TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY

TL 4-15 TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY

As we all know, today is National Tax Day, but if you are tired of adding up rows of figures to come up with exact answers, the day we’re celebrating will give you a break – it’s also TAKE A WILD GUESS DAY!!!

There are no prizes to be won for guessing correctly, but it should give your mind the break it needs.  Take a chance and take a wild guess today.  Make a bet with a co-worker about something – like is it going to rain???  Pretend you are the great Sherlock Holmes and use your powers of deduction or act on a hunch.

Jim Barber created this day and wanted it to coincide with National Tax Day.  He had a hunch the day would be a great success – and his hunch paid off!  Many people have enjoyed celebrating this wacky holiday in the past.

The whole romance of  [Dirty Harry] is the fact that he’s a guy who hates bureaucracy.  Well, who doesn’t hate bureaucracy? …  You go to the [DMV and] fill out form after form…  That’s part of the bureaucratic nightmare that mankind has made.  – Clint Eastwood

I’m not a huge “Dirty Harry” fan – it’s not really my style, but that famous line from the movie really is appropriate for today – “Do you feel lucky, punk???”

For some serious fun, you could fill a mason jar with jelly beans (counting them as you fill it) and have co-workers guess how many jelly beans are in there.  Or – if there is a pregnant co-worker or the spouse of a pregnant co-worker, you could have everyone guess the sex of the baby if they don’t know already.  How about using that great intuition of yours to scout out a great new place for lunch?  Act on a hunch and choose a place for lunch.  LOL…  yeah – I’m a poet.  🙂

Guessing is really a part of everyday life, when you think about it.  We venture into uncharted territory almost daily, hoping that our senses are not going to let us down.  This is the day to really tap into that sixth sense and shine as a great guesser.

Yep, it’s tax day.  Some of us paid in with no promise of a refund, while some of us paid in anticipating a refund.  No matter what your situation is today, at least there is some comic relief in sight.  Just have some fun, let your imagination go a little crazy and take a wild guess…  about anything!   🙂

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BACKWARD DAY

TL 1-31 BACKWARD DAY

What is Yad Drawkcab???  Well…  it’s BACKWARD DAY!!!  This is the time to do everything backward.  It’s so much easier for kids in school to do this.  Adults have been conditioned and need to literally make themselves do things backward.  Oh to be young again – and have the ability to be silly.

Write backward, talk backward. Wear your shirt with the back in the front. Eat a steak dinner for breakfast, and pancakes for dinner. Play a board game from the finish line to the start. Put a masking tape line on the floor and practice walking backwards.  Whatever you do, make it fun!

Just remember to post every selfie you take today – you can’t pick and choose which ones you put on facebook!

To see a person’s true face, look at the photos that do not get posted.  – Brandon Specktor

Use your imagination!  The sky is the limit.  What sort of backward things can you think of???

 Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but backwards and in high heels.  – Faith Whittlesey

This would be so much fun to celebrate with your kids or grandkids – and make sure you have the camera handy because you will definitely make some great memories for that scrapbook!

If you do decide to celebrate, make sure to share your photos with me on facebook!

Some parent is very talented with their video camera!  I really like the game of pool.  The spaghetti…  um – not so much.  I wonder how they did that.  

 To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.  – Margaret Fairless Barber, The Roadmender

For one day, bond with your children in a most unusual way.  Live life to the fullest with your little ones while you have them.  You want to look backwards in time and remember more laughter than tears.

Again with the food…  LOL!!!  Oh well…

 In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.   – Friedrich Nietzsche

Today I read about a mini-golf place that advertised they will celebrate Backward Day.  They will have everyone play the course backwards from hole 18 to hole 1.  Admission is also backwards – adults pay as children.  How fun would that be?

 Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.   – G.K. Chesterton

That looks like fun.  The goal is to spend time with your kids and be happy!  May you and your family have a lovely Backward Day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

FIG NEWTON DAY

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1-16 I ATE A FIG NEWTON IN NEWTON

Happy FIG NEWTON DAY!!!

Remember when fat-free Newtons came out in 1993???

We were recently in a town about 20 miles North of Wichita called Newton.  I was in a weird mood (yes it does happen often, thank you for asking) and said, “Wouldn’t it be a hoot if I ate a Fig Newton here in Newton, Kansas?”  I was met with one of those, “I cannot believe you just said that” looks – and the subject was dropped…  temporarily.

Between shopping and talking and walking around, the subject of Fig Newtons was a million miles from my mind.  Then we walked into one of those mom and pop drug stores – you know the kind – they have everything and a few odd things that you would not expect to find.  Then my mind was jogged…  I spotted a package of – yes, Fig Newtons! 

When you’ve been married as long as I have, no words have to be spoken.  We just exchange glances and know what the other one is thinking.  This time I was met with an eye roll and a shrug.  Well, I didn’t take that as a “no” (exactly), so I walked over and grabbed a package and paid for them.  I noticed my husband had quickly moved to the other side of the store.  I wonder why he did not want to be seen with me?  Huh…

Maybe he was afraid I’d embarrass him.  LOL – who, ME??? 

I found a bench outside and tore the package open.  Drumroll…  I ate a Fig Newton…  in Newton, Kansas!  Yep – I did!!!  I was going to take a selfie, but I forgot the camera, so…

If nobody likes your selfie, what is the value of the self?  – Brandon Specktor

I only wanted one – I bought one of those single-serve packages that are kept close to the cash register because they weren’t sugar-free and I didn’t want to spike my blood sugar – just have a little fun.

 Dieting is wishful shrinking.  – Author Unknown

There’s no harm in a little innocent spontaneous behavior, is there???  The only thing that would have made that day better is if it had been Fig Newton Day.  Ah…  welp – maybe we can plan better next year.  We’ll see…  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

IRON SHARPENS IRON… FRIENDSHIP

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CONVERSATION ABOUT HEAVEN

Of all the poems I’ve written, this one gets the most comments! I am asked, “Did this really happen?” The answer is, YES it really happened! My college friends and I wanted to spend an evening vegging out in front of the TV with snacks and decided to go to our local IGA store to shop. We were so excited to have a study-free evening ahead of us and admittedly felt a wee bit crazy. It was the last weekend of our Christmas break and we knew if we wanted to unwind, this was our last chance to do so. We would be hitting the books again soon.

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.  – Jim Ryun

The lines were long at the store and we were reading the covers of the magazines and tabloids displayed at the check-out stand. My friend, also named LINDA (it’s a wonderful name) blurted out, “When I get to heaven I’m going to spend my time baking home-made bread and eating all of it!” Well, that started it all. Everyone standing around us, including the clerk, was more than anxious to add their two cent’s worth!

I can see where my friend Linda was coming from. She and I were the only type 2 diabetics in our group of friends. We seemed to be closer friends because of that common bond. Since we are not supposed to eat a lot of bread, we dream about eating it in heaven. Now, I know we won’t have any need to eat in heaven, but hey – whatever gets you through, right? Our other friends always said things like, “Wow, I feel bad eating this (fill in the blank) in front of you.” Of course we always said it didn’t bother us, and for the most part it didn’t.

But the idea that a little corner of heaven would smell like freshly baked bread, and we could just eat as much as we want and never gain weight or have issues with blood glucose again – wow, that would be awesome, don’t you think? Be honest – that really would rock!  Wink!   😉

MOMENT OF FRUSTRATION DAY

TL 10-12 MOMENT OF FRUSTRATION DAY

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Type 2 diabetes is a demon. It is an evil diabolical dictator that will have its way with you if you don’t stand up to it and fight every single day. To say I resent it is a gross understatement. I hate it with everything in me. – Linda Palmer

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Today is MOMENT OF FRUSTRATION DAY!!! Today my frustration is with my type 2 diabetes. I’m not sure going outside at noon and screaming for 30 seconds will really help. LOL! I can imagine a neighbor calling the little men in the white jackets on me.

Some days I am just tired. There – I said it! I’m tired of the fight – I’m tired of being told by diabetes that I have to get out and exercise every single morning. Some days I just want to wake up and drink coffee and skip the exercise routine altogether. Does this make me lazy? Oh, probably – but that’s how I feel.

I had a very rotten attitude toward my workout today. The weather is changing. Our nice warm morning temperatures are quickly turning to nippy and chilly. I did not want to get out of my nice warm bed today to go out in the cold and walk. I did not want to then go climb on my bike (still half asleep) and ride for another half hour! This is the daily routine it takes to keep my blood glucose happy. But honestly, today my wanna just didn’t wanna do it!

Yes, I would like a little cheese with my WHINE… thank you! I can eat cheese – it’s low-carb!
Diabetes dictates my life – it HAS to in order for me to keep living a quality life. I have to move and I have to say no to the carbohydrates as much as possible. Diabetes does not take a vacation – and it will not let me take one either!

People who are not diabetic tell me all the time that they take little mini-breaks from their exercise routine to rest and relax mentally. I do not have that luxury. My disease is a control freak! It runs my life whether I like it or not (and for the record – I do not like it)! There are days when I just want to scream FOUL- and I guess this is one of them. It’s so unfair that a disease has so much power.

I could just ignore it – but what price would I pay? I could pay a very high price if I were to stop exercising every morning. Am I willing to gamble with my health. No. So – I drag my lazy butt out of bed and do what I have to do to stay healthy.

Where’s that cheese??? I’m almost out of whine. Wait – cheese is low-carb, right? 😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. – Genesis 9:6

To purposefully destroy innocent human life is a moral offence and I am outraged.

I try with all my heart to be a good person. Deep down inside I do not promote violence of any kind, in my life or in anyone else’s life. I do not own a gun, but I do not care if a mature, responsible, sane person owns a gun. It’s when some crazy person is packing a piece – that’s when I get nervous and very concerned! I guess the question is: How do you know if someone should be banned from carrying a weapon? Any weapon… because as we’ve seen lately, it does not have to be a gun! Crazy people destroy with anything. Who will weed out the crazies in our society to keep the rest of us safe? Can the crazies be weeded out before they do harm to others – or do we have to wait until the tragedy has occurred to finally do something?

We can’t take part in a race, attend a movie première or go to a Saturday night dance without wondering if some nut will be there with plans to destroy innocent people! Something is amiss here. There is a short-circuit or a link that needs to be inserted – between the unstable individual obtaining a weapon with intent to destroy and the real act of destruction. Something is seriously messed up, because we should not have to be afraid to go anywhere in our society. People were designed for relationship and for the most part, relationship involves attending functions that are packed with people. These seem to be the favorite places for the unstable with weapons to strike. Crowds.

The most obvious question in the wake of this outpouring of mass destruction of human life is – WHY? Unfortunately, that is the one question that we will probably never have an answer for – because when people are not really sane, you cannot even begin to understand or grasp the thought process behind such horrid behavior. It’s evil in its purest sense. I’m glad I can’t crawl inside that mind and understand it. In a way I wish I could – but I’m really glad I can’t.

For the Christian, there is prayer. We know that God is so much higher than any circumstance this world finds itself in. It may seem simple to those who are not believers, and that’s okay. We can’t just do nothing – so we pray. It’s more than the non-believer is able to do. They can complain and grieve and that’s good as far as it goes. But we as Christians know the Source of all life – yes, even the life of the one who destroys. I cannot crawl into that person’s head and figure out the motive behind the unbelievable actions – but God can – and does! He knows what triggered the action and He knows what it will take to fix that person’s problem. There’s a comfort in knowing that I can pray – leave it in God’s very strong and capable Hands – with His all-knowing power at work in the life of one who is obviously unbalanced.

I don’t have to know the “why” – because I know God already has the answer. What are we to glean from all of this? I don’t have that answer either. I guess we just have to lean on God and trust that it’s all part of a big plan. I am morally offended by the events in Boston, and deeply saddened. I just keep praying – it’s the only thing I know to do. ❤