Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Sunday morning, Friends.   The sun is shining and through my beveled glass door, the view is absolutely gorgeous.

It is a great day to give Glory, Honor and Praise to our Lord, Jesus Christ.   

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Hoping that you will join me in prayer this day.   Many of you may have read about, or perhaps seen on the news about the school bus in Athens Texas being hit by a train this past Friday afternoon.  

One child was killed and another 9 year old girl is in critical but stable condition at Children's Hospital.  The bus driver was treated and then released.   

Athens is the County Seat for Henderson County, which is the County that we live in and that our school district is in.   We are all saddened for our neighbors in Athens, and for their school district.   Please pray for the family of the child who died....Pray for this little girl who is fighting for her life....Pray for the bus driver and pray for the city of Athens.  
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I spent a big portion of my day yesterday, baking cookies.....decorating jars for the wedding, and going to a Little Dribblers game.  



Just 2 weeks until the wedding and I still have much to do......No worries....I'll get it done!   More jars to do (Many different kinds)  Candle holders to wrap in jute....and last minute details for the flowers.    


Texas Sheet cake cookies.   I made these for a party that we are having this afternoon for the Bride-to-be!   


I'm not a big chocolate lover.....but I did take a bite of one of these cookies and it was GREAT.
I also baked about 3 dozen chocolate chip cookies and hopefully, they will be tasty as well.   

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I love this picture that Trey snapped of the pigs.  I haven't seen the pigs in a few weeks, but it looks like they are really growing.   The Stock show will be here before we turn around.   

Hope everyone enjoys this Beautiful Sunday....

Hugs, 
Shug
                                                  

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Don't you just love having productive days in your life?  Yesterday was one of those days for me.   I accomplished many things. 



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How many of you are good with change?  
Changes in life that happen all around you?

I must admit that I live a pretty comfortable life.   Sure, change has happened throughout my life, which is just one of the reasons that I am able to enjoy this "Tickled Pink" journey that I live.  

You know you're in your content zone when you've been married to the love of your life for 46 years.   Or....when you have had the same mailing address ever since you said those "I Do's"

When it comes to change, I kinda like to be the one initiating change.....   LOL...

Change is actually a GOOD thing.  

Change brings about adventure!
Change helps us to grow!
Change brings about life lessons, life values.
Change can bring us New beginnings....in our Christian walk.

So many things can be accomplished through change.

Positive Change is what we all like to see.  Who doesn't like positive and rewarding changes..

I suppose,  change still happens even in those "Rocking Chair" years.  

I expect things to take different courses, but sometimes when there   are two or three deviations and swerves in life,  stacked on top of each other,  this is the time when you have to stop and take deep breaths.  You seek God for his direction.

It can actually be FUN and rewarding to see your life being converted in different directions.  The BEST kind of change is when you can clearly see God leading you away from the things that are Way to familiar, into new paths that HE desires for your  life.   



Enjoy this beautiful day...

Shug....
















   






   

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

                       Every home needs a little touch of greenery here and there!  I have several arrangements of just greenery spread throughout our home.........



Oh y'all......I think I have a new love!  SUCCULENTS!    I have several.....some are real plants and some are the kind I can't kill.  The fake succulents look so real.  



               This is a Live plant.....   Who doesn't love a "Mother in law's Tongue?"      I have always loved these.



                      Real or Artificial?     Artificial, but it still brings me lots of joy.



Another artificial plant.   Can you imagine how much the prickly pricks on this plant would hurt if it was real?



I love how a touch of greenery here and there can brighten any area of your home......

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Something to think about:

I would venture to say that in life, almost all of us would choose a joy filled journey, over one filled with daily stress.  And....God wants us to live a life filled with an abundance of triumph and complete happiness.  

Many times, we have acquaintances who cross paths with us and it seems that their ultimate goal is to bring us pain.   Why? Why would anyone gain delight in trying to defeat another person?

Nine times out of ten, these actions are a result of Jealousy!!!
There are many different kinds of Jealousy.....

1.  BEAUTY Jealousy...(jealous of another persons beauty)
2.  Jealous of FRIENDSHIPS (Jealous of close friendships that others have)
3. POWER  (Ooo, this is a big one)  Jealous of someone who seems to be successful.
4.  Romantic Jealousy's  (Jealous of other women or men)
5. INSECURITIES......  Being insecure about one's own life and wanting to blame others for these issues.
6.  And even Delusional Jealousy!!! (situations dreamed up in one's own mind that are totally untrue)
7.  COMPETATIVE jealousy.  (criticism of others in order to make ourselves look better)


Proverbs 14:30 .......... A heart at peace gives life to the body. but envy rots the bones.  


What is the best thing for us to do when it comes to jealousy from others?

1.  Free ourselves of toxic people/situations
2.  Be Calm when dealing with jealous people
3.  Seek God for direction as to what to say when jealous people try to hurt you.
4.  Pray....Pray....Pray... for those who allow jealousy to control them.

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Hope you all have a wonderful week.....free of drama.....free of jealousy.... AND....filled with joy and Happiness!!

Shug ~






















Saturday, January 19, 2019

Windy....Cold.....and Cloudy!  A great day to stay inside and blog!


My bushes and trees are being blown every which way....
and the flag has been in this position almost all morning.....

Just part of the joys of living in Texas.....   Warm and Sunny all week and today.....Brrrr!

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We are going to a "Little Dribblers" game this afternoon to watch Mylee Jo play a little basketball.  Just so happens that her team is NOT super talented and this already seems like a long season.  Of course, we have another month or so to go.  

You know.....it's not so much about Winning.  These little girls are out there, getting exercise and having a great time.   

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Happy Saturday Friends....

Shug

Monday, January 14, 2019

Hey Friends.   I think it is a mental thing with people, when it comes to "MONDAY'S."    Even me!  Yes, I sometimes have this mental woe about Monday's.   Not sure why!  And, when it's a cold and cloudy outside....Monday's seem to be even longer.   

I'm not really going to complain though.  I'm very thankful for every single day that I have.  Life is really beautiful.

So....back around the middle of December, I bought my dress for the upcoming (grandson's) wedding.  It was more pricey than what I would have liked it to be, but hey....it fit and it's a pretty dress.

One of my many Blessings this past week happens to center around this dress.   I saw that the dress is now on sale, so I took it back and I told the sales lady that I wanted to return the dress because it is now on sale.   

No problem.  I returned the dress.....turned around and purchased it again...this time ON SALE!   Whoop!!  I made a $100.00 that day.

A hundred dollars is what I got back!     This is a big Blessing!

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There is much happiness in laughter.....Could this be the cure for the Monday Blues?  I'm going to mark every Monday on my calendar as "Laugh Day!"

Hey y'all.....I hope the rest of your week is filled with tons of laughter.    Hugs..

Shug......

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

It was such a beautiful day yesterday and today.   The sun has been such a beautiful sight to see here in good ol' East Texas.   I tried to spend a little time outside, soaking up some Vitamin D.

Christmas vacation has ended for my girls.   Teachers started back to school on Monday and the kids went back yesterday.  It has been a great break for all of them.    And in no time they will be out again for Spring Break!!  

My calendar is looking pretty full for the next month or so.   We have a trip to make that is coming up soon.....We have a WEDDING coming up real soon.....and we have Birthday celebrations to enjoy.    

I took my niece shopping this morning.....for a "Prom" dress!
It's not just any Prom that she is going to....it's the "Night to Shine" Prom that Tim Tebow host each year.   Last year was Tammy's first year to attend and I think I remember blogging about it to some extent.  

This is a great thing that Tim Tebow does each year.   This prom is for the those who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. 
What a wonderful Blessing it is that Tim is able to give these people a very special night to feel super important.  

We found one dress that looked super great on Tammy, but I think she had her heart set on a Red dress......so, a red dress is what we purchased.   And, I must say, it's the perfect dress...the perfect color...the perfect fit.     

While we were shopping, I had this weird thing happen.   I've had a really bad cough and much congestion, but I went to the Dr. last Friday and got medicine.  I got two shots, an antibiotic and some cough medicine.   

On Sunday, I felt a wee bit sick and a little nauseous.   On Monday, I was totally sick with nausea and had to stay in bed all day.   I called the Dr. and they changed my antibiotic as well as send me out some anti-nausea meds.   I kinda felt some pressure in my left ear, but it got better.

This morning, while shopping with Tammy.....I suddenly felt this 
S O M E T H I N G  happening in my left ear.   It really scared me and I thought I was going to have to call Sam to come get me.   

After some time, it kinda went away.   BUT.....I have had it again this evening.   I think it's fluid!!   I'm taking a New antibiotic that the Dr. sent me out on Monday afternoon and as I read the side-effects on this particular medicine, one thing was that it can cause ear issues.   Wouldn't you know it??   I can't say for sure that this medicine has caused these new symptoms, but I don't think I want to take it any longer.   

I'm just not sure that I trust a lot of these meds that are out there these days.   I'm good with Amoxicillin.  Better yet, maybe just home remedies.   

I usually get this bronchial stuff every January and it seems to last forever.   I have been drinking Hot Tea with honey and lemon....and I truly believe it has helped a whole lot.   

Well, this is what's been happening in my world.   How about the rest of you?  Hope you're all well....

shug....






Thursday, January 3, 2019

I know Christmas is over, but I thought I would post our "Family Christmas Eve" picture for those of you who do not follow me on Facebook.   This was our first ever dress-up event at Christmas time.   We had a little contest to see who could produce the Best outfit.   Tucker.....who was Buddy the Elf, and Tom....who was Cousin Eddy were the top two winners.......and then, Mylee Jo got third place in her elf suit.   LOTS of Family fun!!



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My hardworking husband came home last evening, totally drenched!  It has been raining for a few days now and much more is expected today.  The cold temperatures were quite a challenge as well.

It's the busy season in the family owned business that Sam manages, and he is very dedicated to making sure that there is always customer satisfaction.......No matter what it takes.  Making sure that  trucks full of beautiful trees are loaded properly and put on the road, in time to meet the exact shipping dates that  customers requested.  

This company is Blessed......and if there is one thing that Sam knows, it's this.  Without Rain, the trees will not grow!!!!  Just one of the reasons that he never complains about sometimes having to work in the rain.   




 I have grocery shopping planned for this morning.....but I dare not complain of shopping in the rain.  

Hugs Friends,
Shug

   








Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A brand new year is here.   A new beginning!  The perfect time to make changes in my life.   The best part about all of this is that it's a new beginning for many other people as well.   This isn't a lone adventure!   

Many people have already set there New Year resolution in solid stone.    After all, the definition of RESOLUTION is:   A firm decision to do something OR not to do something!    Have you made a Resolution for the new year of 2019?

For more years than I can count, my New Year Resolution was to lose weight, to get in shape.   NOT ANY MORE!!  My New Years Fairy has failed me way too many times!  I am done with her!!

For the past couple of weeks, I have seriously been thinking about the changes that I need to make in my life.   Honestly, there just isn't a very long list of things that I want to change.   The one thing that keeps touching my heart is the need to spend more time in God's word.  

If I find myself spending more time on social media than the time that I spend reading my bible or doing a bible study, then it's time for me to make some changes......I need to get my priorities in place.   

I'm looking forward to centering myself around studying my Bible and allowing God to use me for what was first intended in starting my blog.   It was to be an inspiration to others by sharing my Love for the Lord.   

I'll see you all in a day or two and hopefully, You will all be inspired by what God places on my heart.

Shug....

  Isn't she lovely?  I gave a broken piece from my cactus to Trista in order for her to start one for herself.   Here is my OLD cactus! ...