Wordless Wednesday

in , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Our Pear Trees in bloom 3/16/11

The wait is almost over. Only 19 days until Spring officially arrives! I wonder if I'll get blooms like this again?

Presidents Day

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, February 20, 2012
I am proud to be an American, but have never considered myself a History buff. As I was planning for today, I realized that my recall of the facts surrounding this holiday were a bit rusty. Sure, I remembered it is to honor Presidents Washington and Lincoln, but other facts, like dates, escaped me.

Do you need a refresher too?

I found a great, to the point article over at dosomething.org. Here's the link:

Why Do We Celebrate Presidents' Day?


I also found a fun quiz from FamilyEducation.com called Positively Presidential.

I am going to take it first, to test my knowledge prior to showing this to my smarties ( who will probably know more than me)!

Want to test your Presidential knowledge too? Go Here to take the quiz.

So what are your plans for today? Do you have the day off from work? Are your kids out of school too?

For us, hubby is working, I'm working hard on getting my JAFRA business launched from home while spending time with my girls.

The one thing I won't be doing is shopping any sales. But I will enjoy this relaxing day and pray for our President and all those who lead our wonderful country.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful day!

Dear Stomach Bug… Thanks

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Good Tuesday morning dear readers! I have been wanting to post for several days, but honestly didn’t feel well enough to string coherent sentences together, let along remember to spell check.  I am so happy I woke up feeling great this morning!
I have been recovering from a nasty stomach bug.  My abs still cinch up just thinking about last Monday night… and the better part of Tuesday, when finally the tossing of my cookies portion of this sickness subsided.
 Speaking of abs, you never know how strong ( or not) they are until you are using them while praying you will be able to stop and catch your breath before you pass out! I had that panicky feeling in the wee small hours of Tuesday, but thankfully, blessedly, my best forever friend, my husband was right by my side. 
All week long he and my daughters nursed me back to health. I have been loved and doted upon and simply made to feel treasured and revered in a way that I’ll not soon forget. 
See, I had been feeling just a bit, oh, I don’t know… taken for granted? Okay, a lot a bit!  Like I was just the maid, like my voice didn’t matter, like I was Charlie Brown’s teacher;  all incoherent blah, blah, blahs and nags.
 Don’t forget the nagging. The endless: hang up your coat, rinse your dish, put away the brush, and do your homework, nit-picky stuff.  
Ever felt like that? Sort of resentful that all the drudge and “grunt” work is on your plate? Oh, yeah I had a bad case of the “nobody appreciates what I do around” here-isms! 
Then, I got sick. Really  sick.
Not just a head cold and I can press on sick, but down for the count sick and that’s when my sweet family stepped up, stepped in and showed me by thought and deed that all my hard work is appreciated, that I do matter most assuredly and that yes, they do listen, even if they choose to act like they aren’t sometimes.  
So, thanks stomach bug for laying me low, I needed it! And the 8 pound weight loss? Just another blessing in disguise, although I wouldn’t recommend this particular weight loss method to anyone!