Saturday, August 30, 2008

I'm Off!

Well,l I've been called to go, so I'm off to work in a Red Cross shelter for the next two weeks. Keep us all in your prayers!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Big Red Cross

Recently my five year old grandson said “Nana, I seen your Red Cross on T.V.” He is my favorite fan and loves having his “nana” tell him what I am doing each day with my local Red Cross office. I have taught him to watch the Weather Channel and have talked to him about hurricanes and tornadoes and floods. He knows what the word evacuation means and understands the goal of the Red Cross is to help those who are facing a disaster in their life. All this may seem like a lot for a five year old to understand and maybe he really hasn’t grasped the whole picture yet. But, he is quick to recognize the symbol of the big Red Cross and in his five year old mind, knows it means help is there.

Once again our country is facing the probability of hundreds and possibly thousands of our citizens becoming displaced. Not only will they lose their homes but may become separated from their loved ones. We will be dealing with both physical and emotional issues as we try to help the victims of these storms. I am reminded of how proud I am to be a part of an organization whose sole purpose is to help those in need without partiality. As I see the Red Cross emblem at the scene of a disaster, I feel a great surge of pride within me because I know there are trained, caring, and compassionate individuals on the scene. Every one of these individuals wholeheartedly believe in what the Red Cross stands for and are willing to be available to help as long as they are needed.

As a Red Cross volunteer I will not only be there to pray for your safety, but I will also be there to hold your hand, cry with you and do everything I can to make the day you face a disaster a little easier to bear. And I am proud to be a part of teaching the next generation the importance of what that great big Red Cross stands for so they too will want to be a part of this caring, compassionate organization!

Monday, August 25, 2008

"Needy Women's Night"

What a beautiful day today was! A gentle breeze was blowing and it was not too hot. On the way home today I had a thought. If I knew today was my last day on earth, what would I do today? I actually was on my way home with the intentions to clean house and mop my kitchen floor. But after having that thought, I decided against it. What would I wish I had spent more time doing if I knew time was running out? Well, I thought about that off and on quite a bit this afternoon. I would regret that I didn't spend more time laughing and having good times with my friends. I would regret that I rushed through life so much trying to accomplish too much. I would regret that I spent so much time doing things that don't make a difference in the big picture. And I would regret that I really didn't focus more on the big picture.

So, I remembered how much fun it use to be to get together with my girlfriends and just be silly and laugh. I haven't done that forever, seems like. So I am calling for a "Women's Needy Night" this Friday night. We as women must never forget how much we need each other, how much we need to let our hair down and have fun and laugh, how much we need to fellowship with one another. We need to spend time sharing our ups and sharing our downs with each other. So that's why I'm calling it a "Women's Needy Night." Kinda short notice, but I welcome my friends who are feeling "needy" to come and join me! Who knows what might happen?

Friday, August 22, 2008

O.K. , O.K. I give up....

O.K., I gave up and threw away the remaining Amish Friendship bread dough. I know it was wasteful, but I made bread until the wee hours of the morning and I still have lots of dough to make up. No offense to the Amish, but this is a good way to lose friends or worse yet, have them run the other way when they see you coming. It's kinda like the never ending zucchinis once they start producing. You don't have enough friends to give them to! I have it figured that usually we all run in the same circles , so we have mutual friends. Now each friend that you gave a bag of starter to has to give from their supply out to three more (different ???) friends. By now, all friends and acquaintances are on the run from you. I have thought about taking my bags of starter to my local Wal-Mart, sitting up a stand and begging strangers to take it off my hands. It works for puppies!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I think that would be 32 loaves of bread.....hmmm

My friend Pat gave me a recipe for Amish Friendship Bread and it was delicious. But , I am having trouble giving it away to my friends. It seems they have been down that road before. I did talk my daughter into taking one, but now that it is time to bake it, she has given it back. If I have figured this right, I would have to bake 32 loaves of bread before the night is over. Each batch gets divided into 4 new batches. You are suppose to keep one and give three away. But if you didn't give them or couldn't give them away, that would mean those 4 bags x 4 more bags which make 2 loaves each would total 32 loaves? Tell me my Math is not right!!! Guess what I will be doing all night? I sure hope they freeze wonderfully and I will try to find some more friends willing to take a batch. Lordy, Lordy!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


For those of you that know Tool Belt Man (alias my husband) you are very much aware of his anti-social behavior. I found this on his motorcycle forum and copied it over to my blog. Now I have proof he is anti-social and he's proud of it too! Enjoy!

Jim writes:
My sister in law made the comment that I was exhibiting anti social behavior. So I got to thinking about this and decided to start the Antisocial Club of America ( hence A.C.O.A.). I thought about the annual meeting and decided on dinner tables for one. Ordering your food would be by text message. No name tags or introductions allowed. Decided against having a president as that would entail interaction with other people and could turn ugly, very quick. The meeting room would have lots of corners so everyone would have a place to lurk. Everyone would get a free t-shirt that says "they really are out to get me". Separate hotels for everyone. No carpooling. No exchanging business cards. But then again what am I thinking. No one would show up anyway! Finally our motto would be "FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS HAVE FRIENDS'! Really I,m not that bad or am I? If you would like to be a member don't contact me as that would violate the rules.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Home-made Ice Cream...

I haven't made home-made ice cream for years, so this afternoon I dug out my forgotten ice cream freezer, cleaned it up and got on the Internet looking for recipes. I still have my mother's recipe but it calls for raw eggs and I am not sure if I want to go that route in this day and age. Maybe when we were kids and had our own chickens and knew the eggs were taken out of the nest yesterday would that be O.K. Has anyone out there in blog land got any good recipes or suggestions on the "egg thing?"

I tried to get mix from the store, but alas, my local grocery store was out today. So I went to plan B. That's called making it from scratch. So I made my recipe using junket tablets and added a box of vanilla pudding. Didn't think it was as good as mom's recipe but maybe it is just because everything always tasted better as a child.

I also forgot how noisy that freezer was! Notice my grandkids had their hands over their ears. And my daughter thinks we should have homemade ice cream for everybody's birthday!! I need to pass the recipe on and let her be the "keeper of the freezer!"

Who's the Adult Here?

While on my way home from working our local Red Cross Funnel Cake Booth, I called my 5 year old grandson to tell him I was bringing home a Funnel Cake for him to try. He was having trouble hearing me so here is what that little child told me, " now slow down and this time talk in your normal voice." What the heck? and Where did he hear that?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

It's time to stop mothering.....

Well, my baby will be off for college tomorrow. Actually, off to college again, but we won't talk about that! So now what will I do ? Last time , I spent quite a bit of time sitting on my front porch crying my eyes out. There is something about the last one leaving the nest and going off on their own. So I'll take my own advice and get my eyes off myself and focus on looking outward, to others around me. I really am a busy woman, and hopefully what I work towards accomplishing is worthwhile and God-centered. Keep me in your prayers!! It'll take me a few days to adjust to the quiet and to stop listening for his footsteps to come in late at night. Do we ever stop mothering?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Training, Training, Training...

If I'm not gone doing Red Cross training for myself, I'm helping set up training classes for others. Be back soon!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

It Is Hot....

Well, we hit the 100 degree mark today, so our local Red Cross is opening up a "cooling center" for those needing a place to come and cool off in the air conditioning. We'll be handing out water and Power-Ade. So that's where I'll be the next couple days. Remember to check on the elderly and others at risk in your home town as the temperatures rise!