Category Archives: Levity

Missing Time With the Family


I heard a brief blurb on TV the other day that mentioned that, since there are not enough childcare openings in the city, some parents are deciding to stay at home with their children.

While it is unfortunate they feel they are forced into this choice, I think they will find it is a great choice.  I used to be a stay-at-home mom and I loved it.

I miss being there to watch, guide, help, support, and have fun with my family.  Most of all, I miss all the time I had when I stayed at home!

Working full-time takes at least 10 hours out of my day (50 hours a week).  And the rest of my life must be squeezed into the remaining 14 hours a day (or 118 hours a week figuring 2 days off from work).

When you take the meals, dishes, wash, shopping, errands, appointments, and cleaning that we all have to do, there’s not much time left for everything else.  There are so many things that I just do not have time and/or energy for.

I used to be able to keep up with the house better, reach out to others more, plan better and more economical meals, work on hobbies or personal interests, even spend better quality time with my family!

And, while I hope to get back to those types of things when I retire, I find that my body may have other plans and refuse to keep up with me then!  🙂

 

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Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time To Think About Our Words and Language Part 2


Yesterday in church it came to me what I can do when people use the Lord’s name as an exclamation or curse. 

I can say, “I’m so glad you brought Him up!  He really loves you!” 

🙂

(We’ll change this culture yet – one word at a time.  I printed my little poem from my last post, framed it, and put it by my desk at work with a bowl of sugar.  It has already gotten a couple of my co-workers to think about their words and use this one.)

 

Thanksgiving Is the Perfect Time To Think About Our Words and Language


Thanksgiving is the perfect time to think about the language we use and should be using.  Here’s an idea I had:

 

Thanksgiving is the perfect time

to give up words not sublime.

To drive those words right from your head,

try Grandma Pearson’s words instead:

“Oh, sugar!”

🙂

Have You Voted Yet?


Beloved hubby and I voted yesterday for this year’s general election!  How I love early voting!

We’re done.  We have done our duty, taken advantage of the great freedoms we enjoy in this country, and honored the sacrifice of the tens of millions of military forces who paid the price, over 4 million of whom gave their lives, so we could have the privilege of voting for our elected officials, and in total secrecy to boot!

Of course we’re all inundated with hundreds of calls throughout any election year, all wanting to know who you are planning to vote for, and does knowing x, y, and/or z about some candidate change the way you feel about that candidate?  I have learned that much of this is fabricated and designed to make you feel a certain way about that candidate.  So I don’t fall for those lines.

And of course the ads, and the blustering of the candidates, always get ridiculously out of hand and uglier and more vile the closer Election Day comes.  It happens every time.  Those who are elected always have a division to try to bridge and heal.  It is the same old story played out with a different cast of characters every time.

So we get involved, check what the actual facts are, pray for Heavenly Father’s help for the candidates and guidance for us in choosing the best candidates, and make the best decision that we can.  And we vote.

And I have to chuckle.  As I hear about the polls and media trying to find out who people voted for, I remember what my mother said she tells them when they ask her, “That is private!  I don’t even let my husband know who I voted for!”

Voting is a privilege.  Make sure you take advantage of it.  🙂

Top ‘O The Mornin’ To Ya!


Today is St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s such a fun little “holiday” with everyone wearing green, leprechauns all around, and a festive atmosphere.

And of course, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!  🙂

And as I was thinking about it, I remembered a Catholic nun I used to work with.  She sat at the front desk as a volunteer and always greeted everyone with a smile.

On St. Patrick’s Day, she would greet you with, “Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya!”  You’d find yourself reciprocating, and then she’d say, “And the remainder of the day to yerself!”  I loved it.  What a joyful, friendly greeting, putting you at easy and in a good mood all at the same time.

Problems didn’t seem quite so big, life didn’t seem quite so overwhelming, and things seemed to slow down just a bit for a moment as you contemplated that quick bit of banter.  Yes, life was good.

Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya!  🙂

Relief Society’s Ward Birthday Dinner


This week we had the ward (congregation) Relief Society birthday dinner.  It was a lot of fun!

The Relief Society organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded on March 17, 1842 by the Prophet Joseph Smith.  The purpose of Relief Society is to prepare women for the blessings of eternal life.  That is accomplished as sisters (women in the Church) increase faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes as they make and keep sacred covenants, and offer relief to those in need, working in unity with priesthood holders.

It was a delightful evening.  Dinner was a waffle bar – with freshly made waffles and a large variety of toppings to choose from.  Personally I love to have breakfast for dinner.  There were assorted fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, and bananas, yogurt, as well as chocolate chips, powdered sugar, butter, maple syrup, jams, whipped cream, sausage, and bacon.  It was delicious!

After dinner the fun really started.  We played “speed getting-to-know-you” where half the sisters sat in one row and the other half in a second row facing the first row.  Our leader had come up with 10 questions per person in the first row, and every person had different questions!  I believe she had about 200 different questions prepared to help us get to know each other a little better.

Row two had a minute and a half with each person in row one to pick a question between 1 and 10, hear that question, talk about it, and have that sister tell about herself in response to the same question.  We then moved over to the seat on our left and visited with the next sister.  So each of us talked with half the sisters there.

A sample of some of the questions are:

  • Would you rather eat your favorite meal for every meal for the rest of your life, or never for the rest of your life?
  • Do you like flying in an airplane, and why?
  • What was your favorite book when you were growing up?
  • What would you like to do before you die?

It was great discussing things that you’d never think to ask in normal conversation, and quite interesting to see some of the tangents the answers lead to, like:

  • All the food in Germany was wonderful!
  • I want to serve another mission for the Church before I die.
  • Why I dislike flying.
  • Records we listened to in our youth.

I suggested to a couple people that they ought to pass this activity on to our Young Men/Young Women program.  I think they’d have a blast with it!

It was such a nice evening.  I got to know several more people than I’d met before, and you find the greatest women in the Church.  They have real issues with health, family, jobs, and other things, but they stand fast for the truth, know that Heavenly Father loves them, and strive to help, love, and support each other and the world around them.  They make you feel good when you are with them, and I am always smiling as I leave their presence because it is such an encouraging and joyful experience!  🙂

Never Take Your Husband With You To The Caucus!


If you are smart, you will heed my advice:

Never take your husband with you to the Caucus!

No one warned me that this could be a problem.  So very innocently, and unknowingly, I went to my Caucus taking beloved hubby along with me.

Big mistake!

It was bad enough when he “nominated” me to be secretary, and of course all the 30 or so people there almost jumped out of their seats for joy when approving the nomination, just so they wouldn’t have to be stuck doing it.

Next, he nominated me as an alternate delegate.  And once more the crowd fairly leaped in excitement to make it so!

He continued getting me voted in as an alternate for two more rounds – all the way up to State!  Good heavens!  By now the room had become a conglomerate in their eagerness not to be “the one”!

I could barely breathe as they filed, quickly, out of the room and left me behind.  I was so discombobulated I could not figure out the money the delegates had paid, along with the donations, and get the numbers to add up properly!  I am not that bad at math!

Luckily, an accountant had volunteered to be treasurer, so was able to take care of the whole thing.

Like I said:

Never take your husband along with you to the Caucus!  🙂