Category Archives: Levity

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!  🙂

I’ll Wait For You To Catch Up


I was humming along, working on the computer, when suddenly it kind of hiccupped and paused.  I took it in stride, paused my typing, and thought, “I’m too far ahead of you, I’ll wait for you to catch up to me.”  It didn’t take long, and soon I was humming along again.

That thought got me thinking.  It’s not just computers that we sometimes have to wait for.  And the words, “I’ll wait for you…” reminded me of a Primary song in Church.

The song is “I’ll Walk With You” by Carol Lynn Pearson:

“If you don’t walk as most people do,
Some people walk away from you,
But I won’t! I won’t!
If you don’t talk as most people do,
Some people talk and laugh at you,
But I won’t! I won’t!
I’ll walk with you. I’ll talk with you.
That’s how I’ll show my love for you.
Jesus walked away from none.
He gave his love to ev’ryone.
So I will! I will!
Jesus blessed all he could see,
Then turned and said, “Come, follow me.”
And I will! I will!
I will! I will!
I’ll walk with you. I’ll talk with you.
That’s how I’ll show my love for you.”
It is a cute little song, done in a fun and playful way that can really catch children’s imagination and attention.  It certainly has mine.
I love how it reminds us to be kind and thoughtful of those who are different, especially those who may need a little more time to get through things than we do.
It fits so well into so many aspects of life.  We can be patient with each other, kind to everyone, love people as the Savior did.
And not just that, but be patient with situations we’re in, with things that go wrong, computers that we occasionally outrun, all manner of life’s happenings!
Just pause, and it gets better for everyone.  🙂

I Hate DVDs!


DVDs, CDs………I hate them!

“But!” you may say, “the picture is so much better, they are so thin they take up almost no room, you can have 100 in an easy-to-carry compact case!”

And I would have to say that you bring up some good points. 

But information, movies, shows, etc. are only as good as their vehicle of delivery.  Does this sound familiar?

You go to the store and find the very CD, or DVD, that you have been wanting forever.  You buy it on the spot!

You unpackage it (this could be a whole other story in and of itself), go over to the device you are going to play it in, and carefully lift it out of the holder.  You pop it into the electronic appliance that will magically “read” and play it for you.  You sit back to relax and enjoy your new-found prize!

Then,

What’s this?  It just skipped ahead!  You can’t get it to go back and play correctly.  So, you take it out of the machine, turn it over, and look. 

WHAT?

A huge scratch across the disk!

And you thought balloons deflate fast when they are popped.  Ha! 

Now you have to live with a disk you can never enjoy, try to go all the way back to the store to exchange it, or just throw it away.  😦

Nope, I hate DVDs, and CDs.  Give me back a good old VCR or audio cassette tape.  Those things live forever.  They take more punishment and replays than anything else around! 

Yep, give me back the tapes!  🙂

Driving Along in My Great Big Van


The other day I had to take a different car to work.  So I climbed in, and off I went.

I started down the familiar path that I usually take to go to work.  I haven’t driven this vehicle much for a while, so I’m watching where I am in the lane, trying to stretch a little so the sun won’t be in my eyes so much, staying in the right-hand lane so I can kind of settle in for the drive.

Then a truck comes up in the next lane, passes me, and moves in right in front of me!  I hate… well OK… dislike… trucks.  They think they own the road and can go wherever they want.  You can’t see around them and have no clue what’s going on in front of them, nor what could impact you in your car.

But hey!  🙂  I can see right over the top of you, truck! 

Wow, this is kinda cool. 

You jumped in front of me, and I can see right over the top of you.  In fact, I’ve got a very good view of pretty much everything.

Here comes a larger truck.  OK, you are my equal, but…you are my equal.  You are as tall as I am, but only as tall as I am!  I won’t be feeling small or vulnerable today!

You know, it’s kind of fun to be driving around in my great big, 1-ton, 15 passenger, Ford van!  🙂

(‘course, parking…………..is a different story.)