A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

- Winnie the Pooh

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cowboy Boots...*snickering*

Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!

Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help & she could see why.

Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. Finally, when the 2nd boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, "These aren't my boots."

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. And, once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.

No sooner they got the boots off and he said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear 'em."

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?"

He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots."

Her trial starts next month . .

Monday, March 30, 2009

another meme...

You Are the Heart Chakra

You are loving, kind, and empathetic. You feel for the world, and you truly value peace.

You have many close relationships, and you work hard to make them harmonious.

You are accepting and understanding. You are tolerant of all sorts of viewpoints, even if you don't agree with them.

You are very forgiving. When you love someone, your love is unconditional.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

(I thought this interesting)... BBC’s Book List

BBC’s Book List

(I've read 56. How many have you read?) *cheeky grin*

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy the list into a Note and put an ‘x‘ after those you have read, count ‘em up, compare tallies. This should be easy. Strutting and preening is optional.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen(x)
2 The Lord of the Rings (x)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte(x)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ( x)
6 The Bible (x)
7 Wuthering Heights(x)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (x)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens(x)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott(x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy(x)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (quite a few of them, but by no means complete!)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier(x)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (x)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger(x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell(x)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens(x)
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (started it - Boring))
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (x)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll(x) -*confusing*
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame(x)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens(x)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (x)
34 Emma - Jane Austen(x)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen(x)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (x, but this is part of the Chronicles!!)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres(x)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (x)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne(x)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown(x)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving(x)
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins(x)
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (x)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (I HATED this one)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert(x)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen(x)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (x)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (x)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck (Didn't like this much either...)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (x)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas(x)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (x)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville(x)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens(x)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (x)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce(x)
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens(x)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker(x)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (x)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery(x) *both English and French versions*
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams(x)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas(x)
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (x)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

What Scent Candle Should I Light?? (another meme)

You Should Light a Cinnamon Candle

You are affectionate yet mischievous. You have a warm, welcoming spirit - but you also like to spice things up.

You love hosting parties and events at your home. You love to live it up with your friends.

You're the type of person who is open hearted and accepting... as long as someone is willing to deal with your quirks.

You are both comforting and stimulating. You thrive in both familiar and exotic environments.

What Flavor Cupcake am I? Hmmmm

You Are a Carrot Cake Cupcake

You are a complex person. You have many interesting layers to your personality, though others might not know it.

You are drawn to a cross section of people. You friends play different roles in your life.

You are like a cupcake because you are are deceptively simple. There's actually a lot to you!

There are many ingredients in your life, and you only want them in proper amounts. Being you is a delicate art.

Things are well... wonderful! *grinning*

I haven't had much time (or energy, honestly! LOL) for much reading and writing of comments of late. I expect that will get better with a bit more time. *smiling* Here is a short update. I hope all is well with you and yours. {{{HUGS}}} and Love- Gina

Everyone is getting settled into new routines, including Me! *laughing* All in all, the adjustments have been fairly smooth and trouble free. Jet-lag is over and done with, and except for the continual rain keeping all of us stuck inside, *grimace* we are well and happy. Kaitlin is finally my wee-girlie, and my Johnny my boy-a-gee. I am loving it. So much laughter in this house, and my heart.

My coffee is calling, so I bid you all a fond "Ciao for now!"

~ Gina

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Nutty Game

A doctor at an psychiatric hospital decided to take his inmates to a baseball game. For weeks in advance, he coached his patients to respond to his commands. When the day of the game arrived, everything seemed to be going well.

As the national anthem started, the doctor yelled, "Up nuts!"

And the inmates complied by standing up. After the anthem he yelled, "Down nuts!" And they all sat.

After a home run he yelled, "Cheer nuts!" And they all broke INTO applause and cheers.

Thinking things were going very well, he decided to go get a beer and a hot dog, leaving his assistant in charge.

When he returned there was a riot in progress. Finding his assistant, he asked what happened.

The assistant replied, "Well...everything was fine until some guy walked by and yelled, "PEANUTS!"

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My mornings of late...

I awaken to the sounds of birdsong and a singing baby- in a few minutes more the patter of slippered feet alert me that one more is awake, too. "G'morning Nana! Know what I dreamed about? You n' me and a dinosaur singing!..." I nod my head and smile, drinking in the sweet aroma of little boy and my second cup of coffee.

Soon a messy haired imp in feet pajamas appears, snuggly wrapped in her Mama's arms. A sleepy smile and a cheery voice announce to the whole world, "It's Morning Day! It's Morning Day!"

Meg and I share a glance and a smile across our coffee cups. That once empty place where we each missed the other is filled, and heart longings are finally satisfied.

These precious moments are what make home Heaven, uplifting spirit and heart with joy. How blessed are we who love and are loved in return.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

This morning...

Morning arrived in gales of stifled giggles and shrieks as the sun rose and the birds sang. Homespun magic!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Only have a minute...

The days have been flying by. They have been filled with all the noises that come along with joy and loud love. *laughing* Johnny has become my constant companion, following me everywhere, and cheattering in my ears like a small blond magpie. Kaitlin sings and dances her way through the day, with the occasional shout of "No! Mine Jon Jon!" *snickering* They actually get along fairly well for children so young.

The dogs are establishing their pecking order- we have had a few skirmishes, but it all seems to be settling down now. (Can you say 'Yay'!?) The cats are still in 'I hate dogs' mode, and send looks that if they could kill, I would be buried 10 feet under! :oD

I am so enjoying these precious moments. I am gathering them up, and holding them close to my heart. Nothing is more precious than days like these.

My love and joy to you all- Gina

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It has been...

wonderful and exhausting! *laughing* The children are still on German time, so we have been getting up at bird-thirty. My old body doesn't like it! *snickering* I have had to work hard to get Kaitlin to come to me, but bribery and wheedling do work. Just so you know! :oD She calls me 'my nummy Nana' *giggling* I always have a sweet in my pocket for her!

Johnathon is attatched to my hip, and we have read every book he has at least 10 times! I have sung so many songs that I am hoarse! And I am LOVING every moment of it.

I hope all is well with all of you-

ttfn- Gina

Friday, March 13, 2009

They are here...

Safe and sound. *smiling* And it is wonderful. G'night!

Bird-Thirty, and Happy as a Lark...

I have been awake awake awake since very early bird-thirty! Today my Megan arrives!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!

That is all. *grinning*

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One more day...

And they will be home. What a wonderful sentence. *smiling* Tomorrow will be filled with last minute bakings of sweets and treats, extra special blankets washed and air dried, and mindless, happy hummings as I finish preparations for Friday.

I am happy happy happy!!

{{hugging myself with joy, and sharing it all with you!}}}


Friday, March 6, 2009

In The News..(seriously) Tattoo Barbie raises concerns

SACRAMENTO (UPI) -- Some parents have objected to Mattel's "Totally Stylin' Tattoos" Barbie doll, a new toy that has already sold out in several Sacramento, Calif., area stores.

The Barbie comes with a set of tattoo stickers that can be placed anywhere on her body and a tattoo gun that allows children to stamp temporary tattoos on the doll's clothes and on themselves, KVOR-TV, Sacramento, reported Thursday.

"I think it's attracting kids too young that want to expose parts of body to show off tattoos," Sacramento-area parent Jen Alcayaga said.

Some parents said they find the doll relatively harmless.

"Maybe it's a sign of the times. Each generation is different. Elvis was evil at one time," Brandon Thompson said.

Mattel said there are no plans to discontinue production of the toy.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

9 more days...

And Megan, Stephen and the birdlings arrive. I can't hardly stand it!!!!

That is all for now! *big happy smile*

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Punny Sort of Day...*smile, dangit!* :oD

1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?
Unique Up On It.

2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?
Tame Way.

3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest ?
They Take The Psycho Path

4. How Do You Get Holy Water?
You Boil The Hell Out Of It (I love that one!)

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?

6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?

7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work?
A Stick

8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?
Nacho Cheese.

9. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?
Subordinate Clauses..

10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?
Quattro Sinko.

11. What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow?
Spoiled Milk.

12. What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire?

13. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches?
A Nervous Wreck.

14. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup?
Anyone Can Roast Beef.

16. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?
Because They Have Big Fingers .

17. Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive?
Because It Scares The Dog.

18. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?

19. What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover ?!
The Location Of The Dirt Bag.

20. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down?
Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat.

21. What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver?
A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack , Dang!
A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack .

22. How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?
Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer

Monday, March 2, 2009

Another Meme...The Color of My Rainbow

Your rainbow is strongly shaded white and green.


What is says about you: You are an intelligent person. You appreciate quiet moments. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Meme...My Soul...*grinning*

Your Soul is Searching

You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or eve a completely different life.

You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.

You believe that people see you as a bit small and insignificant. People pay more attention to you than you think.

Your near future is a lot like the present, and as far as you're concerned, that's a very good thing.

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.

This Morning...*smiling*

The sun is just peeking over the horizon, and the sky is a multi-hued explosion of colors. The birds are stirring from nest and branch, stretching wings and fluffing feathers as they get ready to begin their day. Inside the house, the sounds of morning are just beginning; the furnace purring, the cats are stretching, and the dogs are snuffling at the door. I am sitting here typing thoughts and drinking coffee, wondering what adventure the day has in store for me. Isn't life wonderful?