Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hawaii Slip and Fall Lawyer

Are you looking at mounting medical cost due to an injury from someones negligence? If so, you can contact the law offices of David W. Barlow, a Hawaii Slip and Fall Lawyer. You pay no money unless they win for you. They are committed to helping the people of Hawaii with aggressive advocacy and support.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Daughters Wise Words

My 20 year old daughter has been writing poetry for many years. The wisdom in her words touches ones heart. I have been blessed to be a part of her life and through her I have gained immense wisdom. When she was younger, her view on life in general was a reality check for many adults. The scriptures say, "out of the mouth of babes" comes wisdom. Thankfully, that wisdom was not lost on her as she matured into a beautiful young adult. If you find the time please stop by her blog and read her poetry and comment on it if you like it.

Changing blog templates

My very good friend told me how to change my blog template last night. So, being gregarious and excited for a new look, I proceeded to change my template. I need to first explain that the reason I have never changed it before, was I understood you would lose all your widgets and other details to your blog. After following her instructions I saved my current profile and began searching for a new look.

If you type in "blogger template" on a search engine, it will be like a child going to a candy store, there are so many selections to choose from. I started this adventure around 9pm last night I put my final details on my blog at 12:30 pm. It wasn't that it was hard, I just kept changing my mind. I tried designing my own from pictures I had taken on my property, then decided I didn't want that. Then I went with a more feminine look, which was not me at all. Finally coming to a decision on the blog template that I have now. After tweeking the html, I finally was pleased and finished by adding my widgets.

This morning when my young adult children whom are technically experienced went to my blog they were very impressed with my handiwork. Feeling very confident with my new techie skills, you may see more changes on this site in the future.

Paul Offit

Paul Offit has been studying infectious diseases for over 30 years. His interest grew from the time he was a young medical student. Paul Offit is the Chief of Division of Infectious Disease and Director of Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has also published more the 130 papers for the medical and scientific journals for the area. Pursuing his passion to help fight infectious disease.

Keeping busy is something Paul Offit does well. He also a member to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Offit has written five books titled, "What You Should Know", "Breaking the Antibiotic Habit", "The Cutter Incident: How Americas First Polio Vaccine Led to Today's Growing Vaccine Crisis", "Vaccinated: One Mans Quest to Defeat the Worlds Deadliest Diseases" and most recently "Autism's False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine and the Search for the Cure". If you are going to try and catch up with Dr Offit, you will need to be able to move fast, he doesn't waste time and is always busy.

Deven Parakh Insight Venture Partners

Deven Parakh Insight Venture Partners managing director offers his spare time to non-profit organizations like Publicolor. He sits on the board of this organization that offers color and painting to engage and motivate disaffected teenage students. Publicolor enables the students to work together to improve the quality and appearance to their learning environment.

Deven Parakh Insight Venture Partners
is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. The fellowship honors the memory of Chicago Industrialist Henry Crown (1896-1990). Whose legendary career was marked by a lifelong commitment to honor, integrity, industry and philanthropy. Deven Parakh Insight Venture Partners is a man that respects these values.

Gina Penzarella Wedding Apparel

Recently my son was married and my daughter-in-law and I spent numerous hours online looking for the perfect weeding dress. While searching the web the other day I ran across this wonderful web site on Wedding Apparel. Gina Penzarella is the owner of Footlights Boutique located in Easton, PA. She created the Footlights Boutique to meet the bridal and special events needs in LeHigh Valley Community.

Gina Penzarella's boutique is one of the most popular bridal shops in LeHigh Valley, it is also a favorite destination for young women seeking the most popular prom attire. When it comes to prom dresses, Gina Penzarella will only sell one type of prom dress to each school. Avoiding the uncomfortable situation of having two girls show up in the same dress. If ordering a bridesmaid dress from Footlights boutique you will have the choice of over 300 dresses and 28 different colors. At Footlights Boutique you can look like a million without spending a fortune.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sakwinder Narwal

Sakwinder Narwal is an amateur ichthyologist and faithful fisherman. There aren't too many things about fishing Sakwinder Narwal doesn't know. He is interested in everything from the latest technologies to the best fishing spots. It doesn't matter if it is fresh water fishing or salt water fishing, just hand Sakwinder a fishing pole.

Sakwinder has fished in some of the most beautiful place across the United States. He has fished for tarpon bonefish in the Florida Keys and salmon in Alaska. For a more exciting adventure he heads to Montauk Point on New York's Long Island to fish for shark. Although you might also find Sakwinder Narwal in Louisiana fishing for redfish and listening to good music. Where ever you find Sakwinder, you will most likely find him with a fishing pole in his hand.

Suggested Wedding Destinations - Steve Stavanovich

Planning a perfect wedding might include finding the perfect honeymoon destination. According to Steve Stavanovich if you are looking for a beautiful desert get away, look no further then Santa Fe, New Mexico. If you can hike the Atalaya Mountains or shop at the adobe style shops in town. This town offers a variety of activities for everyone.

For those of you looking for a more tropical honeymoon, Steve Stavanovich suggests Jeju Island, Korea. This island has an exotic, un-westernized charm to it. Jeju Island is known for it's fine seafood restaurants. For the adventurers the island has many large lava caves to explore. This island is a honeymoon delight.

If you are wanting to spend your honeymoon on the beach Mazatlan, Mexico is another place Steve Stavanovich recommends. This place is for the couples who want a quiet, private wonderful get-away. With over 10 miles of uncrowded beachfront you can go snorkeling or boogie boarding. The town aquarium or the breweries are other attractions you might want to visit. Whatever you chose to do Mazatlan, Mexico will be a honeymoon you will always remember.

RENEW International

RENEW International was inspired by the dreams of two priest. Monsignors Tom Kleissler and Tom Ivory shared the same vision of a renewed church. From 1978 - 1980 the people of Archdiocese of Newark enjoyed the spiritual growth and unity this vision engendered. Over the past 26 years RENEW International has been gifted with talented, committed team members who have provided ongoing reflection and leadership. By working with parish spiritual renewal and evangelization, small christian communities stand at the heart of this mission.

In 2001, in response to the September terrorist attacks, RENEW International developed and distributed its faith sharing resource. "Grieving the Death of a Loved One" along with a session from "Disciples of Non-Violence". Renew International continues today helping communities heal from crisis.

Monday, December 28, 2009


I am sure many of you have received the numerous emails that show how people dress while shopping at Walmart. As we scroll through the email pictures and chuckle to ourselves, many of us do not ever get to experience the abnormally dressed people. While waiting for a prescription to be filled at our local Walmart store this afternoon, a gentleman showed up in his pajamas, with a pair of shorts over them. I could not suppress the laugh and my kids turned around to see hilarious site.

Many of you are probably thinking, maybe he was sick and needed to come to Walmart to get a prescription filled. That would be almost understanding. That was not the case, as I over heard him and his female companion chatting he did not feel like getting dressed this day. So I asked myself, should I feel guilty taking a picture of this guy dressed in such a bizarre fashion? I came to the conclusion that this gentleman wanted the attention. Many people that go out of their way to dress "odd" truly want people to notice them. For some reason, that I am not able to understand, being a freak of fashion is something certain individuals desire.

For the benefit of these individuals, I post this picture to honor all the "odd" people who fill the need to dress in unusual clothing while shopping at Walmart. For privacy reasons, I choose the picture that did not show his face.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Winter Wonderland

It's been a few years since the Midwest has seen a blizzard. This past week has left the cold bitter reality of winter across the Midwest. Many people were unprepared for the weather and were stranded while trying to travel. While others choose to defy nature and attempt to make their way to friends and families home. Our family for the most part stayed tucked into the warmth of our homes and watched outside as people tried to make their way down the road. Two of my kids did venture out in the snow yesterday to go sledding at a friends house. They were gone for a few hours, returning to tell their tale of snow drift roads and trucks that had slid off the road. I used to love playing in the snow and could spend hours outside in the cold when I was a child. Since Thursday night, I have gone outside twice taking my husband coffee while he worked in his workshop. The thought of bundling up to play outside, only to still be cold, has lost its thrill for me. I prefer to drink my hot coffee and watch the kids play in the snow through the window.

I'll take 100* degre summer weather any day of the week over this blistery cold weather. I know some people prefer the cold, but your activities are limited with the snow and ice. The heat of the summer never has bothered me and there is so much more you can accomplish outside when it is warm. So as I stay confined to my wintery prison, I will count the days until spring brings me warmer weather.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Lasik Laser Vision Correction

I have been wearing glasses since I was 5 years old. While looking into Lasik Laser surgery, I found that it is normally painless and is most often done in the United States. Lasik vision recovery time can be within a few hours, but usually is within a day or two. If you are interested in Lasik laser vision correction, you should check out Stahl Eye Center they have been serving patients for over 35 years. Stahl Eye Center has three locations in New York including Manhattan and Long Island.

Wholesale Beads offer a variety of alluring wholesale beads. I recently discovered this site and find myself going there frequently to checkout their newest wholesale beads. They have wholesale gemstones as well as sterling silver and copper beads. I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to their beads. With a variety of shapes and rich colors the possibilities for designing jewelry are endless. If you are undecided about the design you are looking to create, has a tips & suggestion page to help you with your choices. Their expertise and experience have made them the premiere wholesale beads distributor in hand-selected beads to wholesalers and retailers worldwide.

I personally have a fondness for the pearls. They have a wide range of beautiful colors and shapes. I found it fascinating to learn that the different colors come from the mussel species, genetics, water quality and the position of the pearl in the shell. Choosing from the luxurious colors is so exciting and guarantees that every order gets their double commitment to quality and style. On orders in the United States over $100.00, they offer free shipping. If you are looking to view the beads up close, you can find beadsofcambay at the Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Shows. For a schedule of the upcoming shows go to

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Avatar 3D

This movie is definitely an interesting movie to go see. The CGI (computer generated imagery) was absolutely fantastic. You get lost in the movie and forget the blue people are not real. I personally did not care for the spiritual tone of the movie, I felt the writer of this movie pushed the "green" theme and a new age spiritual belief. I'm not saying that is wrong, it's just not my thing.
Let me know your thoughts, I look forward to your comments.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Growing Older

As I reflect on this past year, I can say for certain there is one thing that was consistent through out the year. My realization that I am old. I am 45 yrs old and I now know at what point I became old. As a child, you looked at adults and you thought to yourself, wow that person is old. Now being a child you did not know their age. By their actions and words you judged them as old. As I became and adult, over the age of 18 yrs old, I thought old was somewhere in your sixties. As I grew into my twenties I rethought that theory and old was in your seventies. In my infinite wisdom of my thirties, old was surely in your eighties.

Now I am 45 yrs old and I ache when I get out of bed. I thought you were suppose to be rested and ready to hit the floor running in the morning. Somewhere between 40 and 45 yrs old, my body hit the floor if I tried running. The only good nights rest I get is when I take a couple Tylenol PM and even that isn't enough to prevent my dogs snoring from waking me up occasionally during the night.

I am not sure what is worse my fluctuating hormones or my poor vision. I need a shirt warning people my moods change every few minutes. If they don't like my mood wait a few minutes, it will change. I use to be a person that let things roll of my back. I accepted the fact some people would not like me for who I am. Now I find my feelings getting hurt if someone is upset with me or doesn't like me. I think to myself, who are you? Now I understand married mens midlife crisis, they are freaking out about the stranger that is suppose to be their wife. To top it all off I am having trouble reading small print. I know I need bifocals, but have been resisting this aging process. I love to read and this aging process is making it more difficult. Next thing you know, I will be listening to books on tape and having my kids read the ingredients list on food cartons.

In ten weeks I will be a grandmother. I look forward to this aging process. This aging process comes with benefits. Spoiling your grandchild rotten! With age comes patience, something I have developed over the years. I'm not so sure if it's patience or too tired to argue. Although, depending on my hormonal mood, I might argue for the sake of arguing. I'll end this with my favorite motto, "Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional".

Friday, December 18, 2009

Puerto Rican Coffee

A friend of ours who lived with us for about a year and a half use to get us Puerto Rican coffee. I have tried to purchase some one line since he moved away, but don't know which brand to buy. I would ask him what brand he bought, but he travels and is terrible about staying in contact. I would really like to purchase some more, but fear I will choose a brand that isn't so good.

Now I am sounding like my mom, who can't make decisions. No offense mom. So, I thought I would toss this blog out there for my fellow followers to ask if you know which Puerto Rican coffee brand is the best. If you don't know, but might know someone who does, send them over here to drop me a note. Not that I need a java fix or anything. Okay, I admit that I do need a fix and I am shaking so badly I am having a difficult time hitting the right keys. I'll keep checking my comments, praying someone out there can help me out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My blog

After watching Julie/Julia it inspired me to work harder on my blog Valea's Thoughts. So, I have been researching ways to improve traffic and build alexa tank. I never thought when I started this blog that you would have to work at building traffic. Now that I have been writing for almost a year, I am finally taking the bull by the horns and joining groups and communities to learn how to create a more noticeable blog.

First, I realized I need to be more consistent on writing and not letting life get in the way of my blogging. Being the mother of three young adults and a self employed husband that can be difficult. As many people know, working from home can be a challenge. As I try to establish myself as a writer, people seem to think you are not really working. Research takes time and building your site also takes time.

Second, I can never forget to have fun. That is why I write, to be able to express my thoughts and put them out there for others to enjoy. It's like opening up the top of my head and peeking inside to see my thoughts. When my daughter was young, I asked her once, "what goes on in that little head of yours". After thinking for a few minutes, she said something very profound. "Not much, it's kinda quiet, not very cluttered". I laughed at the pure innocence of a child's mind. As I have grown older, I realize to be able to view our mind and see what condition it is fascinating. If I were to describe for the reader what goes on in my mind, I would have to say ALOT. My mind is always racing. Thinking of the things I need to do, want to do and can't do. I have random thoughts that make me question my sanity. An example would be, do dogs speak to us and get frustrated when we don't understand their language? Is that why they tilt their head at us sometimes? I will see a dog and it is just staring at me and I wonder what the dogs thoughts are. Of course I wonder that about people too. If only people knew how much I didn't say that I was thinking. It's probably a good thing, because I tend to have an opinion about everything and some of them are not so kind. I imagine if I said my thoughts, I wouldn't have many people that liked me. I've learned to keep my mouth shut, sometimes, for the sake of family, friends and people in general. Although, blogging has been a wonderful outlet for all those kept opinions. I have been able to release my opinion on life in general and stay anonymous. Sometime I will share my thoughts on children and Walmart. I think I shall title it, "What Not To Do As A Parent". I am sure I will either offend or you will totally agree with my thoughts.

Finally, as I reflect on Valea's Thoughts I realize that it takes time to build any site and I must not give up. Eventually, I will have a steady stream of readers that stop by because I have good content. As alway, I look forward to your thoughts and comments. Thanks for following my blog.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


A little over a week ago I wrote a blog about my dog, Zippy. I shared with you all her history of false pregnancies and her current false pregnancy. We are coming to an end of this pregnancy, so I thought I would share a few highlights with all my blog followers.

For the first five days, we saw very little of Zippy. She kept herself in her basket with her baby slippers and baby stuffed panda. She did not eat and drank very little. Occasionally, I could tempt her with chicken, but for the most part she was fasting. Approximately on the sixth day, she was leaving her puppies (aka slippers) and venturing out to spend time with me. By the eighth day she was bringing her puppies with her, which entailed a lot of work. She would bring them one by one and drop them at my feet then look up at me to see if I would help her out. It was such a pitiful site.

For the last couple of days she only carries the panda and one purple slipper with her. She will place them on the chair with me and then curl up and snuggle. It truly is precious, but sad. I thought to myself the other day, she really would be a good mommy. I imagine with in the next day or so all her puppies will be weaned and she will go back to normal. I can then wash all my slippers and replace them in my closet until the next time.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Marketing Your Business

My husband co-owns C & H Construction company. With the economy struggling and people holding tight to their purse strings. We have been looking at ways to promote our company and build traffic. I came across a web site that I found interesting and wanted to share. Universal Business Listings provides an online opportunity to businesses where they can post enhanced business profiles for a small fee of $30.00 a month.

Universal Business Listings will then provide your businesses data to all the major and secondary search engines, online yellow pages, 411 directory assistance. Universal Business Listings allows you to update your information at anytime without additional charges. If you understand SEO's, you understand the importance of having a good listing and how it greatly improves your visibility and search ranking. Which ultimately will help improve your business.

Having worked at improving my SEO for my blog, I understand how time consuming this can ultimately be for a person. When time is money, companies can turn it over to Universal Business Listings and they take care of the hassles for them. With one small annual fee, your company can be seeing more traffic and visibility.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


Recently, I have been thinking of returning to college. I have thought about several majors that interest me. One of which is gemology, the science of dealing with natural and artificial gems and gemstones. While doing my research I discovered a company online that sells gemstone wholesale beads. They have a $500 dollar bead give away sweepstakes taking place now. The drawing will be January 1st, 2010. Several of the gemstones really caught my eye.

The White Pearls had are absolutely beautiful. The White Pearls measure 10 - 11 mm in diameter and have a high luster. I would absolutely love to create a pearl necklace with these White Pearl wholesale beads from . My grandmother owned a pearl necklace, to be able to recreate that strand of White Pearls with would be fantastic. has Moss Aquamarine beads that would be beautiful with the White Pearls from My friend would love a more contemporary necklace. Some people consider the Moss Aquamarine a power stone that rids anger. Coupled with the White Pearls from the, which is considered a heliotrope of courage. It would be a powerful necklace.

On top of having the gorgeous beads, beadsofcambay has great customer service. If you are looking to create the perfect personal gift, beadsofcambay has worry free shopping. They also have free shipping for orders over $100 in the United States. If you hurry you can register for the $500 dollar bead giveaway sweepstakes.


Yesterday as I took my son to the international airport. I was totally amazed at some of the people that were milling around the airport. We arrived an hour and a half early. We didn't plan on being there that early. After running errands, we were ahead of schedule. Being early left us with time to sit and observe the human drama of life at the airport.

There is a freakish amount of public display of affection. I wanted to carry a sign that read, "get a hotel room". Does it not occur to these people that they are in public. While sitting with my cup of coffee, I was treated a show of reality drama. A young female employee, felt the need to scream and yell at her boss. Flinging her financial situation out for all of us to hear. I thought to myself, does she not have any humility? Maybe she has watched too many reality TV shows and felt she was auditioning? I decided to move to another seating area, hoping to avoid any more public feuds.

As I watch these people rushing to their destination. I thought to myself, do you have any idea how others perceive you? Just by watching the way someone walks, you can tell if they are self confident or not. Many were so engrossed with their cell phone conversation. They make themselves a target to someone with not so nice personal agendas. It also made me aware, as I sat there observing others, that I never know when someone will be observing me and how they will perceive me. All in all, people watching made the time go by faster. Before we knew it, it was time for my son to leave.

In a few more days I will be headed back to the airport to pick up my son. Who knows maybe i will wear a ridiculous outift and a strange hairstyle, so I can fit in to the human decor.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Adapting to Change

I will admit I have this terrible flaw. Mind you, it's not my only flaw, but it is the one that bugs me the most. I can not adapt to change very well. I plan, organize and schedule my day down to the minute. When someone throws a kink into the day, it takes me sometime to adjust to the change of schedule. Now that I am older, I have quit throwing temper tantrums. Ok, I still throw them in my mind, but I no longer toss myself onto the floor.

You've probably already figured out I am not much of a spontaneous person. I have never experienced just getting into the car and taking off for the weekend. Now there is a part of me that really wants to do this, but then I think to myself about all the things I need to do in order to be gone for a couple of days. I can't imagine what it would be like to just let life happen.

I bet your wondering why this article came about. This morning my mother in law called, the pipes burst in her home and she needed my husband and sons to come help her out. My husband canceled his appointments for the day. My oldest son was suppose to take my youngest son to the airport (he's leaving town for the weekend), so know I am taking him to the airport. I was more then happy to be able to help. Then the neurotic side took over. I had planned on cleaning my house and baking for the weekend. Instead of tossing aside these meaningless task, I freaked out and began cleaning and trying to get the baking done. Snapping at my innocent daughter to help me. In my mind I was thinking, "can't she see I have so much to do!" She tried to appease her crazy mother, but I continued to snap. Finally, she worked along side me and we finished the task at hand. I can not tell you what awesome daughter I have.

In retrospect, I realize my behavior is a bit ridiculous. After apologizing to my daughter, I am going to focus on being more free spirited. Who knows, you may read a news article about a crazy women running around in an exotic vacation spot. Ok, that's probably unlikely. I'll work on not freaking out about minor schedule changes in my household first.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Who is Vivek Kundra?

How many of you have heard of Vivek Kundra? He is a man in the position of our governments CIO (Chief Information Officer). Haven't heard of a CIO, let me bring you up to speed. A CIO is responsible for information technology and computer systems. Our goverment spends an enormous amount of money trying to keep up with information technology. Some of it is wasteful, Vivek is wanting to curb that spending. Vivek Kundra is focusing on making information available online. He would like for the average citizen to be able to get online and check the status of the stimulus money being spent or other information.

This is a concept Vivek Kundra is familiar with creating. He is known for overhauling the D.C.'s government tech system. He replaced this system with one that provides real time data to the mayor and his deputies, about where money is being spent. With this cloud based Web application, Vivek Kundra caught the eye of the Obama administration. Leading him to the position of CIO.

The most significant step so far has been the development of This project launched May 21, 2009 with 47 data sets and currently host over 118,000. What is It is a collection of federal data housed on This web site is open to public access and provides easy- to-use-tools. Vivek Kundra welcomes suggestions and data sets that people would find useful. With Vivek Kundra's help, we will move in to the future of information at a fingers touch.

Insight Venture Partners

The economy today has entrepreneurs concerned about getting investments. They want to make sure they have a sound investor with a company they feel is stable and can profit them. After researching Insight Venture Partners, I discovered they have raised over 3 billion dollars since they were founded in 1995. Today they are one of the fastest growing venture capital and private equity firms focused on software and internet verticals.

Insight Venture Partners was founded by Jeffery Horing and Jerry Murdock. These two men have put together one of the top managing teams in the investment market. On the executive advisory board is Robert Rubin, former Secretary of Treasury from 1995 - 1999. Insight Venture Partners support experienced entrepreneurs and management. They expand late staged software, internet and data - based businesses. With over 120 investments since inception, this company is a definite contender in the investment world.

Headline News

Out of curiosity, when did peoples personal life become headline news? Has our society become so distorted that a star athlete or an actor/actresses extramarital affairs become more important then our economy? Not since the early 19oo's has our world economy suffered as it is today, yet the media is focusing on a star athletes troubled marriage.

Where did our decline of moral decay begin? My guess would be our educational system and our family structure. Our education system (USA) is one of the worst in the world. I'm not knocking the hard working teachers, as many of my family and friends are educators. I'm talking about he guidelines the state and federal has put upon these educators and the funding that is not available. Our family structure has decayed by putting the needs of children on the back burner. With divorce and two parent incomes leaving kids to fend for themselves after school. Kids are raising themselves and younger siblings. People have put themselves in financial slavery to keep up with the "Jone's". Parents with consuming debt and financial burdens do not have the option to have a stay at home parent. A parent who isn't taxed from a stressful day at the office, who has time to devout to helping their child with homework and to be there for them when they need a shoulder to emotionally lean on. If kids are left to their own devices they will set in front of the TV and play video games or watch mindless television shows.

Do I think the children whom have one parent staying at home are more intelligent or capable of understanding world issues? No, what I am saying is this child will develop communications with an adult. This child will interact with someone and have a healthier relationship with his/her parents. This child will have more confidence. Don't get angry at me if this touches a nerve, do the research and find out for yourself. Our children are slipping through the cracks of society. They are the future of this nation and of this world. I think it is time to invest in them and not focus on trivial media information about someones personal life.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Getting older

Since my mothers automobile accident, she has been acting a little different. Normally, my mom has the social graces to leave her personal opinions to herself. I know, your asking your self what happened to me. It's not so much her personal opinions are bad, it's how she is expressing them. My mother had the grace to smile and accept a gift, finding something positive to say about it. At her 71st birthday this last week, my sister gave her a throw for her couch. My mothers commented, "oh, this won't match at all". My sister who has the eye of a decorator said, "yes it will mom, I checked". My mom, in turned replied "trust me it won't". OUCH! My mom has an opinion and is not afraid to use it.

She also received a pre lit fake Christmas tree from my sister. Mind you, my mother has been wanting one, because it is so difficult to find a way to get a real one every year. Late in the week, my sister called to see how the tree looked. My mom exclaimed, it's ugly, in a fit of giggles with her friend that was visiting. My sister asked her to repack the tree and she would pick it up. Her feelings were hurt. When my sister called to vent to me, I could not help but wonder what had happened to my diplomatic mother.

While comforting my sister on the phone, it dawned on me. As we grow older our bodies are slowly deteriorating. I think when we are younger, we have this wonderful filter from our brain to our mouth. As we grow old, it starts to deteriorate. I have seen this happen in elder friends, they become bold with their thoughts and speech. Hallmark cards, markets a card line called Maxine. Maxine is suppose to represent how as we age, we can pretty much say what we feel. This could be dangerous for someone like me.

As I count down the months before i become a grandmother for the first time, I realize there are alot of things I need to remember. Children and grandchildren do not really want to know what their parents think, if they are giving them a gift or help. They want their parents/grandparents to be this sweet wonderful person that is so agreeable. Most of all, they want to feel they are needed. They want to return the gift of help/love, that their parents so generously gave to them. SO, note to self. Never tell my kids I don't like the gift they give me. Just smile and say something positive about the gift.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Something to remind us of warmer weather

I awoke this morning to bitter cold weather. As I stumbled out of bed and searched for my warm slippers, I thought the colors of summer were slowing erasing from my mind. I grabbed a cup of hot coffee and began searching my computer for pictures of the flowers from my garden. Even though the dead of winter was looming over my shoulder, I enjoyed those beautiful pictures of my garden. I thought i would post them for all of you to enjoy as well, grab a warm drink and enjoy.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sak Narwal

If someone ask where Sak Narwal is, they will probably find him fishing. He's not picky he'll fish fresh water or salt water fish. Just give him a pole and he'll do the rest, but he is known for his catch and release. Fishing for Sak Narwal is his enjoyment, but he loves a good fish dinner.

Sak Narwal is not only a respected business man and fisherman, but also a respected ichthyologist. An ichthyologist is a person who studies fish. Sak Narwal knows how to work hard and play hard. That is the secret to his success. He has fished as far North as Alaska to the east coast of New York. The love of fishing and fish has taken him to some of the most beautiful places in the United States.

NES Employment Solutions

With the economy struggling and many people being laid off or losing their jobs, people needing help in locating jobs. NES Employment Solutions is a company that is helping employers and perspective employees come together. If you're looking for a job in a fortune rank company or a smaller company NES Employment Solutions can help you find the perfect job. They can offer a wide variety of choices.

Many companies have come to NES Employment Solutions to find employees to fit their need. Even though they have a nationwide data base, they believe in local based focus. They have a network of recruiters, staffing companies and employees to help you connect with the right company. If your looking for results, NES Employment Solutions is willing to help you.

RENEW International

For those who want to learn more about their faith, discuss faith topics or just want to meet people of your same faith, they should take the time to look into RENEW International's Theology on Tap. It's an opportunity to meet young catholic adults in a comfortable setting to explore your faith and how it effects your life. It's worth the time to invest in your faith.

If your looking for a faith sharing community then you should check out RENEW International. They have faith sharing material available at their secure online bookstore. RENEW International has a 28 year record in revitalizing parish life in 150 dioceses. They offer a full range of spiritual processes with step by step guides, sound materials and personal support for pastors, ministry leaders and participants.

Mohammed Babangida

Son of ex-military President of Nigeria, General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (rtd), Mohammed Babangida is turning heads on the polo field. He is a member of the Kaduna Polo Club. Not only is Mohammed Babangida a skillful polo player, he is a powerful business man. He sits on the board of Unity Bank, PLC and has served on the board and head of the credit committee for Intercity Bank, PLC.

Currently Mohammed Babangida serves as special adviser to Santa Isabel Petroleum Company. His work ethics and commitment to motivation is what drive this hard working man. His family, philanthropic activities and his interest in public education projects reap the benefits. How does a man this dedicated find time to relax? If he is not on the Polo field, you may find him relaxing with a good book and listening to jazz, R & B or traditional African music.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Zippy's Pregnant - NOT

Well, it's that time of year again. My dog, Zippy, is having another false pregnancy. She is 7 years old and has yet to have a litter. We have actually bred her only once, the rest of her pregnancies have only been in her mind.

The first time Zippy had a false pregnancy, we were clueless as to what was going on with our canine family member. We had been on vacation and our neighbors had been taking care of her. She was "nesting" in our bed, laundry room and under the couch. So, we began our search for puppies. When we realized there were none, we spoke to our local vet and provided small stuffed animals for her mental peace. Our vet reassured us this was not threatening to her health and she would recover in a matter of a weeks, which she did.

The following year, I awoke one morning to find all our remote controls to the television and stereo missing. I searched high and low, when I glanced over at our meek looking mutt, I discovered a guilt ridden face. After searching her dog bed, I discovered she had given birth to our remote controls. The following years,she has given birth to only slippers. Last year I awoke to her sitting beside my bed with my husbands slipper in her mouth. Proudly displaying her newest pup.

This morning, my husband awoke early to get ready to go to work. As I laid in bed thinking about my day ahead, Zippy slipped into our closet. She doesn't make a habit of hanging out in our closet, so when my husband approached the closet to choose work clothes he said, "Zippy why are you in my closet?". Then I knew, she was searching for her next litter. I informed my confused spouse that we were about to have a new litter of pups and if he didn't want his slippers to be a part of this litter he may want to make sure his closet remains closed at all times.

I quickly went to my emergency stash of pups, which includes several old pairs of slippers and a stuffed panda. Zippy and I prepared her dog bed and she quickly tucked her babies in to nurse. For the next couple of weeks she will take good care of her slippers and I will continually be looking for mine, if left in reach of her.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The benefits of Elderberry

Our family have been reaping the benefits of elderberry for several years. When we purchased out farm, we were blessed to have elderberries on our property along with blackberries, wild plums and mulberries. I did some research to find out the benefits or these berries and plums.

According to Magic and Medicine."Medicinally, elderberry has been used for common ailments, a syrup from the berry juice was once a remedy for coughs, and cold sufferers comforted themselves with hot toddies of mulled elderberry wine [...] [And] a tea made from the [Elder] flowers was taken as a mild laxative or diuretic and to promote sweating." After reading several articles on natural remedies,I discovered that the elderberry was an antiviral and used to cure the avian flu and the swine flu. We have seen the benefits of this and have recommended it to many of our family and friends.

So the next time you get a cold or the flu, don't reach for the over the counter medicine which has side effects, try something natural elderberries. Your be surprised at how well it works.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Essense of Destiny

On the wall of my office, where I spend alot of my time, I have a printed out saying that I try to apply daily to my life. The saying came from a friend of mine. I'm no sure where she came across this saying, but it made a difference in her thought process daily. I thought I would share it with my blog followers, hoping it touches you as much as it touched me. If you apply these words of wisdom to your life, it will defiantly make a difference on how you react, behave and perceive life around you.

"Watch your thoughts, for they become your words.
Choose your words, for they become your action.
Understand your actions, for they become your habits.
Study your habits, for they will become your character.
Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny."

I hope these words give you thought.