Thursday, October 28, 2010

Election Day is Tuesday

A bit of a different type of Thankful Thursday for me but I really had to "say" something and, I suppose, incorporating my thoughts...and a thankful post is the nicest way to do it:) I am thankful to be an American and for America. I am thankful for its heritage and rich history of a country founded on Christian principles. I am so thankful for the freedoms that being an American allows me.

I must admit photos like this one..........

not only anger me, but they also sadden me. But I also want them to remind me of several things. One: there is a real need to pray for our country and its leaders. We simply cannot assume that our country will always be the great country that it has been or that our freedoms cannot be stripped away from us. We also need to pray for those defending our country and its freedoms every day. For a real "commentary" on this photo...check out this cartoon at this blog. Two: it is not only a priviledge but a tremendous responsiblity to vote - and to vote in all elections...not just "the big ones." And we need to vote informed. Know the issues and know the candidates and don't simply be carried by public opinion, tv ads or the biggest signs on the side of the highway. Three: God gives specific promises to those who will humble themselves and pray for their country. Amen.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

I Hate My Big Feet:)

Let's face it....when it comes to first impressions - they really do count and....we all form them. I don't really think that is necessarily being judgmental. When we simply assume our first impression is all there is and we are unwilling to look beyond - or to have our first impressions altered - that is more of a problem. But, we really do need to be careful with first impressions - not only the ones we form, but also the ones we are making ourselves.

I liked the comments yesterday - so many of you noticing others' smiles...and teeth!...and their hair. And I am right there with you. I notice them both and cute hair (at least, well kept hair) and a pretty smile do say volumes!! But, in response to the survey I heard yesterday - forty percent of women said they made first impressions based on someone's.....SHOES!

HA - and funny, because I have to admit I would be guilty of this, too! Shoes are those "extra details" that really do make a difference! Not only do the condition of your shoes say alot but, I think, the style of shoe you are wearing suggests a whole lot about you, too - well, especially girls. Stilettos....steel-toe boots, track shoes, Mary Janes, etc. They, often, give a very accurate hint as to someone's personality before they have ever even told you their name.

And having said that - please don't judge me by my shoes because my shoe wardrobe is pathetic and really rather hideous. I acknowledge this and I am trying to "revamp...revitalize...and replace" the whole collection...but shopping for shoes when your feet are as big (and wide) as mine is not easy. It is a painful, painful chore. But I'm working on it and if those forty percent of women out there judging me by my shoes will just be patient with me.......I would be ever so grateful.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Plan Now For Friday with Friends

I can honestly say I always find it hardest on Tuesdays to "post"....I'm off to Bible study first thing in the morning and time always seems to get away from me before I get to the computer. Yes, I know I can post the night before - but that doesn't seem to happen too often, either. I did get up early enough to make the most amazing dessert (Caramel Apple Crisp!!) I found on a blog - somewhere! -to take to Bible study for our "mid-semester munch." This is definitely a keeper and I will keep trying to find it again so I can share it with my friends:)

So, just two quick things: I have really encouraged - and convicted - by Debbie's recent posts and have so enjoyed reading her testimony. She invited readers to share their testimony, as well, and link back to her post. With that in mind, I plan to share my salvation experience on Friday...and what a great idea for Friday with Friends. I would love to hear about your faith...and when you became a Christian. It doesn't need to be long or fancy..or intimidating, if this is something new for you. Simply share your story. I would love to read everyone's. So, that is our topic for this week's Friday with Friend.

And...a teaser, of sorts. Forty percent of women surveyed, said they make/form a first impression on others (especially other women) based on....what?? A specific answer. So, what do you think it is??? And how would you answer that question for yourself??

I'll give you the answer tomorrow - have a beautiful Tuesday!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Back to Front Royal for my Treasure

Well, how was your weekend? It was a beautiful weekend around here. The leaves have seemed to change colors literally overnight....and bright yellow, orange and red trees color the yards and line the roads. I love it.

And this time of year seems to bring people "out and about"....lots of people and lots of energy. I always enjoy it. And we did our share of "out and about" this weekend, as well.

We headed back to Front Royal on Friday - just Hubbie and I - and had a wonderful day together. We enjoyed walking up and down the sidewalks - although I did not remember to bring a jacket and it was just a bit nippy for me....perfect reason to duck into another shop.

The shops were a lot of fun - with such cute things, but we really enjoyed talking with the shopowners. Hubbie really enjoys this part and, this day, there were plenty of folks in the mood to chat:) Really...its the weather! It just has that effect of folks:)

Every corner was filled with fun things to look at...browse through - and buy:)

And, of course, when we go anywhere, there is always the "need" to take pictures (just for the blog, you know!) And with the trees in all their splendor - well, who could resist. This is not Hubbie's favorite part but he will play the game...for just a bit:)

Ok - so his smile looks totally fake...but he is at least trying, right? And looking right into the sun!! And that latte he is drinking....the best coffee we have had in quite awhile! Amazing how yummy coffee can really taste when it is brewed fresh. I'm just saying.

Did you guess why we needed to drive back up to Front Royal in the first place?? To pick up my treasure that I had purchased the day before....
Tables for my living room!! Oh, I have been wanting these since....well, since we moved in but either could not find ones that I liked or could not afford the ones I did like. And then.....we found these! I say "we" but it was actually my girlfriends who had gone ahead to another shop. When I and the rest of the group caught up with them, they were giddy with excitment and couldn't wait to show me "the perfect tables"!!
And, well - I was as giddy as they were. Giddy?? Exactly what does that mean?

Not only a coffe table but its matching end table to boot! The tops - outside the glass - are leather. How cool is that?? I think it gives them a lot of charachter. Not only were they in perfect condition but they were a steal - ok, not literally but you get the idea.
And we found them in a thrift store that supports the local hospice - which I am thrilled to support....such wonderful people doing a precious work - hospice workers.
Now I can begin the hunt for the right things - or thing - to put on the table. Those three pictures were from a table that moved out......and I'm not really liking them there. Oh, and some curtains, a picture above the love seat....and the cutest piece of furniture I have picked out for under the window! But it is definitely coming together:)
And did Hubbie have a Banana Bob for lunch? Uh, not quite. He passed the cute coffee shop for lunch and found a diner (honestly, I don't even remember it from the day before) with its daily special of "chopped steak and mashed potatoes with gravy"! He was a happy man.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Front Royal

Fall is in the air:) Yesterday was my once a month ladies' day out with a fun group of friends! I so look forward to these days - we also have so much fun together and always seem to find our way to some of the neatest places. Yesterday we ventured towards the mountains - to the quaint town of Front Royal. I've lived here pert near all my life. I've been passed, through, and around Front Royal many times (usually on the way to the mountains) but had never been downtown - a genuine Main Street, USA.

What a pleasant day! Main Street was lined with the cutest collection of antique stores, thrift shops and other ecletic shops filled with bargains and treasures just waiting to be discovered!

There were fourteen of us in yesterday's group and I really think just about everyone of us found at least one treasure! It was a great shopping day:) And we found a yummy coffee/sandwich shop and had a really good lunch. I'll give you two guesses as to what kind of sandwich I had??

The Banana Bob! Yep, bananas, peanut butter, honey and granola on whole wheat! So delicious - and wouldn't my mama be proud. She made a mean banana sandwich...I can attest to that. We weren't so fancy as to have granola on ours...just bananas and peanut butter (and a bit of mayo...I know, I know, but it was the perfect match with the peanut butter!) and you had one delicious sandwich!!

Years later, I tried these on my kids.....and, uh, NO. What can you do??

So, yes, I did find a great treasure myself! I came home as tickled as if it were Christmas morning:) Can't tell you what it was 'cause I don't have pictures yet. Actually, it was a set and I could only get half of it home yesterday. I was so excited to even get one part in the van yesterday. The fun thing, though - Hubbie and I are headed back this morning to get the other half. He has never been there, either, and I know he will enjoy it as much as I did.

I wonder if he will be up for a Banana Bob for lunch?? I'll let you know:)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Shuttle Roll-Out

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY - my daughter shared this photo....taken by a friend of my SIL who stills works at Kennedy (where he used to work)! From last month's roll-out....

Such a cool picture -

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

An Afternoon Laugh

Already Tuesday afternoon, and I have not made (or found) time for blogging...or, at least, posting! I do manage to read:) because I really do enjoy is my computer that I have a love/hate relationship with....and with that thought in mind, here is just a quick something to make you laugh - at least, it did me!

The story goes that during a computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and said, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon." In response to these comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1 - For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash....twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for not reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason, you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replace by a single "This Car Has Performed an Illegal Operation' warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You would press the Start button to turn the engine off:)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Signs of Fall - at Your House and Mine

Welcome to Friday with Friends! We are sharing pictures of our fall decorations and I have been looking forward to this share all week! There is so much creativity and inspiration out there and all the pumpkins, scarecrows, leaves and hay:) just make me feel happy! I hope lots of you will link up with today....

There is just something about that orange - and don't you just think this about the cutest orange-wearing cuties you have seen in a long time?? Surely, it can't just be me.......

So, I guess we weren't talking that kind of orange...exactly. (But, like any self-respecting Mimi...I did find a way to work it in!!) But, I think this post was more for house decorations - so........

Come On In .....and Welcome!!

HA - as I'm posting this, I am just for the first time noticing the tag still hanging there! What a goof:) I picked this sign up a bit back at Home Goods:) and just was not sure what do to with it. It did not work on the front door so I sorta "stuck" it there by the entry table, thinking I might move it later. Yes, it is still there but apparently I never went back to take a closer look.

I can assure you as soon as I'm done at the computer....there will be no more tag. Oh brother.

The entry table can be seen from the front porch when the door is open - which it usually is - so I like to have something there that says "Welcome"!!

We do not celebrate Halloween at our house - Hubbie just will not play the game..ha! - but I do think this sweet Boyd's bear in his M&M costume is too cute!

I was definitely having trouble getting a shot of the you have two shots. Grrr. This is the first time I have ever had a mantle in the fall and I had fun adding some orange to our family room!

This is the centerpiece on my kitchen table. I've had this cornucopia for years - it even survived the move - but it always looks festive when I bring it out each year. Well, that's enough of my things. I hope you will join us and I promise to get by everyone's blogs this weekend....another weekend of craft fairs, pumpkin treats (think homemade pumpkin pie ice cream!), hay rides, homemade chili and great weather! Can't wait!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Our God is an Awesome God

The next port we visited was my favorite! And I have a lot of pictures to prove it - so I thought I would give you a break from my trip photos (I hear the collective sigh of relief even from here!) Not to mention, today is Thankful Thursday! I really need these posts during the week to purposefully pause, be thankful and refocus.

I am so thankful to not only have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ but also for all the ways I continually learn about his character personally. The Lord I love and so want to honor with my life is such a personal God - and I have been thinking a bit about that this week.

I am thankful that my God is not only the great physician but also the creator of the wonderful bodies we have. It seems every day, I hear of someone new who has been diagnosed with cancer. And, today, our friend is - right now - in the middle of surgery to receive a donor kidney from his sister to replace his failed kidneys. Amazing. Having been so personally impacted by cancer myself - in my own body and with my son - I know how dependent I am on the great physician for continued health and for healing when sickness occurs.

I am thankful that my God is our comforter. Yesterday, another friend buried her father. She is grieving - and I am well acquainted with grief...and well acquainted with the comfort and peace that is very real and accessible from my Lord. I am so thankful that we never have to go through the valley of grief alone.

I am thankful that my God is omnipresent. I totally do not grasp this concept but I know it is true. And while He is ever watching over me and walking with me, He is in Afghanistan. He is as real there with my son as He is here with each of us. Dumbfounding...but precious.

I am thankful that my God is a Heavenly father. As amazing and powerful and mighty...and worthy to be praised as the Lord is - He is also a tender Heavenly father that cares and loves someone like me! He delights to give me good gifts and He does! I am so blessed and though sometimes I am afraid it sounds trite, I thank Him for all His blessings and this good life He has given me.

I am so thankful to be a child of God.....I pray you have that personal relationship with Christ as well.

One last picture from Amsterdam. I just love the flowers - especially the ones lining the balcony on the right:) I will have to save my favorite port photos for next week....tomorrow is Friday with Friends. I really hope alot of you will share your fall decoration pictures. Inside..outside...anywhere, really. Let me know if you need help joining us. Looking forward to it. Have a great Thankful Thursday!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lots of Pictures - cruise day three!

Today on our browse through my cruise pictures, we are in our second port. Can you guess where that is?? Before I get started - just a reminder about Friday with Friends and sharing some photos of all those fantastic fall decorations and I have seen a lot of fantastic ones! Should have done this one earlier, I suppose, but if you have already posted some pictures, just link back to the post with the photos....its all good:) I just want to see all those scarecrows and pumpkins - they make me feel happy inside:)

Now - onto the photos. If you guessed Amsterdam - you are brilliant!! I have to warn you, there are a lot of pictures and if you don't want to look through all of won't offend me. Hey, I won't even know:) But I think I have so many here because I liked it so much!

I know that Amsterdam has quite the reputation for a variety of reasons; however, whatever its social "woes" may be, none of that impacted our visit. I was simply smitten by the beauty and true uniqueness of the city. The "vibe" of the city was healthy, fun and energetic.

It really was beautiful. A city known for its.....

Flowers......Canals.......and Bikes!

We took a bus tour, a canal tour and visited the home of Anne Frank while we were there. Our tour guide was really much interesting information and, truly, I can only remember a fourth of it. (Is it tacky to take a pen and pad and take notes on these tours?? Really, I need those notes once I get home!) So, I'm guessing this windmill is significant in some way other than just totally cool but I couldn't tell you. But it is cool - and was a stop on our bus tour.

Totally a tourist shot. Picture me - gawking out the window....Hubbie poking my ribs, "You gotta get a picture of that!"....and you get the idea. We both said we would like to revisit Amsterdam - perhaps this is the hotel he would like to take me to!

The houseboats are also very unique and very popular! How quaint are these?? I know..your first thought might be - I would love to live in one of those but let me tell you..they are SMALL. And, well, um - privacy.....non-exsistent! But they are super cute.

Maybe a better picture of the canals that weave through the city. How cool to take a boat taxi to work!

This picture I had to include simply for my uncle and his wife. Susan was my pre-cruise info director as she and my uncle have been to many of the ports we were visiting. They also used to own a home in Amsterdam and mentioned the street to me while we were talking - Herengract. Don't you know - we "drove" right by on our canal tour. Don't know which house was theirs....but the whole street was beautiful. Apparently the black house in the photo was to be the new president's house but he opted out because of his children. Children..historical homes?? You get the idea. (Susan, could the president have been your neighbor?? COOL)

I know you can't see anything....but it is Anne Frank's house. If you ever in the neighborhood, I would certainly recommend a visit here. The tour and information was great - and the story is simply amazing. We all throughly enjoyed it.

Hubbie having a great day...a great trip! Isn't he a hoot. And this next picture...just MIGHT be my friend. I know she really doesn't want all the notoriety but I just had to put one 'cause she is so stinkin' sweet! We had such a great time with our friends. And, btw, she doesn't read my if you happened to see her, DON'T TELL HER.

See what I mean? :)
And I said I would end with a favorite shot from each city. This was a outside a street cafe....

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cruising - Day Two

So, I have some more pictures from the cruise and I just realized two things as I was uploading these photos - one: there are WAY too many of Hubbie and me! Tomorrow...much more of "the sights"!! And, two: my photography skills are worse than ever! Just bear with me.

I have included shots that show a bit of the ship, etc. - just for those who have never cruised before. It truly is a lot of fun:)

In our stateroom. Yes, they are tiny but more than adequate and the beds were wonderful! Notice mine - completely unmade....cause they have amazing service!!:) We were definitely spoiled in that respect.

Hubbie in our stateroom - remember, he takes me....I take him:) Yes, the luggage sorta piles wherever you can get it!

Our second day was a day at sea. I actually went to work out...ha! Only did that once but, hey, I can say I did work out on the cruise:) That night was our first formal night. Some folks like the formal...others, not so much. Hubbie and I really enjoy it. I just like seeing my sweetie in his tuxedo:)
See.....he's so handsome!!

I have absolutely no idea who those people are sitting at our table!?!?!?

After dinner, we would see a show, play some trivia or spend some time listening to the different bands...or all three! This Caribbean band was fantastic!!
And....a favorite photo from day two! (Tomorrow - Amsterdam!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Enjoying Fall

My Simple Woman's Daybook for October 11, 2010....Columbus Day!

Outside my the beginning of yet another gorgeous day - the continutation of the perfect weekend we just had! Seems I've been praising the weather a lot lately - I just need to remember that in just the next few months ahead when I so quickly begin to moan about the weather.

I am thinking....about my daughter's friend who got married yesterday....on a Sunday afternoon - simply because it was 10/10/10!! Heard on the radio that several wedding chapels are already booked for next year for 11/11/11....and for 9/10/11! Folks are so funny:)

I am thankful....for such a nice weekend that Hubbie and I just enjoyed. We made it to the Fall Festival - which they were actually having - and some friends joined us there. Such a nice, relaxing day....and I even purchased my first Christmas present:)

I am grubbies:) (at least for a bit!) Hubbie and I are going to work in the yard today! We have the front done and hope to finish up inside the patio today. Everyone has been working hard in their yards throughout the neighborhood and all the fall flowers (and pumpkins) look so nice. Love it. Several even have homemade scare crows - so remembering do those with all little kiddos. Actually we would make one each year at that same Fall Festival that we went to yesterday - but, this year, no scarecrow:(

I am remembering....last week - I (briefly) met Dr. Charles Stanley. How exciting! He was having a book signing at a local a friend and I headed out with LOTS of other folks and waited our turn. They really kept the line moving and I can't truly say that we met (I told him my name) as I'm sure he has no idea who I am should we ever meet again; however, I was able to tell him what a tremendous blessing his preaching, his programs and books have been to me.

I am reading....Country Living, Southern Living and any other fun magazine with cute ideas for fall. True, I never really get around to many of them but I always feel inspired by all the creativity.

I am hoping...for another nice weekend this upcoming Saturday. Our church is having its first Fall Festival (I think that's what we are calling it).....pumpkins - and pumpkin chunkin' - hay rides, chili lunch and all those nifty blow up bounce games that look like so much fun but are just for the kids.

On my mind.....a friend having a kidney transplant this Thursday. Praying for a quick recovery for he and his sister (the donor) and that it will be successful and he will feel "like his old self" for many, many years to come. Talking to his wife yesterday - found out his children are coming in....his daughter from college, and his son with his wife and their two grandchildren! WHAT!?! Just yesterday, I was driving all those little ones, along with my own, to school - for first grade and kindergarten!! Oh my.

From the goodness, where to begin?? Did you read through all those yummy recipes from Friday's recipe share? I will be trying them all, for sure. So glad for everyone that could join us for Friday with Friends. This week let's share some pictures - of anything FALL around your house! Inside. Outside. Pumpkins, leaves or scarecrows. Anything:)

Around the smells good! I've gotten several new pumpkin inspired candles and those plug-in room freshners from Yankee Candle - yum. They smell wonderful:) Only problem - Hubbie wants to keep all the windows open - and I don't blame him - but all the scent gets lost!

Plans for the week....ladies' meeting, Bible study, trying new recipes:) and sticking to my diet!!

One of my favorite things.....when Hubbie comes home on Friday evening and says, "I think we should have a date night!" Cool. And then he says, "We can do whatever you would like to do." Even cooler.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Deliciousness

Yeah - its Friday with Friends again! It seems like a bit since I have hosted one of these but I always enjoy everyone's posts and comments! And today....I'm talkin' food - so all the better! I thought we would share some favorite fall recipes. Fall has certainly been in the air here - although a gorgeous (read that..a bit warmer) weekend seems to be in store tomorrow!!

But when the air has that certain nip and there is a bit more chill, everyone seems to have those favorite recipes that "are just perfect for days like these!" Stews and soups, breads and bread puddings, crisps and cobblers, and just about anythings made with pumpkin!:) So, let's share 'em....and then get cooking!!

This first recipe really is great for these past few days. It has true fall flavor but you make it in the microwave (really!) so if the weather is a bit warmer - like this weekend - it still works great. I got this recipe years ago at a Pampered Chef party and make it is always wonderful!

Gingered Apple & Peach Crisp
4 medium Granny Smith apples
1 can sliced peaches in heavy syrup, drained and chopped (reserve juice)
1 TBL cornstarch

1 1/4 cups vanilla wafers, chopped
1/2 cup whole almonds, chopped
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 cup butter, melted

1. Peel, core and slice apples. Cut apples into quarters and arrange in a deep baking dish (that can fit and be used in the microwave!) Drain peaches, reserving 1/2 cup of syrup; set aside. Coarsely chop peaches and sprinkle over apples. Add cornstarch to reserved syrup and pour over peaches and apples.

2. Combine chopped vanilla wafers, almonds, oats, brown sugar, flour and ginger in mixing bowl. Add melted butter and mix well. Sprinkle mixture over peaches and apples.

3. Microwave 12-15 minutes until apples are tender; turning dish after 6 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped topping, if desired (and who wouldn't desire ice cream??!)

TIP - If you really want to make in your oven...simply bake for 35-40 minutes at 375!!

This next one is absolutely the easiest cobbler ever! but always is delicious. It is so easy, you can keep the (four!) basic ingredients in your pantry and always be ready for dessert when a surprise guest stops by:) This recipe is thanks to Longaberger:)

Peach Cobbler in Pie Plate

Pour 29oz can slice peaches into your pie plate (I'm sure any good Longaberger gal would say only a Longaberger pie plate will work the best!). Add 1/3 cup sugar and stir well. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top, covering well. You will use about 2/3 of the mix. Slice one stick of butter over the cake mix....making Paula Deen nothing but proud! Then bake at 350 for 40-60 minutes and viola! Top with ice cream or cool whip (if desired!)

Ok - just one more since I HAD to include something pumpkin. If you could only see how many pumpkin recipes I have in my cookbook....too funny. This one is a fast and simple fix for a pumpkin craving! It is called Pumpkin Fool and I have no idea why?? It is similar to a mousse or pudding.

Pumpkin Fool
2 cups heavy or whipping cream
2 TBLs conf. sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 30-oz can pumpkin pie filling
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 square semisweet chocolate, grated (of course, I use dark chocolate!)

1. Beat cream, conf. sugar and vanilla until stiff.
2. In large bowl, mix pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.
3. Fold whipped cream into pumpkin to create a marbled effect.
4. Spoon into dessert glasses and sprinkle with grated chocolate. Refrigerate until serving.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Two Second Post

THANKFUL THURSDAY - and why oh why do I always find myself with only five minutes on Thursday mornings? Never really time to blog but always so many reasons to give thanks! (Yes, I know I can post the night before but this requires my brain to stay awake past dinnertime and, most evenings, that is a challenge for me)! So another "quick list" of praise - and a reminder that tomorrow is Friday with Friends:)

Praising the Lord for

**my clean CT scan report this week! Following up with the doctor this afternoon - all should be smooth sailing:)

**Mocha flavored barium - ok, this is a bit of a stretch. Can one REALLY be thankful for any barium? But this new flavor was the easiest time I have ever had getting this stuff down before my scan. I suppose - it was the best of the worst.

**Ladies Bible study that has begun at my church. This one is a post in itself - but quickly...what a blessing Tuesday morning was to my heart!!

**emails from Afghanistan:)

**pumpkin spice lattes - but I have to say...not all lattes are created equal!!:( I tried one the other day - not from my usual spot - and no bueno!!

**crisp, fall mornings

**God's faithfulness and mercy!

Have a blessed and fun Thankful Thursday, my friends!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cruise Pictures - Copenhagen!

Believe it or not...I finally have some vacation pictures! So many pictures (and so few worth sharing!) that I have been overwhelmed with this "chore" but I had a huge brainstorm of an know, just upload a few at a time! Break into smaller bits. Amazing, really:)

And so I present my Trip of a Lifetime photos - the beginning...Copenhagen. (Remember, you asked to see these!)

We really did not spend much time in Copenhagen - at least not to see a lot, unless the airport counts for much. We flew into Copenhagen from New York. Yes, we flew all night and forever...and this is what you look like afterwards. Tired and, well, tired. Smiling, though:) We traveled with friends and, believe it or not, they would not give me the okay to share any pictures with them in it. (I tried to convince them that the scouts for pretty people have LONG sense given up checking my blog, but no go. However, the pictures of them arriving at the airport...they look amazing. Not kidding, so perhaps it is just as well!)

Once we made it to the ship - it is quite the process - what would any self-respecting tourists do but begin taking pictures of ourselves - HA! Usually it is me take Hubbie, then Hubbie take me, and a few we do by ourselves (just for amusement purposes). It was nice having our friends take a few of us outside of arm's length range. This one, however, is not one they took. We were at our muster station doing the obligatory safety drill before the ship leaves. Now, even more tired.

Pulling out of the port. I included these two pictures just to showcase the lovely weather we were having the first couple days. Lovely as in super chilly, misty and damp. Lovely for ducks. But remember these photos for comparison later on:)

More photos pulling out of port and looking back at Copenhagen. I really do wish we could have seen more here. Maybe I can convince Hubbie we need to go back...but it will certainly be during the summer months.

Is that quaint, or what?
And I will end of these vacation picture posts with a favorite photo from each of the countries visited.............