Sunday, January 31, 2010

Stop, Look, Listen and PRAY

Here's a nice prayer I found while searching the Internet the other day, so I thought I'd share it with you.

We need to STOP...this would be the 'silence' parts in this prayer...stopping is a good thing when praying because it should cause us to think about what we just read and/or prayed.

Then we need to LOOK at what we read one more time to remember.

Next comes the part where we 'LISTEN" to the good ways that this can help us make this world a better place.

Following all those steps means we have truly PRAYED!

January 27, 2010

by Thich Nhat Hanh

from the book Prayers from Around the World and Across the Ages

by Victor M. Parachin

As we are together, praying for Peace, let us truly be with each other.


Let us pay attention to our breathing.


Let us be relaxed in our bodies and our minds.


Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds.


Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves.


Let us maintain a half smile on our faces.


Let us be aware of the source of being common to us all and to all living things.


Evoking the presence of the Great Compassion, let us fill our hearts with our own compassion—toward ourselves and toward all living beings.


Let us pray that all living beings realize that they are all brothers and sisters, all nourished from the same source of life.


Let us pray that we ourselves cease to be the cause of suffering to each other.


Let us plead with ourselves to live in a way which will not deprive other living beings of air, water, food, shelter, or the chance to live.


With humility, with awareness of the existence of life and of the suffering that is going on around us,

let us pray for the establishment of peace in our hearts and on earth.


You may need to click on this (or put it under a microscope) to enlarge this and read it as I am having trouble reading it now...

Every prayer should end this way, even those prayers where we are anxious or asking for help, hmm, maybe I should say ESPECIALLY those prayers should end this way for that is what love is all about...

Finally I leave you with a favorite photo that I seem to recycle because I just love it....

This was listed as humorous, but it is also very thought provoking...


Our church was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our most valued members, Someone Else.

Someone's passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, Someone did far more than a normal person's share of the work. Whenever there was a job to do, a class to teach, or a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone's list, "Let Someone Else do it." Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for inspiration as well as results; "Someone Else can work with that group."

It was common knowledge that Someone Else was among the most liberal givers in our church. Whenever there was a financial need, everyone just assumed Someone Else would make up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful person; sometimes appearing superhuman. Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of Someone Else. Now Someone Else is gone! We wonder what we are going to do.

Someone Else left a wonderful example to follow, but who is going to follow it? Who is going to do the things Someone Else did?

When you are asked to help this year, remember -- we can't depend on Someone Else anymore."

~~~Heavenly Father, I thank You for the blessings of doing little and sometimes big things to make this a world that is closer to the loving world it was meant to be.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


This is crazy...lately too much going on to get the other things done that I want to do, like finish today's post.

Prayer group went into overtime and then I had to go shopping at three different places and by the time I got back, Michael was already home so it was time to fix dinner and home made apple pie, so I am rushing to finish up this post.

You will all be delighted to know that Michael went immediately to the laundromat to finish the laundry (that is the 'we did, we did...well he did' title)which left me with the also delightful task of cleaning up the laundry room disaster.  It took me as long to do that as it took Michael to pack up the clothes, drive to the laundromat (which amazingly he remembered where it was from 7+ years ago when he moved in here but he can't remember 90% of what I say), finish the wash (it took four loads that our washer could have made in three loads) and drive back home.  Of course you could have eaten off the floor when I finished (by the way, why DO they say THAT when you clean so much??  No matter HOW clean, I would not want to eat off of anyone's floor in ANY room!)

How's this for a cute little cleaner?  Looks like it may only be dry cleaning, but they were clever advertisers...

Interestingly Michael said there were SEVERAL men there and only ONE woman using the laundromat!!!  Think this could be a new guy hangout??  That guy looks like he is just fascinated with the spin cycle on that washer....

I have no idea what our local laundromat looks like so I will have to have Michael take me there one day (did I ever tell you that he took me to see the local dump after we got married???...his idea of a fun time can be scary!!)....

Hopefully 'his' laundromat looked alot better than this one and it should since they charged $2.50 per load and the washers were small and didn't even have a good spin cycle (for awhile I thought we might have to re-wring them out!)...

Did I ever tell all of you about the time when I was a young new bride (18 yrs old) and my late beloved hubby, Mario and I were stationed in Alaska at a little town named Delta Junction?  Our trailer court had a laundromat in the middle of it and I would trek through the snow to do the laundry, often by myself.  One time there was a huge sheet under the folding table and it was covering something, so I made the mistake of peeking and there was a dead wolf!!  Boy did our laundry get done in record time that night!....
When I looked for pictures of flooded laundry rooms, I found TONS of them...which makes me wonder about the who and how of those many, many photos.  Somehow, I don't think Michael would have been too appreciative if I had said "Honey, just hold that hose and the soaked floor while I go look for the camera and take several pictures while you flounder around in the mess."

How do you like this lovely laundromat, complete with misspelling, a phone, an ATM and a weird soda machine??....

The adventure continued once Michael got back with all four loads of wet clothes as we (meaning me trying to convince him that this was indeed a great idea) decided to put them outside.  We have a bench, a secluded area of fence and two drying racks for putting the wet clothes to dry on this sunny but cool day, all of which succumbed to the unbelieveably gusty winds...winds that could probably take you parasailing (without the ocean, although we did have several puddles) to Guatemala, China and maybe even Australia!  So, you can now picture us chasing clothes aound the yard and watching the racks fall down...

If we had clothespins and a drying line, they would have looked somewhat like these only I think the clothesline might have blown up and away as well!  Once again Michael failed to let on to all the fun he was having (he must just be shy that way)...

One of the adventures you didn't hear about was the unique way I had to do the dishes.  Since NO water could go down the drains, I had to get creative (don't worry, THIS time it is not so scary).  I had to have a bucket nearby as I plugged the sink and washed and rinsed in the plugged area, then I had to bail out the water into the bucket with a glass or bowl, fill it then go to the back yard and throw the water out onto the grass, unlike this lady who is throwing it on a truck and some children...

Let's end these pictures with a totally adorable photo I found of a baby koala bear investigating a bucket of water.  Michael and I didn't do this, but then we didn't have big enough buckets either (or I might have suggested it)...

Now for yet a few more chuckles that I got in an e-mail....

"You can't read this and stay in a bad mood!
1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?

Unique Up On It.

 2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?

Tame Way.

 3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest ?

They Take The Psycho Path

4. How Do You Get Holy Water?

You Boil The Hell Out Of It

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?


6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?


7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work?

 A Stick

 8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?

Nacho Cheese.

 9. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?

Subordinate Clauses.

10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?

Quattro Sinko.

11. What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow?

Spoiled Milk.

 12. What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a  Vampire?


13. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And  Twitches?

 A Nervous Wreck.

14. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And  Pea Soup?

 Anyone Can Roast Beef.

15. Where Do You Find a Dog With No Legs?

 Right Where You Left Him.

16. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?

Because They Have Big Fingers .

17. Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive?

Because It Scares The Dog.

18. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?


19. What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover ?!

The Location Of The Dirt Bag.

20. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down?

 Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat.

 21. What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver?

A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack , Dang!

A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack .

22. How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?

Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer

~~~Dear Lord, I thank You for the blessings of entertainment in unique forms when challenges arise.

It's started but no time to finish right now...

The Thursday continuation of what happened is started but, with today being prayer group day, I have no time to finish it up, but time enough to send blessings on all of you as I drive and pray my way to prayer group this morning.

Just like the little guy in the picture above, I stepped up to get some things done around here first thing this morning (among them my Bible reading) and YAHOO...using the sweet dishwasher for the first time in a week!!

I'll be back to finish up the 'real' post for today but until then, May the good Lord bless, be with and guide you all today!

~~~~Thank You, Lord for the blessings of septic tanks that finally empty out enough to take showers at home and wash dishes.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Monday post that had to wait until Wednesday

We had rain for too many days

And now my poor brain is in a haze

And muscles are sore too

From having too much to do.

Yes siree, I did have a post started for Monday and I was all gung ho about getting back on blogging track, but life decided to de-rail me!!

In case you haven't read the news, we have had buckets full of rain and more rain here in Georgia.  I know the Indians did rain dances, so I was trying to figure out if a rain "walk" might stop some of these drops.

The rain is not so bad or sad, but what happens to our already stressed septic tank can cause a tear or two....

Our back yard had many spots like this, only this looks pretty and ours looked muddy or murky, sort of, kind of jerky...

So, on with this tale of woe that is still kind of funny too.  Since we could not use our water in the house, except for a rare flush or two or for brushing teeth (you haven't LIVED till you've had to go to the nearest store to go to the bathroom), I came up with a (potentially) nifty or (ultimately)dumb idea for the backloads of laundry that were piling up once the rain started.  Creative thinking for getting out of jams or repairing things or saving money has been my forte, so I thought about this and came up with a solution/catastrophic idea. 

Fortunately Michael decided to take Monday as a vacation day, so I said, let's do laundry and he said "What?"  For some reason doing laundry not only doesn't thrill him but the ramifications of how to do it also stunned him.  I said, "Let's just take the hose from the back of the washer, empty the kitchen garbage can and put the hose in there for the water where we can then take it outside."  Sounds  like a plan?  Of course the water comes out with lots and lots of force so one would have to be there to hold the hose when the washer started spinning.

So, let's play some cards and wait for this to happen is what I said to sweet and unsuspecting, but still unsure Michael.  AT the first pause, I go into the laundry room and hold the hose as it amazingly fills up the whole huge garbage can to the point where I have to stop the washer and have Michael help me bail out some water.  Michael disappoints me by failing to say "Wow this is fun and I am thrilled to use my day off this way."  We were both amazed at how much water came out of that tub, but we got rid of it in the back yard and away from the septic tank area, then we sat down to await the rinse cycle.  Sad to say, neither one of us has the ability to retain any short term memory so we heard the machine stop after the rinse cycle and went on playing cards.

What we heard next was the hose at it flew off of the top of the garbage can and started spewing water everywhere.   Michael's reflexes were amazing as he jumped up, knocking his chair to the ground to go grab the monster hose, with me sprinting behind him (he was closest to the laundry room).  He soaked the left side of his trousers as he wrestled the hose into the garbage can yelling "We are NOT doing any more laundry like this EVER!!"  Meanwhile I was spreading the flannel sheets that were next to be washed, all over the floor as I splashed my way around.

This is a little bit of what our laundry room looked like but you have to add LOTS more water, all the kitty litter that the cats toss out every day from their litter box along with the dust balls and toys they shove under the washer AND DRYER...

We are thinking that when we get our income tax refund we may have to face something like this...

Well, I need to get ready for my art class (which I have missed for over a month now), but there is more to this delightful tale, so maybe tomorrow will bring the rest of the story.

No need for jokes today as the laundry room provided that!!

~~~Thank You dear Lord for the blessings of a sense of humor to laugh and not cry about many things, please help me to laugh more and cry less.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Keeping our "Heads Up"

Sometimes we look the other way when life gets complicated, troublesome or challenging...and then
the 'stuff' we have 'swept under the rug' just grows bigger and ends up tripping us!

Before I go any further I would first of all like to ask all of you wonderful bloggers to please, at the very least, pray for the victims of the Haiti earthquake and the rescuers that goodness and kindness will be multiplied everyday.  If you can stretch your budget, maybe a donation to one of the many worthwhile agencies that are helping (fortunately our church even has a 'sister parish' in Haiti, so we are contributing almost directly).

Now, on to the more mundane but still important things that we need to not sweep under the rug.

I found this article (below) as the headline on my computer news site on Friday so it was worth sharing to hopefully help you and me and all of us.  It was all about hackers and the fact that we often use passwords that are too easy to access.

Remember that you never know who a potential hacker might be.  It could even be your own "innocent" kitty (after all most computers do have a mouse, hee hee)...

It would be a great help to us all if they would only wear their "uniform"...

Don't be fooled by a friendly face....

Now there are some non violent ways to deal with hackers and since I am a proponent of non violence, I find this to be one resolution....

Or you could unleash this little guy on the hackers computer and NOTHING would ever work right again...

So here is the article in its' entirety....
"If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe

by Ashlee Vance
Friday, January 22, 2010
provided by
Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was "12345."

Today, it's one digit longer but hardly safer: "123456."

Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks on Google's e-mail service, many people have reacted to the break-ins with a shrug.

According to a new analysis, one out of five Web users still decides to leave the digital equivalent of a key under the doormat: they choose a simple, easily guessed password like "abc123," "iloveyou" or even "password" to protect their data.

"I guess it's just a genetic flaw in humans," said Amichai Shulman, the chief technology officer at Imperva, which makes software for blocking hackers. "We've been following the same patterns since the 1990s."

Mr. Shulman and his company examined a list of 32 million passwords that an unknown hacker stole last month from RockYou, a company that makes software for users of social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. The list was briefly posted on the Web, and hackers and security researchers downloaded it. (RockYou, which had already been widely criticized for lax privacy practices, has advised its customers to change their passwords, as the hacker gained information about their e-mail accounts as well.)

The trove provided an unusually detailed window into computer users' password habits. Typically, only government agencies like the F.B.I. or the National Security Agency have had access to such a large password list.
"This was the mother lode," said Matt Weir, a doctoral candidate in the e-crimes and investigation technology lab at Florida State University, where researchers are also examining the data.

Imperva found that nearly 1 percent of the 32 million people it studied had used "123456" as a password. The second-most-popular password was "12345." Others in the top 20 included "qwerty," "abc123" and "princess."
More disturbing, said Mr. Shulman, was that about 20 percent of people on the RockYou list picked from the same, relatively small pool of 5,000 passwords.

That suggests that hackers could easily break into many accounts just by trying the most common passwords. Because of the prevalence of fast computers and speedy networks, hackers can fire off thousands of password guesses per minute.

"We tend to think of password guessing as a very time-consuming attack in which I take each account and try a large number of name-and-password combinations," Mr. Shulman said. "The reality is that you can be very effective by choosing a small number of common passwords."

Some Web sites try to thwart the attackers by freezing an account for a certain period of time if too many incorrect passwords are typed. But experts say that the hackers simply learn to trick the system, by making guesses at an acceptable rate, for instance.

To improve security, some Web sites are forcing users to mix letters, numbers and even symbols in their passwords. Others, like Twitter, prevent people from picking common passwords.

Still, researchers say, social networking and entertainment Web sites often try to make life simpler for their users and are reluctant to put too many controls in place.

Even commercial sites like eBay must weigh the consequences of freezing accounts, since a hacker could, say, try to win an auction by freezing the accounts of other bidders.

Overusing simple passwords is not a new phenomenon. A similar survey examined computer passwords used in the mid-1990s and found that the most popular ones at that time were "12345," "abc123" and "password."

Why do so many people continue to choose easy-to-guess passwords, despite so many warnings about the risks?

Security experts suggest that we are simply overwhelmed by the sheer number of things we have to remember in this digital age.

"Nowadays, we have to keep probably 10 times as many passwords in our head as we did 10 years ago," said Jeff Moss, who founded a popular hacking conference and is now on the Homeland Security Advisory Council. "Voice mail passwords, A.T.M. PINs and Internet passwords — it's so hard to keep track of."

In the idealized world championed by security specialists, people would have different passwords for every Web site they visit and store them in their head or, if absolutely necessary, on a piece of paper.

But bowing to the reality of our overcrowded brains, the experts suggest that everyone choose at least two different passwords — a complex one for Web sites were security is vital, such as banks and e-mail, and a simpler one for places where the stakes are lower, such as social networking and entertainment sites.

Mr. Moss relies on passwords at least 12 characters long, figuring that those make him a more difficult target than the millions of people who choose five- and six-character passwords.

"It's like the joke where the hikers run into a bear in the forest, and the hiker that survives is the one who outruns his buddy," Mr. Moss "

So, let's laugh about it a little bit (or byte)...

"If Life Were Like A Computer:

You could add/remove someone in your life using the control panel.

You could put your kids in the recycle bin and restore them when you feel like it!

You could improve your appearance by adjusting the display settings.

You could turn off the speakers when life gets too noisy.

You could click on “find” (Ctrl, F) to recover your lost remote control and car keys.

To get your daily exercise, just click on "run"!

If you mess up your life, you could always press "Ctrl, Alt, Delete" and start all over!


I had been doing Tech Support for Hewlett-Packard's DeskJet division for about a month when I had a customer call with a problem I just couldn't solve. She could not print yellow. All the other colors would print fine, which truly baffled me because the only true colors are cyan, magenta, and yellow.

For instance, green is a combination of cyan and yellow, but green printed fine. Every color of the rainbow printed fine except for yellow. I had the customer change ink cartridges. I had the customer delete and reinstall the drivers. Nothing worked. I asked my coworkers for help; they offered no new ideas.

After over two hours of troubleshooting, I was about to tell the customer to send the printer in to us for repair when she asked quietly, "Should I try printing on a piece of white paper instead of this yellow paper?"
~~~Dear Lord thank You for the blessings of our creative minds and please help us to use them to make this world a safer and better place.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Guess Who's Having A Birthday and who LOVES pink??

Well, I have been VERY busy and I snuck over to
Eileen's blog (Umma's World) and swiped a few wonderful pictures to honor her on her special day today.  Just love this one of she and Ray in the park with Jayden....

Guess which one is Eileen?  Actually...none, BUT this is what we ALL need to do today (let me know which body muscles are still attached when you finish)...

This cute little boy and girl just reminded me of Ray and Eileen and what they probably had to do for their pre-marriage classes...

This is SOOOO Eileen, full of love for those grandbabies,...

Here's the male miniature version (aka Jayden) of Eileen....

And here's the cute little female miniature of Eileen (aka Mia)...

This is one of my many favorites because of the sheer joy on their faces...

And since Eileen has some lovely Irish in her (and I do too!), Irish her the most happy of birthdays...

Did anyone know how famous Eileen is and how irresistible?.....

Seems like Ray is quite the man too....

Gotta give Eileen some pink today as she does (or at least she used to) love it so much.  It's a mini pink kitchen...

Should we all pool our resources ( I am low on resources but I have three candy bars) and get her this car?....

And wouldn't she love having this in her front yard?....

Even though this is pretty much a hot pink, I think Eileen could carry it off!!....

And does she have pink luggage???...this is yet another gift idea for those of you who are stumped and yet loaded with money...

What house could be complete without this pink tree??....

We all need to beg Ray to paint thier house this lovely pink color and surprise Eileen ('s not too late Ray if you stay up all night and get 20 or 30 family members to help you!!)....

Found this lovely and holy cake with pink icing but they misspelled Eileen (hard to find good help nowadays)...

How perfect is this and Eileen reflects His

 love in her kind ways...

This is a great day to send more and more good wishes her way...

Aaah, yet another project for Ray (such a nice guy) where he can surprise Eileen and shock himself, all in one fell swoop...

It bears repeating, Happy, happy Birthday...

This is a REALLY pink cake with a heart for someone who is a sweetheart...

With all this pink there is bound to be something pink Eileen will like here...

How about pink flamingos?  This painting might be a little pricy but I'm sure we could find her some plastic ones for her front and back yard and maybe even inside the house!!...

Eileen dearly loves coffee, so here's a cup that even I might be able to handle...

Some more vintage pink for Eileen...

And VOILA... a pink sunrise for her too...

Finally, some pink birthday balloons...

To cover her kitchen burners we have some pretty pink flowered burner covers...

And this was the perfect flower to send her for her birthday....

Finally for the fine person and good friend and empathetic person that she is to me and to so many, I want to say....

Something to bring a smile to the birthday girl's face and yours too (hopefully)...

On my birthday I got a really funny card from a friend. It joked about how our bodies might be getting older, but our minds were still "tarp as shacks." I wanted to thank the friend who sent the card, but I couldn't. She forgot to sign it.
Greeting Cards: When you care enough to send the very best but not enough to actually write something.
The best birthdays of all are those that haven't arrived yet.

~ Robert Orben

May you live all the days of your life.

~ Jonathan Swift

Inside every older person is a younger person - wondering what the hell happened.

~ Cora Harvey Armstrong

To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.

~ Bernard Baruch

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.

~ Robert Frost

If I'd known I was going to live this long (100 years), I'd have taken better care of myself.

~ Ubie Blake

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.

~ Lucille Ball

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

~ Jack Benny

Pleas'd look forward, pleas'd to look behind, And count each birthday with a grateful mind.

~ Alexander Pope

Whatever with the past has gone, The best is always yet to come.

~ Lucy Larcom

It is lovely, when I forget all birthdays, including my own, to find that somebody remembers me.

~ Ellen Glasgow

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty.

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

~ Franz Kafka

I want to be an artist

To paint pictures just for you,

So when each birthday comes around,

I can send you quite a few.

~ Anonymous

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.

~ George Santayana

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.

~ Bell Catherine

With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.

~ William Shakespeare

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.

The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

~ Erich Fromm

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you were smiling

live life so that when you die...........

you are the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.


Your birthday is a special time to celebrate the gift of 'you' to the world.

~ Anonymous

~~~Heavenly Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I thank You for the blessings of celebrating special days with special people like Eileen and please bless all those celebrating birthdays this month.