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Admin Group...

Life is funny, well at least interesting.  Who would have thought that I would be attending an admin group guidelines conference at lunch today?

That's right.  A few weeks ago we it was suggested that I create a for sale in Hale County page on Facebook.  I did and it took off and from it we now have 4 spin-off groups from it.


For Sale in Hale County . Texas

Everything KIDS for sale in Hale County

For the love of PETS in Hale County

Handmade in Hale County

Plainview-Hale County Texas Linkbook


It all became a little overwhelming and it was either shut'er down or get help.  So, we took applications for helpers to assist in keeping all of the the pages running smoothly...thus the admin group.

The admin group volunteer their time & energy to assure that our local pages are great places to do business.  They are awesome.

So, since we all did not know each other we met today for lunch to rework the guidelines as a group.  Wonderful group of people!!!

Life is funny like that.  It seems to always brighten my life with awesome people!!!


Fresh Find:  I like this Relay for Life jersey!!!


gOAT in mANY cOLORS...

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Today when I saw this I knew I had to stop and take a picture because of all of the beautiful colors...a gOAT in mANY cOLORS! ;o)

This just screams mice, rats, & bugs to me!  I wonder who will get the last onion...the goat or the rat?  ;o)  Kiss a goat?  NO WAY, this one will have onion breath! LOL

Regardless of my thoughts about critters...the colors in the picture are awesome to me!!! :O)

Fresh Find:  Oh how I LOVE these!!!  Lots of fun shapes & sizes!!!



"Maybe it is not holding a 'grudge', but healing." 

Forgiveness comes easy, it is in the forgetting that we struggle.  I believe that as followers of Christ we know that we are to forgive as Christ forgives us.

Ephesians 4:32 ESV Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


We all heal differently.  Who is to say that it takes this much time or that?  Only God can walk us through our trials. It is in knowing to turn our every need over to him that allows the process to begin and completed.

James 1:2-4 ESV Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.


It is a joy to come through the trials in our lives having built a stronger relationship with God.  It is in the healing that we draw close and then are able to release his love and light in the end...for his glory! It is a comfort to know that he is steadfast and ready to grow us.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17


Others cannot know our hearts and they may think that those in the midst of a trial are holding a 'grudge' against someone or maybe life in general, but maybe they are healing, too.  When we hurt we tend to draw closer to God, to be still and listen to God for direction as we heal.  It is a process and God is in control. 

We need to be sensitive to others and why they respond the way that they do life's situations. God is good! He delivers!  What we do with the outcome should praise his name.


Fresh Find:  One day when I have my little beach home, I'll have these book-ends!


Love It...

I love it when I do not leave the house ALL day long.  I know, I don't have a life, but I love my life!!!

This morning as I walked through our house I just felt an overwhelming sense of blessing, comfort, and peace.  I just love our home...even after nearly 20 years!  God is so good to us!

I did some laundry, watched some TV, read, played a game, just chilled and put Polysporine on the stitches.  Busy, busy day! 

Oh, TV was reserved for the Senior Bowl this afternoon.  ME82 played on the North team.  So fun to get to watch our dear friend's son play!!!



Fresh Find: Love this blouse & this site!!!


Skin Cancers...

As kids we get somewhere between 50 and 80 percent of our sun.  If this is true I think I must have gotten a higher percentage because I was outdoors most every warm day of my youth...and beyond.

UVA rays cause skin aging and wrinkling and contribute to skin cancer, such as melanoma. Because UVA rays pass effortlessly through the ozone layer (the protective layer of atmosphere, or shield, surrounding the earth), they make up the majority of our sun exposure. Beware of tanning beds because they use UVA rays as well as UVB rays. A UVA tan does not help protect the skin from further sun damage; it merely produces color and a false sense of protection from the sun.

UVB rays are also dangerous, causing sunburns, cataracts (clouding of the eye lens), and effects on the immune system. They also contribute to skin cancer. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is thought to be associated with severe UVB sunburns that occur before the age of 20. Most UVB rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, but enough of these rays pass through to cause serious damage.

UVC rays are the most dangerous, but fortunately, these rays are blocked by the ozone layer and don't reach the earth.

Back when I was growing up we did not have sun screen other than a hat, long sleeves, and long pants.  Needless to say I was having not of that on a hot summers day.


As an adult there was a machine that was developed called a tanning bed.  Resting in this warm space felt so good to aching bones and I could get some color in my pale skin.  We did know of the dangers of these machines then because we had to sign off on them to get into the beds. 

This excerpt from MSNBC confirms that it is more serious than we thought.  Tanning beds have already been linked to an increased risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma, and now new research shows they can also raise the odds of developing the most common form of the disease. Scientists at the Yale School of Public Health in New Haven, Connecticut found that young people who tanned on the indoor beds had a 69 percent increased chance of suffering from early-onset basal cell carcinoma (BCC).




I have a constant battle fighting skin cancers as are many adults I know.  I have had a doctor and a friend die from skin cancers.

There are three types of skin cancer: Basal Cell Carsinoma, Squamous Cell Carsinoma, and Melanoma.  I have dealt with Basal Cell spots for most of my adult life as have my mom, dad, and many of my friends.  For the past year I have been dealing with squamous cell. 

The Mayo Clinic  staff says this: Squamous cells lie just below the outer surface of your skin. Squamous cell carcinomas develop when cell death and renewal no longer occur as they should. Ordinarily, new cells push older cells toward your skin's surface, and the older cells die and are sloughed off — a process controlled by DNA, your body's genetic material. But if DNA is damaged, this orderly pattern is disrupted, causing cells to grow out of control. Most of the damage to DNA in skin cells results from exposure to UV radiation from sunlight and commercial tanning lamps and beds. The damage is cumulative, so the more time you spend in the sun or in a tanning booth, the greater your chance of developing skin cancer. Your risk increases even more if most of your outdoor exposure occurs at times of the day when the sun is strongest.


I write this blog as a warning to young people (who most likely won't read my blog), but maybe their loved one will...and for you the reader asking you to not wait to see a dermatologist.  I believe seeing a dermatologist on a yearly basis is as important as seeing an eye doctor or getting a colonoscopy!


Fresh Find: Look at this beautiful lamb's wool throw!  Beautiful!!!






I bought myself some flowers.  Well, I wanted to prove that you can get to the businesses blocked by construction.  Please do!  Every once in a while it is fun to just be able to enjoy flowers ourselves.  We don't have to have a 'reason' to purchase flowers other than...just because! I'm loving these.  They brighten up the indoors when the outdoors is so cold!

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Here the grand-sisters, our little flowers, tell their daddy...Good Game!

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Fresh Find:  I like this copper coil flower!


I Survived...

I Survived the last 24 hours!  Yeah!!!

It started with a toilet leak. Amazing how I noticed that tiny dark spot on the flooring. They came and fixed it right up today!

Broke off my back tooth so a crown will need to be done.  They could get me in on Tuesday!

The doctor called and the place they took the biopsy on my cheek is squamous cell so it has returned.  I will have it removed again on Thursday.  My doctor is getting ready to have a baby so her last day before maternity leave is Thursday.  So glad they could get me right in.

Went to the eye doctor and my eyes appear to be getting cataracts. Prescription...wear sunglasses at all times outdoors.  Otherwise my eyes have not changed or gotten worse!

I got home and had no Internet.  Called and it was just us.  I had moved the DVR box and unhooked the TV because Suddenlink is coming to rework some things.  So, no TV or Internet.  I was bummed for sure!

I found $5.00 in our back yard.

Went to the TXDOT hearing on the upcoming one way access road changes.  A large crowd attended.

I found that I had unhooked the cable to the wireless modem.  So, got that all up and working again.

Life is good and I am blessed.  I'm in God's hands!  I know he must have a sense of humor just watching me live day to day!!! ;o)

Oh did I mention that I have stopped drinking Dr. Peppers so...I'm a little on edge! LOL


Fresh Find: Have you ever wanted to know a little about your health, or ancestry, from your DNA?


Answered Prayer...

God has always answered my prayers.  He doesn't always answer them like I think they will be answered and not always in the time frame that I expect, but he is faithful.  There are so many answered prayer times, but one of the first "bigger" ones that I still can remember in my older age is when I was in high school.

Let me first share with you my testimony:



SEVEN.  The number 7 reminds me of half a cross.  Seven is the age I was when I asked Jesus into my life, to be my Savior.  Only thing was, all said and done, I only gave him part of me.  I didn’t realize it at the time.  I knew I wanted to go to heaven when I died and I wanted to be forgiven of all my wrongs.  I was sincere in my decision and I followed it with my baptism.  Life was good, but as I got older I felt I was not playing fair with God.

God showed me that he wanted more from my life.  Between my junior and senior years in high school our church youth choir went on tour to the Northwest.  One evening during a performance God showed me that my age 7 decision needed to be an age 16 commitment to make the cross t complete.  He showed me his ministry of servant-hood.  Each day I am in awe at the opportunities for growth.  Growth for me as well as others that he places in my life as I am sensitive to the nudgings of the Holy Spirit. 


So, I was 16 and had never dated anyone.  I'm not sure why.  I think now it was God's protection, but at the time I felt like many young girls...not pretty enough. 

It was one evening and my parents were still at work when I walked into the living room from my bedroom and sat in my father's chair, my earthly dad's.  I sat there curled up in the chair and prayed to God.  I know I started by saying that I had red hair and I wasn't that pretty, I was shorter than most, and I was different.  It was at this point that God told me that he created me.  He knew me and that I was worthy through him.

I went on to ask him to show me who he had picked out to love me and me to love.  I remember being very specific with him about what I was looking for.  I wanted this guy to be a believer like me.  I laugh now because I vividly remember telling God I wanted him to be an athlete.  I wanted him to be not be too tall.  I thought he might not live in Plainview, I had this feeling. I wanted him to be nice.  I wanted to find the one he designed for me.

Not too long after this I met my future husband.  I knew he was an answer to prayer.  Down to the request of him being an athlete ;o)!  God is good and he does listen and answer our prayers.  He did for this insecure teenage girl then and he does for this insecure old lady now!  LOL


Fresh Find:  Look at this so cute tea/coffee set for Valentine's Day (or it comes in other colors not so Valentinish) :O)



makes a little heart ;o)




God Speaks...

God speaks and I listen.  He uses the Holy Spirit.

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. John 16:13-14

On facebook I made this post: 

Two things I've learned...

1. Follow the nudging of the Holy Spirit and not people's requests or expectations.
2. In ALL things acknowledge HIM.


I had someone ask me if I could share a story; a time when the Holy Spirit spoke to me and I have been thinking and praying.

I want others to know the Holy Spirit speaks to me and guides me.  I try to live a simple life for this reason.  I work hard to be sensitive to each moment of each day.  I must say that I often fail.  I often miss or even ignore opportunities to glorify God.  This is one of my sins.

Other times though I do listen.  Just a little bit ago a name was whispered into my thoughts.  Then I was told what I needed to do.  I will do what I was asked.  During the day, I might see someone and feel led to do a particular thing for them to share the love of Jesus.  It can be as simple as that. Or, it can be labor intensive.

He sometimes speaks to me in a dream.  I had a dream about taking a position to help a friend with a task.  He told me and played it out in my inner most thoughts the instruction not to move forward with this position.  When I woke up I knew what I was to do, but I did not listen.  I did what he had shown me not to do.  It played out exactly like he had shown me down to the last detail.  It would have made sense to listen, but I thought it would be okay and it wasn't.  Had I only listened.  It certainly helped me seek his face with more passion.  That is the great thing about serving such a mighty God!

God wants a relationship with us.  He wants us to be that close to him.  He wants us to ask him to speak to us so that we hear.  God speaks!


 Fresh Find:  I think this sequined tunic is pretty awesome!