It’s On Your Bumper, But Would You Actually SAY That?

July 19, 2008

I’m a bumper sticker reader.  When I’m behind a car, I find it interesting to see how the bumper stickers sum up what the driver thinks about life.

But, sometimes I almost wish I hadn’t read one.  Yesterday I had that happen.

The bumper sticker said, “My Heroes Always Kill The Cowboys,” and it included a sketch of an Indian Chief.  Before I was close enough to see what the sketch was, I thought maybe it was meant to be humorous and was talking about a football team that has a rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys.  But, when I saw the sketch, I knew that wasn’t it.  It was a woman driving the car, who had the coloring that could have made her American Indian.  But, I can’t imagine what thinking would have made her put that sticker on her bumper.  Just an observation — I think if someone had a sticker that said “My Heroes Were The Cowboys Who Killed the Indians,” there would be a verrrrry big stink. 

The other instance like this that comes to mind happened about a year ago.  I pulled up behind a pick-up truck that had a bumper sticker that said, “Jesus Hates Me.”  I suppose that was supposed to be funny and a take-off on “Jesus Loves Me,” but it bothered me to read that on his bumper.  When I passed him, I looked at him and he looked “normal” — but, I’m sorry, I don’t think that bumper sticker is “normal.”

I guess this could be a reminder to those who put stickers on their bumpers.  Think carefully about what you “say” on your bumper because you might be surprised at how many are “listening” and you might not like the impression you’re making.


An Interesting Conversation with Mimi

July 17, 2008

I got a phone call from our youngest granddaughter, Mimi (age four), the other evening.  It went like this:

Mimi:  “Hi, Nana!”

Me:  “Hi, Mimi!  How are you?”

Mimi:  “Good.  Nana, is Papa a policeman?”

Me:  “Well, he used to be a policeman, but he’s retired now.  Why do you want to know?”

Mimi:  “Mommy was talking to a policeman, and she said her daddy was a policeman.”

Me:  “Oh, really.  (Hmmm.)  May I speak to your mommy?”

Mimi:  “Yes.  Here, Mommy.  You’re right — Papa was a policeman.  Now Nana wants to talk to you.”

DD took the phone, laughing: “Hello?”

Me:  “Hello.  What was the occasion that you were talking to a policeman?”

DD:  “Oh, I was going a little over the speed limit, and got stopped.”

Me:  “Oh, really!  So, you happened to mention your dad was a policeman.  Did that do you any good?”

DD:  “Not really.  The officer actually knew me because he used to work at the car dealership where I have my car serviced, so he was just giving me a warning, but I thought it didn’t hurt to mention Dad.

Me:  “So, what did he say when you told him?”

DD:  “He said, ‘That’s nice.  But, I’m still giving you a warning.'”

Hubby always told us (and anyone else who was related to him or just knew him, who asked), “If you get stopped, feel free to use my name if you think it might help.  But, if you still get a ticket, pay it, because I don’t fix tickets!  Also, remember, you might be talking to a cop who doesn’t like me!”

When Hubby went to Northwestern University in Chicago for a year in 1981, he got to know about a half dozen Chicago policemen who were in his class, but the chances of one of them still doing traffic stops is pretty slim — which, of course, DD knew.  But, Hubby being a policeman has been part of who we all are for many, many years.  And, around here, it still might get you a little lighter citation if you mention his name, but if you still get the ticket, pay it!  Because he still doesn’t fix tickets!


Make Him Shudder!

July 15, 2008

ElleBee at Musings of a Working Diva (see my blog roll) posted the following quote recently and I couldn’t resist passing it on, because of the fascinating word picture it creates.  Wouldn’t it be great to be this kind of Christian?

Live your life in such a way that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan shudders and says, ‘Oh no. She’s awake.'” (anonymous)


Rick Warren Wrote “A Purpose Driven Life” and now . . .

July 13, 2008

Update: 

I received this interview on the internet just a few days ago, but as with lots of things, it’s apparently been going around for a lonnnng time.  So, while the insights and wisdom are spot on, the following quote from Rick Warren’s office should put to rest any immediate concerns any of you have about Rick’s wife’s health:

You reference Kay’s having cancer, but I wanted to assure you that the interview/article you cite is a few years old, and Kay is healthy and in remission.  Would you kindly make note on your site that Kay is currently cancer-free and that the article was not written recently?  (And I agree that there are definitely points in it that are timeless!)  As you can imagine, when people read that “Kay is ill,” they are burdened for her health, unnecessarily so, and it causes much confusion. 

End of Update.

Here are insights from Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” about his wife now having cancer and him having “wealth’ from book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with him. 

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw, Rick said:

“People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.  One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body — but not the end of me.  I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will d o forever in eternity.

“We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.

“Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one. The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

“God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

“We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

“This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer. I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.  Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life .

“No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.  And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for. You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems.

“If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is ‘my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.

“We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her.  It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.

“You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.  And, actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.

“It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease.

“So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.

“First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases. Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches , equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation. Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.

“We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?  Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?

“When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, ‘God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better.’

“God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do. That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.

“Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.”

May this interview and its wisdom bless your Sunday.


Questions from Who-Knows? Answers from Me!

July 12, 2008

 

1. My uncle more than once: Uncle Jim would run down the steps with little-girl me on his shoulders, with me squealing and giggling!  I loved it!  It was while he was living with us, and Mama would send me up to wake him from his after-work nap and tell him that dinner was ready.

2. Never in my life have I: Eaten sushi.

3. The one person who can drive me nuts: is me.

4. College is: Absolutely worth it.  I’m sorry I didn’t go, but I’m so glad both of our children did.

5. When I’m nervous: I don’t make good decisions, and talk too much.

6. The last time I cried was: This morning when I heard that my favorite TV commentator, Tony Snow, had died.

7. If I were to get married right now: I would marry the same guy who first “caught my eye” when I was fifteen.  What are the odds!

8. My hair: Is definitely red (now).  At golf last week a new friend said something like, “Here comes my favorite redhead.” and I looked around to see who she was talking about. I forget I’m a “redhead.”  (Sometimes more red than others, depending on how long it’s been since a L’Oreal session!)

9. When I was 5: I almost drowned, thus learning an important lesson — Adult pools are NOT shallow around the edge, like Kiddie Pools.

10. Last Christmas: I really enjoyed viewing the Christmas House Tour on Boomama’s blog. (Although there were hundreds, so I didn’t get to see nearly all of them.)

11. When I turn my head left, I see: The cluttered top of my file cabinet — box of tissues, Kiwanis Club mug with pens in it, a hole punch and a stack of books — a dictionary, And I Quote, Roget’s Thesaurus, Daily Study Bible for Women, What’s In The Bible for Mothers, Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti and a copy of “Writer’s Journal Magazine,”  and about a half-dozen “important” pieces of paper scattered around.

12. When I turn my head right: I can look through the railing at the TV down in the living room.  Very convenient for blogging while watching a show that is alot of talk — so that you don’t have to be watching all the time to understand what is going on.

13. When I look down I see: My many-buttoned keyboard.  That, by the way,  I occasionally turn upside down and gently smack on the desk.  Amazing how much dust and dirt you can get out that way!  (Thanks to my co-worker at the Jail, Marie, for giving me that little tip.)

14. The craziest recent event I witnessed was: As I was shopping at the near-by super store, I noticed store employees in their matching red shirts slowly congregating in the produce section.  It soon became evident that a visiting higher-up was going to give them a brief pep talk, but when I first noticed it, somehow the slow gathering of the “red shirts” reminded me of the movie “The Birds” and it was a little spooky!

15. If I was a character on Scrubs I’d be: Really surprised because if I were them I would either be hiring a “hot young chick” for that role, or I’d want someone with excellent acting credentials — neither one of those is me! (I’ve never watched either show, but I think I would “fit in” better with the crazy guy on House.)

16. By this time next year: I’m hoping I’ll be an “old pro” at Photoshop Elements!

17. My favorite Aunt is: Was — they’re all gone.  I guess it was my Aunt Bertha, Mama’s youngest sister.  She had a daughter just a couple years younger than me, so I have great memories of spending time at their house in Kansas City when we would visit there.

18. I have a hard time understanding: Bridge.  My parents LOVED that game, and I’ve tried several times to learn it.  But, I guess I just didn’t get the “bridge gene.”

19. One time at a family gathering: I sent three year old Gunny to a bathroom that was a door in the side of a building on the other side of a large field.  As I watched helplessly from across the field, when he got about 10 feet from the door to the restroom he started pulling down his pants!  No wonder he enjoyed Boy Scouts when he got a little older — at age three he was already living their motto, “Be prepared.”

20. You know I like you if: If I tease you.  Friend, when I start being verrrry polite and kind to you, check with your Doctor.  You must be terminal. 

21. If I won an award, the first person I’d thank: It depends.  If it were an award based solely on someone or some group of people liking me, I’d sincerely thank them.  But if it was an award for something I had worked very hard for, and won because of some God-given talent, I would definitely first thank God!

22. Take my advice: Always have a Plan B.  The people I have seen the most disappointed and/or bitter in life have been people who had tunnel vision about something and never allowed themselves to think about what they would do if a particular desired plan didn’t work out.

23. My ideal breakfast is: All-Bran Flakes with a banana, some raspberries, splenda and milk.  Accompanied by a couple cups of coffee and the morning newspaper.  With Fox News on TV.  (If that “ideal” breakfast doesn’t just scream “old” I don’t know what does!)

24. If you visit my hometown: Walk the river greenway.  Tour the Vera Bradley (quilted bags and accessories) plant.  Attend the Three Rivers Festival.  Drive a few miles out into the country and visit the Amish community.

25. Sometime soon I plan to visit: Tulsa, OK where Gunny and his family have just moved.

26. If you spend the night at my house: We’ll probably eat out, then play some games or maybe watch a movie, along with lots of talk — and then I’ll probably go to bed before YOU do!  But the up side of that is that I’ll then be up wayyyy before you the next morning and have a nice breakfast ready when you finally come downstairs.

27. The world could do without: Evil, destructive, innocence-killng, God-less HATE!

28. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than: Total gross-out.  I can’t even think of an answer because I can’t get that picture out of my head. 

29. Most recent thing you’ve bought yourself? I bought stuff to make to sell at a garage sale I’m going to have with my friend Candy.  Hubby finds that strange.  I find it perfectly normal.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

30. Most recent thing someone else bought for you: A guest gave us a bottle of wine on the 4th.

31. My favorite blonde friend is: probably not really a blonde.

32. My favorite brunette /black hair friend is: definitely not a real brunette or black-headed.  It’s my age group.  If you’re not dying your hair — it’s probably gray or white!

33. The last time I was high: I’ve never been “high” like from drugs — my drug of choice is aspirin.  And I don’t drink too often, but on the 4th I drank a couple of small glasses of wine.  They didn’t take me to the level of “high” but they did leave me feeling “icky” the next day.  I hate that feeling.

34. The animals I would like to see flying besides birds are: Pigs.  Just to see if all those things came true that people had said would happen, “when pigs fly!”

35. I should have been: a more interested student when I was in school.

36. Once, at a restaurant: I was served BOILING soup!  When I put it in my mouth, I did the only thing I could — I spit it back into the bowl!  Linda says we were asked not to return to that Asian restaurant, but I don’t remember it that way.  I think they were closed by the Health Department for serving BOILING soup and burning out the tonsils of customers!

37. Last night: We went out to dinner with Linda and UD, and then came back to the “bowling alley” and bowled a few games.  Later, I had a computer “guru” come to our house and coach me on the computer.  Very informative.  He’s going to put more RAM on my computer so that I can do more “stuff.”  Sounds good to me!

38. A better name for myself would be: Sandra Ann.  My real name is Sandra Kay, but Hubby has called me Sandra Ann for most of our married life, so I really ought to just change it to Sandra Ann, so that he will be right.  (Just between you and me, he LOVES to be right.)

39. If I ever go back to school: Wayyyy too late now to bother with a degree.  But I have enjoyed and am enjoying taking classes in writing, golf and photography. 

40. My birthday: At this age, is a very pleasant, predictable, calm affair.

41. And by the way: Try this yourself.  It’s been surprisingly fun!  Have a great Saturday.


I Used to See “Storm,” Now I See “Photo Opportunity”

July 11, 2008

This is fun!  When it stormed a few days ago, it was beautiful.  I love the look of a blowing rain storm.  But now that I’m trying to learn photography, it was fun to try to capture some of what I saw during the storm.  Here are a couple of my tries.  Note to self:  Scenic pictures are alot easier than ones with “actors” in them that don’t do what you want.

These ducks had been sitting along the edge of our yard, but as soon as I got the camera and opened the door, they skeedaddled.  Okay, Plan B required.  But, no matter how many times I called to them, “Turn right! Turn right” they just kept on swimming away, so I didn’t get the picture I wanted.  So, here is a picture of my “subjects” swimming away from the camera just as fast as their little webbed feet would take them.  And, you can’t even tell it’s raining!  I’ve got alot to learn.

Here’s a picture that was much easier to take — no problem with camera shy bricks or hostas!

The rain was beautiful.


Hamburger Cookies Look Like This!

July 8, 2008

Ta-Daaaaaa!  I don’t want to toot my own horn.  BUT, I actually scanned this picture (that my friend Candy had taken on the 4th and gave to me yesterday) and uploaded it!  Now, I just pray you can see it!

I think this photography class is going to be worth taking, if nothing else because it’s giving me the courage to try things like this AGAIN!

Have a wonderful day.  May you each have some small success, like this one is for me, that brightens your day!

Hmmm. I think the box around the picture was my attempt to make it bigger.  But, hey, I can live with the box, as long as you can see the picture!