Friday, February 22, 2008

Guess who's coming to dinner? A CAT!

Well I have finally gotten myself back.....
My to do list today has gotten awful long though.
All the laundry, the kitchen, dusting and vacuuming....UGH
Usually Monday is wash day, Tuesday is for the kitchen and Bathrooms, and Wednesday is Vacuum and dusting, Thursday is errands, and Friday is touch up day.
But I seem to have gotten off my schedule. And for me a schedule is VERY important. Once I am out of a routine, everything gets turned upside down. I have misplaced my daytimer as well. I am sure I will find it once I get the house back in order. (ok me back in order). Thank goodness I am blessed with an understanding husband. The kids just think it's cool not to have a strict routine for a few days. But they are understanding as well.

I have 2 seminars starting on Sunday. They are online classes through the University of Dayton, one is on prayer, the other is on an overview of what it means to be a catechist. These are 3 week seminars.

Also our church has Mass at 9am daily which is perfect for me, Matthew gets on the bus at 8:45 and the church is less than 5 minuted away unless I get stopped at the red light, in which case it will take me 6 minutes to get there. I think I like starting my day off with Mass.

Well my day really begins at 5:30am when the alarm goes off. Rebecca gets on the bus at 6:30am. Then Matthew gets up between 7 and 7:30am and gets on the bus at 8:45am so I guess my day begins a little before 9am but it's still nice to go to church in the Mornings.

Anyway, So I guess I better get back to my house.

I am picking up my cousins cat at 5:30 this afternoon, I tried telling Murphy and cat was coming to stay with us for a while, I even showed him a picture, I don't think he understands. I guess he will at diner time. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Early Bird...sees the sunrise...(I don't like worms)

Well I got up early, showered and got the laundry started. See today is a better day. The Rebecca is already at school and Matthew and his friends just headed out the door for the bus. In about 15 min or so I will be headed to Mass, then an appt. with the Curves folks, ( I was looking for a woman's only place to exercise) Then the Post Office as our MA Tags have to go back to MA. Then it is back home for a few. The I have an appt. in North Raleigh, the I am dropping off a disk of pictures back to Ron's house. Ron is teaching Matthew the way to take pictures. Matthew took over 500+ pictures of a Soap Box Derby, well Matt went through the pictures and he decided that only 39 out of 500+ were worth printing. I think he is learning and loving every minute of it. I hope Ron is enjoying it too.

I made a ham this weekend and tonight we are having back Mac and Cheese, (homemade), and tomorrow I am using what is left for Split Pea Soup, even though I think Peter and I are the only ones who enjoy them.

I hope you all are having a wonderful day. God Bless you all!
More later.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tired but one foot in front of the other......

Today is Wednesday and it was a long weekend. The kids were out of school on Monday and Tuesday. Sunday was the 2nd memorial service for my cousin Patty, and it was held at the Chapel Hill Bible Church. What an honor it was to take part in her service.

My Aunt and Cousins came in and we had a great time...I was so happy that my Aunt Kay got to come, I hope my cousin Jo and her daughter understand, I enjoyed their company too, but my Aunt is so special. Well the whole family is for that matter.

I awarded the 1st Sonflower AwardⒸ Amber Graner 2008, I'll write more about that on the website a bit later.

Today I have so much to do. But I am a bit down today. For some reason I just can't seem to be really excited or in a great mood. I am just a bit down. Maybe I am just tired. Like I said before I struggle with the affects of bipolar disorder and today one of the days I am taking it a moment at a time a getting things done, when I really would rather stay in bed and sleep.

Well I must be going I'll write more later I need to run into Cary and take my hubby some cables, and we are going to have lunch together. :) I'm excited about that.

Today is a great day, God made it! And Faith makes it wonderful....

God Bless you all! More later.

Friday, February 15, 2008

no bird seed yet...

Let's see I got most of my to do list done. Except the Bird seed and my laundry is finishing now.
I defrosted fish but I guess I left it out too long and well, let's just say it made it outside in a hurry, so now we are having meatless Pasta.

I had to get a new vacuum today the other one was blowing out more stuff than it was taking in, and I wondered why my furniture was dusty after I just dusted. hmmmm

Well that's about all for today. More later if I think of anything to babble about.

God Bless!
Amber

Don't whistle while you work...Pray:)

Today my to do list is overwhelming, well it could be if I let it. But I am not. I am going to things one at a time and get through them the same way. Prayer! I am so excited that some of my family will be visiting from Western NC this weekend. Even though I am only 4 hours away, it seems like forever some days.

Well I can't write for long as there is: (Readers Digest Condensed version of the list)

Kitchen
Bathrooms (to be cleaned)
Bedrooms to make ready for the guests
carpet to Vacuum and Steam Clean
Grocery shopping to do
And my newsletter to print and mail.
Oh yes, and bills to pay.
Get more bid seed : )
Fill up feeder :)

So it's a typical day in the world of a stay home mom. I wasn't feeling really well last night I ate something fried and as much a my taste buds enjoy it , my stomach does not. So I got up a little late and didnt have a chance to make it to Church this morning. I am enjoying going to the 9am Masses because the group is smaller and it is nice going and saying "Hi" to Jesus in the morning before my day really begins.

I just looked out the window and noticed that my bird feeder is empty. I must add get more bird seed to list and fill up the feeder. (see there is always something)

Anyway have a great day, and know I am thinking about you all.
God Bless!
Amber

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Early in the Morning I will seek Thee

I find myself up early, and I am reminded of a picture my mom has that has a little country church dimly light in the early morning hours with a horse and buggy out front, with a little light glowing through the window of the church, and the caption states "Early in the morning I will seek Thee"

I was thinking do I truly seek Him, in these early morning hours or is it more like a "Hi" and "Can you bring me a good day today." I don't think that is the type of seeking the picture was talking about. I figure since it has been laid on my heart to do more seeking in these morning hours that I would attended Mass daily, since I really don't have a excuse as to why I can't go to church each morning and start the day off a little better than before. We only live 5 minuted from our Church and the Mass is at 9:00am, Matthew gets on the bus at 8:45am so there is no reason not to pop on over and really say "Hi" and "Thank you " to Christ, especially in this Lenten Season.

I need to take Rebecca to school this morning as it is raining and I am sure that it will still be raining at 8:30am so, Matthew will get a ride to school as well.

Rebecca made the honor roll at her new school and Matthew got an A on his pirate project.
We are Blessed!

God Bless you all today! Find your quiet moments and see Him.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

1st Sunday of Lent!

Well it's Sunday and we are getting ready to head to church. Today is a good day. I have energy and I am excited about going to Mass this morning.

I just told Matthew to take the dog out for a walk, and it lasted all of 30 seconds, so I had to send in out again. He spent the night with one of his friends, and he stayed up way to late. SO we are trying to make sure he will stay awake.

Rebecca is up and ready so that is a good thing.

I am not sure what we will be doing after Mass, but I am sure I will write about it.

Have a Blessed Day!

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Down today up tomorrrow....

It's Saturday! I am so tired today. That's kinda the way it is when you're Bipolar. I was so up on Wednesday and Thursday, now here is Saturday and I am down. I think the there are two meds that I am taking that are a little strong. The Requip and the Remeron are making me very tired. I am sure it will get figured out. Just have to work through it.

On a good note I am almost completely caffeine free. Less that 1/2 can a day. I am so glad about that.

Well it is Lent and I have been know to watch those court shows during the day, so I am giving up watching TV during the day and pray more , and as a family we are going to make Rosaries and prayer bracelets. I am not sure what Peter and the kids are giving up for Lent but I suspect the kids it will be candy and sweets.

Anyway I don't feel like writing much today. I wanted to go to Mass at 6pm but I've mised that window so we will just go on Sunday.

I had a great conversation with my friends Karin yesterday. I miss my friends, from VA and MA. I am trying to make more here and become involved in the community. It is a little more difficult here though. Why? I am not sure.

My cousin had to go and have some tests run and I got to go along, I felt very privileged to be included. You know there are blessings everywhere, and I am Blessed.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Ash Wednesday

I know I am late posting this....but please be patient as I am trying during Lent especially to be diligent for my sacrifices and my prayers. Pray I do.:)

On Wednesday I had to fly to back to Massachusetts to have some orthodontic work done (why there you ask because I only have two more adjustments and they come off, it wasn't worth trying to find a new orthodontist here until I finished there, and it's cheaper this way believe it or not.)

So we leave the house around 5am to get to the airport at 6am for my 8am flight. (security at RDU is either really fast or really slow no middle ground, well that's been my experience anyway.)
I was concerned that I would miss every Mass where the Ashes were being given out at. Why do I worry God knows what he is doing. So I finally get to Manchester, NH at 10:30am (had to stop and change plans in Philadelphia.) Made it to my appointment at 11:30, they did what they had to do and I was at my Old Parish, St. Patrick's in Lowell, by 12:10pm, (ok I was 10 minutes late but I got there, WHEW!) It was so good to get there receive my ashes and to receive communion too.

I was able to visit and have lunch with the Priests from the church, visit my friends Bro. Val, and Maria the secretary there. All of whom I dearly miss. I had the best visit and felt renewed by the blessing of friends, especially the greatest of friends Christ! What a blessed day it was.

I finally drove back to the airport early as they were facing storms heading that what and all the flights from the Midwest had been cancelled. I got to the airport and turned in the rental car and went to the gates early. I found and earlier flight back to Philadelphia and I waited and waited and I over heard the crew talking that 4 people were still missing and I just asked "I'm heading that way on the next flight can I have one of those seats" The crewman asked 'Do you have any checked bags?" "Nope, just me and this bag (my purse), I replied. The lady that was there said, "Come on then and take the 1st open seat you find." I did and it was at the very back of the plane right next to the bathrooms, I was happy. The flight attendant said, "Is it Ash Wednesday already?" and with a smile I said yes. Again I was happy, the Ashes were a outward symbol of my belief in God. So everyone who say them said " you made it to Church" I smiled without saying a word I was witnessing to a multitude of people my Christian Faith.

I made it to Philadelphia and there was an earlier flight there as well. I waited till the attendant had closed the door and was making the final manifest check and I asked is there one seat left ad if so can I get it? She smiled and said as she opened the door "it's yours" and the man who knew I was waiting to see if I could get on that flight said "see it pays to go to church" I smiled again, and again felt blessed.

Now for those of you who don't know what Ash Wednesday is let me give you the short version. It is the start of Lent. (Just click on Ash Wednesday or Lent underlined and blue and it will take you better articles than what I can write). I enjoy Lent, it is time for penance, for reflection, for fasting, and sacrificing, in preparing for Easter. Please read the articles to find out more.

Also on Wednesday, Matthew had to finish his project on Calico Jack, a pirate, Peter announced to me as I called him from the airport to let him know I was taking an earlier flight, "you are never leaving to go any where when there are projects that the kids have to do!" I don't think he enjoys all the projects as much as I do, but they got it done. And Matthew was really proud of himself as he did it all with very little help from us.

I got home around 11:30pm or so and was exhausted, blessed but tired. I love my family and I am so glad that I have them. Have you hugged your family today?

Oh I think I mentioned that I just read and a book I not living with Insanity, I am enjoying every minute of it! Well in the book it has a 100 smile challenge, I am going to try to bring out 100 smile. I think it will be fun to at least try. I'll keep a journal to see how many happen between now and lent.

Gotta run more later....
Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Murphy needs a Pet....and I found the SPCA today

Ok so I did a million loads of laundry today, did a couple loads of dishes (where do they all come from?) Getting up at 5:30am makes for a long day.

I did find out where the SPCA for Wake county was. I looked at all the cats. They were great! I wonder what Murphy would think of a cat. Considering that I am allergic to cats I didn't act too impulsively. I decided to bring back the family and see what they think about the idea. I didn't even make it the dog section. I think Murphy is probably happy about that too. He needs a sibling though. We need another animal. I think we do anyway and you can't walk a fish.

I am waiting for the registration/copyright to come back on a work I just submitted. I am so excited and can't wait to get the certificate of registration.

Peter and I went to lunch today. Nothing fancy just Fridays..I was a nice lunch but the time spent with just Peter and was the best. I enjoy just hanging out with him.

Rebecca and Matthew are making friends in the neighborhood. All within walking distance. So it is fun to walk around the neighborhood. Murphy likes the walk too unless you walk him farther than he wants to walk then he just sits down and expects you to carry him home.
Matthew is working on a class project about a Pirate: Calico Jack

So, as far as the Bipolar goes, I have to keep lists and stay on top of things. Blogging helps. Working on the website helps as well. I get frustrated easy at the moment, and I am not sleeping well. But I am sure that the meds will help get me back on track. I also have RLS and that is flaring up hard. I think that's why I am not sleeping well. My doctor gave me a website to find a support group for the RLS so that's my next step in this medical adventure.

More later....