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tornado!!!

Friday, May 31, 2013

I will be away from here for a few days due to tornado blowing thru. We are OK but trees down. No damage to the house but lost some fruit trees. Power line in front of our house is on the ground so no electricity. We are in a very rural area so may be last to get power restored. We have generator but it won't let me run computer so can only come here on my tablet. I will be back when power is restored.

  
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CAKAROO 6/1/2013 9:29AM

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DOROTHYBERO 6/1/2013 4:34AM

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NELLIEH1 5/31/2013 9:22PM

    OOo, may GOD keep you through this time!

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GEMLADYONE 5/31/2013 6:39PM

    Take care and stay safe! emoticon

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TINADEE86 5/31/2013 4:30PM

    So glad to hear you are ok. see you when you come back! emoticon

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IAMTOLOSE 5/31/2013 1:58PM

    Am so thankful you are ok. Hugs. Stay safe.

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XNANNY 5/31/2013 12:35PM

    God be with you and hold you in his hands!

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KIMPY225 5/31/2013 11:39AM

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ELLFIN3 5/31/2013 10:09AM

    emoticon I was worried about You yesterday. They kept saying tornadoes in Arkansas! Please be safe and take good care of You!!!!! Thoughts and Prayers Your way! (((((HUGS)))))

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LIFE-FAITH 5/31/2013 9:28AM

    emoticon take care.
Glad you are ok!

Jean

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BELIEVING-N-ME 5/31/2013 9:02AM

   
Glad that ya'll are okay and that there was no damages to the house. Take care of yourself. Hope that they get your electric back on quickly. Sorry about the fruit trees.
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GLORIAMAJDI 5/31/2013 8:22AM

    Oh goodness, how scary! Glad to hear that you are okay. Hope your power is restored quickly.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 5/31/2013 8:11AM

    Oh my! So glad you are fine and didn't have any damage to your home!

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Blessings and Cursings

Thursday, May 30, 2013


I volunteered at the gallery today and have been under thunderstorms all day with tornado watches and warmings. So today was a very slow day there. Very few stopped in so it is those days that give me time to think about things.

Why is it that some people seem to have really blest lives and others have cursings that follow them around like a dark cloud. I was thinking of an old friend from my school days. She was also a teacher and she and her sister owned an embroidery and cross stitch shop. She had married and her husband died young and she only had one daughter. Her daughter was her pride and joy. Her daughter was married and had 2 hcildren and then this past year she had another but had a terrible time in labor and she almost died. My friend was by her side the entire time. She barely recovered and just this week this daughter's husband got killed in an auto accident. It seems like it has poured curses in my friend's life.

Then I have another friend who seems to have been blest the moment she was born. And yes she complains for the small things bad that do happen at times. Strangely this friend is not as sweet a person as the other one who endures so much. So I'm thinking that the bad things we go through at times makes us better more caring people.

I feel I have been so blest myself. I have endured alot over the years and yet I have come out stronger for having done so. But I've never once felt I was cursed. I have just lived my life the best I know how and realizing that others have feelings and so I try to do what I can for others. When we go through bad times, it is better to see that there are others that are going through or have gone through much worse and be thankful for the small blessings we do have.

I always want to live on "Happy Street" but know that the bad things make me stronger and a better person.

  
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KIMPY225 5/31/2013 11:59AM

    We need to do the best we can with what we are given! Life definitely is tough in one way or another for everyone!

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DOROTHYBERO 5/31/2013 6:12AM

    Thank you - I needed that!

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MNABOY 5/30/2013 7:39PM

    We do not always understand why things happen, but I believe there is a plan and it is good and we need to accept that not all things are totally good or bad. The plan is for good and I do not know what the good of a death is but I have learned that my faith is strengthened by accepting the plan.

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HOLLYM48 5/30/2013 7:35PM

    Good for you for living on Happy Street. I wish there were more people like you. I too feel very blessed in life and try to never take anything or anyone for granted. We don't know what tomorrow holds so I want to love the ones in my life today. I would much rather build someone up and make them feel good about themselves to ever hurt them and bring them down!
Keep on being kind and happy! It is the best feeling to have!
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IAMTOLOSE 5/30/2013 7:33PM

    Happy Street is there for you wherever you are because you are a lemonade out of lemons type person. That is your blessing you know. Pity the people who can only see problems and never see how many blessings they have. Thank you for your post.

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without the dark

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


I also wouldn't sleep well. I have found that I cannot sleep well with any kind of light. Lately we have been having a bright moon so it has not helped in my sleep habits. I wear a sleep mask at night but still have my restlessness. Also part has to do with being a woman and the hot flashes. And the RA aches don't help. Another thing that bothers my sleep is noise. Any type of noise keeps me awake or wakens me in the night. I know I'm not the only one with this problem. Also being hyperactive by nature has some to do with this as well. I do take a hot bath, and get to bed around 9 but then I usually read to slow my mind enough to get to sleep no later than 11. Not having a schedule I can sleep in but with longer days I'm waking earlier. I've found I really need at least 7 hours of sleep to function well the next day. It is a struggle but at least I'm in a nightly routine.

  
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GEMLADYONE 5/30/2013 10:38PM

    7 hours a night is SO important. Just ask my DH...I'm not nearly so grumpy if I get my sleepy in every night. He can function quite well on 5 or 6, and I used to, but not anymore!

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DOROTHYBERO 5/30/2013 8:28AM

    I prefer 7 to 8 hours and am lucking to get 5 to 6 - maybe that is why I always tired?!

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IAMTOLOSE 5/29/2013 8:04PM

    Hope you sleep better soon! Hugs!

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KIMPY225 5/29/2013 5:29PM

    Sorry about the aches! Good luck!

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NELLIEH1 5/29/2013 3:50PM

    Oh the joys of getting older emoticon !! Yes, I know all these, too:light, sound, temperature, etc. I've found that a routine of going to bed a little later has really helped me stay asleep longer emoticon

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Mint

Tuesday, May 28, 2013


For some reason I tried to upload this photo of our herb bed and wrong photo came up. This is our herb bed with just mint, garlic, sage and rosemary. We had our lettuce planted at the end. Our garlic is planted in with the mint..not a plan but the mint spreads. The rosemary is on the far left side and the sage is between the mint and rosemary. This little bed is my pet project and love working in it. I weeded it a lot this spring until the mint took it over and now I can sit back. I'm thinking of drying the mint to use for tea in the winter.

  
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CAKAROO 5/29/2013 6:11AM

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TURTLETALK 5/28/2013 11:42PM

    yum......

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NELLIEH1 5/28/2013 5:37PM

    Mint tea from your garden works really well. We dry ours, too.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 5/28/2013 4:46PM

    I love my homegrown mint tea. You just can't beat the flavor!

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IAMTOLOSE 5/28/2013 4:46PM

    Mint is so easy to dry and makes such wonderful tea! Love your photos!

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BARB4HEALTH 5/28/2013 4:15PM

    Have you grown the chocolate mint? It is great! Had a start of it one summer, but it isn't here now. Like the orange and lemon mint, too. Had hyssop one summer, too, but it is gone now. Can't seem to keep what I like. I have a small patch prepared for some mint this summer. Need DH to do one more tilling and it will be ready for my mint.

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BOOKWORM27S 5/28/2013 12:04PM

    Oh, I love fresh mint! I have some in my herb garden, too. I love it with fresh raspberries.

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Always learning

Monday, May 27, 2013


You know you need to exercise the brain as well and learn something new every so often.

  
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ALL-IS-AMAZING 5/28/2013 9:06AM

    So true!

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GAMMY98 5/28/2013 7:51AM

    so true and thanks for the reminder

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DOROTHYBERO 5/28/2013 7:33AM

    So true!

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NELLIEH1 5/27/2013 8:45PM

    Yup...each experience a lesson...Thanks for the reminder emoticon

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IAMTOLOSE 5/27/2013 1:02PM

    You are so right! Today I'm working on learning to breathe deeply rather than say what's on my mind to some family members. lol

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