I would not call it a fear… but I’m very uncomfortable around people who are dressed in costumes, wearing masks or who are heavily made up. I like to look a person in the eye because I believe that old saying is true:

The eye is the window of the soul, the mouth the door. The intellect, the will, are seen in the eye; the emotions, sensibilities, and affections, in the mouth. The animals look for man’s intentions right into his eyes. Even a rat, when you hunt him and bring him to bay, looks you in the eye. – Hiram Powers

When I’m communicating with someone, I like to be able to look them in the eye. To judge a reaction you need to be able to see a person’s eyes. I guess the “fake” happiness that clowns have just creeps me out. I mean, doesn’t a clown ever have a really bad day? Do they have to be SO happy all the time?

When I was little, my parents took me to the North Pole. No, not the real North Pole, but to an amusement park in Colorado that had a North Pole theme. They told me I’d “get” to go see Santa – and I cried. I’m probably the only kid in the world who cried when told they were going to see Santa. My poor parents – they had a weirdo child.

If you’re alone, I’ll be your shadow. If you want to cry, I’ll be your shoulder. If you want a hug, I’ll be your pillow. If you need to be happy, I’ll be your smile. But anytime you need a friend, I’ll just be me.
– unknown

To be a real friend, lose the costume, mask and make-up. Just be yourself.    🙂

I miss the good ol’ days when kids could dress up like Bugs Bunny and be safe.

Here are some photos of my Halloween memories.

Happy Halloween!  Boo to You!  🙂





 Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.  – Epictetus

Today is SUSPENDERS DAY!  An accessory that is still popular today, the fashion trend was started back in the early 1970’s by Robin Williams.  Who could forget those RAINBOW SUSPENDERS of his?  I had a pair of rainbow suspenders as did most of my friends!  It was an essential in Junior High School.

Robin Williams as “MORK FROM ORK”

It really touched my heart that Jimmy Kimmel wore rainbow suspenders to the Emmy Awards in honor of Robin Williams!

The Rainbow Suspenders are my favorite

Other folks who are famous for wearing suspenders include:

Larry King

And there are characters in popular movies and TV shows that wear suspenders instead of belts:

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko

Suspenders made a comeback in the late 1980’s when Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko dressed in his signature shirt, serious suspenders with print tie.  It was the ultimate 1980’s, early 1990’s power outfit – lose the suit coat and let your suspenders show!  With the right shirt (white-collar, white cuffs), it worked.  If you’re going to be a corrupting authority in business you may as well be comfortable, huh?  The look strikes me as in your face and disrespectful.  It’s almost as if he’s saying, “You’re not worth it – I’m not putting on a suit coat or wearing a belt just for you.”   In my humble opinion, suspenders have a certain attitude that says casual and fun.  I don’t see it as acceptable business wear.  I know I’m outnumbered but hey – it’s just my point of view.

Urkel – what can I say?

The suspenders WORK for Urkel!  Poor guy – he’s such a geek.  Most of the time he leaves me crying because I’m laughing so hard!  Yes, the suspenders need to be part of his wardrobe – definitely!

I grew up in a really great era – everything we owned had a smiley face on it and our fashion accessories were started by Mork from Ork.  We all wore our rainbow suspenders, smiled and enjoyed our lives!   Good times…  yeah – good times!  🙂




Today is NATIONAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY!  I started teaching Sunday School when I was only 12 years old, about the same time I began playing piano for church.  Believe me when I tell you it’s not for wimps!  God gives us what we need, and most of the time we need a sense of humor!

I appreciate those times when you have worked all day Friday, come home to fix supper for your family, get your Sunday School packet out and begin to organize the lesson in your mind – and put together all the fun games included in the lesson packet.  Hey, we do laundry and cook-ahead on Saturday, so the lesson plan has to be done on Friday night.

I appreciate the moments when you realize that there’s no way you’re going to teach this lesson on a level that is going to be understood by your kids.  Sometimes you literally have to take the words used in the lesson book and re-write them.  It’s a definite waste of time for you, but the kids will benefit from it  because at least they will get something out of it.

I appreciate the days when you smile even though you walk into your Sunday School class and Tommy has already spit gum into Suzie’s pretty brown hair.  See what I mean about praying for a sense of humor?  You handle this rather sticky situation with grace and finesse – you send Suzie to her mom and set Tommy in the corner for a time out.  Yep – all better now.  Of course, the first bell has now rung and you haven’t gotten around to doing any teaching, but hey…  stuff happens.

I appreciate the dedication you have for your kids.  They are a charge given to you.  When you walk in ready to evangelize to them and let them know they are loved not only by their Savior, Jesus Christ, but by you as well, it’s a very good and productive day.  Well done!

I appreciate the time you take to teach children.  In our church we had a lot of bus kids – kids whose parents didn’t think it was important to bring their kids to church, but they could ride our bus.  One little girl will be in my mind forever – Virginia.  For some reason, Virginia decided I was her favorite person on the planet.  She never wanted to go to Children’s Church after Sunday School.  She wanted to go into BIG CHURCH with me.  I think she would have come home with me if she could get away with it.  I’ll tell you a little secret – I would have let her!  That little girl is not so little anymore.  She’s probably a mother herself now.  I pray for her every day.  I pray that the words she heard in Sunday School (and in BIG CHURCH) stayed with her and that somewhere along the way, she accepted Jesus into her heart and life.  ❤




As I was researching today’s special day, BRIDGE DAY, I was directed to a website about a festival that sounds like it would be great!  I live too far away and won’t be there, but I thought we could go virtually – come on, let’s GO!

Today in West Virginia they are holding their annual BRIDGE DAY FESTIVAL.  They expect more than 80,000 folks to show up!  The day begins with various vendors selling their goods in parking lots around 5:30 am.  Yeah – that’s too early for me.  The Farmer’s Market opens at 7:30 am until noon at Diogi’s parking lot in Fayetteville.  OK, if I have a cup of coffee in my hand – I’m game.  Yes, you get coffee too – we gotta wake up!

The shuttles start running at 8:30 am.  That should make life a little easier, huh?

The New River Gorge Bridge Day Festival begins at 9 am.  Yee-haw!  Here we go!

The XPOGO Stunt Team performs at the Crossroads Mall at 10 am.  That would be fun to watch!  There’s a car show at 10 am in Fayetteville as well.  Decisions…  decisions.  Can we catch both of them?  Oh wait – I lost my keys…  digging…  digging…  there they are – whew!

Music will fill the streets of Fayetteville at 2:30 pm.  Are you getting hungry?  I’m hungry.  Let’s head over to the Chili & Cornbread Cook-off in Downtown Fayetteville at 3 pm.  Well, I assume we get to eat the chili & cornbread.  LOL!  Yes, I know what it means to assume.  LOL!

That all sounds terrific – but here’s what caught my attention:

There will be B.A.S.E. jumpers at the festival all day long!  I admire people who can do that – I mean to put things into perspective, I don’t like to hop down from the bottom step of the bus, ya know?

If you’re not familiar with B.A.S.E. – it stands for BUILDING, ANTENNA, SPAN and EARTH.  These are the platforms from which these brave (or crazy) people leap!  B.A.S.E. jumpers have special parachutes designed for rapid deployment.

John Walsh demonstrates some pretty fancy B.A.S.E. jumping in this commercial:

What is the criteria for B.A.S.E. jumping?  No, people can’t just register and jump.  They have to be seasoned skydivers before they can be B.A.S.E. jumpers.  Well, that leaves me and most of my friends out – and probably always will; however,  I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video from last year’s festival.  The chick dancing in front of the trash can was pretty entertaining.  LOL!

I hope everyone close to and in West Virginia gets to the festival today (for real, not virtually) – if you do get to go, leave me a comment, OK?  I like reading what you have to say!  😉




I’ve always felt that if I examine myself too much, I’ll find out what I know and don’t know, and I’ll burst the bubble.  I’ve gotten so lucky relying on my animal instincts, I’d rather keep a little bit of the animal alive.  – Clint Eastwood

Learning to fail well means overcoming our natural instincts to blame someone whenever something goes wrong.  People fail best when they err on the side of forgiveness.  – Megan McArdle

It’s INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR FAILURE. Wait – I think I messed up – hang on… yeah – yeah, that’s right.  Yay – I got it right!  Surprise, surprise!!!

Fail. How? Just fail. You’ll find our own personal way to do it. I usually fail when I write a blog without doing enough research, or when I forget to actually write something down because I can’t remember anything for more than two seconds. A June Bug on speed has a longer attention span than I do.

For it is not failure that stops most people, but rather the belief that failure is permanent.  Failure is nothing more than a storm in the weather forecast for the week – it comes and it goes, and it waters next season’s yield because it teaches us where we can improve.  – Jake Ducey

Apparently on this day we’re supposed to fail on purpose. Then we’re supposed to brag all over the place about it – like I read we’re supposed to cook something – burn it on purpose and then take a photo of it to post on facebook. Seriously???

Or, we’re supposed to do something really stupid, call it a failure and tweet about it. Hmm…

I don’t know about you, but I have epic fails almost daily. I don’t have to stage a fail. Not to brag, but in my world, this could be a daily celebration!

Failure is an event, never a person.   – William D. Brown, Welcome Stress!

The lady you saw walking along Main Street in downtown Wichita last week wearing one brown shoe and one blue shoe – yeah – that was ME. Oh, that’s not the bad news – no. The bad news is, I was going to a job interview. I didn’t get that job – can’t imagine why.

You see, I like to buy comfortable shoes in all the colors and… you know what – never mind.

The point is, if you can laugh more than you cry – you’ve got this whole “life” thing figured out! If we can remember that God loves us no matter what color shoes we are wearing – that’s really all that matters.


It was such a load off my mind to know I could fail and not be a failure. I can fail (and have, and do) in order to learn, study, reinvent myself and move on. Failing forward is not a bad thing. To fail and never try again – that is a tragedy. 🙂





Kansans have an advantage when it comes to food. We take a little dab from Nebraska, add a sprinkle of this from Colorado, mix together with a touch of Oklahoma and shake it up with a bit of Missouri! Mama used to call that “Guess What I Am”. Trust me, you haven’t really lived until you’ve eaten it.

My folks had deep Southern Oklahoma roots. Even though my dad was raised in the city and mama was a farm girl, both grew up appreciating certain foods and styles of cooking. We lived on the cheap when it came to food, especially in the summertime. We raised okra, squash of all kinds, tomatoes, peas, carrots and melons. We went to the market for bread and butter, only because we didn’t have enough acreage to let a milk cow graze or plant our own wheat. There was, however, a wheat field right across the street from us for many years. Us kids used to go out and play in it (I’m sure the farmer appreciated that).

My dad also planted fruit trees in the back yard. We had our own cherries, apples, pears and (my personal favorite) apricots! There is nothing like a fresh apricot right off the tree – mmm! Good stuff, Maynard!

With all this bounty, we enjoyed Southern delicacies such as fried okra, fried green tomatoes (maters), cream peas and honey-glazed carrots. That reminds me – we also raised our own honey bees. My dad kept bees out behind his shed for years!

Sleep ’til you’re hungry, eat ’til you’re sleepy.  – Author Unknown

We had meat at every meal and mama fried it in her electric skillet and covered it with cream gravy. There was a potato, either fried (what a surprise), baked or boiled. We were meat and potato, down to earth, nothin’ fancy ’bout us – folks.

We usually waited a little while to eat dessert, but my favorite was mama’s apricot cobbler! Ah, it was good! When it was al a mode it was even better. We didn’t have artificial sweetener back then – it was sugar, baby! But we ate in moderation and nobody worried about blood glucose. We worked hard back then raising our food – so we got some exercise before eating supper and dessert. Exercise makes a big difference!

Those are precious memories. I’m so thankful to God for putting me with the Turner family. They taught me first hand about God’s wonderful provision. Love you, Mom & Dad! ❤



10-10 EGGS

This is crazy! Entertaining… but crazy.

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.  – Author Unknown

The International Egg Commission has proclaimed the second Friday in October as WORLD EGG DAY. Countries throughout the world will be joining to celebrate the egg. The first World Egg Day was celebrated in 1996 and since then we have seen a variety of wonderful events taking place internationally, with people enjoying and celebrating the wonderful versatility of the egg.

Here are 3 good reasons to pay homage to this gift from the chicken:

1. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein! Diabetics are always on the lookout for protein-rich foods.

2. Eggs are yellow, a color that automatically makes people happy!

3. Eggs are versatile. The first question you are asked when you order eggs at a restaurant is “How would you like your eggs?” Am I right?

Since this is a world-wide event, I thought it would be fun to post a recipe with some international flavor.

French Omelet


2 eggs
2 Tbsp. water
1/8 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
1 tsp. butter
1/3 to 1/2 cup filling, such as shredded cheese, finely chopped ham


BEAT eggs, water, salt and pepper in small bowl until blended.

MICROWAVE butter in 9-inch glass pie plate on HIGH until melted, about 30 seconds. TILT plate to coat bottom evenly. POUR egg mixture into hot pie plate. COVER TIGHTLY with plastic wrap, leaving a small vent.

MICROWAVE on HIGH 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 minutes. Do not stir.
When top is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, PLACE filling on one half of the omelet. FOLD omelet in half with turner; slide from pie plate onto serving plate. SERVE immediately.

A tight cover is essential to achieve a tender, easily rolled or folded omelet in the microwave. It makes stirring unnecessary, and it traps steam, which promotes even cooking.

Prepare filling first. Omelets cook so quickly, any fillings should be ready to go before starting the eggs. Plan on 1/3 to 1/2 cup filling per 2-egg omelet. Raw foods should be cooked. Refrigerated foods should be heated. Shredded cheese and room temperature foods, such as jams and jellies are fine as is. Pieces should be small to prevent tearing the omelet when it’s folded.

Microwave ovens vary. Cook times may need to be adjusted.

But wait… we still don’t like those GREEN EGGS AND HAM, do we??? 😉





The week of October third through the tenth is NO SALT WEEK. The emphasis, of course, is to make us think before we pick up the salt shaker and begin mindlessly pouring salt on our eggs in the morning before even tasting them. We all know someone who does that – maybe you do that. But the idea of no salt made me think of a familiar Bible verse on the subject.

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
– Matthew 5:13

To have a salty personality is to be bold and strong. My dad was in the Navy with a guy who earned the nickname “Salty”. He wears it as a badge of honor that his buddies gave him. Salty people influence others the most. They are the ones that leave a lasting impression, whether good or bad. They stand by their principles and won’t back down. A stubborn streak runs through them and no amount of debate will change their minds. They are admired and followed by people because they are usually so sure of themselves and their belief system. They attract others – and that’s a good thing.

I used to put a salt lick out for Grandpa Frank’s horses, goats and cattle. If you’ve ever tried to move a salt lick, you know how solid, strong and secure the block is. Salt in large doses is very heavy and very solid. There is a place for salt in large doses, but that one block can take care of a lot of animals at the same time.

It just takes one LULU THE PIG to bust up the goat party! LOL!!!

From a distance I watched as the horses and cattle enjoyed the salt lick. They walked up to it as expected, but once in a while, a wild deer or other critter would find it too! Salt is attractive but must be tempered with sugar to be effective and helpful to others. If the salty people of God are going to reach out to the lost with the good news of Christ, we must sprinkle some sincere compassion and understanding – some sugar, in with the boldness of the salt. The cornerstone of our message is Christ and He loved everyone.

Besides, I am more attracted to a salty-sweet friendship than a salty one, aren’t you? I’m not suggesting that we let go of the salt, but I hope we never let it overpower the sugar.

I think I made myself hungry for a salty-sweet snack! 😉



Today is YOU MATTER TO ME DAY. It began with a tragedy – a father and son died in an accident, leaving a wife and mother to pick up the pieces alone. She no longer mattered to anyone. Her purpose died with her family.

The goal is for everyone to let their significant others know in no uncertain terms that they matter. We are not promised our next breath, so why not use it to tell those closest to you that you love them? Don’t wait. Don’t procrastinate. Right now – say “I LOVE YOU”.

Those who feel lonely need not be. If the Holy Spirit puts someone on your heart, act now. Our time on this planet is limited, even though we live as though we will live forever. Why not include a person in your life that may otherwise feel like an outcast in society? It would cost so little to bring happiness to another soul.

Eden’s poetry grabs me. She says that everyone else wants to be remembered, but she just wants to MATTER. I get it, Eden. I really do!

The older I get, the more I realize that it’s important to have peeps. Good peeps who let you be yourself and I of course let them be themselves. No walls, no pretense and no barriers. I need to matter to somebody. You may not remember what I write or my favorite color (which is yellow, by the way), but I hope at the end of my life I can say with calm assurance that I had good peeps and I mattered to them and they mattered a great deal to me too! That is life’s greatest reward from God. It’s His perfect will for our lives, that we find each other in this crazy world and make each other’s lives fuller and richer! You matter to me, because everyone matters to someone, and someone matters to you.

It’s such an encouragement that you follow this blog! YOU MATTER TO ME… not just today, but every day! ❤



There are scary things going on in the world today – so many things to be concerned about to be sure!  Today is WORLD SMILE DAY!!!  The good news today is that God loves you – and that should make you smile!

 May brooks and trees and singing hills
Join in the chorus too,
And every gentle wind that blows
Send happiness to you.
– Irish Blessing

How can you make someone smile?  Well, someone in your immediate realm of influence may need to be tickled.  That is one sure way to ease tension and get a family member to show their pearly whites!

 Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day.  – Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Chances are you probably work with some grumpy morning people.  You can bounce in the door every morning whistling and wishing everyone a good morning – but just a few seconds of bad attitude can limit your sunshine supply.  For these grumpy folk, you can do some simple things like hold the elevator door, take them a morning cup of coffee or my personal favorite, a homemade cinnamon roll and a morning cup of coffee.  It’s amazing how quickly those frowns turn upside down!


It is tempting to isolate from society these days because of health risks alone, but we must not be afraid to help someone along in their journey.  A smile seems like a small thing, but when we smile it actually improves our overall health – mental and physical.

 When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.  – Author Unknown

When was the last time you reminded someone to breathe?  Tell them to take a deep, cleansing breath of fresh air.  Chances are you will get them to smile afterward.  Nothing feels better (especially if you are stressed) than to take a deep breath.


Even Christians lose sight of the big picture sometimes.  We get just as wrapped up in the bad news all around us as everyone else – but we have a great hope in Jesus, don’t we?  That thought alone should make us smile.  That is the truth we need to share with each other on a regular basis – and the good news we have to share with everyone.

I’m here to remind you…  to SMILE!  God loves YOU!!!  🙂