Thursday, November 29, 2007

Having a good laugh

Below you will see the two suspected guilty parties.

I have had a lot of good laughs this week as The Blog Fairy and I suspect a little elf named Becky have been busy getting my blog in the Christmas spirit.Imagine my surprise when I first saw the Christmas header soon to be followed by many entertaining side bar pictures and comments.I was laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes.What clever gals they are.I was going to ask The Blog Fairy to add Christmas music to it and when I came home from work it was added.Guess she read my mind.
It has brought me "GREAT ENTERTAINMENT" this week as I check to see what has been added.
Trust me when I say it is all their work because I have no idea how to do any of it.So my hats off to Verna and any other elves that may be a part of this, you have made me happier then you could ever imagine.
Thanks for making me a happy blogger.
And just so you all know,they are predicting a snow storm this weekend for our area.I think Becky is putting on her tap shoes and doing a snow dance as you read this.
Hugs to all,have a great Friday!!!!!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Do you like the Tunes????

Thanks to some tech savvy elves, Mr Brian now has music. Enjoy.

Keep coming back to see what other fun these mischievous elves can have with this normally very subdued blog.

Oh, the fun has only begun!!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A little Dutch

Please excuse me as I am having a little fun at Redmaryjanes (Kimberley's) expense.
I would like to welcome her into the world of Duchess,soccer mom.She is the (PROUD?) new owner of a mini van.After being stranded in Des Moines Ia for several days with car problems they had to trade vehicles.Not a good thing when you are returning from vacation.
Being the great person she is she kept a great attitude throughout the entire time.So Kimberley welcome to the world of a small Dutchmen.
For those of you who do not understand my humor many Dutch last names begin with a Van or Vander.Hence Kimberley is now a small van.
Sorry Kimberley I just had to do this post.
You know it is all in fun.
Hugs to you all!!!

Sunday, November 25, 2007


How's that for an evil laugh folks??? Guard your passwords!!!! tee hee ~blog fairy

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Getting ready

The turkey is gone, the stuffing eaten, pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes long forgotten about.
It always amazes me how the day after Thanksgiving we switch into high gear and are ready for Christmas.I admit this year I jumped the gun and had my tree up before Thanksgiving,not decorated but up.I took advantage of the nice weather a few weeks ago and got my outside decorations put up as well.Nothing worse then putting them up in freezing cold mid west temperatures.
As amazing as it is I am excited about the holidays this year. Other years I just want to bury myself under the covers and ignore all of it.
I have been singing Christmas song to myself play my Cd's and just getting in the holiday spirit. Now I need to start thinking about shopping...UGGHHHH that is the worst part. I do have some ideas so that does help.I always get my nieces an ornament with the year on it.I have my nieces husband ( I am thinking candy) and their young son who will be about 8 months old then.
Mom and dad are always tough but I know what I would like to get them see if I can find what I want.
As for all of you you are going to have to settle for my very best wishes.I would send you all a box of candy,or fine jewelry but I do not have any of your mailing addresses. Darn it any way!!!!!
Hope you all have a great week ahead.Try not to get to stressed over the holidays.Remember what it is truly all about!
However if you want I will send you my mailing address so you can send MEEEEEE presents.:)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Over worked

My dear friend Becky asked if I would help her at church this past Sunday to help serve snacks and drinks.
The children were packing up gifts to send to Hatti.It was great to see all the kids and adults packing gifts to be sent off to others who have very little.We are lucky to have close ties with missionaries who are there.
Becky and I were overwhelmed with work as you can see Lucky we could take a moment to pose I mean have our picture taken.If Becky EVER asks you to help her in the kitchen please say no.She is so fast and well organized in there and just runs circles around everyone.I do not know how she does it.
Oops I just bent the truth a little, say yes we had a great time and kept the good snacks in the kitchen for us to taste test.
Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving this week.We do have so many things to give thanks for.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The wonder drug

Gotta love it!
I have been back on anti depressants pills now for a month and I could not be feeling better.That and my blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Sounds like Mr.Brian is getting old
I had my cholesterol checked this week and it is doing very well.Guess it goes to show medication does work.
Other then that nothing much going on this week.I am ready for the weekend,but have no BIG plans.
My family is getting together for Thanksgiving this Sunday.Sunday evening I get to help dear Becky at church.
Wishing all of you a safe and fun filled weekend.
All for now,

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Give thanks with a joyful heart

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching what better time to share with others what we are thankful for.As others have already done I too want to add my thoughts and thanks.
Please note these are in no particular order.

I am thankful for a God who loves me no matter what I do.He loves me when I fail him,he loves me when I may fail to say a prayer of thanks for a blessing.He is ALWAYS at my side.I am also thankful knowing if I am called home tomorrow I will be with my heavenly father in heaven.

I am thankful for the gift of laughter.What better thing is there then to be able to laugh.I am known to be one to tease and love to have fun.I am thankful that I can enjoy life to the fullest.

I am thankful for the friendship I have formed because I have become a blogger.Thanks to Becky I am addicted to it.But I have made an amazing group of friends because of it.

I am thankful for family and friends who love me and pray for me and to be able to do the same for them.It is great to be able to ask a friend to pray for you.Or to be able to offer prayer for others.

I am thankful for my home, food and finances to pay for all of it.

Now the one I plan on sharing at Church tonight,(or may have shared depending on when you read this).
It is amazing how God works.I was at a job I was happy with,(other then working every other weekend).I enjoyed the work in the nursing home and enjoyed the interesting times it brought into my life.Not a day went by that there was some form of entertainment at work.
One day I got a phone call about a job at the Dialysis Center and was told to apply for it.Now mind you I was not looking for a change.Soon I was offered the job and was again entering a new chapter in my life.To say I was scared was an understatement.What if I did not like it,what if I could not do it. I had so many what ifs. The friend who told me about the job also said to me,
how clear can it be,the boss is the one who wanted you to apply.
I started the job with a very open mind,but also knowing if it did not work out I could always return to the nursing home.I was soon enjoying my 3 day a week no weekend job.But I was still just doing some minor things on my own but was feeling good about it.Before I knew it I was placing needles in the arms on my own and getting patients on and off machines by myself.I was doing so well until one day my entire world crashed in front of me.I made a huge mistake with a patient and he had major effects from it.His blood pressure dropped and he became unresponsive and had to be given oxygen.I was devastated and was extremely close to walking out on the spot and never returning.
I went into the break room and broke down.Tears filled my eyes as I thought I may have nearly killed this man.MY boss Nikki came into the break room and talked to me.As kind and considerate as a person could be she calmly sat and talked to me about what happened and how we can keep it from happening again.Never once did she raise her voice or get upset with me.When I told her I felt it would be best if I quit the job right now she said NO, I will not allow it.Take your time get yourself pulled together and we will talk about this more later.What an amazing women, she was so professional I was in shock.
The following week the man whom I made the mistake with asked me what had happened Friday stating he did not remember much of that day.I sat and told him what I had done and how sorry i was.He looked at me in the most kind and compassionate way and asked,did you learn from this mistake?I answered yes I did and I feel terrible.He said as long as you learned from it it is OK I forgive you.Even as I write this I still tear up, what an amazing man.He showed such love and kindness I will never forget.To this day I have such respect for this fine example of a christian man.
I only hope if I ever have something happen to me I can be as forgiving as he was.
So there you have it what I am thankful for and how God has worked in my life.

Update.....I did it without breaking down and only getting a little chocked up.PTL.It was a great night filled with reports of how God has touched many lifes throughout the year.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Time change.

Am I the only one who does not like the time change? It gets dark so early.Soon I will be going to work and returning home in the dark.This will be a new thing for me.I can take the going to work in the dark,but getting home and it is dark......NO THANKS!!!!!Oh well guess I will just have to deal with it, as I see no solution to it.If that is my only problem I should be pretty happy.
This next Sunday our church will be having their annual Harvest Supper.It is always a great event. A great meal followed by some singing and praise and testimony time.I have already agreed to share a praise.So there will be no changing my mind,as I told my good friend and elder Rich I would speak.
Please say a pray that God will be with me as I speak and that I do not make a complete fool of myself.I have been known to do that in the past.
God has done some great things in my life this year and I have been so blessed I feel the need to share.I will share more next week, as some of my fan club also attends my church and I do not want to spill the beans to soon.(Sorry gals I want to keep you on pins and needles waiting.)LOLOLOL
The highlight of the evening (besides the great food) is at the end everyone stands in a circle joining hands and sing Bind us together.What a wonderful ending to a sometimes very emotional evening.
Hope all of you have a great week.And remember God loves you and so do I.
You are all a great group of friends who have touched me in a very special way.I feel blessed to be apart of each of your lives.

Friday, November 2, 2007

A blog Shower.

My dear friend Red Mary Jane (Kimberley),over at seventh diamond asked if I would post this for her.She seems to think I have a big fan club that follows my blogs.She said she knows I am a man and such but wanted me to post this.
Verna is our Blog Fairy,she has designed many many blogs for people including myself.She and her husband Keith will be traveling soon to pick up their son.
Please visit for all the details.
Be sure to bring your own bar of soap,shampoo and a towel and join in the fun.
(I've never understood why people want to get together and shower????LOLOL

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Halloween fun

Thanks to my great neighbor Sue (and Buster), I have pictures to post of my Halloween fun.Sue was nice enough to come over and take a few pictures of Josie and me in our Halloween costumes.
As I mentioned before Josie was N O T happy about her costume.However she was willing to pose for some pictures.Guess she did not have much of a choice did she?
I had taken her to my parents house on Monday so they could see her and did she make the most out of it.She had at least a full hour of lovin from grandpa.Mom and dad kept telling her they were going to burn that costume for her.My guess is through all the therapy she will now need,the $5.00 costume will end up costing me $500.00.
Kidding of course insurance should cover most of it.LOLOLOL
Any way hope you all had a fun Halloween like I did.Lets see some pictures of your little spooks and princesses.