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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Following those promptings...

I am trying to better myself. I know, it's a big job.

I know I can't change everything wrong all at once, (there's a lot!) but I can start little by little.

I am starting by trying to heed those "little" promptings that come. You know, the little thoughts that tell you to do something and you don't understand why.

Well, yesterday I saw a neighbor outside. She was smoking and looked so sad and depressed. My first thougth was, oh, more drama. But then I had a stronger thought that I should go talk to her. Honestly, I didn't want to. She was smoking and I abhor second hand smoke. But there that thought was and I had promised to not ignore it when it came.

I went over to her and asked if she was ok. She proceeded to tell me her brother had just passed away unexpectedly and she was having a hard time dealing with it. I offered words of comfort and support, the best I could. I've never lost someone so close to me like that so how can I know what it's like? But I said what I felt right and left.
Today I found a very sweet card in my mailbox from her and it warmed my heart.

Again, today at church we were handed notecards with someone's name on it in the Relief Society. We were supposed to write down what we would tell that person if we were talking to them about how much Heavenly Father loves them. I got a lady I don't know really well, but I've been acquainted with her for 10 years and really admire her. I proceeded to write my thoughts down on the paper. I knew we were not intended to give the note to the person, it was just a personal exercise, but I felt prompted to give my note to her. I was nervous. I didn't want to. Why would I hand a random note to someone like that- "Here, I wrote this note in Relief Society for you".  But, I promised I would act on those promptings so I sought her out and handed her the note.

I don't know if she needed to hear what I had to say, but I hope it helped her feel good. It was good for me to look outside myself and try to serve others around me. I will make an extra effort this week to do more of this. It's gotta be good, right?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Coping skills

You know it's going to be a hum-dinger of a day when you absolutely MUST have chocolate and it's only 10:00 in the morning.

And the reason you need that chocolate is because your dishwasher won't turn on and wash the hugely full load of dishes inside.

So you decide to take all the dishes out and wash them by hand and realize you hear water running somewhere.

So you go look for the running water and find the water heater is leaking! So you find the water shut off valve and stop the constant running, all the while wondering how long it was doing that and how big your water bill is going to be.

So you walk back to the kitchen to do your dishes only to find that, of course, there is no more hot water because you shut it off!!!!

And you realize you are NOT going to make it to swimming lessons because the repair man is coming for the water heater, and you are NOT going to exercise today because you will be cleaning up water-heater mess, and you are NOT going to shower because there is no hot water anymore.

So you start foraging for chocolate.

Yep, it's going to be one of those days.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I'm a little bit country... not really...

I despise country music. And wranglers. And cowboy boots. And cowboy hats. And guys in cowboy boots and cowboy hats with wranglers on who listen to country music.

But, I do love the rodeo.

Go figure.

I do, however, close my eyes when the guys try to ride those bulls. I close my eyes when the clowns try to distract the bucking horse so the rider can run to safety.  I close my eyes when they are trying to rope the calves because I feel bad for those poor little calves. My eyes are pretty much closed most of the time, actually.

So why am I dragging my family along to see the Days of 47 Rodeo in a few weeks? Because it's good ol' fashioned family fun! And I told my hubby- who's eye-rolling was actually audible when I told him we were going, by gum- that he was going to love it, so mark my words. 

I guess we'll see if I'm right in a few weeks.

(please be right... please be right... please be right...)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

This post has not titled because it's pretty boring... for a post about being totally busy, that is.

The past few weeks have been a bit crazy around here. I can tell because my laundry basket is overflowing, which means I haven't had ANY time to do laundry. (Which also means I don't have any clean clothes to wear.)

My two cute nieces came to play for the weekend and we had a great time swimming and playing. I love them!!!!

Then my other cute niece came to stay for the whole week.... we had a great time going to Seven Peaks and the movies.  (By the way, I would rather stick toothpicks in my eye than see "Rango" ever again. Just so you know!)

Then we went to my mom's and my in-laws and to a baby blessing and at lots of yummy food.

Then we celebrated the 4th by going to Seven Peaks again, watching a movie, lighting fireworks and watching all the cool new legal aerial fireworks all the neighbors bought.

And today I worked for 3 hours in the yard weeding the gardens. Eck!

So, now I'm totally broke (financially as well as emotionally and physically) and now I need to take my kid to swimming lessons. I thought summer was time to be lazy and bored. Maybe that's just when you're a kid.