Friday, August 19, 2011

Remember when........I dare you!!!

All the girls had ugly gym slips?
These gym slips actually look a lot like my primary school winter uniform!!
It took five minutes for the TV to warm up 
Nearly everyone's Mum was home when the kids got home from school 
Nobody owned a purebred dog 

You'd reach into a muddy gutter for a penny 

Your Mother wore nylons that came in two pieces 

All male teachers wore ties and female teachers had their hair done every day and wore high heels 

You got your windscreen cleaned, oil checked and petrol served, without asking, all for free, every time.. 

It was considered a great privilege to be taken out to dinner at a real restaurant with your parents 
I didn't eat at a "real restaurant" until I was 13!!

They threatened to keep children back a year if they failed the school year. . .. and they did! 

When a Ford Zephyr was everyone's dream car... 
and people went steady 

No one ever asked where the car keys were because they were always in the car, in the ignition, and the doors were never locked 

Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles?
Playing cricket with no adults to help the children with the rules of the game 

Bottles came from the corner shop without safety caps and hermetic seals because no one had yet tried to poison a perfect stranger

And with all our progress, don't you wish, just once, you could slip back in time and savour the slower pace, and share it with the children of today?

When being sent to the headmasters office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home 

Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive-by shootings, drugs, gangs etc.. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! But we survived because their love was greater than the threat. 
As well as summers filled with bike rides, cricket, Hula Hoops, skating and visits to the pool, eating lemonade powder or liquorice sticks. 

Didn't that feel good, just to go back and say,
'Yes, I remember that'? 

I am sharing this with you today because it ended with a Double Dare to pass it on. 
To remember what a Double Dare is, read on, and remember that the perfect age is somewhere between old enough to know better and too young to care. 

Send this on to someone who can still remember the Lone Ranger and Sgt Bilko

How Many Of These Do You Remember?
Coca Cola in bottles.

Blackjacks and bubble gums.

Home milk delivery in glass bottles with tinfoil tops

Hi-If's & 45 RPM records.

78 RPM records!

Adding Machines.


Do You Remember a Time When..
Decisions were made by going 'Eeny-meeny-miney-moe'?
'Race issue' meant arguing about who ran the fastest?
Catching tadpoles could happily occupy an entire day?

It wasn't odd to have two or three 'Best Friends'?

The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was 'chickenpox'?

Having a Weapon in School meant being caught 
with a Catapult

War was a card game?

Cigarette cards in the spokes transformed any bike into a motorcycle?

Taking drugs meant orange - flavoured chewable aspirin?

Water balloons were the ultimate weapon?

If you can remember most or all of these, Then You Have Lived!!!!!!!
Share this with someone who may need a break today
Double Dare You!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


We are spending the week at the beach.  
Some bad weather just blew through, so I am checking my e-mails, facebook, etc..
The following video was posted on a autism web site and it caught my attention.
It isn't autism related, just shared to remind everyone to have a great day!
It reminded me the importance of human touch.
My mother told me several times that one of the hardest things about being a divorced, elderly woman was the lack of human touch - hugs.
This is something that has been told to me several times by many people that I know.
You don't have to necessarily be "elderly".
It is something that can affect everyone.
How often does a simple smile.....
a wave......
a gentle touch on someones arm......
a hug.......
make all the difference in someones day?

Here is the history behind the video.

"The "Free Hugs" video is, arguably, one of the most popular on YouTube with well over 69 MILLION views but we think it's worth sharing, just one more time. 
In 2004, Juan Mann was depressed and lonely when he went to a party and was given a hug by someone he didn't know and it made him feel great. The next day he made a sign proclaiming "FREE HUGS" and stood at the Pitt Street Mall in central Sydney, Australia. It took 15 minutes before an eldery woman took him up on his offer and the rest is history. 69,000,000 views later the "Free Hugs" campaign has spread all over the world with its only goal to let people know that others care!"
l hope that this brings a smile to your face on this Tuesday afternoon.
And, remember to give someone a hug, a smile or even a "Hello!"  You never know when it may make a difference.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday.......Family Home Evening!!

This Family Home Evening is taked from LDS Living and seemed to go along with my post on change today!  Hope that it helps!
We are having leftovers for dinner - brautwurst, seafood salad, corn on the cob, potato and baked beans.  Dessert will be......BROWNIES AND ICE-CREAM......yum, yum!!
How can we learn to tune out less important things and give attention to the things the matter most?
Conference Talk:
For more information on this topic read “Desire,” by Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May
2011, 42.

Readjusting our desires to give highest priority to the things of eternity is not easy.
We are all tempted to desire that worldly quartet of property, prominence, pride, and
power. We might desire these, but we should not fix them as our highest priorities.
(Dallin H. Oaks, “Desire,” Ensign, May 2011, 42.)

“Seek the Lord Early,” Children’s Songbook, p. 108.

"Wherefore, beware lest ye are deceived; and that ye may not be deceived seek ye
earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given."
(Doctrine and Covenants 46:8)

Have your family look for reasons William Marks and Newel K. Whitney had
tarried in Kirtland as you read together D&C 117:1–9. Discuss these questions:
• Which of the Ten Commandments is spoken of in verses 4 and 8? (Thou shalt
not covet.)
• What was the object of their covetous desires? (Property—see verse 4.)
• What do you think is the “drop” and what might be “more weighty matters”?
(See verse 8.)
Share the following description about verse 8 from Elder John B. Dickson of the Seventy.
“As we examine a drop of water, we observe that it is not permanent and will evaporate. In this case, the men’s personal property was important by their standard of measure but was temporary in the sense that it was earthbound and could not pass through the veil with them as they departed this short mortal life.
“In our day, the dwellings we live in are extremely important in most of our social situations. They should be well-kept, comfortable places where our family can be drawn around us, but we need to realize that as we leave this life we cannot take them with us. The same could be said about our automobiles, computers, jewelry, televisions, and thousands of other earthly possessions. As much as we enjoy them and need many of them, they will stay here, remain temporary, and are but a drop when considered from an eternal perspective.

“Our children must be taught that the ‘more weighty matters’ help them qualify for and ultimately enjoy eternal blessings. While there is nothing wrong with certain possessions and wealth, righteously attained and handled, we must teach our children that the weighty matters include the gospel of Jesus Christ, His Atonement, the family, the priesthood, Christlike attributes, knowledge, and gospel ordinances and covenants.

“We need to teach them never to give up eternal blessings in pursuit of the temporary things of the world. . . . We must teach our children never to give up those things that matter most in pursuit of those things that matter least.” (Ensign, September 2003, 12.)

Discuss with your family what family priorities may need to be altered in light of Elder Dickson’s advice.
(Dennis H. Leavitt and Richard O. Christensen, Scripture Study for Latter-day Saint Families: The Doctrine and Covenants,
[Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2004], p. 204.)

Let’s talk about some of the consequences of seeing yourself first, foremost, and always as a
Christian. The first consequence is that the juggling stops. If you think of all your tasks, jobs, and roles as balls that you somehow have to keep in the air, then your religious service is just another ball to add. Sooner or later, you’re going to drop the balls, because no one can juggle forever. But if you are a Christian, then that is your permanent identity and everything else is temporary. Think of this example.

You dash into the grocery store to pick up some ice cream for supper. You’re a harried mom, a frantic shopper, eager to get in and get out. Other people are in your way—the person stocking the shelves,  the people ahead of you in the checkout line, the checker. You’re even more frazzled when you reach the car.

But suppose you go in as a Christian disguised as a shopper. You see other people on your way to the ice cream, excuse yourself and smile when you reach past the person stocking the shelves, comment on the weather to the person standing in front of you at the checkout stand, and thank the checker who whisks the ice cream into a bag for you. You reach the car having had three very pleasant encounters and feeling good.

If we see every place, every job, every responsibility as an opportunity to be with another precious child of God who needs our ministry, the ministry we can bring as a Christian and as a disciple of Christ, then even a very busy schedule doesn’t feel like juggling any more. Something has taken the fragmentation out of it and given us a unified purpose.

(Chieko N. Okazaki, Aloha!, [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1995].)

Family members line up standing side-by-side, separated by the distance obtained when players stretch their arms sideways. Fingertips should touch between players. The first player in line takes and inflated balloon, and bats it towards the second person in line, who bats it to the third person, on down the line and back again. The only rule is this: once the players have taken their stance, they may not move their feet. If a balloon falls to the floor, or if someone moves his feet in an attempt to reach the balloon, the first person in line must run and get the balloon, and take it back to the starting line to begin again.

Refreshments!  Yummy brownies and ice-cream


Change, Change and Change........

Ever had a feeling that there is change coming into your life?
Anyone hate that feeling as much as I do??
Or do you embrace the feeling of change and run with it???
In my current mood about the thought of change, that could be like running with scissors!!

Now, don't get me wrong, there have been times in my life where I would go running off, arms flaying wildly, scissors in hand.........the points up, ready to impale me at the slightest stumble.
But, at this time in my life, I have come to not enjoy change as I once did.

I don't really know why.
One reason is probably Samuel.  He doesn't do well with changes.  We have to prepare him as much as we can if there is going to be a major change in schedules, etc..
Even small changes get a countdown.
"5 more minutes and then it  is time to go to the car."
All the way down to 0 minutes.
Samuel does great with a schedule.

Another reason could be that I am just getting old aging gracefully getting old.
I am set in my ways.
Like Sam, I like a schedule!

I also think that we often get comfortable with the way things are.
Even a little lazy......
Because, after all, change takes an effort.
Change for the better is something that has to be worked for and at.
How many times do we say that we are going to change?
How often do we give up without really trying to make a change.
I mean REALLY trying.

I don't know if there is going to be a change in my life or not.
There has already been one major change this week, so maybe that is it.

Sometimes a change needs to be jump started.
So, I have been looking around to see where I need to make a change.
I have been trying to be more organized. 
It is a constant battle to keep the house quest for organization has even spilled over to Jim's office.
But, I also want my spiritual life to match-up with my new quest to be organized.

A few years ago I read "21 Days Closer To Christ" by Emily Freeman.
It is a beautifully written and illustrated book.  I remember how I felt when I completed the book and I want those same feelings......and maybe something more.

Today, I am going to make a change.  A change of my own doing.
I want to make a spiritual change
So, I am still going to blog about the things that are going on in my life, but I am also going to share this beautiful book with you.