NAPPING DAY

TL NAPPING DAY (1ST MONDAY AFTER DST)

Do NOT try to get between me and the Sandman…  don’t even try it.

Today do you feel a little jet lag?  We set our clocks ahead one hour, we lost an hour of sleep.  We showed up at church in desperate need of a nap, eagerly awaiting that Sunday afternoon nap.  Did you get one?  I know, me neither.

3-9 YOU KNOW YOU NEED A NAP

But guess what today is?  It’s NAPPING DAY!  Of course my priorities are perfect because I took my nap first and wrote about it later – LOL!  I have my hour back – yay!  We really need to get plenty of rest, and naturally that starts with getting to bed at a good hour and sleeping for around 8 hours.

There are 3 types of naps.

Planned napping (also called preparatory napping) involves taking a nap before you actually get sleepy. You may use this technique when you know that you will be up later than your normal bed time or as a mechanism to ward off getting tired earlier.

Emergency napping occurs when you are suddenly very tired and cannot continue with the activity you were originally engaged in. This type of nap can be used to combat drowsy driving or fatigue while using heavy and dangerous machinery.

Habitual napping is practiced when a person takes a nap at the same time each day. Young children may fall asleep at about the same time each afternoon or an adult might take a short nap after lunch each day.

 No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.  – Carrie Snow

Daylight Savings time is wonderful – and I wish we didn’t have to “fall back” later on.  But I don’t make the rules.  The older I get, the more I need consistency in everything, including my sleep patterns.  Sleep is probably the most healthy thing we do.

  • Naps improve your mood and performance
  • Naps reduce the risk of death from heart-related problems.
  • Naps as long as two hours a day by the people of Spain

WHEN YOU JUST WANT TO GO TO SLEEP

The hour I lose from daylight savings time will now be multiplied by six as I try to change the time on the clock in my car.  – @ROBDELANEY on Twitter

I don’t like being a crabby old lady and I sure don’t want to die because of lack of sleep.  I decided to play it safe today and sleep for a while.  I don’t take two-hour naps, but I did sleep for about an hour.  Now that I’m retired, I nap habitually.  I sleep for about 20-30 minutes every afternoon.  It makes me much MUCH easier to live with!  Wink!  😉

 

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SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY

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2-1 A PRAYER FOR SPUNK

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.  – William Harris

Today is SPUNKY OLD BROADS DAY!!!  Some of the sassy, spunky broads I’ll feature here are not necessarily OLD.  I’ll leave it to your discretion which ones are and which ones are not.  This is one of those posts that could go on and on with many examples, but I have to put a limit on it.  I will name my top ten picks.

1.  I feel blessed to have been around some of the sunniest gals with spunk ever – through the medium of television and radio.  Here from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville is cousin Minnie Pearl.

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2.  While we’re on the subject of country spunk, check out this video from Dolly in the movie 9-5.  I think I read her lips when she was telling her boss she’d change him from a rooster to a hen…  whew!

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3.  How about our favorite redhead – Reba McEntire?  Natural red-head have built-in spunk.  It’s just part of the territory.  She shares some of her spunk with us on her TV show – Reba.  I think she has some attitude in this song too.

http://youtu.be/OVXNOIWqcTc

4.  Even our greeting cards got a kick in the attitude when Maxine came along!

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5.  How could I even consider making this list without the remarkable and spunky Vivien Leigh?

Can’t you just hear her saying FIDDLE-DEE-DEE???

Spunk is that quality that sets older women apart from the rest.  I meet my friend at the beauty shop every Friday, and let me tell you…  that shop is full of women with SPUNK – and they are all over 60 years of age!  I listen to them talk every week and I walk away thinking, “I want to be just like them when I get older.”  Yep – watch out world – you’ve been warned.

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.  – Author Unknown

6.  Did you know that Katharine Hepburn was a natural redhead???  Does it surprise you?  Talk about some major spunk, she had it!  Remember when women would not entertain the notion of wearing slacks?  This is the gal who changed all that, and her 5’7″ frame wore slacks very nicely.  She was tough and bold even as she got much older.  When she developed the shaking of her head, she was quick to set the record straight when she proclaimed that it was not Parkinson’s, rather it was inherited from her grandfather.  She was known as “The First Lady of Cinema” for movies which are now considered classics.

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7.  Today we know Betty White as a legend, but I thought it would be fun to show a video from 1945 when she was just starting out.  Even in this video her spunk is showing.  I like that she is now a spunky lady, but I wish she’d throw some of that off-color language to the curb.  She would be funnier without it.   :-/

http://youtu.be/ZnREvTHj3g4

8.   There are so many great quotes from Eleanor Roosevelt, and I believe I’ve used every one of them at some point or the other.

http://youtu.be/9pAbaHjLaP4

She overcame loss and it made her more determined to be a strong woman with character, intelligence and spunk.  I was surprised to learn she had lost both her parents by the age of ten.  She really must have had to dig deep into her faith pocket to keep going.  It’s a woman just like this who needed to be beside FDR when the country was going through the stock market crash on October 29, 1929.  Known as Black Tuesday, it was the worst economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world.  Close your eyes and image him talking with her about this situation – and about The New Deal.  She had to be strong – and a very good listener, I suspect.  Spunky women don’t always talk – sometimes they know when it’s time to be quiet and listen.

9.  Della Reese showed her spunk in the hit show on CBS called “Touched by an Angel”.  Here she is explaining the premise behind the show.

http://youtu.be/CMvQastGhf0

As I previously mentioned, spunky women do not have to be loud and irritating to show their spunk.  Della is a great example of this as an angel “supervisor” – which brings me to…

10.   Roma Downey, the “angel girl” whose gift from God was not music or art.  Her gift from God was truth.  She spoke truth with kindness, but also with her own brand of spunk.  You GO, angel girl.  Here are Della and Roma in real life.  This is so powerful, I had to share it.

http://youtu.be/qe5_zlJjNUE

You can’t go wrong asking God for His brand of spunk.  I will continue to do that as I get older.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BIFOCALS AT THE MONITOR LIBERATION DAY

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12-1 GLASSES FOR THE MONITOR

A host of changes took place in 1994.  It was as if I was just blissfully gliding along in life and suddenly hit a brick wall!  I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, gained more weight after going on diabetes medication (that’s frustrating), and found out my thyroid was terribly low.  I felt so overwhelmed and decided it was the beginning of “getting older”.  Later in the year I went in for my annual eye exam and was told I needed bifocals.

Well – that was just IT.  I threw up my hands and welcomed age into my life.  Of course when faced with adversity – I fight back with laughter!  What else can I do?  If I don’t laugh, I will cry.  I really don’t want to cry, so…

Bifocals are tricky to say the least, especially when you first get them.  When you walk, your steps are exaggerated.  It’s funny to watch someone getting used to new bifocals.  It takes a while to learn to navigate stairs or even step up on a curb.  My heart goes out to anyone wearing bifocals for the first time – especially if they have to get used to them alone.  I’m so glad my husband was there to help me when I got mine.

I remember when I could sit at a computer monitor without eyeglasses.  I used to have to hold things very close to my face to read them clearly.   Now the opposite is true – now if I can hold things far away, I read them better.  LOL!  When did I get so old?

We want to be set free!  We want to be free from tilting our heads back and looking through the bifocal lens to read the computer  monitor or play the piano.  Ouch – my aching neck!  We honor those poor souls who suffer with neck and shoulder pain due to bifocals with BIFOCALS AT THE MONITOR LIBERATION DAY!!!

That’s a good idea – if you’re rich!  I can’t afford 3 pairs of glasses.  I do good to get one pair (I’m guessing you do too).  I came up with a solution on my own because I was so desperate to save my neck.  Our local Dollar Tree store has a few pair of full-size readers (make SURE you get full-size readers because half-size readers will force you to bend your head back to see through them).  My bifocal is about +200 so I found some full-size lenses that are that strength.  I wasn’t sure it would work – but for $1 I thought it would be worth a try.  My plan worked!   If you don’t know the strength of your bifocal, ask for a prescription from your eye doctor or ask over the phone.  They will gladly share that information with you.

Now I have the bifocal glasses I purchased from my eye doctor for everyday plus a pair of full-size readers in the strength of my bifocal – to wear at the computer and to play the piano.   While the full size reader is great for seeing a computer monitor or sheet music, I can’t see to walk or anything else, so I must have my “regular” glasses handy to put on before I get up.

Laugh it up, young people!  Your turn is coming.  LOL!  😉

It was a very inexpensive solution to a painful problem.  Hey – I’m a happy camper and no more neck pain!  Sometimes I feel like a smart cookie!  😀

Well, before things go completely downhill and get totally depressing, let’s hear some positive news!

My soul is not contained within the limits of my body; my body is contained within the limitlessness of my soul.  – Jim Carrey

It’s true!  No matter what limitations we face, the only thing holding us back is the thought that something is holding us back.   😉

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift, may I suggest a new devotional book by Lucinda Berry Hill?  Everyone needs a new devotional book to begin the new year!

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Click on the link below to order your copy!

http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000952694/A-Second-Cup-with-Jesus.aspx 

GRANDPARENT’S DAY

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(9) HAPPY GRANDPARENT'S DAY FROM THE STEEPLE

A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. – Lois Wyse

Another family time was celebrated in churches all over America. Grandparent’s Day has been around for a long time. It began as an idea of Marian Lucille Herndon McQuade, a West Virginia homemaker and mother of 15 children. In 1970 she began a campaign to establish a special day to honor grandparents. She attracted the support of businesses, churches, civic groups and political leaders. West Virginia Governor Arch Moore declared the first state-wide celebration of Grandparent’s Day in 1973.

The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
– Sam Levenson, You Don’t Have to Be in “Who’s Who” to Know What’s What

The same year, West Virginia Senator Jennings Randolph introduced a Grandparent’s Day resolution in the U.S. Senate, which languished in committee. Mrs. McQuade and her many supporters gathered media support for a National Grandparent’s Day and began contacting political representatives in every state as well as national organizations interested in senior causes.

In 1978, five years after Grandparent’s Day was first recognized in West Virginia and eight years after she began her campaign, McQuade succeeded.

Grandmas are moms with lots of frosting. – Author Unknown

A federal proclamation was created in 1978, passed by Congress and signed by President Jimmy Carter. The statute cites the day’s purpose: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer”. National Grandparent’s Day was first celebrated on Sunday, September 9, 1979.

Sometimes you can adopt grandparents too. Maybe it’s the old couple who lives down the street that never had kids of their own – you never know. 😉

GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY

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7-23 GRANNY LAVELLA
Today is GORGEOUS GRANDMA DAY. When I get to heaven there will be so many things to see and do, and first I want a hug from Jesus – not one of those “good to see ya” hugs that last about 2 seconds, but a really long hug! He’s been my best friend for so many years, when I finally see Him face to face, yeah, I want a hug!

The second thing I want to do is renew the relationship with my family! I didn’t know Granny LaVella very long, but I knew her well. She and Grandpa Frank lived on a farm in Northern Oklahoma. We got to visit the farm nearly every weekend and I looked forward to those visits.

I was their youngest grandchild, so I got some very special treatment. I was the miracle for my folks. They could not have children and adopted me when I was only a few days old. There are a few basic lessons I learned on the farm. Lesson number one: the chores do NOT wait. You get out there and get it done – NOW. When it’s time to milk the cow, son, you’d better get out there and do the milking. Bessie does not care if you want to sleep another half hour, and she doesn’t care if it’s cold outside – but you’d better warm those hands up or else.  Lesson number two:  don’t drink the cream off the top.  There are consequences for that action.

I miss the farm and yes, that feather bed! I’ve always said I could leave the city and go live in a small community somewhere and be fine with it. Some people think they would be bored or it would make them crazy, but not me. I would enjoy an uncomplicated life.

Grandpa Frank and Granny LaVella were the sweetest people and they were God-fearing souls who would not hurt a fly. They lived their lives and loved their God. They walked humbly but stood proud for the values they embraced. May I do the same.

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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OLD AGE
Is your hearing as good as it used to be?  Listen to this simulation of hearing loss:

It is usually very quiet in my house; unless you take into consideration the sound of wheels turning in my brain as I crank out another blog post, or the sound of my husband going quickly here or there to do yet another chore that has to be done around the house.

Some days I just sit and watch him go from project to project in amazement! I’m so proud of the progress he’s made health-wise. I try to be the kind of positive support I’m supposed to be. He has a stubborn determination to keep going. He has fought to regain his health – and I admire that.

Something really funny happened the other night. We were sitting out on our deck and he asked a question out of the blue. I’m not sure if I didn’t hear the question or if I was just zoning, but for whatever reason I said, “Huh, what’d you say?” Then he said, “Huh?” We both just started laughing at that point! Is this what it’s like to grow old with another person? Your conversation turns into a stream of “huh’s”???

To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered. – John Ruskin

I could blame him for not asking the question clearly in the first place, but since I don’t even remember what the question was, I can’t in good conscience do that. I was zoning – I do that a lot. More than likely I had an idea for a poem flying around in my mind. You know, the older I get, the more I realize that I need to get those ideas written down quickly or they will disappear – poof! Oh well, such is life. I’m alive and have had the privilege of getting older.

You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. – Douglas MacArthur

I think the key to growing old gracefully is to laugh at moments like that, don’t you?

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THIS NEW DIET

We are never prepared for what we expect. – James A. Michener, Caravans

Well, I went in today for the dreaded A1c test (the 3 month average blood sugar). I was hoping for better news. It was 8.1 which is not as good as I would have liked. My doctor and I talked about my diet, exercise and medicines. She has increased my insulin to 30 to 35 units every night, which means I’ll be buying the Levemir even more often. That’s the most expensive of all my medicines, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m still going to eat a good diet and move every day.

I think summer is a great time to start eating healthier. The garden vegetables are abundant and at our house we don’t like to turn on the oven because it makes the house too hot. I’m declaring this a salad summer for sure!

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. – Lewis Grizzard

Tomatoes are the one food that I can have as much as I want. The problem with that, of course, is the acid content. I eat as much as I want, however, because I’m the only one in our house that likes them!

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. – Doug Larson

Oh – all this talk of tomatoes and bacon makes me want a BLT!!! You know, when that bacon is smashed up against the lettuce, it really does make it more palatable. I had not thought of it that way before!

I’ve decided that common sense needs to rule the day.  I can eat dessert – I just cannot eat ALL of the dessert in one sitting!  Take a look at this cake recipe!

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Fresh Apple Cake
3 Cups apples, cubed (do not peel)
1 Tablespoon vanilla
2 Cups Splenda
3 Cups flour
2 Eggs
1 Cup vegetable cooking oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (can use more)

1 teaspoon allspice
1 small jar cherries (chopped with juice)
1 Cup pecans (chopped)

PAM

Mix sugar,oil and eggs; beat well .
Add rest of the ingredients and mix well .
Pour into prepared tube pan.
Bake at 325* for 1-1/2 hour. This is a heavy cake so be sure to check to make sure it is done in the middle. It may require additional baking time.
This cake keeps well , wrapped in foil and refrigerated, if it makes it in to the refrigerator !!!

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I have another appointment in 3 months. So, I’ll just take my medicines and keep a happy outlook and a cheery disposition. Mix that with plenty of exercise and prayers, I think things will get better. ❤