Category Archives: Levity

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!  🙂

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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.)

Oh, The Things We Presume!


Has this ever happened to you?  You’re going about your life and you suddenly notice something that was totally unexpected!

What do you do? 

Oftimes we instantly make an assumption about what just happened, and why it happened. 

It’s a totally normal, natural, automatic thing to do.  You don’t have the think about doing it, it just pops into your head!  And of course, since you are always right about everything, you know that this reading of the situation is not only correct, but the only possible answer and it rarely even occurs to you to look for another possibility.

That is really not all that bad.  Where the problem arises is with what happens after that.

Because now you suddenly see things in a different light – the light you just presumed, or assumed to be correct – you change the way you act, or react, to that situation, or worse yet, to things in general. 

All of a sudden you are changing your life based on something that you actually don’t even know about for sure.  Because you have now decided to change your thinking by accepting your presumption as truth and so your feelings and thoughts have now changed, often not for the better.

You find yourself on a downward spiral, perhaps slipping out of control, definitely not what you normally would have decided to become, and you feel there is nothing you can do about it.  Afterall, you didn’t give it thought and come to a logical conclusion after searching through the possibilities of what occurred.  So you are simply along for the ride…

But wait! 

By checking on the presumption you made, particularly if you stop to ask about what happened or even brainstorming other meanings to what happened, you suddenly find not only a new thought process, but usually several possible reasons for what happened.

Now you are not locked into one way of thinking and acting anymore. 

Now you are again the master of your soul, you get to choose what you are going to think and to do.

Oh, the things we presume!  🙂

What a Way to Spend Halloween!


My favorite Halloween memory?  Having homemade doughnuts and apple cider!

That was our tradition growing up.  And it became my tradition when I had my own family.  I loved it!

Then working outside the home entered my life, and kids grew up.  After a while children stopped trick-or-treating on our street.

But one thing remains constant, doughnuts and apple cider.

After dinner we decided to run to the store to buy some, plus a few other things we needed.  2 hours later we finally returned home.  We had yummy doughnuts, delicious apple cider, and a grocery-cart full of additional items!  Luckily most were on sale and are things we use all the time.  But if we keep this up, we’ll be in the poor house before we know it!

What a way to spend Halloween.  🙂  Love those doughnuts and apple cider!

Visiting Teaching Woes


Where has the month gone?  And I’m still trying to do my Visiting Teaching!

Visiting 3 sisters (ladies) in our ward (congregation) with another sister as my companion (teammate) shouldn’t be that difficult.  It’s the Church’s (well, Lord’s) way of helping us befriend and support each other.  It’s a beautiful plan.

But schedules can be very difficult to coordinate.  And amazingly, even in this wonderful age of technology and communication, it can be hard to reach someone even to look at schedules!

Working full-time cuts down immensely on the available time for other activities.  I must say that Visiting Teaching (and in fact a host of other things) was MUCH easier to do back when I was a homemaker (stay-at-home-mom).  🙂

Back to reality…it occurs to me that I need to ask my sisters, companion included, what their favorite communication style is.  Indeed, in this wonderful age of technology and communication, it certainly MUST be possible to stay in touch in some way.  With phone, text, email, internet, and the old stand-by, regular U.S. mail to choose from, I imagine we can begin to find some common ground and communicate a little more regularly.  What happens then?

A lot less Visiting Teaching Woes!  🙂