Sunday, July 20, 2008

Some More Randomness

Once again, many things are running through my mind that I want to share. But none of them merits an entire post.

Yesterday morning at 6:00 we went to a wedding. Well, let's back up a minute - we thought we were going to a wedding. To clarify, my niece was getting married over in England and it was supposed to be fed to us by Internet link so that we could be there in live time. It was 1:00 p.m. there, thus 6:00 a.m. here. We arranged to have my folks, my sister, and her husband over for breakfast and the wedding. There were others in other areas of the US and the UK who were going to watch. We logged on, but alas, there was a glitch in the feed, so none of us got to see it. It's supposed to be loaded on the web site later this week, so hopefully it will work, but it won't be quite the same as live - at 6:00 a.m. But it will be fun to see. Thankfully, the 5 days of rain decided to end just in time for the occasion.

It's time to acknowledge some lovely awards. From Crackerjacks, mom of two darling little girls, I have been privileged to be considered worthy of this one:

And Hootin' Anni passed this one along:

What fun to receive awards. Thank you, ladies!

The other day dear Becky at
Butler's Wife said "My stars and garters" in one of her posts. It brought about some interesting comments. Turns out that I have actually said those words in my lifetime. Something else I say often, according to Care Bear, is "Oh, for crying out loud!" Does anyone else say this silly phrase? It means absolutely nothing, but is something that everyone in my family seems to say. It really irritates Care Bear. She is a very astute young lady. What other goofy things do we say that mean nothing, when you attempt to analyze them?

So - you know that I'm on a weight loss mission - again. I haven't posted the ticker, because I haven't lost any since the last time. But I have to say that I went to church convention and ate out for 3 days and didn't gain. That's the good news. But I want to share something I found in a newspaper insert this week. It was an article about three people from our town who have lost lots of weight with diet and exercise alone - the only way it'll ever happen for me. One of the ladies was quoted saying this:

It's hard to be overweight, it's hard to lose weight, it's hard to maintain weight. YOU JUST HAVE TO PICK YOUR HARD.

That is seriously one of the most sensible things I've ever read when it comes to the fight against being overweight.

I put a lot of books on hold at the library rather than buying them. Sometimes I have to wait a long time to get them, because they're brand new and others do the same as I do. So what usually happens is that 3 or 4 of them come in at once, and they're all due in 3 weeks, with no renewal allowed. So right now, I'm trying to finish quite a few books - not all are new, so I'm reading them first and renewing the others. Here is what is waiting on my shelf, besides about 8 magazines.

Last - the beautiful sunset yesterday evening, as we headed up to see Kev and Sema's new abode. Sorry about the traffic signal - DC was shooting the pic as I was steering from the passenger seat. Yikes!

Have a wonderful week!


Nadine said...

Congratulations on your awards. You do have a Must See Blog and are a Super Commenter.

Susie said...

Hi Dawn,
So sorry you missed the wedding. My mom used to say "for crying out loud" all the time. She also said "for pity sakes" Hadn't thought of either of those in some time!
I reserve new books at the library too, and struggle with the same 3 week rule (beats paying bookstore prices though) :)
Loved the photo of the sky and the dual effort it took to capture it!!

Anonymous said...

nice awards, Hugs and Blessings

Coe said...

I say good gravy! My students always get a funny look on their faces when I say it.

Congratulations on tonight. You do so well scheduling the missionaries for us to hear. I always enjoy hearing them talk. It helps to understand what is going on around the world.

My church I grew up in had a week every year called Missions week and missionaries from around the world came and talked. I love it.

Have a good week!

Diane@Diane's Place said...

It would probably make your comments explode if I tried to name every nonsense phrase I use regularly! I use "for cryin' out loud" and "for Pete's sake" quite a bit but there are many, many more.

Congrats on your awards. :o)

Beautiful sunset pic. If you know someone who's good at Photoshop they could remove that traffic light and other things that detract from the picture, but it's lovely as it is.

Have a great new week, Ms. Retiree. ;o)

Love and hugs,


Sammy said...

I always say "oh my lord" and "you have GOT to be kidding me!"

Have fun with that great pile of books! I just finished "Madness" and really enjoyed it. I love her writing. I'm sure you've read her book on anorexia. That's what initially drew me to her writing. I'd be very interested in hearing what you think of "Madness" when you finish it.

Have a great week, Dawn!


Sioux said...

Wow, lots of happenings. Love the idea of the webcam wedding. And all those books...I am a readaholic myself.

Have a blessed week, Dawn!!

Linds said...

"For crying out aloud" is a regular here too. Quite a few other ones now I come to think about it. What a pity re the wedding, but you were sharing thoughts in real time at least!

That is a great pile of books you have waiting for you - I also need to have plenty of reading material available, but some of the books I am wanting to read are not published here yet. Sigh.
I see you are still enjoying the quilting ones! I LOVE them!

Robin in New Jersey said...

For Pete's sake is used by me only around here. When ever I say it my husband always says,"Whose Pete?" My mom used to always say "I'm gonna crown you!" I guess it was her way of letting us know she was mad and we were in trouble?

Enjoy those books. Love the Master Quilter and the new Mary Higgins Clark one was good too.

nancygrayce said...

I DO say for crying out loud! we also say in our family "forevermore" but it goes like this fa (as in do re me FA) soft a.....eva (again soft a) more, dragged out to make almost a sentence! I'm also famous for saying "Bless your little heart!" ?? Congratulations on your awards!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

I say for crying out loud a lot and also for crying in a bucket. Now what is that supposed to mean? Another I seem to pop off is good gravy when something goes wrong or land sakes alive. My grandmom on mom's side would say I swan when she was mad!

C. H. Green said...

Hi Dawn,
Just thought I'd stop by and let you know I'm still alive and making it one day at a time. Miss you. Glad you're still here and blogging away.

Linda said...

It's always a delight to sit and have a "chat" Dawn.
The books look wonderful; I've read the quilting books and really like them.
You will be relieved to know I also say "For crying out loud" among other silly things. "Oh my word" is another I hear myself saying every once in a while!
You have a good week too Dawn.
Oh - and congratulations on the well deserved awards.

Maine Mom said...

That's a bummer that you weren't able to see the wedding live. I hope you get to see it eventually.

I love what that lady said about picking your hard with weight. I'll keep it in mind as I work on losing pregnancy pounds!

Happy reading! The Rescue was a great book. :-)

Barb said...

I say for cryin' out loud all the time. And for pete's sake. And even for heaven's sake. None of them make a lick of sense. But my dad says something that always makes me smile. Instead of saying, you've got to be kidding me, he says, you must be joking. I have no idea why, but every time he says that, I giggle.

Congratulations on the awards. Both are well deserved.

There's no such thing as too many books when you're officially retired, Dawn. LOL Just let everything else wait and read, read, read. Bet it's been a long time since you had that luxury, right?

That photo of our beautiful Colorado sky is so gorgeous, the traffic light doesn't detract from it at all.

By the way, I just went over and visited Kristen's new web site. I love her new header - it's perfect for her new attitude.

Sharon Lynne said...

Wow--I hope your eyes hold up with all that reading!

My grandmother used to always say "Holy Moly" (that's with a long O sound)

My dad says, "Oh Fiddlesticks!"

I say "Oh brother"

Well at least its better than some of the other words floating around out there!

SentimentsbyDenise said...

I love your random posts - you always give me lots to think about.
Your stack of books look similar to mine and I do the exact same thing with putting books on hold at my library. Reading is my favorite past time!

Are you and DC seriously considering going to GA next July? Ed & I are still thinking about it, but need to decide soon so we can get our condo booked. Let me know - we'd love to meet up with you there IRL!


Mary said...


I am also trying to lose weight. I have been eating more fruits and veggies, less carbs and very little meat. That may do it. If not, I have to do something drastic. I really do need to lose about 50 lbs.

Loved your photo of the sunset. That is awesome. Also love your stack of books and have written down some of the titles. I love to read.

Blessings for a great week and thanks for posting on my Fun Monday post. I'm glad you were able to do the things that you've always wanted to do.


Tammy said...

Wow, it's too bad that the live time wedding didn't work out for you all to see...but isn't technology still amazing that it *could* have happened?!

Lately, I've been saying "Aye Ye Ye!" and my youngest has started copying me, now, too...don't know why, since I'm not even Spanish! Perhaps those episodes of I Love Lucy over the years...;0

I'm having my annual mommy vacation here at home while the family is camping...AND I have a little something for you!

Nancy said...

Congrats on your awards... this is one of my favorite places to visit and I agree with Tammy, "I feel like I just walked into your kitchen and we sit down to have a cup of "tea"! Tea for me and you, coffee for Tammy.

I love your photo. How did you do that? It's gorgeous.

Good luck on the wedding, sorry it messed up the first time.

I say "oaky doaky" all the time instead of OK. My school children pointed it out to me years ago and I'm like you... I didn't even realize I was saying it.

PEA said...

Hello dear Dawn:-)

Congratulations on the well deserved award!! Oh dear, what a shame there was a glitch in the feed and none of you got to watch the wedding online! Figures it would happen then! Hopefully you will be able to watch it later on.

It is funny the sayings we say without really realizing it. I say "Awww geez" quite a lot! lol

I love that lady's quote about "picking your hard"...that is so true. I need to lose weight as well and am having a really hard time getting any willpower to start watching what I eat.

Love that picture of the sky...I've always loved it when the sun shines behind a cloud like that and you and see the rays come out! xoxo

Penless Thoughts said...

I use to say "For crying out loud" a lot. Don't much any more. Don't know how or why I dropped it.

groovyoldlady said...

"Oh Mercy!" is one of mine.

I too have stalled in weight loss, but not gained. Not even through goat camp, vacation and VBS. However, I have PMS right now and the craving, they are strong!

Fortunately, I HAVE been working out every day!

I'll be back on track within a day or so (God willing).