Monday, May 29, 2006
Ok, so every vacation has it's problems....Right?
So, this morning we got up, got ready and loaded the party barge and headed off to the lake. It was a beautiful morning with just a slight overcast look to the sky! I'm thinking to myself, I can't wait to get out on the water. I think that's where I belong! On the water or just beside it. Maybe laying on a hammock or on a lounge chair, where you can hear the clap of the water on the shore or the waves crashing as the boats go by and make wake. I can imagine a small electric refridgerator full of iced tea and a couple of Dr Peppers, some snacks and just reading books or working sudoku puzzles or word search puzzles all day! Then in the evening, to sit there and watch the sun set across the water and the beautiful rainbow of colors that come as it slowly awakens the moon for it's shift! The stars are so much brighter there because there are no city lights or chemical plants or such to haze the skies. Oh, sorry, I digress... What I started to say, was that we got to the lake. Let me take one step backwards on purpose for a moment. Last year when my F-I-L purchased this 24 ft. party barge, we took it to the lake with them and my dear husband had to help him get it started and it was very time consuming. That is the only time this boat has been in the water since it was purchased. Ok, so today we get to the lake. They launch the boat and guess what??? It won't start. My FIL, my nephew and now my husband are all aboard trying to get it running while the gals, myself, my MIL, my SIL, and my neice are holding the boat so that it wont ground. No easy task when the water is cold and the waves are just a tad over the "ripply" stage. NO OIL! Apparently the boat has been leaking from the oil tank from day one and he never noticed the oil all down the transom rod, the engine and the boat trailer, nor apparently did he notice the GIANT oil slick in his garage! So.....needless to say the ride and swim out in the lake now shot down, we decided to go around a bit to the swim beach. It looks nice and really looks appealing at this point, just to relax and read, and tan and sunscreen of course! We just get in the water, while FIL stays in the boat on the trailer, attached to the truck and lays down and goes to sleep! haha Thought that was funny? Well, then they decide, only 5 minutes after we've been in the water that it is now 12:45 and they are all hungry. Ok, no problem you think? By the time we get Kaylee out of the water, walk up the beach, across the parking lot, and climb into the boat, most of the lunch meat and bread are gone and I had to eat this ham (supposedly) with little cheese chunks in it! GROSS!! Ok, now picture a beautiful beach, actually sand covered, and here is this group of people hovering in a party barge, under the canopy eating like pigs and the rest of the NORMAL people are spread out on blankets on the beach eating picnic style! Still think it's not so bad?? We get back into the water and actually get to play for about 30 minutes, and all pooky breaks loose! I am in the water facing the beach, the boat and our belongings, and it starts to sprinkle. Then it begins to rain, so I send my nephew up as quickly as possible to put my camera bag under the chair and cover it. As he is swimming to shore, I happen to look up straight into the most beautifully frightening lightning bolt you've ever seen. It ran across the entire sky. Paul says that my face went white and I made some kind of whimpering sound but the look on his face as the thunderboom hit was priceless! Immediately, everyone out there was skimming across the water trying to get to shore. Guess who got there first? ME!!! With 2 rods in my back, I had no desire what so ever to be caught in the water with the lightning. Poor Kaylee, was trying to keep up with me so I grabbed the noodle she was playing with, told her to hang on and started off again. We made it to shore, and the next volley sounded! Ok, now it's getting down right scary! The ones in the boat are trying to get things packed away, everyone is drenced and the whole time we are getting things together, (keys are now in the trunk of my SILs car, the bags of towels are there as well, so my nephew runs back to her car, removes the things we need and runs back to the truck), The skies really open up with a vengence! No Kidding! I couldn't believe the amounts of water hitting us while we are trying to get it all together! Kaylee is in my SILs car and has within seconds, fallen sound asleep! Oh if it were only that easy for me!! Well, it was lots of fun if nothing else but not what we'd hoped for. We laughed alot at all that happened and decided to try again tomorrow AFTER my FIL takes the boat to the dealer and has it fixed! WE HOPE! Hope your day was as fun and wacky as mine!
God bless the souls of the men and women who died for which this day is celebrated. And may all who've lost loved ones, please know the gratitude I feel that they were defending our great nation.
Happy Memorial Day!
Blessings and hugs,
Sunday, May 28, 2006
A Time To Remember.......
Ian, Papa and Granny, Granddaddy, Nanna, Mammaw, Jack, Christina, Uncle Mack, At. Faye, At. Mamme, to name just a few!
Now, I didn't really start this post to write so much about Ian but thanks for reading on!
All of the people who have died for this country had parents too. If still alive, do they still struggle with the holidays? Is it still hard for those who lost children in the first Gulf war, to celebrate Christmas? What about those who died from illness that had no vaccinations? Or those who were born with birth defects that were "thrown out" because of their deformities?, Or those that were tossed or abandoned in a trash dumpster? (Of course I'd like to know how they live with themselves...another post!)
In my wanderings of the past, I choose to talk about the men and women who gave their very life for this country in which we have so many freedoms that are worth fighting for. I hope that I do not ruffle any feathers over what I am about to write but it was on my mind and this is what happens when my mind starts working.
One of the main issues or topic of debate right now is the Mexican Amnesty bill. I personally, not being a political person in much of anyway, still have an opinion. I don't even understand the bill or what they are "really" trying to do. There is too much lying in the levels of government to know what the agenda really is.
Here are my thoughts;
1. Why are they coming here? We are the closest route of escape from a country they are not proud of! ----We used to be proud of ours, but recent years have proven that we are so divided that even the Declaration of Independance has been changed. We've lost prayer in school and in most places in public, we've lost the right to pay fair prices for things like insurance, homes, cars and our childrens education.
2. Why shouldn't we send them home? They take jobs we (Americans) have become too lazy to work, they abuse the taxes, they make us pay for their food (food stamps, wic, etc) they make us pay for their medical care (medicaid) and we pay for all the crimes commited by them by their not being registered here, because we either have to pay for them to be returned to their own country (which they will leave again as soon as they can) or we pay for them to go to prison.
4. How many I.I.'s (illegal immigrants) can we as a nation, actually continue supporting without losing the rights and freedoms that we enjoy?
5. Do you see us killing their women and burying them in mass numbers out in the desert? How many women did just one group of them kill from their own country as well as Americans and bury a few years back? 50? 60?
6. They get special priveledges at school. English as a second language (ESL). I have been to the doctor, (which I pay to see) and watched as young elementary aged children translated for their mothers with the receptionist, nurses, and the physician (gynacologist) because they would not learn the language! I believe that any one who comes here should KNOW that english is the language of this country and learn it or stay home and not make a child miss school to act as a translator!
7. Why can't we send them back? Because we don't really know where they all are!
8. Are they really hurting anybody by being here? Yes, the economy, and we pay for that too.
9. Who are we to judge? Well, I think that we, being born here and those that came here honestly and legally have the right to not necessarily judge them but to be mindful of what is going on.
10. How do they affect my thoughts on Memorial day and why did I go there?
This is why. I believe that when a person choses to fight for his country, he is fighting for the laws of that country as well as the people who live there. This means all persons; born here, legally here and illegally here as well. Why? Because they have made America their home and they are human beings. I think if you asked any of those long gone, they would say something like, "If you live here, we are fighting for you"!
I belive in our President! I support him! I pray for him. I believe that it is the people who are in the senate and the congress that are making decisions on what is best for themselves, and not necessarily for the country. I believe that those who are overseas right now, willing to lose their lives in battle for a purpose, would like to know why there are no I.I.'s over there fighting with them? POINT!
The I.I's are not registered here, to vote, to fight or even to pay taxes.
Memorial day is a day of remembrance! A day to celebrate the lives of those who've left us. I guess that I have some trouble thinking of the I.I. enjoying a holiday from work, or another reason to have a party when they really don't know our history, they cannot be thinking of those who fought and still fight for this nation, and they have no idea what our beliefs and laws are or really why we are celebrating this holiday because most of them still do not speak English.
Sorry for the long post but it was on my mind.
May God Bless you and yours, may He protect the ones you love and may our country learn to say no in a manner be-fitting our fore fathers clear headed thinking.
Saturday, May 27, 2006
If We Listen, We Can Learn......
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was "exciting." Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day...like her breasts.
They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
Maya Angelou said this:
"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."
"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."
"I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."
"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back."
"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
"I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back."
"I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"Amazing how much we can learn from someone else if we only choose to pay attention" 1
JUST THINK ABOUT IT!...
1 Colleen Cooper
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
What do you get when you combine a chicken and blisters?.....
(If you want to count them you can)
How in the world is this possible at this time in my life??? I am still asking myself the same question! I can tell you that although it is not toooo uncomfortable, it is an inconvenience because there are so many things coming up that I will be unable to attend! Graduations, and such, but, I am still going camping!
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
My Great Grandma always called me her "Little Chicken"..
Good Morning God, I'ts me.....
Colleen E. Cooper
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
AT LEAST I AM DOING SOMETHING....
Wow! He really did. He helped me put a cover over Kaylee's pool, he trimmed the dead branches off of the pecan trees that were likely to crash on the patio, and he designed and helped me build a "rock"bed for my butterflies and it cleaned up the front yard nicely. The bed was way overgrown and looked ratty but now it looks fresh and clean. Now, he wants to do the same thing to a couple more beds. I think he is finally realizing my limitations as far as pulling weeds goes and hopefully I won't have to pull anymore from the beds we fill with rock! YIPEE!! Either way, I am not feeling so bad about not being able to help him as much over there when I look at what I've accomplished here on my own. It doesn't stop the grumbling but it makes me feel better just to know that I've done something productive. I have even started MOWING! Shocker of all shockers. At the other house, he had a particular way he mowed and it was his thinking time! So for all the 17+ years we were there, I probably only mowed 5 or 6 times and usually only the front yard where people saw it! haha Now we have almost 3 acres and I am riding a riding lawn mower and I have a blast doing it! At least it gets me out into the yard and doing something I can be proud of and be productive at the same time. It may not look as "pretty" as when he does it but at least I am trying! Yeah! Well, I will post some pictures today of the yard here and how it is turning out.
Blessings and hugs,
CELLULAR PHONES AND CHILDREN....
My daughter is 22 years old. In order to help them out financially, one of the things we did was add her to our wireless bill. (She does, after all, have my only grandson)! She uses more than the minutes she is allowed, causing our rollover minutes to be greatly reduced each month, she uses the text messaging, way more than the 1000 per month that she chose, (1900+ each month), which costs .05 cents after the 1000, and she subscribed to a ringtone service that charges her $10.81 cents per month even if she doesn't use it. Her bill alone is averaging $98.00+ each month instead of the $28.00 it should be. Do I cut it off and pay out the $350.00 and let her work it out on her own, or do I continue to pay the bill that she is so behind on and at the rate she is using the phone, will never catch up? I made some changes to it today but I am not sure that even that will work. I up'd her text messages to 2500 per month for another 10.00 so now her bill should be $38.00 a month instead of $100. I also make her pay $15.00 each month for part of the service plan we had to get to include her on our bill and up the number of minutes we share so I guess her bill should really be $53.00 and it is running $115.00. Any suggestions? Any thoughts? Someone please help me figure out what to do!!!
Friday, May 19, 2006
GOD IS GOOD......
1. Paint the outside trim and porch. ( we will have to pressure wash it first to avoid the dreaded scraping of the old paint)
2. Put the cover on the re-built patio frame. (we had to replace some bad wood and are replacing the shingled cover with corrugated PVC)
3. Replace the front door. (we already have the door and a friend of ours is coming next week to help with the installation)
4. Have the carpet cleaned and treated. (I found a coupon for a company that will do it for $48.00 for 3 rooms including spotting and deodorizer)
5. Clean up the yard. ( a little bit of landscaping will just add to the sale I hope)
6. Finish moving out the rest of the garage stuff, empty a storage shed, and move the swing and an old pickup. (we are still waiting for the rest of the in-laws things to be removed from their garage to put ours in it)
7. Replace a few more outlet covers, light covers, and escushions in the bathrooms. (I miscounted when I went to buy the new ones!) (what else is new?!?!)
8. Re-install some trim we removed to do the painting. (only in the entry way)
9. Replace the entry hall closet door. (still has knife holes in it from when we bought it!) (feel free to ask about that!)
10. CLEAN IT REALLY GOOD! (mop, sweep, scrub, dust, and vaccuum)
That should just about do it! If anyone reading this is interested in stopping in to help with any of the above, I would love for Paul to have some help and it will help him get it done much faster as well. I am so thankful that he is strong, healthy and most of all able bodied and able minded to know how and what to do. I am so blessed with him that I hurt for him having to do all the work himself. I wish I could do more. Please pray for his continued good health and that the above tasks will be done quickly and that he will have some help besides his handicapped, "do it this way" wife!
GOD IS GOOD! ALL THE TIME!!!
Matthew 7:8 (New International Version)
8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
My prayer for today will be posted just below this post.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
WHAT WILL THEY SAY OF ME?
One of the scripture readings was from Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version)
The Sheep and the Goats
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37 "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40 "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'
44 "They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'
45 "He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
46 "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."
The priest (an Asian man with a thick accent) gave examples in detailed clarity, of how Bill met all the needs as stated in the verse and it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Will I be considered "A Good and Faithful Servant"?
Have I fed, given drink, clothed, invited in, comforted, visited, and nurtured Christ? Have I been unselfish enough to do the simple things that God has asked me to do? Or am I guilty of walking by? Ignoring what is in front of me? Passing by someone or not hearing their need or cry for help? Mistaken need for greed? (Pan handlers, people with tables sitting outside Walmart and other places asking for money for one thing or another from a church or religion I have never heard of)?
Will God separate me with the sheep or the goats?
In my heart I know that I am a "sheep" of the True shepherd! I know that I have set myself out for others yet I have also closed myself off to some as well. Have I been a good example to others of how to "step out of the boat" and put myself out on the line for others? I hope so! I would like to think of myself as a good, kind, loving, person who is there for those in need and I would also like to think that in the years past that the times I tried to help others or took kids into my home for extended lengths of time, that I was doing what God asked me to do. Did I teach my children to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you"? Yes, I know that I did. I also know that they are capable of making their own decisions and they will not always be the right ones.
Therefore, the question I ask myself and my Father is this.....
What will they say of me?
What will the pastors and family and friends and acquaintances and neighbors and so on say about me when I have gone home? Will I leave behind a message of good deeds? Of being a good person? Of living for Christ in my daily walk? Are my sins and idiocies enough to distract someone from their walk? How do I present myself when outside of my home and is it any different that when I am at home? It should not be!
Think about this in your own situations and in your life.
Will you be separated with the sheep or the goats?
Blessings and hugs,
ps...If I think of more I may add to this later!
pss....This is not a fishing trip for compliments, I just want to know your opinion on whether or not, we, as christians, actually do what God is asking us to do.
Monday, May 08, 2006
HERE COMES TROUBLE.......
Saturday, May 06, 2006
YARD WORK NEVER ENDS......
TODAYS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS....
Anyway, I am really praying that she will be feeling much better tomorrow. I can't seem to get the fever to go away and other than a tummy ache, she seems to be feeling fine! A little "gassy" but other than that and the fever, you would never know that she was feeling poorly.
Paul and I gave Kendra a car (old one) and told her we would get it running for her. My father in law, Joe, works for the Sheriffs Dept and we get our vehicles worked on there. The mechanic is really good and has had the car for a few days. He gave us a "shopping list" for parts and has nearly finished. I will say that I had in my mind, that he would get it "running", but it seems as if we have nearly rebuilt the darn thing. Now we've spent over $300.00 and still have a few things yet to buy! OUCH! I told Kendra that if she wanted a working AC, she would have to pitch in, as the cost was getting too high! She said, "Gotta have AC down here mom"!
Paul and I have been moving more and more from the old house's garage to make room for the guys to come and put in the new garage doors. I know that the house will look 100 times better just having a face lift like new overheads! Unfortunately, there is still so much stuff in there and we are having to move a little at a time, (the inlaws are still taking loads of their stuff up, and haven't gotten all of it from their garage), and it is a slow process. We have also been doing some work at the new house. We installed a septic tank system just for the camper trailers. haha My father in law got tired of porta tanking his poop to the rear septic tank in the back of the dog kennel, and decided we would be smart to have one just for the campers. Good idea!!! As always, there is an.....
Unfortunately, Mary and I had to help him move the campers to get them situated where his would hook up to the tank! 4.5 hours later, exhausted and bone weary, Mary says, "would you like to go to Walmart with me to get the trailer tank hose and an RV extension cord"? I was soooooo tired but agreed to go anyway!
There is a bad thunderstorm going on right now, so I will have to continue this in a new post later with my prayers for the day. Please come on back by and check it out later on today!
Blessings and hugs.
CAP'N CRUNCH TIME....
Kaylee asked me if she could possibly get the spoon full of cereal to her mouth without them rolling off of her spoon because they were round!!! Then, once she had it made, she announced to me, "Cool!!! I made it"! Sometimes she is just too cute! Well, most of the time she is just too cute! The rest of the time, she is absolutely adorable!
Blessings and hugs,
Colleen aka Gollie
Thursday, May 04, 2006
A DEAD DUCK.......
A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said, "I'm so sorry, Cuddles has passed away." The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure?" Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied. How can you be so sure," she protested. "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room and returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a beautiful cat. The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck." Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead?" The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, But what with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan....."
Give a doctor rope.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Is It Really MeMe????
Ok, so I was "tagged" by a dear blogging friend Addie, and although I am really unsure about what I am supposed to do with this, I am going to take a stab at it. Lets see how it turns out!
I Am - In love with my husband!
I want - my life to be Christ centered!
I wish - Ian hadn't died!
I miss - being skinny!
I hear - voices?...No, just squirrels on my roof!
I wonder - What my neighbors think at 6:00 when I take my two dogs out for their morning ..... and I have to yell at them to get them back!
I regret - signing up on ebay!
I am not - an organizer! Man that would sure be nice about now! Any volunteers?
I dance - like a dysfunctional toothpick, with the rods in my back, I can only sway from side to side or scare the children by throwing my arms around in the air! (you really should see it!)
I sing - EVEN when I can't find the right key! (my husband hates that)
I cry - every time I hear "I Can Only Imagine", because the song says what I think my son did when he entered the gates of heaven!! (He DANCED)!!!
I am not always - menstruating!
I make - fun of myself alot!
I write - books for children but they are all unseen in the depths of my computer! Someday I WILL publish them.
I need - a cruise to the bahamas! (maybe even my own cabana boy to run all my errands!)
I should - learn how to ask for help and then accept it graciously and then send thank you notes on time!
I finish - a pack of Dr Pepper in 2 days! (Well, not anymore, I am only drinking 2 a day on my new diet!)
Thanks Addie, that was fun! Now what do I do?
I do not have that many readers yet but I will tag who I can think of off the top of my really stressed brain. I will start with Jenny, and see what she comes up with and I will try Mrs. Thomas , and see if she will reply and the one person I know will respond is my wonderful prayer partner Iranai, just be aware, that she may fill it out in Spanish! You will have to go and check her out as well! And just for the fun of it I am going to tag a guy! Lets see if he responds! Here goes Maury, are you up to the challenge?