-law Terri and myself decorated most of them. Now I can say I made sugar cookies after 15 years !
Thank you Ruth and Terri for encouraging me to get them decorated and helping me!
Hope everyone had a lovely and joyful Christmas weekend!
Friday, December 24, 2010
From Unity's Daily Word - December 25th 2010
Christ in me is the hope of glory.
On this Christmas morning, what can I offer the reborn Spirit of Christ within me? I can offer eyes that look for the goodness of God in all people. I can offer hands ready to serve in small and large ways. I can offer feet that will walk in the path of peace and light.
On this Christmas morning, I offer the Christ Spirit within me a mind willing to believe in eternal possibilities. I offer a voice that sings of faith, joy, love and oneness. I offer my cooperation in establishing the kingdom of heaven here on earth.
Celebrating today the birth of Jesus, I find in my heart a new willingness to believe that I can do my part in making Christmas not just one day in the year, but a way of living life.
Know the love of Christ...so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. --- Ephesians 3:19
Saturday, December 18, 2010
GREETINGS FROM DISNEYLAND!
Yes, we are at Disneyland for Thanksgiving!
As I mentioned in my last post, Mike and I came down with my Dad, Stepmom, brother, sister and my 3 nieces and one nephew.(all under the age of 10) Of course the kids are having a ball and we are too. My brother Anthony was able to film our little niece Jasmine (4 years old) while they were riding the little roller coaster in Toontown. I wish there was a way to post it...Her expressions are so cute as she is going over all the hills! Mike and I only made it on a few rides on Wednesday. Pirates, Haunted House, Tom Sawyer's Island, Jungle Cruise, Autopia, Snow White, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland. Well, I guess that is more than a few. It was quite crowded and the lines were quite long. The weather was cool yesterday and the nights have been very cold for Southern California. It is suppose to warm up slowly over the next couple of days, but I don't think it will get over 70. Tonight we are having Thanksgiving dinner at the Disneyland Hotel, but not until 8:40 pm.
I am not able to post any pictures now so just loving greetings and many blessings to everyone reading this post.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING !
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Long view into the Mummy's Tomb
He has a message for you to decipher ...
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Chilean miner finishes NYC marathon
Updated Nov 7, 2010 6:11 PM ET
A Chilean miner ran, walked and hobbled his way to the finish line of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, showing the passionate grit that helped him survive more than two months trapped underground.
Edison Pena crossed the Central Park finish line at 3:24 p.m., with a time of 5 hours, 40 minutes, 51 seconds. He was draped in a Chilean flag as Elvis music played over the speakers.
The 34-year-old survivor had beat his own goal - to complete the course through the city's five boroughs in six hours.
Bags of ice covered his swollen knees as a grim-faced Pena walked the second half of the marathon, but he summoned enough energy to run the last stretch along Central Park West.
"In this marathon I struggled," he said. "I struggled with myself, I struggled with my own pain, but I made it to the finish line. I want to motivate other people to also find the courage and strength to transcend their own pain."
Pena's personal victory came just weeks after he was still training in near-darkness, jogging each day 2,300 feet underground in stifling heat and humidity. He and 32 other men survived 69 days in the caved-in mine.
He said running was his salvation - his way of proving how much he wanted to live.
On this sunny day in Manhattan, the strong will that kept him focused came shining through.
It didn't seem to matter to the world whether No. 7127 actually finished the race running into Central Park - or ended his first marathon barely making it.
To the wildly cheering crowds, he was already a winner among the 45,000 runners, including some of the world's best marathoners.
At a post-marathon news conference, Pena was asked to compare his hours in the New York race with the days in the mines?
"In the mine, I ran alone," he said.
He called the marathon "an incredible dream" - because of "how warm and welcoming and supportive the Americans are here," with signs along the route reading "Go, Edison!" and "Go for it!"
Pena said he also was "motivated" by Chileans shouting and waving his country's flag.
His persistence in the face of terrifying odds had made him a global folk hero on his first-ever trip outside Chile, and the Elvis fan entertained America for days with banter and singing Presley songs.
On Sunday, he turned serious - a man on a mission.
Pena started off running in Staten Island at 9:40 a.m.
The trouble started about an hour into the marathon, when a grimace crossed his face as he slowed a bit, apparently already in pain. But cheered on by spectators and surrounded by supporters keeping pace, he kept running, his knee bound in black.
Shortly after noon, "The Runner" - as his fellow miners had nicknamed him - left Brooklyn and made his way into Queens, reaching the 14-mile mark of the race.
Suddenly, he left the course, going into a medical tent for help.
He emerged around 1 p.m., bags of ice tied to both his knees.
He said later he had a bad left knee even before the mine cave-in, which exacerbated it. But he ran anyway.
"I wanted to show that I could do it," Pena said
It was that kind of determination that made him push away the fear that the 33 men might never make it out. He kept his faith and did "what could be done," he had said.
The miner cut his steel-tipped electrician's boots down to ankle height so he could train each morning and afternoon along the rocky, muddy 1,000-yard corridor where the men were trapped.
He built up strength by dragging a large wooden pallet that was attached to a cord tied to his waist.
NYC Marathon officials heard about Pena's subterranean training and planned to invite him as an honored guest. But he wanted to actually run the race.
In the mine, "if I had to run barefoot, I would have done it," Pena told Associated Press Television News after his rescue.
Pena hasn't competed in years as an amateur runner. And since the rescue, he covered only 6 1/2 miles as part of a triathlon team event in Chile on Oct. 24.
On Sunday, he again was doing what he could, moving step by step, painfully, toward the Central Park finish line.
At the news conference in Manhattan's Mandarin Oriental hotel, an elated but weary Pena at first declined to sing some Elvis music, but eventually gave in and delivered "Don't Be Cruel."
"Do you want me to dance as well?" he jokingly asked.
He now has his eyes on the next prize - another marathon to "improve my time. ... I know that's a possibility."
What an inspirational guy !
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
with ghostly books of every kind.
Oh, no, too late, he has seem us, so he is playing the same song over and over and over! Next stop the Mummy's tomb.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
swim the sea,
drink the wild air...
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday, October 10, 2010
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day—a day for us to think about the outdoor cats in our neighborhood. We often see these cats ducking behind the supermarket or sunning in our backyards, and many of us dig into our wallets to feed them. Who are these cats, and how did they get here?
Feral cats exist in every community. These cats are the same species as domestic cats, but are not socialized to humans and can’t be adopted into homes. Instead, they live healthy and content lives in family groups called colonies.
The best and most humane way to help a feral cat is through a program called Trap-Neuter-Return, which ends the breeding cycle and helps cats and people coexist peacefully. Alley Cat Allies’ website www.alleycat.org is a great source of information on Trap-Neuter-Return and the importance of spay and neuter for all cats.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
written upon our brows,
let them not be written
upon the heart.
The spirit should
--- James A. Garfield
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Today Mike and I saw Toy Story 3. It made us cry. Life goes by so fast. Please see it if you have seen Toy Story 1 and 2.