Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Since I am at work right now reading all the "trashy" magazines my co-worker brings in and leaves here, I thought I would share some totally useless information on some of the "stars" around Hollywood with you. Well, here it goes:

Carrie Underwood unlucky in love? Yes, it seems! She states "but guys are guys, no matter what they do or what walk of life they come from." Well.....we could have told her that...duh!

Lindsay Lohan begins postprison life. Imagine, she's spent a total of 84 minutes in jail, how will she cope? She is now looking for a new place to stay in Los Angeles....away from the Chateau and her old life. We'll see.......

Britney (now you knew she had to be mentioned) Spears is banned from driving Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, per a court ruling on Nov. 16th. "Recent aggressive actions by individuals...have resulted in her decision to take certain security measures for the protection of her children." Huh, come again??

Oh, now here's something I'm really upset about. I just found out Mr. Whipple died. I'm sure anyone around my age remembers him...his famous line is "please, don't squeeze the Charmin." He was a household name back then making more than 500 commercials!

Woohoo, the Spice Girls debut reunion performance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show; won't want to miss that! I'm sorry, can't make it, I have to wash my car.

The agency that arranged the 2005 adoption of Angelina's Ethiopian-born daughter, Zahara, refuted the claims of a woman who identified herself as the child's biological mother. Their records show that Zahara's mother is deceased, and Jolie's adoption is therefore valid. I was losing sleep over that one!

Okay, so much for all that. Now here's some information we can all use. First, fans of Shrek, of which I'm one, will be delighted to know there's a new animated Christmas special on Wed. at 8:00 called "Shrek the Halls". Shrek learns a lesson about generosity when he gets a little Claus-trophobic! Second, here's info I totally like.....100 calorie packs of M&M's, 3 Musketeers and Twix (my personal fav). Now there's some worthwhile information...get all the pleasure with none of the regret! Wish I would have said that! Enjoy, Beth

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to spend time with your family. Unfortunetly my DH had to work from 6am to 4pm and had to work the day after (Black Friday), so I left Thanksgiving day for Kentucky to my parents. My son, his fiance and our new granddaughter were coming. So we had a wonderful meal and spent time holding and spoiling Dakota. Below is the most precious picture....mommy and daddy adoring their little one. Is it not the sweetest picture you've ever seen? Dakota just loves her daddy; there's a special place in her heart for him. She has gotten so big since I've seen her last; she's now over 4 months old and reaching out and holding things. She is mostly sleeping through the night and is now eating some cereal in her bottle. The doctor has also said she can start eating veggies! She is doing great, growing well, thanks to her wonderful mommy and daddy's care.
Poor little Dakota, hardly any presents to open! Helping her is her Great-aunt Barbara. The same Aunt Barbara that was in the delivery room helping to deliver Dakota's daddy! Time stands still for no one.....!

Here's Great-grandpa and Great-grandma with Dakota. She had on her little pumpkin outfit on.

GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING BOYS CAN DO!! Dakota just bagged her first deer! Just kidding!! But we couldn't resist since she already had her camoflouge on!

Okay, really we got down my Dad's trophy from years ago above the first place and put the bow in front and had a little photo session. No animals were harmed in the filming of this photo shoot. Well, at least now now, can't speak for the past!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Well, here I am twice in one day. Just finished my "chunky book" pages and getting them sent off tomorrow to Teri. She will bind them and get them sent out to all the participants, which I think is 11 people. We made two pages for each book, which is 22 pages. Each set of 11 pages was to be different and the theme was Leonardo Da Vinci. Each person will get back a book with everyone's pages in it. I can't wait to see the finished product. This is the first time I've participated in a swap on Chunky Books. It was fun! And thanks to Teri for organizing the swap, finishing the books and sending them back out to us! Here are the two pages I made, both sides.

Came home today from church feeling so thankful. Our sermon today was given by Dr. Preston Nix, Professor of Evangelism and Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a blessing to listen to...and has quite a testimony in that we should always be thankful to God. He is from Texas and moved to New Orleans three weeks before Katrina hit. All he had left was his wife, two daughters and his van with four changes of clothing. He lost everything else. Yet, he still found plenty to be thankful for. I think my prayer is to understand that sometimes things happen in our life that are not so good...and we don't always have as much as other people might seem to have...but we can be thankful for God and what he has given us; most importantly a Savior in Jesus Christ. As we enter this week of Thanksgiving, reflect in all that God has given you; reflect on those things and say "thank you, God"!

I just want to share with you Psalm 100, a psalm for giving thanks.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are
we are his people, the sheep of his
Enter his gates with Thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his
For the Lord is good and his love
endures forever ;
his faithfulness continues through
all generations.

So I would like to say thanks for all the blessings in my life. My family, my friends, co-workers, my home, my job, my wonderful husband of whom we grow closer to each other and to God each day, a wonderful Savior that insures that I will spend eternity in heaven with Him.....I could go on. We can just find all kinds of things when we think about it. What are you thankful for? Take a minute and reflect on it and thank God. And every one have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Well, it appears that fall has finally arrived in Illinois! Cooler temps and shorter days and the leaves are finally starting to turn and fall off. There is some color, but not like usual. We've not had enough rain this fall for lots of color. Our flowering dogwood has color, though. It's very red in contrast to the almost completely green leaves behind it on the oak tree. Hope you enjoy the following pics taken today in my backyard.
Our driveway and the "raker" himself!

All that's left of my Rudbeckia is seed pods and this one little lone flower still blooming.

These large oak trees run across the whole back of our property. There a little acorns all over the ground and the squirrels are loving it! They've been very active lately getting ready for winter.

This is our backyard. Now you know why we are raking, mulching and vaccuming leaves like crazy. We have almost 1 acre and it's filled with trees.

The sun through a maple tree on the side of our yard. They are just starting to turn yellow.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Check out the first Monroe County Medical Building pumpkin decorating contest. All of us could make a pumpkin and have our patients vote on their favorite. There were many votes.....you 'll see the winner at the end. I was going to make one, but time got away. I had a great idea, but maybe I'll save that for the second annual M.C.M.B. pumpkin contest. Thanks everyone for taking part and congratulations to the winner!!

Frankenstein is the first "contestent"! He was brought to life by Stephanie. See the little bolts on the side of him? It's not easy being green!!

#2, decorated by Marge and Kathy. The nose is a ping pong ball painted red, and the pumpkin was spraypainted red. How devilish!!

Almost forgot to put in #6, by Becky. She is being very patriotic and she did this freehand. Wow, love her talent.

#3 created by JoAnn and Karen in Radiology. Scary! The hat is made out of leftover film.

And here is #4, Robyn's pumpkin's, how cute is this? She came in 2nd place with 30 votes!

And the winner is, #5, Teri's pumpkin. She won at 50 votes, 20 more than any other pumpkin. Isn't this one so creative? She put alot of work into it, congratulations, Teri.