Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Am I Too Nice????

I was told one time that I was "too nice".  I'm not sure if they meant it as a compliment or not, but I have to wonder - can you be too nice?

I can see no point in kicking a person when they're down.  I can't see a point in pushing down a person that is on a high.  Does that make me too nice?

I know during my life, I have said hurtful things.  I know during my life I have taken it upon myself to drag another person down.  I've called people liars when they probably weren't lying. 

During my life, hurtful things have been said to me.  During my life people have brought me down when I was enjoying life.  I've been called a liar when I wasn't lying.  All those things hurt; but that was the person's intention.

When I did those things it was probably because my life wasn't that great at the time or the person was experiencing something I so badly wanted but didn't get.  Rather than be happy for them, I chose to bring them to my level.  Which, in turn, is the same reason someone would do that to me.

Having it done to you causes hurt; and though I can forgive those individuals..I don't forget it.  And that's the key - I know how it made me feel, so why would I do it to another?  The "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." is true.  I know that being nice does not mean everyone will like me nor do I expect them to; but if they cannot respond nicely then I actually feel sorry for must be very bad for them.

I'm reading Rick Warren's God's Power To Change Your Life.  In it he teaches:

What I think determines what I feel and What I feel determines how I act.

If you act resentful it's because you feel resentful and you feel that way because you are thinking resentful thoughts.  Proverbs 4:23 "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts."  I find this a powerful message.

He goes on to say that we cannot control all circumstances in our lives but we can control how we respond to them.  Does it make you a bitter person or a better person?  He says that God uses the situations that others mean for bad in our lives.  God uses painful situations for good.  It's how he molds us into his image and for the purpose he has for us.

I think this poem says it all:

End Of The Day
Is anybody happier because you passed this way
Does anyone remember that you spoke to them today
The day is almost over, and its’ toiling time is through.
Is there anyone to utter now a kindly word of you

Can you say tonight in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single person of the many that you passed
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said
Does one whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead

Did you waste the day or use it Was it well or sorely spent
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say
You have earned one more tomorrow by what you did today

26 Words Via The Alphabet (of course)


I aimed to find all "ology" but couldn't for J, W and I just used interesting words.  Need Definitions?

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

26 Things I've Never Done (Via The Alphabet, of Course)

Aspired For Greatness
Bungee Jumped
Cigarettes (nope never even one)
Drugs (the illegal kind)
Excelled At Sports
Gun Shooting
Had My Tonsils Removed
Igloo Living
Jumped Off A Cliff
Kicked A Person
Led Someone On A Wild Chase
Mardi Gras
Napped At Work
Paid For A Date
Quit While I Was Ahead
Raised Children
Shaved My Head
Tasered Anyone
United a Country
Voted Republican
Won A Race
Xenogamy (okay- I had to look this up, but I've never done it)
Zamacueca (yep - looked this up too, but never done it)

Monday, April 28, 2008

Kevin Spacey Through The Alphabet

Doing something a little different with the letters today, gonna list Kevin Spacey talent through the alphabet; yeah had to fudge a little bit and be unique...but he does have a part in each!!

American Beauty
Beyond The Sea
Consenting Adults
Fred Claus
Glengarry Glen Ross
Iron Will
Henry &
A Time To
LA Confidential
Midnight In The Garden of Good & Evil
Pay It Forward
The E
qualizer (TV Show; Episode-1987)
Rocket Gibraltar
Superman Returns
The Usual Suspects
United States Of Leland
See No E
vil, Hear No Evil
When You Remember Me
Ordinary Decent Criminal
ze (TV Show "Wiseguy" Title; Episode 1988)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Oh I Know What You're Thinking.....

Just how often am I going to change the template to the site???  Until I find one I can live with, I guess.  I like to change it every so often...and I'm just trying a few out before I decide.

For those that have been asking.....all the guinea pigs are fine now and no Mickey has not come home.  We only ever saw him that one time at the old house and have not seen him since, nor has the neighbor there.  I like to think that some kind soul took him in.  And the old house has finally sold (yeah, I know...that realtor said he could sell it within a week - he was wrong, it took 6 months; and yeah she had to lower the price).

The NaBloPoMo challenge for May is "Voices".  At first I thought that would be too hard to do; but I've decided to take the challenge and I got some ideas going through my head.  So May will have a month's worth of voice postings in with the regular ones.  I think it will be interesting.

If you haven't checked Kim's blog - she's doing great from her weight loss surgery and they are starting the preps for her husband as well.  Let's keep those prayers going because it's really working!

My Life Through The Alphabet

Oh, I know what you're thinking....we've been through the whole alphabet.  Though true, NaBloPoMo challenges are for the whole month and the alphabet doesn't go that far.  So to complete the month I'm going to redo a letter:


S is for Spunky ; Sebastian and Santa Fe.  That's Hyundai Santa Fe - the car of my choice!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


Z is for zoo.  Actually with all the animals I have, I actually live in one!!  But I do love going to the zoo.  My favorite was a zoo near Wildwood, NJ that we went to while vacationing there at the beach.  Nice clean place..can't remember the name, but if I dig through some old photos I may be able to find it.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Meme

I've been tagged by Kim over at Knitten Kittens with a Friday Meme.

Meme you you.
The Game Meme Rules

The rules of The Game get posted on the beginning.
Each player answers the rules about himself [or indeed herself].
At the end of the post, the player tags five people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they’ve been tagged and asking them to read his [or her] blog. <Note:  I read lots of blogs but don't post at I won't be tagging anyone - but I'll do mine.>

What was I doing ten years ago?
In 1998, I was getting ready to start a new job (the one I have now); getting ready to move in with my boyfriend (my now husband) and just starting that new phase in my life!!

Five things on my To-Do list today:

1. Reorganize the filing system at work.
2. Clean cages.
3. Go out for dinner.
4. Walk the dogs.
5. Get back on the diet track.

Three of my bad habits:

1. Bite my fingernails.
2. Way too sarcastic.
3. Bitch, bitch, bitch....

Five places I’ve lived:

1. Hagerstown, MD
2. Waynesboro, PA

<sorry - only have two>

Five jobs I’ve had:

1. Production Leader at Burger King (I noticed you left this one off your's
2. Retail clothing store.
3. Secretary at YMCA.
4. Secretary at County Detention Center.

<sorry - only have four>

Five books I’ve recently read:
1. Rick Warren's Purpose Driven Series
2. Weight Watchers-Start Living, Start Losing
3. The Bible (bits at a time)

<again, sorry there's only three>


My Life Through The Alphabet


Y is for Yukon, the GMC variety that is.  This is hubby's car and despite the price of gas...this is one nice SUV.  It is fully loaded also...I can get in, press a button and it will automatically adjust the seat to where I like it as well as switch to the radio station I prefer.  Nice vehicle!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


X is for X-ray.  Okay, again, rather lame...but I have had X-rays!!!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


W is for Wonderful.  Despite the pitfalls, despite the hard work, despite the failures.....I actually do have a wonderful life!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


V is for Vase.  Another stretch yes, but I do love that unique vase that hubby sent flowers in for our first date anniversary.  If you scroll back through the posts, you'll see a photo there.

Monday, April 21, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


U is for umbrella - yeah, I know another "stretching it a bit", but when it rains I do use one!!!  And at the beach too, to help prevent sunburn!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


T is for Training.....Keyser and I started puppy classes today at Petsmart.  There are 4 other puppies in the class, and though I would like to say that Keyser is the cutest...he's not.  There's this English Bulldog which is just about the cutest puppy I've ever seen!!!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


S is for STRAT!!  This one's a no-brainer, my whole online life surrounds this cat!!

Friday, April 18, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


R is for Rabbits!!  Yep, my household has rabbits as well.  And if you've never enjoyed the ownership of house rabbits - you're really missing out.  Keep your rabbits outside in hutches?  Shame on you!!!

Is this not the best rabbit cage ever??!!  2-level condo it is, available at .

                                                                         Maggie & Megan

Thursday, April 17, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


Q is for Quizno's.....okay, so I'm stretching a bit here - but I could think of nothing else and anyway..I do eat there on occasions.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


P is for Paul.  You know, that man that is the love of my life....who accepts me for exactly who I am!!!   Definately an extremely big portion of my life!


Tuesday, April 15, 2008


For those that pray...

My friend Kim had weight loss surgery today.  The surgery went well and she was headed for recovery about 2:00 p.m.   Please continue to keep her in your prayers, so we can get her home.

My co-worker's husband took a turn for the worst last week, but has got slightly better over the weekend.  He will have a long road for recovery, please continue to pray for his healing.....especially now as he's going to be a first time grandfather and he'll want to be around for that!!!


It Normally Happens In Three's

When I have a guinea pig die, it normally happens in three's.  As posted a few days ago, we lost Willow due to heat exposure.  Today, her mother (my hairless guinea pig) is dying.

Though I hate it when they linger, as she's doing, the hairless are especially hard to watch die.  For those unfamiliar with a hairless pig - they are very warm to touch.  But when they are dying, they are ice cold.  She's almost dead and there's nothing more I can do for her but wait.  You cannot even imagine how cold she feels.

I'm now wondering who will be next to go........

My Life Through The Alphabet


O is for Office....yep, I got one of those!!  Small and my desk is not nearly big enough, but hey - it's all I got.




And yeah, I am that messy - but I can find something very easily.  It's a system that works for me!!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


N is for Neighborhood.  We all live in one of them.  We actually live in a pretty good neighborhood, people are friendly and pretty much watch out for one another.  Below are some photos of my neighborhood:



Sunday, April 13, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


M is for Myrtle Beach.  I'm a beach lover at heart, and Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is where hubby and I head every August.  Yeah, there are beaches a little closer, but we don't care for them as much.




Saturday, April 12, 2008

More House Sharing

Last time I shared the upstairs as it had been cleaned that day....well following that same theme - today you get to see the kitchen because I cleaned it real good this morning!!

If you're in the dining room doorway facing into the kitchen to the right - you see the above.  If you face to the left - you see what's below. 

And below is one of my prized possessions - my two oven stove!!!  Lots of people ask if I truly use two ovens.  The answer is yes - not everyday, but yes I do use both!!!  And in case you're wondering why the tea pot is sitting in the middle of the stove - there's a fifth burner there.


My Life Through The Alphabet


L is for Loverboy.   I'm an original MTV generationer and Loverboy is still my number one band.  They still tour and when they are nearby - I still go!!!


Friday, April 11, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


K is for Kevin Spacey!!!  But I betcha' all already knew that!!


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Does This Make Me A Bad Mother???

Today was actually a very nice day outside.  It was warm and though temperatures are expected to go down again, it was nice to get one nice day out of it.

I got off work, walked the dogs, and then watched TV until hubby got home.  We ate supper.  I then decided to go upstairs and get on the computer to pay bills.  When I hit the top of the steps I realized it was extremely hot in the upstairs (I tend to forget that heat & air conditioning are not on the top floor and we must make due with a plug-in heater and window air conditioner).

I immediately dropped all my paperwork and headed to the pig room and was immediately hit with more heat and well....a dead guinea pig and another 3 looking as though they were on the verge of dying.  I pulled Willow (the dead one) out of her cage and went downstairs.  Hubby was outside and I yelled at him to come in immediately, which he did.  I explained I had one dead guinea pig and 3 more on the verge due to the heat.

He went upstairs and put the air conditioner in the window.  We then put the remaining pigs in boxes and took them outside, where it was much cooler.  Fortunately they all seem to be okay now, though I do have some concerns about Daisy (Willow's sister) as she was the worse one.  I must say though that everytime Daisy lay down, her mother kept nudging her back up - which apparently must of been a good thing.

However, I can't forgive myself that I didn't check on them when I got home.  Willow would probably still be alive had I caught this sooner.  They were all fine this morning, everyone had water.  I'm normally a much better pet owner than this.

So, does this make me a bad mother?

My Life Through The Alphabet


J is for Jesus.  Though I'm not a church person (too political) I do believe that Jesus died for our sins so that we may have an everlasting life.


Jesus Calling

Don't be so hard on yourself. I can bring good even out of your mistakes. Your finite mind tends to look backward, longing to undo decisions you have come to regret. This is a waste of time and energy, leading only to frustration. Instead of floundering in the past, release your mistakes to ME. Look to ME in trust, anticipating that MY infinite creativity can weave both good choices and bad into a lovely design.

Because you are human, you will continue to make mistakes. Thinking that you
should live an error-free life is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, failure highlights your dependence on ME. I am able to bring beauty out of the morass of your mistakes. Trust ME, and watch to see what I will do.

Sarah Young

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


I is for Igloo.   Ha - caught y'all off guard with that one, huh?  Thought I was going to say IPod or something right?  Nope I is for Igloo - we have them here at the house.  Little plastic ones for the guinea pigs to hide in!!


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


H is for Home.  Everyone has one and if you've been reading here this past year then you know we purchased one last September.  It was very stressful, but we've enjoyed it.

If only we could get Mickey to understand where home is.


Monday, April 7, 2008

It's Not About You

Reading Rick Warren's new books brought me back to the first I had read by him "The Purpose Driven Life".  The entire church did this study together and it was really life changing for me.

The first words of the very first chapter have always stayed with me "It's not about you."  He goes on to say that to know why you are here, you must start with God as you were born by his purpose and for his purpose.

Basically it doesn't matter about your personal fulfillment, dreams or happiness.  Your purpose is far greater as it begins with God.  And to learn your purpose you must stop asking self-centered questions:

What do I want to be?
What should I do with my life?
What are my goals?

Your life's purpose can never be revealed by focusing on yourself.  Without God, life makes no sense.

"Everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him."  Colossians 1:16b

Allot of times when I find myself emotional - whether it be anger, sadness, doubt, stress - I repeat those words "It's not about me."  For some reason I find comfort in them and it makes the problem seem so small knowing that God has such a larger plan for me.

My Life Through The Alphabet


G is for guinea pigs!  I absolutely LOVE them.  I've owned guinea pigs since I was 8 years old.  They are wonderful creatures.  I feel sorry for those that have never had the experience of guinea pig ownership - you just don't know what your missing.

My current herd is 7 (down 1/2 from what I had 2 years ago).  It'll probably continue to go down just because I don't have the time or energy as I use to have (getting old), but they will always be such a huge part of my life.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


F is for Fun.  Everyone's life needs to have a little fun in it.  I enjoy going to the movies with my cousin Chris, taking care of all my pets, surfing the internet and relaxing and watching TV.  Though not overly exciting, it does keep me occupied and happy!!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Here & There Update

Not much really happening around here.  One of my office co-workers took it upon herself to spend 2 days in my office doing all the backlogged filing...I wasn't even allowed to help.  It's such a shame that none of the powers that be were around to see this teamwork.

Mickey is still in the old neighborhood and I really don't know what to do about it.  It's a sad situation (maybe I should try that butter on paws thing - who knows).

My friend Kim will be having WLS surgery very soon - please keep her in your prayers for a safe and fast recovery.

Kevin Spacey's new movie "21" is out and was the number one movie last week!!!  I saw it the first day and really enjoyed it.

My Life Through The Alphabet


E is for

My Life Through The Alphabet


E is for Evaluations.  Yes, it's that time of year at work again.  Course none of these ever make sense, they tell you up front that everyone in the office is getting the same score....which really doesn't help in examining your strong points nor your weakness.

But Evaluations are part of my life.

Friday, April 4, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


D is for Dogs.  Though another obvious one, dogs are part of my life.


Thursday, April 3, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


C is for Cats......could it be anything else?  I love cats and have owned quite a variety throughout my life - all sizes, colors and personalities.

Speaking of cats...Mickey is back at the old house, unfortunately he won't come anywhere near us and is living under someone's shed.  We're working on it though, if worse comes to worse our neighbor from there will feed him and take care of him.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My Life Through The Alphabet


B is for  Bald Spot!!!  I'm a sucker for this man's bald spot - love it!!  And I absolutely hate when they hide it in movies.  So yes, it's a part of my life!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Need I Say More?


My Life Through The Alphabet


A is for ANIMALS.  My life involves animals - lots and lots of animals, I love them.  My home consists of 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 rabbits, 7 guinea pigs and a hamster.  Yes, it does keep me hopping, but I enjoy it!!