Tuesday, October 21, 2008

She's A Beauty!!

A lovely lady is sitting in my garage. My 68 Mustang is home. Her name is Beauty. Isn't she sweet?
I guess I hadn't mentioned her too much....several of you emailed me because you didn't know about her. She belonged to my brother. He had gotten her from a friend and had planned to fix her up. Well, she sat in his yard for 2 years!! No cover, no protection... poor thing. Anyway, he figured he just wasn't wanting to take care of her and he was needing some cash. So, he gave us a good deal. That was around Mother's Day last year. We saved up and finally took her to get some TLC this past January. Originally, she was orange. When we got her, she was rust colored. Roger did some work inside, but she really needed some specific updates, etc... so, we took her to the shop. We had hoped it would take about 4-5 months. Well, we finally got her back today, almost exactly 9 months after we took her in. The next item she'll get is new tires/wheels. I'm not much of a tire/wheel expert, but Roger and the guys at the shop assure me she needs new ones. I'm not even sure which is the tire and which is the wheel. I just want it to be pretty :-)
I picked her up at noon and had to go get new tags. This afternoon, I loaded up the kids and we had to make a trip to Happy Hour at Sonic. Here's my 4 youngest muffins with their drinks, next to Beauty. We were happy.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Good Deals

We went to the corn maze today... Beautiful weather, hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn as high as an elephant's eye. I may break into song!! But, that's not what I'm writing about. I will be speaking at our Siloam Bible Ladies' Retreat next month on the "Grocery Game". So, I thought I'd give a little tease of what's to come. This is a picture of one of my shopping trips to Walgreens last week. Here's a run down:
-----1 Clorox Shower Cleaning System--On sale for $19.95 (I had a coupon for $10 off. And, there is a WG rebate this month for $10 back.) = Free
-----2 Crest Toothpaste reg. 1.99 - On sale for .99 - I had 2 coupons for $1.00 off = Free
-----Bought 5 Windex/Fantastic on sale for 2.50 each (total of $12.50) - WG has a rebate of 1.00 back on each. I had coupons for 2.00 off each windex and 1.50 off each Fantastic. So, they paid me $1.50 to take it all home.
-----Reach Toothbrush reg 2.50 on sale for .99. I had a coupon for 1.00 = Free
-----Palmolive on sale for .99. I had a coupon for .75 off - Cost me .24.
-----4 bags of candy on sale for $10. WG is offering a rebate for $4. And, I had 2 coupons for $2 off 2 bags. So I ended up paying $2 for 4 bags of candy...the good kind!
-----Chemical Shampoo/Conditioner is 7.99 - WG is offering full rebate, so it's free.
-----Finally, Lyp-sol lip balm is 2.99. WG is offering a full rebate, so it's free.

Final totals.... About $71.50 worth of stuff....I will have paid .75 after all the rebates arrive! I'll take it! It's not always like this...but it's sure sweet when it is...

Friday, October 17, 2008

Life Continues...

Things are good. Several of you have emailed your encouragement...thanks so much. Dad arrived on Monday and will be here until next Wed. The kids are so thrilled! He will then go back to Princeton to wrap up loose ends. Then, he'll move to Siloam in time for Christmas. He's looking forward to being with grand kids. Roger's sister, Joy, lives in Princeton. She and her hubby, Steve, have one 9 year old son, our nephew... So dad has been blessed to be around him since he was born. Now, he will spend time with his other grand kids. Not only are my five children here, but another of our nephews, Jon, also lives in Siloam. Even though he just turned 22, I know that Dad will want to spend time with Jon as well.
So, this week we've eaten lots of meals with Dad, taken Dad to the cabin for some repairs, he's taken the kids out for donuts once, will take them to Cathy's Corner tomorrow, and tonight, we spent an hour around the fire pit eating Smores and telling stories. The beginning of good memories!
In other news, my Mustang is almost done! No matter what Roger says, the color is NOT hot pink...it's called cranberry. It is lovely. I hope to pick it up Monday. I'm sitting here in my fuzzy robe and slippers...it's been a good week and I'm looking forward to a nice weekend.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cry Me a River

Do you remember the last time you cried? Not just wept, but really boo-hoo, sobbing sort of crying? Now, some of you may be saying to yourself, "Well, what time is it...?" Not me. I really don't like crying. To me, crying is so annoying. It makes my throat hurt, my nose run, and usually gives me a headache. Not to mention, the effect on my eyes and my makeup. There have been times that I've had the tears come to my eyes, for whatever reason, but I thought to myself that it was just not a good time to cry...I'll save it for later.
Anyway, Roger and I flew to Princeton last weekend to attend Beverly's funeral. Beverly was married to Roger's father for the last 11 years. We were so sad to see her go and so sorry that she suffered during her last few days. But, her death isn't what made me cry this weekend. When I cry, it very often has something to do with my mother. I miss her terribly, and going to a funeral usually brings back memories of her funeral, more so than the absence of the person whose funeral I'm attending. So, when I saw the pain that Beverly's daughters/granddaughter were feeling, I cried for myself, and for them, because it never really goes away. When Beverly's daughter told me that Beverly had commented many times that she thought I was a good mother and was proud of me...I cried. Even now, as I sit here, I'm tearing up...but resisting. There really is no bigger cheerleader than a mother, and I yearn for my own mother's approval and validation. I want her to be proud of me. So, even though Bebs wasn't my mother, she's the only "mother" I've had for the last 11 years...and I suppose she filled in some gaps. The other time I cried was when I thought about my sweet father-in-law. This is the second wife he's buried who suffered from ovarian cancer. He has been such a faithful and loving husband to both of them...and the last days of both were so difficult. What can I do to help him? Nothing... at least, nothing that seems significant to me. I can make him food, I can sit with him, I can take care of his grandchildren... but, I can't take away the pain, or loneliness.
I can only think of two times in my life when I sobbed uncontrollably. The first time was about 20 years ago. Again...my mother... She had died about 3 months earlier and my father was getting remarried. Yes, remarried. I can't even tell you how big a mistake it was. We were at a friend's house for the ceremony, and almost immediately after it began, I began to cry... I mean, sobbing in a way that sounded like I was having an asthma attack! I couldn't stop. Here's the crazy thing...I cried through the whole ceremony! I didn't leave, and they didn't stop, so on their video, you couldn't hear anything, because I was crying!! How weird is that? I remember thinking that I shouldn't have to be there. It was probably a bad omen because they were divorced within 6 months... no tears then though.
The second time was about 2 years ago. I had my first mammogram and the doctors had found a spot and wanted me to have a biopsy. I wept in the doctor's office, but when I got in the car, I lost it. Honestly, all I could think about was leaving my kids motherless. I sat in the car with Roger and sobbed for about 5 minutes. Then the Valium kicked in and I went to sleep. The biopsy was clear and everything was fine, but it was a rough 2 weeks.
I don't think I was always an anti-cryer. But, after going through my mother's death, I actually remember thinking to myself that I was so tired of crying. Maybe I learned to control it some. Or, maybe I deny myself that outlet and express my feelings in other ways. I don't FEEL like I'm somehow denying my emotions. And, I do cry. Usually, when I'm watching my son as he drives down the driveway...I get all teary. And, I cry when I think about what the Lord has done for a sinner like me.