Friday, December 30, 2016

What will your New Year's resolution really mean?

We all make New Year's resolutions but most of the time they are words that are never followed by action. A new car won't start unless you use the key and turn it on. Even then you have to also put it in drive while pushing the brake. You still won't get anywhere until you let off the break and push the gas. Yet we forget that it will take many steps to achieve our resolutions. Keep your resolutions simple because you simply won't do it if you are unrealistic about what you can do. Traveling is dangerous on New Year's Eve so consider celebrating safely at home. If you decide to go out make your first resolution that you will make arrangements to get home safely. Happy New Year Everyone!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Leave it all behind, Just Flush It to start the New Year off right!

If you want to truly start fresh in the New Year you can't bring the negative stuff that is weighing heavy on your mind or your life  will be the same just  a different year. This year you need to be honest with yourself in order to know what really needs to be FLUSHED so it doesn't stink up your life when that BALL drops! You never know how many tomorrows you will have to enjoy.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Heat and enjoy

What a wonderful holiday weekend it has been. Clean up was even fairly simple. And the leftovers have been such a breeze to just pick and choose what to heat and enjoy. Its more variety to choose from than any other time of year. The desserts are given just as much attention as the dinner itself. As the visions of all the grandkids smiling faces dance in my head I get to sit back and relax nibbling all the tasty treats. While I ponder what the New Year will bring.

Friday, December 23, 2016

A cook is never hungry

The smell of Christmas is all through my house as the baking has begun. Tomorrow we will all gather to relax around the table and enjoy our holiday feast. The grandkids nibble as they excitedly talk about what they hope to get for Christmas. They will be up bright and early with anticipation. Getting them to eat when we gather for our Christmas breakfast when all they can think about is playing with their presents will be a challenge. I must admit I myself have a couple of their presents that I am excitedly waiting to play with them. Because Christmas brings out the kid in all of us. Merry Christmas everyone.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Now its time to kick iit n high gear

Shopping was the easy part and wrapping was a lot of fun. But now it's time to clean and get ready for everyone to come. Get  the Christmas music playing to make the cleaning more enjoyable. And when you sit down to take a break you can enjoy the cheerfully decorated packages that brighten up the room. Visions of the smiling faces as they open their gifts dance in your mind until suddenly you realize breaks over time to get up and get things done. Soon St. Nick will be here.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Now I can tell them it is less than a week away than a week away

My grandkids have asked me how many days is it till Christmas since before Thanksgiving. Finally I could tell them today that it was less than a week away. Those words brought a look of surprise as you could watch their faces get plump and red as their grin grew. It was a magical moment that warms your heart. We all look forward to Christmas but a child looks forward to moments they have been dreaming about that soon will be here. Watching their faces on Christmas day is a present that is for you to enjoy the reason for the season.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Freaky Friday

Today is freaky Friday because its a Saturday. I got so busy yesterday that the next thing I knew it was Saturday. Traffic is getting all jammed up as people are rushing out to finish their Christmas shopping. Remember that if you can't afford to buy it then don't. Or you will have no Christmas joy knowing you will be making payments that you can't afford. There is joy in giving but not if you give gifts that hurt you financially. Expect the traffic jams that come during the Christmas season to stay holly and jolly as you drive in them.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

You turn an everyday battle into a war.

You may not always have a choice about what circumstances you must face in your lifetime but you can choose how you react to them. Your attitude towards them will either make things harder on yourself or help you make the best of the situation you are in. It is what it is but it is also what you make of it. Just like the old saying says "When life gives you lemons you can make lemonade". The right attitude will allow you to see the right way to handle the circumstances you are dealt in Life. A bad attitude will only allow your anger to block your view causing your situation to go from bad to worse. You can be your worst enemy by turning a battle you have to face into a war you can not possibly win.

Monday, December 12, 2016

What are you counting?

Everyone here is counting down the days till Christmas. They are also counting presents. One thing that doesn't change with the younger ones is they look to see who has the biggest present. The older ones know their little packages cost a lot. The little ones also count each persons packages to see if everyone has the same amount. Most importantly we count our blessings. The best thing about Christmas is the holly jolly feeling last all month. It's not about how many gifts you get nor how big they are not even really what they are its all the love and joy that fills the air as we spend time together with those we love. I myself am counting on a gift from my husband and will sure be looking for the shape of the box to see if he got it. We are all a kid at heart and the magic of Christmas lets the kid in all of us come out.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Fresh is not always better.

There are some foods that taste best when they are fresh. Some you can only eat if they are fresh because otherwise they will make you sick. A fresh look at something can reveal what was there all along. But when a negative thought pops up front and center in your mind, you have to quickly Just Flush It out of your mind. This is an example when keeping something fresh on your mind by continually thinking about it is dangerous! We all struggle from time to time with a negative thought that repeatedly pops up. How quickly you FLUSH IT OUT determines whether it has any chance of making you mentally and physically sick! JUST FLUSH IT so it can't stay fresh on your mind because fresh in this case will make you sick.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Always a mess

Well it's obvious my Lab Marlee will never outgrow causing a mess at Christmas time. I have spent three years trying to prevent her from eating my decorations and presents. But She did it again. The first few times it was only items that only cost a few dollars. But today it was game system games and they are not cheap. But luckily she only unwrapped them but didn't eat them. But my son and I both walked in at the same time and the surprise for his Christmas gifts was ruined. I think our Christmas tree and presents are going to have to be set up out in the game room in our house even though it is not comfortable for the family to gather it has a door that remains shut to keep everything comfortably safe from Marlee.

Monday, December 5, 2016

A highway through a small town

For the past two years they have been working on making a two lane road leading to our town into four lanes going each direction going right through our quiet little town. Half of our little shops have closed down so why do they need to put a highway for more traffic. The quiet drive has turned into construction debris for miles and miles. Which definitely is not pleasant to look at nor drive through. Sure brings the line in an old song to mind which said they paved paradise and put in a parking lot. We need the trees to breathe not a super highway.

Friday, December 2, 2016

How can anyone ignore what is right in front of their face?

For example medical facilities do not even try to hide overcharging insurance companies for procedures, equipment and medicines. Like if you self pay for an MRI it is $270 but if you have insurance they bill them up to $1,600 for the same procedure. Now I can see why insurance cost so much. But how can they blatantly get away with that? Although some things are cheaper without insurance it could cost you your life if you need surgery because without insurance they won't perform surgery. There has to be a complete overhaul of our medical system. It's not just in medical where price gouging happens. Screws that cost only a few dollars cost our military hundreds of dollars. It is written in black and white on the invoice yet the military pays it. All around us we see things happening that are outrageously wrong yet it is ignored allowing it to become the norm. What happened to common sense? My friend's dog died when she bought a different brand of dog food. When she looked the food up on the internet there were thousands of pet owners who's beloved pet died after just one day of eating it. Yet it is still on the market being sold in stores. How is that even possible? It's time we all stand up for what is right and stop all this nonsense we see right in front of our faces.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Telling the Elf on a shelf helps kids to Just Flush It out of their mind

When Elf on a Shelf first came out I thought it was cute but not very useful. My grandkids got one and now I can see first hand just how useful it is. When they are squabbling over stuff they run and tell the Elf on a Shelf. When someone is mean to them at school they go home and tell the Elf on a Shelf and it makes them feel better. So I have learned that it is more than just telling it what they want for Christmas. It is like the virtual toilet on my web site where you can go to push the handle to hear it flush to help you Just Flush It out of your mind. Use whatever it takes whether it is a toilet,an Elf on a Shelf, or anything else if it works to help you Just Flush It

Monday, November 28, 2016

They skip from toddlers to teenagers

My grandkids know how to work my phone better than I do. My youg four year old granddaughter said lets text daddy and before I knew it she had pulled up text and found his name. And she can't even read. The other day she was playing a game on my phone and somehow when she got bored with it she managed to start downloading a new game. When I asked her what she wanted for Christmas she said she wanted her own phone. I am afraid to ask her older brother who is seven what he wants he will probably say a car.Enjoy them while they are young because nowadays they grow up way too fast.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Open with no lines on black Friday

All the stores were full of people looking for a bargain. But to my surprise it was a good day to take care of business stuff. I went to the cable company and there was no one there. I walked straight up to the clerk and was done in a minute. I went to get a new ID that I had been putting off and there was no one there. Usually you waited to be called for an hour or two but I went straight up and was out in just a few minutes. There was no line at the grocery store either. Looks like black Friday is the best day to take care of business because they are all open with no lines. And the Thanksgiving leftovers tasted even better because the work was done preparing yesterday so I could just eat. Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

There is no time to be clogged up there is just too much to get done for Thanksgiving!

Really? Today this has to happen. It's been one thing after another today and I have way too much to do. It was happening so fast that I didn't have a chance to FLUSH IT as it was coming and now I am all clogged up and half the day is gone. Time to GRAB THE PLUNGER! Got to JUST FLUSH IT because tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I need to have room to focus on getting ready. Things happen in life which is why if you want to enjoy it there are times when you got to JUST FLUSH IT so you can.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Busy time of year

Time to thaw out the turkey and ham. Before you know it a marathon of cooking begins. We all have our favorites we look forward to having. And no matter how many times I remind myself to not eat to much it just happens. And cleaning up afterwards is hard to do when you just want to sit down and rest. But you know everyone is expecting a few special leftovers to take home. We all enjoy lunch the next day and put up our Christmas tree. Then we enjoy a whole month of Christmas Joy in the air as the little ones dream about what they will get to open soon. Christmas is the only holiday that we get to feel for 30 days not just one day. Truly a Holly Jolly time of year.

Friday, November 18, 2016

A minute of anger

You can't get angry about what you think might happen. Well you can but why would you? It will put stress on your organs which causes damage to them even though you later find out you didn't need to be angry at all. Once the damage is done it's done no matter what the outcome is. It can't be undone. Life is short enough without shortening it by getting angry when in reality you had nothing to be angry about. Every minute of anger is another minute that you shorten your time by. Every minute of laughter adds a minute.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A day to count your blessings not your calories

Just over a week now until our Thanksgiving dinner. As you gather to feast don't forget everything you should be thankful for. If you know someone who would be all alone on Thanksgiving invite them over to eat because we all definitely make enough to share. Surprisingly many stores start their Christmas sales that day but not surprisingly I always eat so much that I need a nap more than I need the bargains. Thanksgiving is definitely a day when no one should count their calories they should only count their blessings.

Monday, November 14, 2016

We can if united we stand

I have been trying to figure out what the protesters over the presidential election results hope to accomplish. There are millions of people who's candidate they voted for didn't win. The results of the election will not change by protesting. All the voters want there to be unity and we should all stand united and work together. Which is necessary no matter who would have won the presidential election. Protest only keep us divided and it makes life uncomfortable for every American, no matter what party you identify with. If you want to stop the insanity we see in our society then we all must do our part. Be a part of the solutions instead of causing havoc on our streets. Let your voice be heard by campaigning to get the legislations passed that are important to you. How you voice your opinion will determine whether your voice will be heard. United we stand is our motto so come on everybody lets stand united.

Friday, November 11, 2016

They deserve more than a day of appreciation

To all those who have served in our armed forces both past and present I want to thank you for all that you sacrifice to keep all of us safe. The sights, sounds and feelings that you experienced I wish there was a way to thank you that you deserve. It is nice that there is a Holiday named in your honor but what about all the other days of the year? There were many wounded physically and mentally who struggle every moment everyday. Unfortunately even the VA doesn't make treatment you need a priority. Many say they are treated as if they should not be given help to be treated for the injuries you sustained while fighting for our freedom. Show veterans that their personal sacrifices were appreciated every day as everyday you live in freedom because they were willing to fight for your freedom. Freedom isn't free it cost our veterans to sacrifice to earn it for us.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The phone calls keep coming

What a late night of elections. Makes me wonder why it can't be on a weekend day. So many people were up till 3:30 in the morning then had to get up a couple hours later for work. I like many had to take a nap after work was done. I was surprised that I was jolted out of my nap to a phone call to ask my reaction to the election results. After months of phone calls asking me who I was voting for they now want to poll me some more. Really their polls were wrong. And calling to poll my reaction is just wrong, enough of the phone calls. I know I will definitely not believe their polls anymore. Unfortunately in four years they will bombard us all for months again to gather their polls. I think they should take a poll to see who will pay attention to their poll results again to see that they are wasting our time answering the questions because the poll results don't mean anything.

Monday, November 7, 2016

You have to vote to make your vote count

As the time to cast your vote for president nears it will be a relief in some ways but uncertainty of who and what it will mean brings fear. Even if who I vote for wins it doesn't mean that what they promised will really happen. If they lose then at least I will be able to say with pride that I voted. There is nothing worse than hearing people complain about how things are run yet they didn't even vote. It's like watching a crime being committed and doing nothing about it then being shocked when eventually they or someone they know falls victim to the same crime. No matter who wins tomorrow I hope common courtesy, common decency and common sense become common again replacing the insanity we see in society today.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Take them from ordinary to extraordinary

Here I go to search through the Halloween clearance. It's time to buy some accessories to make robots out of each person's Christmas presents. They know they are getting presents but they never know what they will be wrapped in. It just makes it a little more interesting. It also decorates my home during the Christmas season. So far I have made both my granddaughters couches with cats on them out of their boxes of presents. And the boys boxes were turned into an alien and a super hero. Who knows what I will find in the Halloween clearance to make some spooky ones. Ribbons and bows make a package festive but turning them into robots takes their packages from ordinary to extraordinary.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Today is a day you were lucky to have had

Everyday is a day you have to be thankful for. There is no guarantee of a tomorrow and yesterday is gone so today is one you need to enjoy while you can. If you let things from your past consume you or spend today worrying about tomorrow you will find that you wasted your today. So each day focus on what you can do to enjoy today.

Monday, October 31, 2016

They can't stop grinning because they get candy for free

The kids are all excited. They know that they will have candy for days. Usually they only occasionally get candy and even then they have to choose only one to buy. Tonight for free they get more varieties of candy then they would choose if they could choose as many as they wanted. Can you imagine their delight? And on top of all that they got to buy any costume they wanted to play dress up in. As I write this I have a grin so big just thinking about the happiness on my own grandkids faces as they run from house to house tonight. One thing that has always puzzled me is when Halloween falls on a school night, why can't they give the children the next day off? Happy Halloween everyone!

Friday, October 28, 2016

A hundred ways to make them smile

One hundred dollars a month may not sound like a lot of money but to some it makes all the difference in the world. It's a tank of gas and some groceries. It could be enough to keep their electric from being turned off. You may not have money each month to spare to help someone but any small act of kindness you do for them would still make a world of difference to them. As thanksgiving approaches you can clear out your pantry and donate it. If you can afford it give a grocery store gift card to a family you know that needs it so they can afford to make their family recipes during the holidays. You shouldn't give till it hurts but if it wouldn't hurt you, you should give a little. The joy it will bring them will be the same joy you will feel as you give to others which helps both of you to enjoy life while you are living it.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A moment to remember

Your memories are not always full of every detail but some moments of them you will never forget. Every moment is a chance to make a moment you will treasure. It is not based on what a big elaborate planned event you are living but a simple moment anywhere that touched you in a special way. Reach out and touch someone's life in a small way and it just may be the moment they attribute to making the biggest positive difference in their lives.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Well you just never know

Some things you can't just guess what to do, you have to get the facts. An uninformed decision can be a decision you may regret. If it is an important decision you need to make then it is important to get the facts. The fact is you can't take it back once you do it so before you do it or say it out loud make sure you have all of the facts. Sometimes what you do turns out to be wrong but as long as it was done knowing all the facts then you will have no regrets because you did what you thought was best. You won't regret it if you do what is necessary to make sure you won't regret it. The worst regret is the things you should have said or done but chose not to do. Live your life with no regrets.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The answer was blowing in the wind

As the wind blew I kept getting pelted by the leaves as they danced in the wind. It reminded me of a line in a song we used to sing in school. "The answer my friend is blowing in the wind". I sat on my bench outside relaxing and enjoying the cool fall weather. I didn't find any answers to my questions, or so I thought. Later I went inside to get started on the many things that needed my attention. Now that I had a break outside I felt refreshed. One by one I tackled each job. When everything was done I realized that earlier I had wandered how I could get it all done. The answer was you can if you take a break and let the wind refresh you. A breath of fresh air may be the break you need to get moving.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Where are they?

My friend has a tradition at her house that makes a visit to her house unique. She has a three inch bendable Waldo figure that plays hide and seek with everyone. Somewhere in the living room, kitchen, dining room or hallway he will be tucked somewhere waiting to be found. You may not always take the time to hunt him out but if you feel like searching for him he will be waiting in a hiding spot waiting to be found. If you are the one who finds him it is your turn to hide him and see just how long it takes for someone to find him. Start your own traditions that pass on some fun.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Not all potato salads taste the same

You may know some of the circumstances someone is facing but that doesn't mean you know even the half of it. Things that worked in the past may not work at all in the current times we live in. It is Ok to offer some advice but don't fool yourself that you gave them the answer to their problem. All the advice they get from you and others does help them gather the information and apply what works for them. Just because it worked for you or someone you know doesn't mean it works for everyone. Just like what grows in Florida may not grow some where else.I recently learned that even though I love potato salad it doesn't mean I will like it how some people make it.

Friday, October 14, 2016

What will you pass on?

As I and writing the fourth book in my JFI series I keep asking myself What exactly is it I want to pass on to others? We all want to leave this World a better place. Because of all the chaos, confusion and lack of compassion our society is in we all can clearly see the World won't get better on it's own we all must do our part. You may not be able to make a huge international positive difference but every small act of kindness you do is an important part in what it will take. Heck just not doing or saying anything to make things worse for anyone is helping. If there are any words of wisdom you would like to pass on to others you can jot me a letter and I Can pass it on in the book I am writing. Billie Bob P O BOX 1493 Middleburg Florida 32050

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It will make it stink!

As I was grocery shopping to replace all the food that was lost during Hurricane Mathew, I noticed the stores are all full of Halloween items. It is the start of the last quarter of the year. Before you know it we will be ringing in the New Year. Which means as I get the grandkids their Halloween costumes I will have to be planning our Thanksgiving Dinner, start buying Christmas gifts, as well as plan what I am going to do differently in the New Year. But for now I am thankful to be here after a Hurricane to enjoy the family gatherings that will soon be here as well as the extra hour of sleep with me upcoming time change that is near. Remember don't sweat the small stuff today or it will stink up your tomorrow's too! JUST FLUSH IT as it comes!

Monday, October 10, 2016

There are lessons you learn in the midst of storms in your life

Hurricane Mathew will be talked about for decades. He didn't have to hit you head on for you to feel the devastation from this powerful storm. We have power now and are thankful for all the crews who came from all around to help. There are some cities who were so badly damaged that they will never be the same. Personally I thought the lessons I learned twelve years ago when there were widespread electricity outages helped but as I faced it again there was more to learn. This time I am writing it all down to make sure if it ever happens again I will be better prepared. So with no electricity it was unbearably hot inside so I sat outside and started writing the first pages of my fourth book in the Just Flush It series. Today we will throw out all our food that didn't survive the storm and we will fix the broken fence and clean up all the debris. We are thankful that is nothing compared to many others that were in hurricane Mathews path. As you face challenges in your life you have to be thankful that they weren't as bad as they could have been.

Friday, October 7, 2016

How long this time?

No electricity here. Could be days without it. Collecting rain to be able to flush the toilets. Bedtime will be earlier. Hope everyone is safe in the storms passing. Hoping no trees come falling down on our house as we had heard about that was happening in towns all around us earlier on the news before we lost our electricity. Phone battery is low be safe hope everyone Ok.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The wind was blowing

As hurricane Mathew gets closer the wind starts blowing. You know the rain will follow but you hope the hurricane stays way off so there is no direct hit. Just like everyone else I stopped at the grocery as soon as they opened to stock up. I went straight to the water aisle and could clearly see from a distance that there was only three gallon jugs left. I hurried because if someone turned into the aisle the other way they would reach them first. There were plenty of twenty-four pack bottles but the gallons go quicker because they are not as heavy. Of course batteries are never on sale when a storm is near. I don't know why but I then went to the next grocery store and again I found no gallons. I again grabbed the heavy 24 pack of bottles. I can understand why the batteries are not on sale they want profits. But why can't they order extra gallons of water that they always run out of at times like this. To all the groceries stores out there stop making us hurt our backs just watch the weather updates and order more gallons of water, please. Keep safe and be prepared because the hurricane and tornadoes can blow in the wind your direction just as easily as they can blow away from you.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Running a marathon without moving

I enjoyed having company all week. The memories we created we will all treasure. You get a lot of bonding time even with your family members who live close. It's hard to get them to just hang out and just talk. Normally they are always too busy. When company is in town we not only go out to dinner together but we played board games and sat around telling stories from the past. Along with all the fun it was an exhausting week. As soon as they left I went to lay down for a nap and didn't wake up until the next morning. I guess having too much good food and good conversations really wear you out because I felt exhausted like I had ran a marathon. I look forward to seeing them when they visit again for the summer marathon.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sometimes there is more than one answer

There are many ways to look at something. If you asked ten people the same question it is possible to get ten different answers. They all could be the right answer because each of them see it from their point of view. Even driving from point A to point B there are many different ways to get there. Some take the quickest route. Some take the scenic route and some take the easiest route. They all lead to the same place. The only difference is which way they feel is right for them. You may not agree with someone on the answer but they have the answer they need and you are free to answer it differently.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Teach them well so they can.

What do you think has the biggest impact on children,your words or your actions? They say actions speak louder than words. This may be true if you say one thing but do another. They say words will never hurt you yet what you say is what they learn. So the answer is they both have a big impact on their way of thinking. You often hear people say they are exactly like their parent. As much as I hate to admit it I too have not only the good parts of my father but also his not so pleasant qualities too. His way of thinking had been planted in my mind. I realize that I am now the teacher to my kids and grandkids as well as others around me. So before I say a word or choose how to react I need to stop and think about whether I would want those around me to learn it from me.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Where did it come from?

I had worked for days getting ready for my out of state relative to come visit and stay at our house for a week. I was exhausted by the time they had arrived. We had many plans for the week and I wandered where I would find the energy to do them all along with an already busy schedule I normally have all week. Not to mention having to keep the housework up so the house remained clean while they were here. But everyday I had the energy even though I didn't know where it was coming from. If I had this much energy to go all day while they were here why didn't I have it when they weren't here? If I knew I would get it for everyday but I have no idea where it came from but I am sure glad it came while they were here. I believe it is always inside me but it only comes when there is so much that needs to be done. If I Changed my mindset I would find it each and every day but I am just too tired to even want to be that busy so when I know I can get away with not doing anything I don't reach deep inside to find the energy so I can just relax when I can.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Food for thought

A Childs memory is astonishing if you promise them something. Yet they have no memory at all sometimes when you give a job they need to do. If you have plans early one morning you can't wait to get up in the morning. Yet getting up early in the morning for work isn't anything you look forward to at all. Having a good attitude when you have something fun to do is easy. But having a bad attitude when you have things to do only make doing them harder. Look at your alarm going off early in the morning as a good thing just because you woke up to live another day. Remember if you promise a child something they will not forget so don't make promises you can't keep. And most of all you have to learn how to flush away a bad day because we all have a bad day every now and again. Like the sign that inspired me said "It's Ok to sit on your pity potty every now and again just be sure to flush when you are done". Just flush it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Well its true and it sure is pouring

I have always repeated an old saying "When it rains it pours". Because we all have times in our Life where one bad thing after another seems to happen. And to help them understand that it happens to others too seems to make them feel less like they are alone in Twilight Zone. It seems to be pouring in my Life so I thought I would write it out loud to help me JUST FLUSH IT by realizing it is what it is and the storm will pass. Tomorrow the sun will be shining.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I was just wandering

Have you ever wandered how a tiny spider can produce all that silk for a giant web? Or how he can stay exactly on course to make such a precise intricate web? Have you ever wandered how an ant can carry one hundred times his weight? Or how on earth ants are so disciplined to follow each other in a straight line as they walk? Have you ever wandered how some people can overcome so many obstacles yet still succeed? Or how some people have every opportunity in the world yet never try to succeed? Perhaps they need to think like an insect and do what they got to do to get'r done.

Friday, September 16, 2016

You don't have to help if you don't want to.

You may not be able to help them or you may not want to help them. But you shouldn't make matters worse for them. If you don't have anything nice to say then just don't say anything at all. When you are angry don't spread it by spewing it on others. You wouldn't spread the flu and anger isn't healthy so don't spread it. The next time you feel overwhelmed and you begin to feel your anger growing inside you Just Flush It before it has a chance to make you or anyone else sick.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Should you go left or right?

All the excuses in the world are no excuse at all for bad behavior. I often wonder as they give their list of excuses, do they really think that it excuses their behavior? Your true character has nothing to do with your ability to place blame on anyone or anything else. You choose whether to be honest or not just like you choose whether to eat a hamburger or a pizza for dinner. You are not defined by the things in your past. Your past experiences at times may guide you in which direction to go but ultimately where you go and how you get there is purely up to you.

Monday, September 12, 2016

You get to choose

There are things you are dealt in life that are through no fault of your own nor did you get to choose them. But you and you alone choose how you react to them. For instance you can't choose your family but you can choose how you interact with each and every one in your family. You may not have a choice but how you look at things is your choice. At first glance it may seem impossible but if you look at it from every angle you will see that you have options if you choose to look at it in a different way. Your choices are limited if you only focus on part of it. A narrow view will keep you from seeing the whole picture. To open up your possibilities you have to open your mind to see everything that is possible.

Friday, September 9, 2016

They may fear the worst has happened.

Sometimes you get so busy that you don't even have the time to talk to those around you that you love. It may seem like it has only been a week or two, yet at times there are months that go by. Recently a dear friend had tried for months to get in touch with me. She began to grieve as she feared that I had passed away and someone forgot to tell her. She couldn't imagine any other reason that I wouldn't have contacted her back by now. Later as I read some of the messages she had left me I realized that she was honestly grieving my death. I felt horrible to have put her through that. I realize now that those that I truly love are far more important than the things that were keeping me so busy. Please remember to slow down and make time for those you love because you love them.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reach for the stars instead of blaming it on the moon.

Have you ever been frustrated when you hear someone say "No I can't do that", when you know they can? You know it means they won't because they will never try. Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy. You defeat any chances you have because you constantly tell yourself that you can't so you don't. When in fact you will never know if you can unless you try. You could be surrounded by water yet die of thirst because you chose not to reach your hand out and grab it. If you want to reach for the stars then go for it. But if you choose not to reach for your dreams then don't blame it on the moon. You will have no one to blame but yourself because choosing to do nothing is still a choice you make. Only if you give yourself a chance to do it is it possible for you to do it. It's ok to say I don't know if I can do it, as long as it is followed by, but I sure will try to do it. If you have any chance you will have to take a chance. You will be surprised what you can do if you try. If you don't try you can't blame it on the moon.

Reach for the stars instead of blaming it on the moon.

Have you ever been frustrated when you hear someone say "No I can't do that", when you know they can? You know it means they won't because they will never try. Sometimes you can be your own worst enemy. You defeat any chances you have because you constantly tell yourself that you can't so you don't. When in fact you will never know if you can unless you try. You could be surrounded by water yet die of thirst because you chose not to reach your hand out and grab it. If you want to reach for the stars then go for it. But if you choose not to reach for your dreams then don't blame it on the moon. You will have no one to blame but yourself because choosing to do nothing is still a choice you make.

Monday, September 5, 2016

What will they remember?

As you go through Life there will be many encounters you will have with your family,your friends ,your teachers ,your coworkers and many others. Some you have only brief encounters that can make a big impact on your way of thinking. Heck the little sign I saw inspired the message behind Just Flush It and that was merely a moment at a red light. You never know what even a simple sentence from any one or thing or a small random act of kindness we each receive that you will remember for a lifetime. Make every encounter you have with others be a moment they will remember forever that will have a positive impact. What do you want them to remember about you?

Friday, September 2, 2016

Time runs out

I kept meaning to call you to catch up but I kept putting it off. I wanted to plan another doughnut morning with you and Phil but it seemed like I never had enough time. As I checked in on my face book I was devastated that your time on earth had run out of time. I had put it off too long. I want to take this moment to remember my dear friend Vonnie Van who inspired me to write my Just Flush It books and spread the message that Life is full of challenges and bumps along the way and if you want to enjoy your life while you are living it you got to Just Flush It as it comes. RIP my friend.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I'm glad I told you

Could you imagine knowing the danger of something so you try to warn someone but they don't believe you. It's torture. Saying I told you so would feel better if they had listened to your warning and they were able to avoid it. Truth is though that most people won't heed your warning and the last thing they want to hear is I told you so. I have learned to say "I was afraid that would happen." For your own peace of mind you have to at least try to warn them so they will have a chance for peace of mind if they will need your warning. Then you would both be smiling and you can say I'm glad I told you.

Monday, August 29, 2016

There is no other way

You should always way your options before making a decision. Keep in mind that the easiest way may not always be best. But there are times when you have no choice so there is no other way. Peace of Mind is one of those things. In order to enjoy your life while you are living it you have to take the painful experiences in your life and JUST FLUSH IT out of your mind. You can't be the best you can be if you let negative thoughts weigh heavy on your mind holding you back. Peace of mind really is just a flush away but you have to learn how to JUST FLUSH IT.

Friday, August 26, 2016

You can't fix it until you know what needs to be fixed.

This Presidential race is full of controversies. The conversations it brings up are at times disturbing but the benefits of the conversations it brings up outweighs it. It gets people talking about very important issues that don't usually get brought up. It teaches people the basics of our government processes as they become interested in the topics that are brought up. The worst part of this or any presidential race is the unwanted constant phone calls you receive and the number of times negative ads run repeatedly on television each day. The best part is it will be over November 8 and because of the conversations we know what things the next President needs to fix.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ten seconds V.S. Ten years

I was waiting patiently, even though I didn't have time to spare. Then just as I was next in line the computer broke. I didn't have time to wait any longer. I had run out of time and patience to keep waiting. I was standing there trying to decide whether I should leave but thought that would mean the time I had already spent waiting was just a waste of my time. I was no longer waiting patiently. My blood pressure was rising. I could feel the tension building. Just then the computer was up and running again. I had waited patiently for five minutes. If only I could have did it for five minutes and ten seconds, I would have avoided the damage to my body from the high blood pressure. In the end waiting ten more seconds wouldn't have hurt me if I would have just kept patiently waiting. Getting angry didn't make my wait any shorter but it did shorten my life span.

Monday, August 22, 2016

What you see determines how you will feel

As you watch a gentle breeze blow through the trees on a scorching hot day,you know it won't cool you down much. Yet it sure beats no breeze at all. You may get stuck at a red light or two on your fifteen mile drive but it could have been worse, you could have had to stop at all of the twenty-two red lights you drive through on your way. You may have woke up late today yet you have to be thankful that you woke up today. If you would look at all the "good things" that happen each day you would realize every day "good things" do happen. It's all in how you look at it.

Friday, August 19, 2016

They are always listening.

In case you were wandering, yes children listen to everything you say. I know there are times when you are talking to them but they don't seem to hear you but they are listening. When they are close by they may seem too busy and distracted to hear you, but they are listening. As you are driving in traffic and another driver frustrates you, remember they are listening. They learn from you how to react to life situations. Every home is a classroom and every parent is a teacher. Teach them well and they will do well throughout their lives. It is important to remember that every word you say out loud will be the lessons you teach them.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

You can't predict it.

The weatherman said today would be a cooler day with below average temperatures, yet the temperature is above average. The economist said things are looking better this year, yet from the eyes of most Americans they don't see it. Your parents never told you how hard Life was going to be when you are a grown up, yet Life is hard. Things are not what someone tells you it will be nor anything you imagined it would be or even expected it to be. It just is what it is. But it is your Life and you got to just go with the flow so you can enjoy your Life while you are living it.

Monday, August 15, 2016

It takes Determination

You may not have all the answers you need but determination will get you started. You may run into a lot of problems along the way but your determination will get you through them and keep you on track. You may not feel like you have the strength but your determination will keep you moving. Whether you are determined or not will determine whether you will succeed. Making up your mind that your going to do it has to be followed by the determination to do it.

Friday, August 12, 2016

What will you do to help?

We all can see the World isn't getting better on its own we all must do our part. As Gandhi said " Be the change you want to see in the World."

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Through the eyes of a child

I remember my father in law telling me about the day he realized he was old. I asked him well how old did you think you were when you realized you were old? He pondered the question for a while then he said in my mind I felt then just as I do now 18. My body got old but I always feel like I am 18 in my mind. I never thought much about that conversation until I was brushing my hair looking in a mirror and I thought to myself, you look like your 50 years old. Then I burst into a laughter after I realized I was 50. Then that conversation with my father in law, all those decades ago came to my mind. As I pondered the same question I had asked him and I had to agree in your mind you will always feel 18 but your body will always remind you just how old you really are.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Some things should go unsaid.

Speaking your mind doesn't mean everything that pops in your mind oughta fly out of your mouth. There are some things that are better left unsaid. They could hurt someone else or come back to haunt you. Once they are said out loud you can't take it back. You may want to think about what consequences it would bring if you said it out loud. There will be a chance for you to be thankful you didn't say it instead of suffering the consequences and have to say I sure wish I hadn't said that.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Pick something that matters to you.

I was shopping for my grandkids school supply list and it sure was adding up fast. I noticed an elderly couple filling a cart with thirty of each item I was getting. I had to ask them how many grandkids were they shopping for. Their answer should be an inspiration to us all. They pick a different elementary school on their list of local schools and donate supplies for the classrooms who need them. I thought that was a wonderful idea. Each community has the "stuff the bus" event that you can drop off supplies to be given to children that need it. They wanted to do something more rewarding to themselves to help those in need. All throughout the year you should pick something in your community that you are able to make a positive impact on and do it your way. As long as we do something.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A smile says a lot.

You should smile at everyone throughout your day for you have no idea what they may be facing. A smile spreads peace in any language. A silent yet powerful message is sent with a smile. Besides that a smile is a free facelift.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Just to get On hold

Sure would be nice if you could get a real person when you call a company for help. You could ask the question you called about but you end up being asked many questions by a robot. After a lack of understanding your answers you must endure being asked to repeat it several times before you then get put on hold to wait to speak to a person which is why you called in the first place. Over and over I have tried to skip the questions to get directly to a person but that only makes it start back at the beginning of the questions. If you want to talk to a human you first have to pass the robot challenge.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Free time is time to do the everyday things you never have time to do.

You don't have to make expensive exciting plans to entertain yourself every moment you get time off. You have plenty of things you can do that you always put off because your always so busy you never have time to do. Plan to relax at home with your family eating dinner and watching a movie together which you never have time yo do. You could go for a walk and a picnic at a local park which you never have time to do. When you find yourself with free time use it to do the simple things with your family that you never have time for not fill up all your free time not allowing you to do all the things you never have time for to ever get done.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

What can I say I just forgot.

Well my wacky Wednesday threw me off track. Each morning you make a list of what needs done that day but sometimes you can remind yourself over and over again that there is something important you still haven't done yet in the end you forget to do it. That is why putting things off till later can sometimes bite you in the butt. I knew yesterday was a blog day but I kept putting it off and well here it is Thursday. A day late and a dollar short as the old saying goes. But better late then never. I hope this will remind all of you to remember that you just got to do what you got to do when it needs to be done if you are going to get it done on time.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Life is like a bowl of fruit.

Life doesn't go by a script. There are twist and turns as well as storms and sunshine. Life is a mixture of fruit that requires you to accept that sometimes you get rotten fruit in the mix. When you do, throw it out before it spoils the whole fruit salad. You have to take the good with the bad in life but one bad apple can't spoil it unless you let it.

Friday, July 22, 2016

In case you forgot

Have you ever been so busy you forget something important? If you are lucky your built in warning signal will have a final alarm that will be so drastic you won't be able to ignore it like you had been doing all day as you were so busy you couldn't hear the earlier warnings. Although you may not be happy that it is happening it jolts your memory just in time to do it before it would have been too late. In the end you will be so thankful that it happened to remind you. Everything happens for a reason even though at the time you sure can't see any reason that it was happening at all.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

You have to Just Do It to get it done.

You can't reach your goal unless you make a goal. You can't learn from your mistakes unless you admit you made a mistake. You can't gain respect unless you are respectful. Your dreams can't come true unless you dare to dream. You can't get the answers you need unless you ask the question. You can't get where you need to be unless you get up and get moving towards it. If you want or need something you can't get it unless you do what you have to do to get it. If it's up to you then you have to Just Do It to Get 'r done.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tears of pride

As I was deciding on what to blog about today I heard Rudy Giuliani give a speech that sent tears streaming down my face. After he finished all I could think of is that speech will go down in history. What I feel when I hear Martin Luther King give his speech sending chills deep in your soul is what I was feeling as I listened to Mr. Rudy Giuliani give his speech just now. I turned off the TV so I could write a blog but I can't get his inspiring words and powerful message that gives me hope that peace is possible for all man kind not just America but to everyone around the World. World Peace is possible but it has to start in our own backl yards.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Boiling water

Have you ever noticed that the closer you get to what you need the harder it is to wait? It's like needing to go to the bathroom as you get stuck in traffic on your way home. You do just fine until you step foot out of your car door to head to your front door. Then suddenly you feel like you can't hold it any longer. To make waiting easier you got to distract yourself. Because if it's all you focus on it will make waiting harder. I know you have heard the old phrase "A watched pot never boils".

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Listen to learn

As you gather with family and friends be sure to listen closely. You will be surprised how many of the stories you heard them talking about will pop up throughout your life as you or someone you know may face later in life that may be helpful. Unfortunately there is little small talk time spent together. That is a shame because they will have learned less than they should of to help them on their Life's Journey. A quick text every day or so doesn't allow opportunities for small talk. Plan the time to just sit and talk so they can listen and learn.

Monday, July 11, 2016

There is a cost for everything.

When you get older you realize that everything you do will have a price later in Life. Every choice you make will be part of what shapes your future. When I saw my grandkids who were way to big to be crawling around on their knees I know that will do unnecessary damage to their knees later in Life and it will be very painful. They sure don't understand anything except I was spoiling their fun. Make sure the price you will pay later in Life is worth what you get from doing it now.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Just Flush It as it comes!

Things happen in Life that's just Life. If you look at them as simply Life Lessons you can then understand that with growth comes growing pains. With that being said if you deal with them with anger you create your own problems that were not meant to be. Learn what you need to from them to grow as you go through your Life's Journey.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bigger isn't always better

Of course a big bank account is better. But a bigger house means a bigger house payment. A bigger car uses more gas. A bigger appetite for the newest electronic gadgets can destroy any budget. It's the little things that mean the most in life so make sure to enjoy them not miss them while you only look for something big to happen.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Your free to choose

You always have a choice even if you can't control the situations you have to deal with, you do get to choose how you react to it. Your freedom to choose is your chance to make the best of anything you must face. How you look at it will determine whether you see things clearly. And choosing to do nothing is still a choice you make. As you celebrate this July 4th be sure to choose to be thankful for your independence.

Friday, July 1, 2016

I dare you!

Your hopes and dreams are what motivate you. So when someone loses Hope and gives up on their dreams then they simply exist. To help motivate them again you simply have to show them that there is at least a glimmer of hope and convince them that Dreams really do come true if only they would dare to dream.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Maybe maybe not

Sometimes you overwhelm yourself with things that don't really matter in the big picture in your life. Don't make things that you really don't have to do weigh heavy on your mind. It's ok to make a Maybe or Maybe not list. And its ok to not put things on your list that you don't want to do.

Monday, June 27, 2016

It's your choice, its your Life.

You hear people say all the time the reasons why they are who they are. They give credit to those who inspired them. Then there are those who are placing blame on others for their actions. Everything you do is up to you. You choose whether to be honest or not the same as whether you eat pizza or a hamburger for dinner. It's your Life and what happens to you throughout Life simply helps you choose wisely. Being happy in the skin your in requires being happy with what you are doing in the skin your in. You have no one to blame but yourself. You won't learn from your mistakes if you don't admit you made one.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Even if the sun isn't shining

A good day is not based on the weather outside. Nor is it based on the storms you may be facing in your personal life. Just waking up in the morning makes it a good day. Being able to spend time with those you care about makes it a good day. Everyday can be a good day if you focus on what's really important instead of complaining about a cloudy day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Three strikes

It's a good time to think about where you are, what you are dealing with and where you plan to be in your future. It's time to make the necessary changes to ensure you enjoy who you are,where you are every moment you can. It's not about what you have nor what you don't have its simply making the most of what you have. To be happy in the skin your in you have to be happy with what you do in the skin you are in.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Circles squares and diamonds

We are all unique. Our differences are as different as a circle and a square. There are many differences but some similarities that keep us connected. If we were all the same there wouldn't be anything to talk about. It takes many shapes and sizes to build a better World.

Friday, June 17, 2016

A day a father deserves

Sunday is Fathers Day and a chance to let him know how much you appreciate all he does for the whole family. When my son picked a card I was unsure if he would take as a compliment. But it certainly was a message to all parents. It showed a father driving a car then inside it simply said in case you are wondering your kids are listening.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

How will you know?

One thing is for sure you will never know unless you try. You learn as you go but what you learn depends on what you do or learn through others what not to do. If you don't know you can find out only by trying it. Just remind yourself that your worst regrets in life are for the things you did not do. So if you want to know if you can just do it.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Storage Unit V.S. A Home

When you are young you dream of moving out of your parents house and getting your own place. Then you spend a Lifetime of working yourself to death to continually have whatever you desire. Problem is you work so hard to pay for it that you don't really have any time to enjoy it. In simpler times houses were smaller, TV's were smaller and if it wasn't broke you didn't run out and buy a New one. Instead today we fill our homes with things we don't need that we then have to make payments on. Instead of relaxing in our homes spending time together as a Family it becomes a storage unit filled with stuff that you have to work overtime to pay for. Leaving no time or energy to enjoy it. The simple solution is to KEEP IT SIMPLE.

Friday, June 10, 2016

It changes over time

When you are young your point of view is cloudy so you can focus on what's fun. As you reach middle aged your point of view changes as you go. When you become a half century old your point of view has widened so you can see clearly and choose which direction you should go. When you reach your seventies your point of view becomes cloudy again so you can focus on what's important to you.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Some parts you forget

I decided to make an old family recipe that I hadn't had since I was a kid. I called two family members and they both had the same recipe. Which means it should have tasted like I remembered. But it was awful. I doubled checked the recipe and without a doubt I had made it correctly. A few days later I was talking to my brother who reminded me we didn't like it as kids either. I guess the pleasant memory of eating dinner with my family was the memory I remembered so strongly that I had forgotten how bad the food actually tasted.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Electronic free moments

When I was young I remember spending a lot of time going to company picnics and church Weiner roasts. Back then people gathered regularly to just sit and talk while they ate. Nowadays it's fast food and alone time lost in electronic gadgets. Which makes no time for "small talk" and having human contact that is necessary to connect to your human side.make times where everyone turns off their phones and gadgets and talk to each other as we share our dinner even if it is take out food.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Today is the day.

Yesterday has already gone. Tomorrow may never come. But today is yours to enjoy. You can't change what you did yesterday and you can hope you have tomorrow but today you get to do whatever you choose to do.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

They learn by example

As you can see when you watch the news there seems to be an epidemic of people with no compassion. From a young age you should be taught to have a compassionate heart. If all you are surrounded by is examples of adults who's actions and words show no compassion for others then you will have no compassion. Every home is a classroom and those adults around you are the teachers. It's that simple. So what are they being taught? Teach the Habit of Humanity to stop the insanity we see in society.

Monday, May 30, 2016

A day of memories

Today is a day to honor the memory of loved ones who have passed away. Gathering with others to share stories as we enjoy our grill out. It encourages us all to spend as much time with those you love while you are both alive.

Friday, May 27, 2016

It leaves you breathless keeping up with the changes.

By the time you figure it out it won't matter anymore. Technology changes rapidly and before you know it the things you got comfortable doing become obsolete. Your old equipment may work for a while but when it breaks you can't get it fixed or replaced. There are millions who get excited to try out the new technology. But there also many who dread the changes. Whether you look forward to the changes or not, we have all become dependent on technology as much as we are to breathing oxygen. Which explains why being frustrated with the changes can momentarily take your breath away.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Have you seen the bird without wings?

Every now and again you will hear something that you can't get out of your mind. Like a song you can't get out of your head. Where I live squirrels live freely in our yards. You get use to them chasing each other constantly running from tree to tree. Then I heard someone refer to them as Tree Rats. They said unlike the rats that go inside your home they are free to roam in anyone's yard they choose. I don't see them as tree rats but more like a bird without wings.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Vegetables taste better than ever.

When you were young your parents would cook a healthy dinner then make you eat it. When you get older you cook the same kinds of foods for dinner. But why would you cook even the ones you disliked? Did your taste buds change with age? Is it simply because you already know how to cook them? Or is it because you learned the value of Healthy eating? Today my son made me toast with Apple Butter on it just like my parents use to because he knew when I felt sick it always made me feel better.

Friday, May 20, 2016

If you don't say anything nothing will change!

You always have a voice. You always have a choice whether to say anything. Choosing not to say anything is still a choice you make. Your words could have inspired someone but they won't unless you say it to them. Ignoring bad behavior makes it acceptable therefore it becomes common. Speak up or forever no one will have peace.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

As soon as you accept it

There are many things that will drastically change during your lifetime. No matter if you like it or not you have to adapt to the changes. Sure you can be frustrated or even angry about it but it won't get you anywhere. The sooner you accept it the sooner you will get over it so you can move on. Accepting it doesn't mean you like the change. It means you realize that whether you like it or not you have the wisdom to know you have to accept the things you can not change.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Enjoy it when you can

Every few years brings changes in what matters to you. Your favorite foods change. Your favorite song changes. Your point of view and your interest change. The physical changes are not so noticeable when you are young. As you get older everything you do changes based on your physical changes. Each stage of your Life is a once in a Lifetime adventure that can only be enjoyed if you enjoy it when you can. You only have one Life to live so enjoy it while you are living it.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Get the facts

You react on what you know. And what you don't know makes all the difference on how you should react. That is why you need to get the facts before you react. Its like hearing take a right without knowing about all the other turns you have to make to get somewhere. You sure won't end up where you are supposed to be. In order to get where you are meant to be or to know how to react to things you need to get all the facts.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Before you say it out loud

You may forget but they won't. Your words are more powerful than you think. Your words of encouragement can keep them moving when they seem to be going one step forward and falling two steps back. Your words of wisdom can guide them as they go through Life. Your words of love can comfort them on their journeys. Your harsh words can weigh heavy on their mind preventing them from going in the right direction. So before you say it out loud remember what your mom said, If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.

Friday, May 6, 2016

It will blow by

The wind was blowing so hard it looked as if it would blow the trees down. I watched in amazement as the taller trees were being tossed from side to side. The shorter trees at the same time were only gently swaying. When the wind stopped the trees stood as if nothing had happened. It reminded me that as you go through Life you have to whether the challenges you must face from time to time. Some blow by quickly as a breeze. At times it blows in with such a force that it almost knocks you to the ground. But just like the trees when you have whethered what blows in you will remain standing loud and proud.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

They don't want anyone to know

My grandkids are getting older now and they pay attention to everything. I have always said when something funny happens that I will have to blog about it. Now they ask me to read out loud the ones about them. The oldest one can read now he likes to read them himself. So the other day when they were misbehaving I threatened to write about them and they all immediately stopped misbehaving and just stared at me. It worked. They didn't know who would read the blog but they didn't want me to write about them misbehaving. It sure felt better to me to threaten to write about them instead of threatening them that I would put them in time out. I then thought all parents and grandparents should start a blog because writing about their achievements let them know how proud you are of them. And threatening to write about them when they misbehave makes them straighten up and behave. Hahaha.

Monday, May 2, 2016

It was meant to be but will it?

In Life you don't get to choose the cards you are dealt. You do however get to choose how you will react to whatever you are dealt. If you want a positive outcome you will have to look for a positive point of view about it. Everything happens for a reason but if your reaction is negative then it will prevent what was supposed to happen. Life is hard enough without you making it harder than it was supposed to be. Be patient. It takes time for the reason to be clear. It doesn't happen in an instant. But in an instant your reaction will determine if what was meant to be will be. The best things in Life can't happen if you don't let them happen.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Build it where you want

I knew it was Spring just by hearing the birds singing and chirping outside my windows. It was time to start the Spring Cleaning. I took down the curtains to wash. When the windows were cleaned I went to get the curtains out of the dryer. They were still wet. So I started the dryer and got busy putting clean sheets on the beds. I went back to the dryer and they were still wet. I realized my dryer was broke and I had to go buy a new one right in the middle of spring cleaning. As I waited outside for my husband to go to the store. I was walking around when a bird with a twig in his mouth swooped low beside me straight behind a bush. After he flew away I walked over to see his nest and there in my dryer vent he had built his nest. I quickly pulled a foot long nest. I went inside and turned on my dryer. Twenty minutes later I hung up my curtains. Later my husband went out and replaced the broken slats on the dryer vent so he could not build there again. I wander what the bird thought when the nest he had worked so hard on was now hidden behind a plastic wall.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Too much time to think about it.

Too much free time is not always a good thing. We all need a little free time but too much of a good thing is not good. Its sort of like we all tend to do on Thanksgiving. We all eat way more than we should knowing that it isn't healthy but we do it every year. One day a year though is not bad but it would be a problem if you did it every day. Too much free time can give you too much time to think of things excessively which isn't healthy. Especially if you are facing negative situations you need to stay busy so you can Just Flush It out of your mind by concentrating on something else. You can FLUSH out the negative thoughts by filling your mind with other thoughts.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Silent laughter

As I watch my Son dealing with situations with his children I usually end up laughing. I begin realizing that I am watching the Circle of Life. I can laugh now but I sure wasn't laughing when my children were young and doing the same kind of things. My son was the one that wasn't laughing now. In some situations he welcomes ny words of wisdom as I pass on what I have learned. Other times if I begin to utter a word I see by the look on his face that it is wise if I just walk away and laugh silently inside.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Look for the bright side

The only difference in being happy or not is whether you choose to be happy or not. If you are waiting until everything is perfect in your Life to enjoy it then you will never enjoy it. This reminds me of a plaque I saw that said ...It can be home sweet home if you adjust as you go. Sometimes all you have to do is make the necessary adjustments. Which can be as simple as adjusting your attitude about it. How you look at it will determine the outcome so look closely and you will see a bright side to the situation you are facing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

They can Zap your joy

There are some people that every time you talk to them you know they are only going to talk about negative things. It zaps the peace right out of you as you listen. It's like seeing a mud puddle and choosing whether to walk around it or stepping right in it and getting your shoes all muddy. They may choose to get stuck in the mud but you can choose not to let them drag you into the mud with them. Letting them zap your joy won't help them suddenly be joyful but in an instant they can turn your smile upside down.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Don't waste your time

Take your time and do it right because you may not have time to do it over. If you try to do it only halfway you will have simply wasted your time and energy. Going fast just to quickly get it done doesn't mean it is done right. Take pride in doing it right so you can be proud of what you do. Make sure that it is something that you really need to do so you can spend your time and energy on what really matters in Life.

Friday, April 15, 2016

It's less painful to bite your tongue.

Everyone has a bad day once in a while. At these times you need to remember the old saying "If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all". These are times when biting your tongue is less painful then the consequences of your words. Whoever said words can never hurt you was wrong. And once you say them out loud or in cyberspace ink they are permanent so you can't take them back. Just because it suddenly pops up in your mind doesn't mean it. Should fly out of your mouth.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The price for neglecting them

How do you fix what took generations to create? Far too many parents for generations have children that they then neglect and ignore. Who then grow up shattered and broken. They show their hurt and anger I school and all throughout their lives. They make learning and feeling safe at school impossible for every student. As adults they make our neighborhoods feel unsafe. If we want the World to be a better place it starts with making sure all kids feel loved and safe as we teach them how to stand loud and proud as adults.

Monday, April 11, 2016

You can if you flush away your doubts!

You would have a chance if you would quit saying over and over again that you have no chance at all. At times you can be your own worst enemy. As you list all the reasons why you have no chance you talk yourself out of even trying at all. Do you remember the story about The Little Engine who could? He told himself over and over again chanting I think I can. And before he knew it he had done it. Flush away your doubts from your mind and there will be no doubt you will Get 'r done.d

Friday, April 8, 2016

A fight worth fighting for

As I watch the news it's hard to believe that all the violence they are talking about is happening right in my neighborhood. All over our neighborhoods are being over taken by violence. It won't get better on it's own we all must do our part. If you see someone being mistreated stop it if you can. If you ignore it then it will become acceptable behavior that will become common. If you don't speak up now forever no one can have peace of mind. Once upon a time we all had the Freedom to Live without fear. Freedom isn't free it means we all have to fight the violence so we can all have the Freedom to Live without Fear in our neighborhoods.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

An aura of rage filled the air

As I sit in a crowded waiting room I can't help but notice the other people waiting around me. On days the doctor is behind schedule you can see it in their expressions without them uttering a word. I began to wander if they knew what their face was saying. In all encounters you have with others their faces say it all. There are always a few who you know that their anger at that moment was raising their blood pressure. Which was obvious because of the bulging tightened veins in their neck. Not to mention the redness in their face as no blood could get through the tightened veins. And an aura of rage was filling the air around them. I just want to shout at them "Whatever is bothering you JUST FLUSH IT out of your mind before it squeezes' the very Life out of you." If it isn't a Life or death situation then don't make it one.

Monday, April 4, 2016

You are only a laugh away.

Things happen sometimes that make you stop for a second and think how on earth could that have even happened. When it does you have to decide whether you are going to let it ruin your day. Or are you going to simply Just Flush It out of your mind by laughing in awe that it even could have happened. Its like watching someone you know stumble and fall and you automatically laugh. Your not laughing because they fell you are just laughing how they just fell out of the blue.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Will you?

You have many choices to make throughout your life. There may only be a few big ones but many little decisions as you live moment to moment. Each decision is important will you make the right decision? Once made your life is altered to some degree. Which is why every decision you make is important including choosing what you ignore because even choosing to do nothing is a choice you make.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It's all in how you look at it

Your point of view may be blocking you from seeing the whole picture. Which is like seeing only one piece of a puzzle and assuming that you know what the picture looks like. Ten people could see the same thing yet they all could see something different. As each person describes what they see it becomes visible to you suddenly. By the time all ten describe what they saw your point of view may no longer be the same because what you see now is different. You can only form an opinion from what you see and your point of view can only be based on what you choose to see. It really is all in how you look at it.

Monday, March 28, 2016

It's worth repeating

As a commercial for a medicine comes on pay close attention. The list of side affects takes up 80% of the commercial time. The ailments they are supposed to help you with minor but their side effects are severe. Unless it is a medicine that treats a life threatening illness you have then don't take it or the side affects could put you in a life or death situation. Just listen to any medicine commercial and you will wander how on earth it even got approved by the FDA. The health risk is not a risk you or someone you love should take.

Friday, March 25, 2016

A little goes a long way

You could enjoy what you have if you would stop spending your time thinking about what you don't have. You have to focus on what you have to be able to make the most out of it. In stead of being embarrassed by how little you have you should be proud of how thrifty you can be. How you feel about it is determined by how you look at it. Being creative isn't just a childhood thing its a Way of life.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Passing the buck I mean tradition

I really don't pay attention to when we have a full moon. So Easter in March through me off. I got a lot to plan and do now because I thought I had two weeks till the family would come over for Easter Dinner. I have to admit that having Easter fall on the first Sunday after the last full moon in March is a fact that I seem to pay no attention to. Since realizing this morning that it was just four days away I've decided that it was time to pass the traditional Easter Dinner on to being hosted at my.sons house. Now four days is plenty of time to just cook. Wander if my son will pay attention to the full moons to know when to get his house ready to host Easter Dinner each year.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The size of a peanut

Opportunities may come your way but they may be to subtle for you to see. As you are looking for a big Golden Opportunity that will never come you may miss the small diamonds in the rough that are right in front of you. Keep your eyes wide open for the little glitters that are opportunities for you to grow. Even the Mighty Oak Tree was once a little nut.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Just something to ponder about

You don't have to go anywhere to get away from it all. Just look for something to distract you right where you are. If your outdoors look for an ant hill. You will be amazed how organized they are. If you are inside go look through a junk drawer or look through a photo album to bring up memories that will distract you and give you the mental break you need when you have too much weighing heavy on your mind. When you begin to feel like you are overwhelmed with too many thoughts you need a quick mental break to feel refreshed just flush it out of your mind by finding something to ponder.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The way you look at it determines what you see.

At first glance you choose what to focus on. You won't see everything till you have time to step back and look some more. In a picture this analogy is easy to understand. But it is true also about life situations. You may hear or see a small part of what is going on but without knowing all the facts you form an opinion. You may never get a chance to change your opinion unless you learn the facts and see it from a different perspective. Be open to looking at it differently and you just may go from thinking that it was the worst thing that could have happened to seeing the good that makes it possibly the best thing that could have happened. If you narrow your view you will only see a narrow path.

Monday, March 14, 2016

So selfish they are blind and deaf!

For decades from one generation to another they don't pass on their old recipes nor pass on traditions nor values. For decades starting from the sixties all they pass on is their hate their inhumane attitudes and disrespect for others. Our society looks and acts more like the chaos we see in other countries. We see what happens when there are more selfish people then there are law abiding compassionate people. Wherever you live no matter what age nor what gender nor what ethnicity we all have to realize the WORLD nor our own country will get better on it's own. We all must do our part to restore Humanity Compassion and common sense and common decency and common courtesy. We need to unite together so we can all enjoy life while we are living it and ensure that our children and grandchildren can be safe to enjoy their lives also. Come on everyone gather round and unite to make our neighborhoods safe for us all.

Friday, March 11, 2016

JUST FLUSH IT so you can Spring Forward

Here comes Spring. Along with it comes Spring Cleaning. Outside you must rake your lawn to remove the debris so healthy new growth can happen. Time to wash away all the dust from your curtains and ceiling fans so it is healthy air for you to breathe. Just as important is to Spring Clean your mind by FLUSHING away all the debris of negative thoughts so you can maintain your overall good health and well being. As your clocks spring forward this weekend leave your painful experiences in your past by JUST FLUSHING IT out of your mind so you can move forward with the time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Just a jingle away

When you need it this jingle may help..... Just Flush It.....Flush it as it comes Just Flush It.....Flush away your doubts Just Flush It.....It's the only way You gotta JUST FLUSH IT OUT

Monday, March 7, 2016

Do they still have access to Facebook?

Facebook helps you find friends from your past. But it also brings sadness when you find out that some have passed away. There have been times when I have sent many messages to someone just waiting for a reply only to find out later that they had long ago passed away. At first I wandered how come their page was still up. But then I realized it actually brought comfort to look back at their old post. I have even wrote on their page on days when I am painfully missing them and it helps ease my pain. I imagine that they can still get their Facebook messages in Heaven.

Friday, March 4, 2016

It's up to you whether you enjoy it or not.

When you were young did you try to imagine what it would be like to be an adult? Well if so is it everything you thought it would be? For me it is nothing like I thought it would be. It is harder than I ever could have imagined. And just when you get all the experience needed to navigate through it your body begins to dictate how you are able to navigate. Just like those before me I find myself saying if only I knew then what I know now I would have done things differently. My advice to anyone of any age is to enjoy each stage of your life while you are living it. Each stage has it's problems and learning to enjoy life in spite of them is the only way you will enjoy it while you are living it.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

It is what it is.

You only have one Life to live and how you choose to live it and whether you enjoy it is up to you. You may be facing a lot of negative things but you positively won't enjoy Life if you only think about the negative things. Life is how you look at it. Just waking up each morning is a reason to smile. You may have to accept things that you wish you didn't have to accept it so you can move on. Things happen in Life, that's just life. It is what it is but how you look at it will determine how you are affected by it.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Just Admit it!

If you want to learn from your mistakes you have to first admit you made a mistake. If all you do is place blame for it on someone else then you will not learn what you needed from it. We all make mistakes. In fact many things that we consider necessities today would not exist if those responsible for it didn't learn from their mistakes along the way and made adjustments. Like the old saying goes "If at first you don't succeed, try and try again". So if you don't admit when you make a mistake you won't adjust to be able to succeed.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Will it matter?

You have to pick and choose your battles. You don't have the time or energy to fight for everything and anything that comes your way. If it doesn't really matter in the "big picture" in your life then it isn't worth fighting for.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

It's not really Thursday it's Wacky Wednesday

Today is Wednesday to me. I took cold medicine and lost Wednesday all together. So my blog will post on Wacky Wednesday this week. As I hear my kids and grandkids opinion on things it reminds me just how important it is that we understand the influence we have as elders. They hear your opinion and see your reactions to everything and they believe that is the basis for their opinions. In other words every Home is a classroom and parents are the teachers. What are you teaching?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Is there a reason?

People get frustrated and worry when they are dealing with a negative situation. Although it's not what they want to hear everything does happen for a reason. Recently my friend lost their job. Now the fact that these days jobs are hard to come by it sure seemed like the worst thing possible. After weeks of looking for a job they finally got hired. This job paid more and it had great benefits. Then they were able to say they were glad they lost that job because if not they wouldn't be working where they are now. But thank goodness they only had weeks of worrying because that stress was taking a toll on them. There is a reason it happened but no matter what the reason was it didn't stop them from worrying until the reason was clear. I know it won't keep your from worrying as you face a negative situation but if you keep telling yourself"everything happens for a reason" it may help you from making yourself sick with worry.

Friday, February 19, 2016

A job well done is done with a smile.

Just when it seems like the World is full of people who have no compassion for anyone someone will do something kind. It makes me realize that there are kind caring people out there. Even though he was doing his job he was courteous and pleasant which made the cost not so painful. Just being kind while you are doing whatever it is you have to do makes Life easier for those you encounter throughout your day. I want to say Thank you to the employee at O'Reilly Auto Parts for helping me flush away a bad day. And I would like to encourage you to be kind to everyone you meet because you have no idea what they may be facing.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Walk around it and carry on.

As I was waiting outside the building for someone I noticed an ant hill. After waiting a while I got bored and decided to walk over closer to observe the ants. They walked straight in a line carrying food back to their home. As the wind blew a leaf came drifting down and came to rest right in their path. Within a second the ants started walking, still in a straight line around the leaf. Without hesitation they knew the line had to keep moving so they quickly realized they could keep on track by taking extra steps to go around it. As Humans as we go through Life there are sometimes boulders that disrupt our path, that's just Life. So remember when a boulder blocks you, all you have to do is go around it so your Life can stay on track.

Monday, February 15, 2016

If you see trouble coming why don't you get out of the way?

Every time I hear someone say I knew that would happen, I wander why didn't they get out of the way when they saw trouble coming. It is even more mystifying when they allow it to happen to them two or three times. As they are telling me about it they have to know how insane it is that they let it happen again. Seriously the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again the same way and expecting a different result. Now I understand the old saying "If it happens once shame on them. If it happens twice then shame on you."

Friday, February 12, 2016

Flush your way to good health.

Have you ever noticed how exhausted you feel after you experience anger? As your anger eages it stops your blood flow which sends your blood pressure through the roof. It prevents oxygen from getting to your brain, your heart and other vital organs. It may be an angry moment that will pass. But as your heart was racing and your blood pressure was rising that angry moment could make it a Life or Death situation bringing on a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. When you start to feel the anger inside you growing remember it isn't worth dying for so FLUSH your anger before it becomes a Life or Death situation. Learning how to Just Flush It as it comes will keep your Heart Healthy.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Plan so you have time to breathe

Our lives get so busy that on your off time you are too tired to do anything. Just taking care of the necessities is all you can push yourself to do. So while you are sitting down from exhaustion go over your days schedule and really consider which things you could have eliminated or planned better. Find time to give yourself even a few seconds in a day where you can breathe. You will be surprised that by planning your day you will save time. For instance perhaps you were going to be in the same area later in the week so you could have skipped it that day and save the 45 minutes it took you today to do it. And that 45 minutes would have made a huge difference in how much energy you have at the end of the day.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Listen to lower their blood pressure

Two days in a row I have had people around me that had been clogged and about to burst. They had been dealing with one negative chaotic thing after another and the pressure inside them was building and building. So much pressure inside them their bodies were quivering and they felt like they were about to explode. As I listened to them they began to calm down. They started out talking fast and sounding distraught then calmness as they were able to tell someone to say it and Just Flush It and let it all out. We all have our boiling point at times. Just to have someone listen to tell them about it is enough to get their blood pressure down.

Friday, February 5, 2016

No alarm clock needed

Have you ever worried that you will wake up late when you have an appointment early in the morning? Well I have found the solution to never missing that appointment. It is called "The Kentucky Alarm Clock". Drink a lot of water before going to bed and you are sure to wake up early to go to the bathroom. I tried it and it sure does work. So next time you have an early appointment don't forget to set your Kentucky Alarm Clock.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Takes hard work to enjoy it.

Sometimes the reward you see from your hard work looks like it is all for nothing. But one day you will see your hard work did pay off. We look for instant gratification and if we don't see it in an instant we quit looking for it. It may be days or even months later but you will see that your hard work was worth it. Remember the saying "A Life worth living takes hard work". And if you don't put the hard work in it to enjoy your Life then you will have a hard Life to live.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Once in your Lifetime

As we age we go through many stages. Every area of your way of Life changes. As you adapt to all that you face during each stage. The biggest change is physical. You just can't do the things that you were use to doing. Instead of spending money to enjoy the moment you are in, you think about saving for the future. Enjoy each stage while you are living it because it only comes once in your Lifetime.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What are you planting?

It's true you reap what you sow. But you also reap what others sow too. Which is why we have to spread common courtesy, common decency and compassion. Taking the time and energy to help anyone and everyone you can to be able to plant them in their "Garden" in Life will help what you sow in your Life. It will take a village to plant all the positive things it will take so we can all benefits of what grows in our neighborhoods. Helping someone have"peace of mind" will bring peace to our neighborhoods one person at a time. You got to plant what you want to grow so that is what you will sow.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Don't let the milk spoil!

There are some people who are never happy. They complain about everything. Then there are other people who are always happy and optimistic even though they may have been dealt a bad hand in Life. The difference between them isn't because of the different circumstances they are facing. Its a choice whether they choose to be happy with what they do have. They both could have a half of a glass of milk. One sees it as half full and gladly drink it. The other one sees it as half empty and spends so much time complaining about where it is that they let the milk spoil. You could be surrounded by water yet die of thirst if you don't take a drink. I hope you will grab a cookie and enjoy it with your half a glass of milk!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Do you want to stop the insanity?

If you want things to be different then you have to do things differently than you are now. The definition to insanity is doing something the same way over and over again and expecting a different result. So to STOP the INSANITY it is time for a change. You can't always change the circumstances you are facing but changing how you react to it will change the outcome.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Its medicine without any bad side effects and it's free.

Its true. Laughter is the best medicine. When you laugh your body produces endorphins that help with pain and promote healing. And mentally it Flushes out the stress. You feel relaxed from your head to your toes from a good belly laugh. When is the last time you had a good belly laugh over something silly? Being around my grandchildren gives me lots of opportunities to laugh because they do and say the silliest things. Go ahead laugh even if it is at yourself to help Flush your way to a Healthier You.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stop long enough

Remember the old saying " you get more bees with honey than you do with vinegar" when you are facing a situation that makes you angry. Take a step back and give yourself time to think about it. Once you have had a moment or two you can see that if you would have reacted quickly with your first reaction the situation would be worse. Those few moments make a positive difference in the outcome that you will live with for a Lifetime. Before you react STOP and figure out what reaction will bring you the best outcome considering the situation.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Freedom to enjoy it.

We are each unique in some way. If we were all the same it would be boring. You must respect the freedom of others to be different than you if you want to be respected. In one way we are all the same. Everyone wants to enjoy Life while they are living it just like you.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Be their Inspiration

A little bit of encouragement can go a long way. As you go throughout your Life give those you encounter some words of encouragement. They may not see you again nor remember your name but they will remember your words of encouragement. For some people it may be just the little light they need at times to keep moving in the right direction. You may perhaps forget but they keep them fresh on their mind. The same is true for all of us. There are just certain little things we choose to remember even though we forget most things the minute they happen.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Use your voice!

What are you passing on to the next generation? As we all can see by watching the news there is a lack of compassion. To pass it on simply takes treating everyone with compassion and when you are angry don't spread it. When you see someone mistreating someone do something to stop it or it will become acceptable. If you do nothing to stop it then you are taking part in spreading it. Choosing to do nothing is still a choice you make. Being silent is voicing your opinion that it is okay. Use your voice to Teach the Habit of Humanity.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Eliminate what you can

How you start off the New Year will determine how good of a year it will be. From the beginning you need to FLUSH whatever negative things that happened last year. It wouldn't be a New Year if you bring all the same old issues with you. You may face negative situations throughout the year that you can't solve. You have to remind yourself that letting things you can not change stress you out. It is unnecessary stress. And too much stress will only make it a stressful year. Eliminate your stress by learning to JUST FLUSH IT as it comes is necessary to truly have a Happy New Year.

Friday, January 8, 2016

They just do.

Its hard to watch someone you love go through such tough times. You know they don't deserve it and yet still it is happening. There is nothing you can do but be there to listen. There is no answer to why some things happen but except that they just happen. It doesn't fix their problems they are facing to say to them things just happen but it will help them to quit searching for a reason why. Which will help them clear their mind so they can focus on what to do to handle the situation they are facing.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

"Use it or lose it"

Staying busy is part of maintaining your overall well being. You get your exercise physically doing it. Mentally it keeps your mind actively thinking. Keep repeating the saying "Use it or lose it". It will keep you moving and staying busy even when you are too tired to even think let alone get up and get moving.

Monday, January 4, 2016

You only get one chance

We each are given only one lifetime. What you do in it and enjoy of it is up to you. We all know someone that every time you see them they are full of anger about something. And they spew their anger on you zapping your joy. Let them be the example of what you would be like if you didn't FLUSH your anger as it comes. In order to enjoy Life you have to FLUSH because crap happens in life. That's just Life. Don't miss out on enjoying your Life complaining about the things you don't like.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Pack it up

Happy New Year everyone. Tomorrow its time to pack up all the Christmas decorations and put them back in the closet. The last two months have been full of holiday planning. Now after it is all packed up its time to drag out all the paperwork from everywhere its TAX time. And it sure ain't a holly holiday time of year at all. But regardless how much you dread it, it still has to be done. So sooner you get all of the paper work gathered the sooner you can relax when its done.