From The Mud Puddle

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

As I was checking out the tropical weather systems and the local information for my area...I also saw this at the bottom of the 10 day forecast. I love snow. It rarely snows here, so this definately caught my eye. A lot can happen in the next 10 days, and we probably won't be seeing this snow, but it was fun to see and a good reminder of the season that is upon us here-Winter!


Monday, November 28, 2005

Weather has always facinated me. This hurricane season has definately been one of the more memorable I'd say. I do not remember a season lasting this long, with this many storms and the direction that two of the storms have gone. Earlier Vince went into Portugal. Now it appears that Delta is headed into Moracco.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Cheat Sheet
My friend Maureen passed this link to me (Thanks). This man has found some ways to get through to a real human person..
I have not tried these (yet), but I love the idea of having such a "cheat sheet". I hate those automated machines, when all I want and need is a real life human person to talk to. Machines are so cold and impersonal. They do not ask you how the weather is, or how you are.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Tumbleflump Kissy-Cracker

Tumbleflump Tinsel

Tumbleflump Kissy-Tinsel

Before you think I am just usual....these were my Christmas Helper names by inserting the names I use online into this site:

What's My Santa's Helper Name?

Using my real name I get:

Fuzzy Scrooge-Noodles

so who are you?

So we are in the midst of the Thanksgiving weekend here and I sit to type for a few.
Our Thanksgiving began with church on Wednesday night and then a trip to my mother in law's Thursday morning. My husband's parent's live about an hour away, so not so far.
Thursday evening was ours, and we spent it watching TV plus a short trip to Wal-Mart. Friday was ours, and we spent it watching TV and putting up the Christmas Trees. Yes I said trees. LOL. I wasnt sure what we'd find at the lot, and saw this cute little set of trees at walmart. It was a rustic cute set of three small trees that had so much charm. I decided to go ahead and get them to save myself a trip back to Wal-Mart Friday morning. As much as I love Wal-Mart, I do not love it more than my life. I do not love it enough to go on the day after Thanksgiving. The first set we bought was good, but the larger tree somewhat leaned a little, so Thursday night I went back and bought another set to see if it was better. It wasnt, so we kept the first set and we are happy. Anyhow...
So Friday comes and we have the three little trees sitting there, and they are so cute. We thought we might spread them around the house....Have a kitchen tree, and a tree under the phone...and one in the living room. Before we settled on it all, I wanted to take one look at the tree lot from last year. Now we like to buy live trees that we can plant in our yard. Last year's died sometime in July, but the one from two years ago is still holding it's own. I honestly expected that they wouldnt have one in our price range this year. They did, however, and well we decided to buy it. Now what to do with the three other trees...hmm... Well we kept them. I may take one to my mother's before it is all said and done since she doesnt put up one anymore (out of choice)...but I like them all spread around.
The tree in the kitchen, the smallest of them all has my cookie ornaments on it. Now it was weird, because I had bought last year a new set of Hallmark Cookie ornaments after Christmas. I had forgotten all about them until yesterday. So Im sitting on the couch thinking and planning out that the tree in the Kitchen was going to be a kitchen tree with tiny cookie ornaments on it(fake cookies that is..fake cookies I didnt think I had yet)....only considering that I thought I only had 3 cookie ornaments, when low and behold....I opened my ornament boxes and there sat the set of 12 that I bought last year! Nice surprise. That tree is 2 and a half feet tall. Anyway....
The Medium Wal-Mart tree(3+ feet) has become the homemade Christmas ornament tree. I have many ornaments that I've made way back when I was 17...and many my grandmother made that same year on that tree. I also added a few other things my own mother has made though the years. It is a nice homey tree. It sits under the phone in the kitchen (for now...though might be moved to the other side of the dining room if I dont stop twitching over it's location....LOL
The largest tree(a bit over 4 feet) of that set is in the living room beside the tv. It holds our more rustic ornaments. I found these cute metal ones at Michaels, and honestly they remind us of some we bought at Eddie Bauer Home three years ago. I also added the rustic looking pine cone thingies from KMart that we bought last year. I also added a few of the old gas station ornaments that my parents collected as they gassed up the car many many years ago before I was born. Growing up we broke so many of those on the hardwood floors when putting up the tree it's not funny....I do not deserve to even be allowed to hold them, much less enjoy them on my own tree...but thankfully I can.
The live tree (with roots and all stands about 4-5 feet)we bought also is in the living room. It sits in an old fashioned wash tub. It is decorated with all of our momento ornaments....Ornaments of the kids that we have given them each year(one of our when they move away from home they can both take a box of ornaments with them that they have collected through the years), ornaments that my husband and I bought on our honeymoon spent in Charleston SC (we were married Dec 20th , 1986) , Ornaments from my other grandmother, ornaments that were given to us by various friends, ornaments that have meanings that are deep and numourous. There is even one from the lady that lived across the street from us growing up, Alma. I miss Alma . She was a precious lady that always looked out for me and my family. She always was available to talk, and when I'd come home from school, if my mom for some reason had not made it back from errands...she would take me in until my mother could get home. Alma would give me pepsi in a GLASS and some cookies. I am getting off topic, but that ornament and Alma have been on my mind since yesterday. Someone different lives in Alma's house now. She and her husband have passed away, and it never will be the same.
I guess it sounds a bit extravagant to have 4 trees....but perhaps...perhaps it is just enjoying God's provision and blessings as He so gives them. They are tiny trees, and fill the rooms with soft light. Christmas is a time of expectation. Expectation of the Advent. Expectation and knowing that God always fullfills His promises. Perhaps as we celebrate with family and friends, we share in all the goodness God has given us. We sing His praises, not our own. We show the world that we are indeed the light. I remember a song we sang in youth group growing up, Pass it own...that would sing...(midi music so you too can sing along -- )
It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in it's glowing...that's how it is with God's love, once you've experienced it...You spread his love to everyone, you want to pass it on.
And today we live in expectation of His return for his bride....Come Lord Jesus Come, until then may we be your light and spread your love and grace until the day you return.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Would you move there for the service?

Texas town renames itself 'Dish' to get free TV

Friday, November 11, 2005

Im not sure who the author is, but thought this was cute.

Flu Do Si Do
Choose your partners,
one and allAspirin, Advil, or Tylenol!
Now fling those covers with all you've got,
One minute cold, the next minute hot,
Circle right to the side of the bed,
Grab the tissues and Sudafed.
Back to the middle and don't goof off;
Hold your stomach and cough, cough, cough.
Forget about slippers, dash down the hall,
Toss your cookies in the shower stall.
Remember others on the brink;
Wash your hands; wash the sink.
Wipe the doorknob, light switch too,
By George, you've got the it,
You're doing the Flu!
P.S. Some like it cold, some like it hot;If you like neither, get the shot.

Sniffling my way through the week here with yet another (or perhaps the same ) sinus infection...while the task of drying clothes has become a new challenge. (our dryer broke last weekend...too bad we dont have that one we saw on the side of the road now LOL)
We went to my mom's two days, have hung clothes out a few days...and yesterday went to the laundrymat in Elon.
Its been a while since we've had to use that laundrymat. Last time our dryer went out was when my daughter was 6 and my son was 4. I remember their fun and joy watching their love babies flip around in the big dryers there. They thought it was a big adventure then. I have to admit, it was sort of fun yesterday to go with our wet laundry and toss it into a couple of machines and be done within an hour. It probably was only fun because we do not have to do it all the time.
So not sure yet what is wrong with the dryer....seems the belt we thought might be broken isnt...but not sure what else might be going on. My husband is going to go in again tomorrow when he has more time to take a closer look. We would hate to have to replace it right now (well ever...but that is kind of unrealistic) , but will if need be I guess. Who really likes replacing appliances? One thing I do know, God will provide and give direction of what we should do. Of that I am sure.

This has to be one of the oddest banner ads I've ever seen.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth! Sing about the glory of his name! Tell the world how glorious he is. Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds! Your enemies cringe before your mighty power. Everything on earth will worship you; they will sing your praises, shouting your name in glorious songs." Interlude Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he does for his people! He made a dry path through the Red Sea, and his people went across on foot. Come, let us rejoice in who he is. For by his great power he rules forever. He watches every movement of the nations; let no rebel rise in defiance. Interlude Let the whole world bless our God and sing aloud his praises. Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver melted in a crucible. You captured us in your net and laid the burden of slavery on our backs. You sent troops to ride across our broken bodies. We went through fire and flood. But you brought us to a place of great abundance. Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings to fulfill the vows I made to you-- yes, the sacred vows you heard me make when I was in deep trouble. That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you-- the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma. And I will sacrifice bulls and goats. Interlude Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me. Psalm 66
I've been listening to the latest David Crowder CD the past couple of weeks, A Collision. One of the songs that has caught my attention is the second one, where again and again he sings "Come and listen, ....Come and Listen....You who are thirsty come....Let me tell you what he has done for me, let me tell you what he has done for me....he has done for you...he has done for us...Come and listen...."
It reminded me of these verses of which was a verse that my best friend from High school quoted in her testimony of what God had done for her after she was diagnosed with cancer last year.
It brought to mind some of the many verses that as a family we have read through that talks about God's fame and the importance of God's fame to all the world as we have read together at night, verse by verse, chapter by chapter, book by book. God did many wonderous things through out the bible just so that we'd know He is God, our Lord and Savior.
God still works in ways that are wonderful and amazing. Oftentimes we dont recognize it or see it....but just because we might fail to see it doesnt mean that He isnt the hand behind it all. I know in my own life he has come and allowed me to see his hand there supporting me, doing many wonderful things. His fame is important, The glory is His alone.
Why is it so easy for us to tell our friends and well anyone around us about xyz product, that has perhaps enhanced our lives to such a degree that we want everyone to know how wonderful it is...yet fail to share what the Lord has done for us?
We go through the fire and are as the verses said, refined as silver...I know I've been through the fires of life and God has worked through those situations to purify me and mold me as His own. You need to hear of those times so that God can be known through my life.
So perhaps you will come and listen....and let me tell you of the things the Lord has done for me, and in return you can also tell me of what the Lord has done for you and His fame and glory can be spread. Praise God , for He is good...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Baby Muddy-39 years ago.

Interesting, my daughter has this calligraphy calendar, and for today, November 1st, there was the word "Birthday" to practice in this certain writing. Too cool. Anyway, so far this day has been good...any day where cake is involved is usually a good one. My husband is home this week, and that too makes it especially nice.

I was thinking back this past week about the times I turned a "nine" birthday. When I turned "9", It was a Saturday. All day we were around the house. Around that time, I had my barbies set up in the living room. I only had two (what's the deal now with little girls having 40+ barbies?). I would play a while and then return to it throughout the day. On that day, every time I would return, there was a new barbie outfit my mom had made. I would go away again to do something else only to return to find another barbie outfit later. Fun stuff. My barbies got a boost in their clothes made for me by my mom....and it was a fun way to spend the day...Later Im sure we had cake and some kind of special dinner ...but what I remember most were those randomly appearing barbie clothes LOL.

When I turned 1"9", I had met my husband-to-be and we were dating. It was a rainy day and I was feeling eww at first. I missed one class at college, but then went to the second class of the day later on. It was a Friday. Later that evening, my family gathered , including Jay, my then boyfriend, now husband and we had dinner, cake and presents. It was fun, because nothing felt stressful that day at that was great...turning 19 was great :)

I cannot say I remember 2"9" is somewhat a blur as was most things at that time. I believe my husband and I probably went out to dinner without the kids (while they stayed at their Memaw's house) It however was not my worst birthday....and had to be an improvement over the year before when I turned 28. I do remember writing on the calendar that I'd be 29 forever as a joke. 10 years later...Im glad Im not still 29....years might be hard from time to time...but I certainly like who I am and am becoming continually living in the grace of our Lord day after day.

So we'll see how this "9" birthday turns out....if like the others, it should be good....mainly because family is near and God holds me in his hand as I am His.