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Having Put This Off Long Enough....

We recently had a huge 24-hour gym open up here in town.  Only about 4 blocks from the office - and right on my way to and from said office.  They ran a giant campaign to sign up members and ladies at the office starting joining right and left.  Suddenly everyone was checking in on Facebook at Planet Fitness!  Each check in sent a little ping of guilt straight through me.

When I quit going to the gym where I was previously a member, I kept using the excuse that it was clear across town and I was too busy with work to make it happen.  The drive was nearly 15 minutes over and 15 minutes back, so I felt justified with my "excuse" for not going.....

Now that seemingly everyone I know has joined the new gym and raved about it, I decided I had no excuse.  The price is right - less than half what I was spending before.  No group workout classes, but lots of great equipment to utilize.  I figured it would just take a little discipline to plan a fitness routine and then put it into a…

Finished, but with Some Silver Linings....

This has been one of those days that has just about gotten the best of me.  Stick a fork in me, folks....I'm so done! 

Started out early since I was scheduled to cover floor calls at the office from 8:30 - 11:30.  Eddie was off today, so he headed out before 8:00 to drop Jake at the groomer's shop.  At 8:15, he phoned.  His truck "broke" as he was pulling out of the parking lot across town after leaving Jake.  Literally, it "broke" with a loud pop as he tried to turn the wheels and he lost all steering ability.  He was stranded in the middle of the parking lot. 

Jane to the Rescue!!!  I finished throwing on clothes, loaded up for the office and headed out to wait with him for the tow truck.  It was a woeful sight when I arrived......




The tow truck driver got him loaded up and we followed the truck to our favorite mechanic's shop.  (With our older cars, and my son's 12-year old Altima, we are on a first name basis - his is Jimmy.)  Then I dropped my …

Photo Editing Options

Has anybody tried the new online photo editing program, PicMonkey, yet?  It's simple to find.....just www.picmonkey.com

I stumbled upon it last night and had a blast playing around with an old photo of me and Eddie Dale, circa 2010.......


Mostly, I found it fun to try out all the "makeup" options (i.e., erase wrinkles, airbrush, whiten teeth and eyes, even enhance mascara!).  Trust me, I tried it all and we looked like clowns with the George Hamilton spray tans!  Even though I was just playing around for a few minutes, it was very user friendly and easy to figure out. 

I am wondering if this will be a good replacement for Picnik, which we recently lost.  It does seem to have a lot more features....and I imagine they will start charging for some of them, at some point.  Right now, it all appears to be free in order to get you to try it out.  And they don't have their collage creator set up yet....but, it is supposed to be coming soon.

Any feedback out there yet???…

Caution - Materialistic Post Ahead.....

Warning - This blog post is definitely shallow......yep, very materialistic, indeed.  Don't say I didn't warn you!
As I was out there in the Wonderful World of Blog today, I came across a blog about the "boyfriend" watch trend.  You can check it out here at "Let's Add Sprinkles".

I guess it caught my eye because I was recently on-the-hunt for a particular "boyfriend" style watch made by Fossil.  Perhaps you've noticed the tortoise shell ceramic band watches they have in their lineup?



I saw a lady sporting one similar to this last week and just knew I had to have one!  I mean, really, it's the perfect neutral watch that goes with simply everything in the wardrobe, right?!?!?  So, I poked around online and determined that one of these little beauties was going to set me back at least $135.  Undeterred (and knowing I really couldn't spend that amount on a watch when I already have not one, but two, perfectly good ones), I headed out to…

Got a Blessing???

Ever notice how when you're feeling a little bogged down or floundering around for some direction..... God seems to give you a fresh breath of air?   A little extra poof of wind in your sails?
Some days the path seems shrouded in fog....and you feel the weightlessness as you stumble.... But, then one little thing can steady you and set you right.... strengthen your resolve.
Today was one of those inexplicable days when I felt discouraged over little things - even nothing. And, yet, it is ending on an encouraging note.  
So thankful today for the blessing of encouragement and  the Light to see the next step ahead on the path!

How did you feel blessed today?

Easter Blessings....

Just after midnight, listening to the gentle sounds of rain falling outside.....
And thinking about the Miracle of Easter. After the darkness of Friday, the weeping on Saturday.....
On the third day, He arose!  
Triumphant over death, to walk and dwell among us.....
And still He lives!!!

Wishing you a blessed Easter.....

On a Beautiful Spring Day......

The other day I made reference to the fact that the mesquites have leafed out here.  It's pretty much a true indication that Spring has arrived and we won't have another freeze.  So, it gets me all excited every year when it happens!

The bright neon green of the mesquite's foliage is unique, starkly different in color and texture from the other native trees growing around here.

We have many mesquite trees here on our property.  This is the large one that grows out front of the house.

No photo retouching done here.... the sky really is that beautiful shade of blue today!


I know they are a nuisance to farmers and ranchers, popping up and taking root in pastures or fields needed for cattle or crops.  They can grow quickly and densely and clearing them from the land is a challenge. But, they have a rather stark beauty all their own.  Their trunks can grow nearly horizontal, twisting and gnarling around upon themselves into an architectural  form.  Their shade is light and sparse…

Words and Music to Share

Good morning, Friends!

I am getting a late start this morning.....but, I have a very good reason.  Truly, I do!!!  I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading.  I was totally absorbed in a book that I downloaded to my Kindle a couple of days ago and just couldn't go to sleep without finishing it.

What kept me so interested that I literally could not put it down until reading the last word????




I have long been a fan of Steven Curtis Chapman.  When the kids were younger, we had one of his cassette tapes and it got played so much that it finally began to drag.  They adored him and sang right along with me.  Through the years, he has been a positive and steady influence in the world of Christian music with his ministry and testimony.

And, you know what they say, don't you?  Behind every great man is an even greater woman.  Well, Mary Beth Chapman would probably argue that she is not a "great" woman, but her story will certainly lead you to believe otherwise.