Friday, February 27, 2015

It's Friday!

WOO HOO! It is finally Friday and I do not work over the weekend, so I am happy to say that I will be able to clean my house and get some rest the next two days. At least, I hope I can. My daughter works all weekend and so far she has not been able to drive her truck due to the fact that the road we live on in still very slick due to the snow. Her little truck just does not do well in snow or on ice, so we have been making sure that she gets to work and the weekend is calling for more snow so I guess someone will have to take her to work. That will mean that I will have to get up early but not as early as today.

Of course, I work today and so that means an early morning as usual. I like being up early but I would love to sleep past 5:30 a.m. just a morning or two. If I got in bed earlier, the early wake up time would be fine, but I usually don't go to bed before 11:30 p.m. and I usually am up at least twice during the night. In the spring and summer., the early mornings allow me to enjoy wildlife while sitting on the patio having my coffee and allows me to get to the barn early.

We have another animal here on the farm. It is a new rabbit. I forget what kind it is, but it is quite large and I will try to post a photo soon. It is an albino rabbit so it is a beautiful white with grey ears and pink eyes. It is an indoor rabbit and has a really nice cage with it. This rabbit was a pet and was the only pet in the house at the previous owners house. The rabbit is a bit spoiled, I feel. However, my daughter does enjoy having it and the rabbit will sit and watch television and it plays with our dogs. I was a little worried about mine, but she done fine with it. Never an end to what we will bring home and this one was free so we were happy to get it. This rabbit is even litter trained so I could leave him out of the cage as the others did.

Well, that is enough of my ramblings for today. Hope everyone has a good day!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Snowy Morning Praise

Good Morning and it is a snowy morning here on the farm. No, we do not have a huge amount of snow, but the howling winds and the snow flurries make for a wintry morning. The temps are not forecast to be out of the teens today with wind chills being in the single digits. BRR!!

During my Bible study today, I was thinking of all the times in the Bible that God is with those who think that they are so alone. Prime example when David defeats Goliath. David feels that he is facing an obstacle that could destroy him and yet with God on his side, David can defeat the giant in front of him. Also, there are so many verses that speak of God being with us and it is comforting to know that He is.

Many of us face obstacles in our lives and without the power of prayer and the confidence that someone is with you, it may seem overwhelming, but fear not for He is with you. Whether you are a Christian believer or not, God is aware of your battles and He is waiting for you to believe and ask for His help. He wants us to need Him as much or more then we might truly need Him. Whether the battle is depression, alcohol, or a looming illness or even a simple decision as to a career change or life change, He knows our needs and He knows what to do.

As you begin your path today, remember that someone loves you and appreciates you! Also, remember you are not alone!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Huge Powerball Winnings

Some one could wake up in the morning with a whole new outlook on life. For anyone that plays the lottery much, the Powerball draw tonight could be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The bank for this game is up to over 480 million dollars. Now, with that kind of winnings possible, the chance of someone winning the game is very slim, but people are still buying tickets.

This is the largest drawing since Feb. of  last year. If you do not hit the Powerball number, you could still be a millionaire by hitting the other numbers. Most people would be happy to win a million dollars and not be upset that they did not win the 480 million. I know I certainly would be. The lottery knows that people are always dreaming of getting rich quick and that is why the games are so popular.

Gambling is also a huge business and this falls right into that scheme of things. For years, people have gambled on card games, dice games, lotteries, raffle drawings, etc. These are all ways that hard working adults give their money away. The lottery officials are counting on many people wanting a ticket for tonight's drawing.

I rarely ever play the lottery and rarely ever purchase a scratch off ticket, but today, I might purchase a ticket and see if I can win anything. I would be happy with winning $20. I don't have to have the millions. However, if I did win the millions, you can bet that the farm would look a lot different and you would probably not find me here often. I would purchase a travel trailer and do the traveling that I have always wanted to do. I would also pay for both of my daughters to go to college and I would give my son some money to help him get himself a house since he has a good job and I don't think that he is looking to go to school.

Will you be purchasing a ticket today? If so, I will wish you good luck!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Thoughts

Hello and good Sunday morning! Yesterday, I spent the day with my friends and we were planning to take a trip to Savannah, Georgia. I have been there but they have not and so we decided that we will take a trip this summer. This is a photo taken at Tybee Island when my oldest daughter and her boyfriend and I went last year. With the weather warmer yesterday and today here, I decided that with all the talk of the island and warmer temps, I could post this to #brightentheday.

 My Brighten the Day campaign began a few days ago and I have not been here to write about it since, but it is going well. the first two days, I decided to just pay random compliments to people and that worked well. I would be in line at the store or gas station and I would just compliment someone on their outfit, smile, hair, etc. It is amazing how you can make someone smile by just being nice.

Last night, my husband and I went to a local Waffle and Steak and has one of the worst experiences ever in a restaurant. The first plate of food was nothing that I had ordered and it took almost 30 minutes to get it. My husband's egg was not properly cooked, his waffle was cold and soggy. He ate his, but I sent mine back. After another 10 minutes, the waitress returned to hand my plate to me and it was the right order this time, but was still not right. My hash browns were supposed to have cheese in them and they had a slice of cheese on top of them that was not even warm. The ham in my hash browns was burnt, the patty melt sandwich was a hamburger patty with cheese on it and very few grilled onions on it, my bread was buttered and hot but soggy as it had not been toasted.

We asked for comment cards or the district managers phone number and the waitress gave us something to write on but it was not a comment card. She also gave us a number and asked what was wrong, when we complained she stated that it was what happened when cooks and waitresses did not show up for work. There were three waitresses and one cook. However, one waitress was not busy and one had been there since 7 a,m, and it was now about 10:10 p.m. A few minutes later, the waitress came up and told me that she had voided our ticket because she would not have eaten the second plate that I had. I told her I truly appreciated it and that I was unable to eat the remainder of my sandwich. I also commented that the entire experience was bad and that I understood that they might be short of help, but that quality was better than fast as far as I was concerned. She understood completely and apologized again for the service and food. I went to speak to my husband as he was visiting with a  family friend that had came in and told him what she had said to me. I told him to be sure he left her a tip even though my food and service was not great. She was trying! We gave her $10 and she said we did not have to leave her anything because she knew that we were not leaving satisfied. I told her that we appreciated what she had done and she smiled and thanked us. #Brightentheday campaign completed again!

One other thought today, pray for Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown. This young lady has been hospitalized for several days after being found in an eerie similar way that her mother was found dead. She is a troubled young person that has lost her biggest supporter and protector, her mother. She misses Whitney a great deal and has struggled since her death. Reports are that she is on life support and that doctors have said there is nothing they can do for her. I pray that she finds peace and healing in some miracle today. She has so much to offer the world and yet, she is in such a low and tragic place!

Have a fun and happy Sunday! Praise God for the good things in your life and ask for help with the bad!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Brighter Days

With the month of February being known for love and romance, I have decided to start a new challenge to all my online friends and my family entitled #BrightenTheDay. I am going to post about it on Twitter and many other sites as well as here.

The goal of this is to do just what it says Brighten the day for someone. We all have bad days and we all have times that we really just wish we were doing something else, but I guarantee whatever you are feeling or going through, someone else is having it worse. The idea is to think of three ways that you could brighten someone's day and do it! Then share your success on social media. It will encourage others to do the same and it will add some kindness to the world.

I am hoping that as we read the way others' have done something for someone it will give us more ideas on ways that we can help. I have something in mind for today and I will be sharing it later. Remember that kindness goes a long way! My grandpa always said that you catch more flies with honey and he was certainly right.

Go brighten the day for someone! I am on my way out the door right now. I will be back to write later tonight and I may just blog again tonight sharing my ideas. Tweet it, write it, share it just #BrightenTheDay.

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