Friday, April 20, 2012

How can I ever make up for this?

I feel bad.  Not the kind a person gets when they ate too much or feel a cold coming on.   No, that is the best thing that could happen to me right now.   it was one of those "could have done's but life somehow got in the way" events I live for.  Everyone gets them but it is too late to retract the situation.  Here was my little dilemma:

The day before I always plan out what I am going to do.  I do this by looking at my calendar, place in my mind any events that I need to attend to, and then it gets done.  On occasion I do not put it on the calendar.  The reason is I do not have all the facts to formulate an entry on my calendar.  I could have gotten a reminder for one of them, and it was all my fault.  Wednesday nights I usually go to bible study.  Well I did not feel like going, because I was upset with Saturday.  Long story, not going to explain.  Anyway, I did remember that my pastor's grandson was having a book signing yesterday.  This was his first book signing, and I wanted to go to support him.   I also had a business meeting yesterday morning.   So I had thought to myself Tuesday evening that I will go to my meeting Thursday morning and the book signing Thursday evening.  My day was completed, I can come back and work on the mini book swaps I need to mail off next Friday.   I had lost the flyer, but no problem, I thought, because I would be reminded of the book signing at bible study, and I can get the location there.  
So yesterday, I did not feel like going to my meeting, so I had a "work in my PJ's " moment.   5pm hits, and my sister calls.  she tells me that mom was going to babysit her kids, keep them overnight, so she can go today to put in some applications.   One thing about my sis is that she calls you at the last minute, expects you to drop everything, and come to her rescue.  OK , that is not how it really happens, but that what it feels like to me.   So she tells me, "What time are you picking up the kids?"  She does not ask me if I WILL pick the kids up for mom, but "what time?"  I blatantly told her that I had not planned on picking up any kids,  just like I did not say anything to her Wednesday night about me babysitting today.  I am the type of person you have to ask me if I have the time to do things for you.  I do not mind doing things for people, if they ask on time, and ask me if I am doing anything first.  I am also the type of people who expects a person to not get mad if I have plans, and I had plans on both occasions.   This chick also does not have a working cell phone at the moment for me to call her back.  She gets mad at me, and tells me that she will call me back.  (she is using someone else's phone).  My sister never calls me back, I missed the book signing, and now I feel bad about the whole thing.  On top of that, I had to call mom, who with dad goes out to dinner (WHAT did you forget that you were babysitting?)  So they get home, call me, and I tell them what happened (minus me forgetting about the book signing), she ask me about the number my sister called from, them mom calls me to tell me that it was not a working number.  It was working a second ago.On top of all of that, I cannot find the paper stack I am supposed to use on one of the books, so now I have to take the time to go get another one.
Today better become one beautiful day and fast.

So how can I make up for this?  for starters, learn to say no more, then my sister will learn how to except it more. (Just because I am single without kids that does not mean I can jump went you ask me to do something.  I do have a business to run, as well as other things I would like to do).  Do not beat myself up just because I did not do something I planned to do. Set ground rules.  My family tends to forget that single people have things to do too.  Lately, expect the unexpected.  My sister is good at this one.
\Well good night.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Easter Blessings

I am very sorry I am late with this post.  Easter is almost gone and I do not have a thing to write.   That is not true.  I was busy.  My day went just like most Christians on this day.   It was a day of reflection.  Not self-reflection of sorts, but a reflection on one person named Jesus, and what he did for you and for me.
In case you do not know the Easter story, let me explain to you in a few sentences, if you do not mind.  First of all, the story is told in the following text of the Bible:  Matthew 28: 1-20, Mark 16:1-19, Luke 24:1-53, and John 20: 1-22;25.   I will go over highlights.   Jesus was considered a prophet by all accounts.  He healed the sick, raised the dead, and perform miracles such as feeding the 5000 with only 2 fish and 3 loaves of bread.   Well, it did not set well with the high priests of the area, so they plotted to have Jesus killed.   So they contacted Pilate to have Jesus arrested and bring him to trial.  Jesus knew of this, because this was foretold according to the scriptures.  In fact, He spoke of this during the last supper.  After He had the last meal with his disciples, He told them that Peter will deny Jesus three times before the rooster crows, and Judas will betray Him.  Jesus prayed in the garden for God to take this burden off of Him, but at the end of the prayer, Jesus said to God, “not my will, but thy will be done.”  At that time, Roman soldiers along with Judas came to take Jesus to Pilate.
At the trial, Pilate asked crowd to release Jesus and have a man named Barabbas crucified, because he found no fault in the things Jesus did, but the crowd wanted Jesus dead.  So Pilate pleased the crowd, and a crown of thorns was placed on His head, and he was given a purple robe.  Jesus was given a cross to carry, but the weight had gotten too much for Him, so a man volunteered to carried it for Him.  Once they got to the place to put the cross, Jesus was placed between two thieves.   During that time, soldiers tormented Jesus, and even asked at one point,” If you are the Son of God, why don’t you save yourself?” Jesus did not say anything to them.   At the end, Jesus hung His head, and died.   This is only the beginning.  The rest of the story is what happened after He died.  The curtain in temple was torn into two; there was thunder, lighting, and an earthquake.  Only then did people believed that Jesus was the Son of God. Three days later, Jesus rose again.    
The stone of the tomb he was in was rolled away.  Now Jesus did not have to do this, but He fulfilled a promise according to the Old Testaments.  For that alone, I am glad that Jesus died for all of our sins.  It is a wonderful feeling to know that he cared so much.
Well, after church service, I ate at my parent’s house and we sat around.  I was sleepy, but perked up when my brother came by with his youngest child.  My brother and fiancee was expecting their second, and now it is not going to happen.   My prayers go out to them.  They had only found out two weeks ago that she was pregnant.  After he and the baby left to go home, we ate some dessert, watched the Amazing Race and The Good Wife.
Well th at was my Easter and my lesson.   I will talk to you later.

Monday, April 2, 2012

It could not happen soon enough, but it is needed, badly


I am so glad when things happen for a reason.  I do not know why, but sometimes it does.   I have not been getting the same warm reception I received with this blog that I received with my other two blogs, Tricia's Baskets and MDN Creates.   I realize that saving money is an acquired taste; you either do it, or go home.   It is up to the individual to decide if and when they want to do this task. Some do it gradually, like me, while others start at a maximum speed, and get it done while family and friends watch the change overnight in amazement.   For me, it comes with a price:

I have sprinkled too many topics in this blog.

I know what I have to say but I have to do this: I need to split up the family.   What do I mean?   I saying (and I am not doing a very good job in saying it) the topic that were meant for this blog, stays on this blog.   The other topics?  They are going to a new blog.   Two new blogs in three months wow.   Dare I say three new blogs?   OK, three it is.   Here is the breakdown of my blogs:

MDN Creates:  that is a given.  It has been in my life since January 2009, and I am loving every moment of it.   I can use a little bit more fans (Ok, a thousand or so, lol).  I am currently sitting at 172 followers from the last blog hop I have done.

Tricia's Baskets:  This too is a given.   I have been selling Longaberger for 10 years, dealing with everything from what the company has allowed me to say on this blog, to my own way of thinking of how to introduce to this company to some, and give my best to those who know the company.   I do need a fan base with this one (8 followers at last count).

My blessed life:  If course you know the struggles of getting this off the ground.   I have asked last week on Facebook for people to go to this blog, and give their honest option.   At first, I did not think anyone was paying attention, and then I got three responses.   The first person said that people do not pay blogs any attention no more, and I was wasting my time.   The second person said that they do agree with the response.  Yes, they are still my Facebook friends.   I value all opinions, rather I agree with it or not.  I may add to that response, “the blog market is oversaturated, but according to some experts I have been reading lately, they are like static sites, you just to find your niche, and give a reason why people should return to the blog each week.”  With that, I give you what a friend of mine said to me yesterday.  She basically told me that I had too many topics on this blog, and I happen to agree.   In one month (well two), I have hit you with a review on a show I watch, coupon deals, signups, referrals,  death of three iconic people (even though one of the write-ups was a snippet), how to shop, and how to plan a vacation.  The list goes on and on (trust me, I have the sheet to prove it), and now I am posting about changing the blog.  

Introductions are in order

The first blog will be called I’m Kicking and Screaming all the way to the Bank, with a subtitle, “…Laughing to keeping my dignity with family and friends.   Let’s face it folks, no one, and I mean no one likes to be told that they spend too much money on things that they need.   I am one of those people who cringe every time I hear someone like Suze Ormen (I think I have the spelling right) say, “If you have bills, you cannot afford to get xyz.”  Sometimes I feel like the woman wants us to sit around and do nothing but pay our debts.   There is a way to do both.  I do not know what it is yet, but I am learning.   I am learning from my own mistakes in life.   I feel like this; what is wrong with having fun, and still pay bills.  If you count utilities, you will always owe for a bill, but you can have a savings, even it is one or two cents a day.  Yes, I know it is hard, because I feel it.  After all, I still want an Ipad, and I still want to go on vacation.   I am trying to save for both, and I am trying different avenues to do it in.   Well that is all I have to say about KASATWTTB.  You will have to turn in and see.

My second blog is called, “Tripping on Disney Fun.”   It is based on my own personal journal of planning my family’s vacation.   I am the resident Disney fan in my family.  Yes, they like it, and they think it is way too expensive.   We are still going.  With the blog version, I am on a quest:  To show you how to make, not only Disney, but any trip fun and exciting, even one dayers.   I will have fun facts about Disney, The United States, and beyond. (Who knows I might still be living when they allow civilians to take the first moon flight, LOL).  We will see.

So what is going to be in this blog now that I have separated the family:   Inspiration and writing?  Inspirational writing.  Who knows?   I think God was trying to tell me something with my poll numbers.   I think He was saying, “Patricia you are not getting it.”  He’s right, I was not getting it.  So after I get back from my stamp club meeting (not that kind of stamp club, rubber stamping club), I am moving the articles to their prospective places, and I will see if that helps.   I will also have links to the side.  Until then I will see you.