"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005
Showing posts with label I am thinking for my first meal as a 49 year old I am going to have Brussels Sprouts and Onions~what do you think????. Show all posts
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me

It is my birthday.  I usually only have a vague mention of my birthday with a reference to my cake of choice which is not a cake but a pumpkin pie.  I am not a fan of boisterous celebrations and most certainly do not like me being the spotlight.  This is not new, I have always been this way.  I do not like the feeling when everyone is looking at me singing etc.  As a  parent I was in control and thereby made the kids birthdays a family dinner event and then allowed for mine to pass with just pie.  Usually the pie is mine for the week to eat because the goof troop and Bill are not pumpkin pie fans.  I always wonder about my choice of pie was it mine or my Mom's?  She had 8 kids and my younger sister's birthday is two days before mine.  Perhaps cake in two days wasn't something that sounded good so she gave me pie instead.  No matter, as I love it.

Although I do not like being in the public eye in the real world, I do share a window to me here, so today in honor of my last year of my 40s I will share 49 things about me.  I will try and come up with some things never shared before~so here goes:
  1.  I do not like to have the traditional American breakfast for breakfast.  Every couple of months I will have a breakfast for dinner meal of a pancake, scrambled eggs, and potatoes and onions. 
  2.  I have had to change one flat tire in my entire life.  When I was dating Bill (for those few days before we married),  we had a flat tire, and he told me that I needed to change it.  He walked me through it, but he wanted me to understand how to do it in case I ever was in the middle of nowhere (pretty much often in the west), and I had a flat.  Since then, Bill has taken care of every auto issue I ever have. 
  3.  I love random bits of information.  Seriously.  I study things that have no connection all the time, because I am so interested in pretty much everything.
  4.  I never had Brussels Sprouts until this past year.  I have been making up for lost time since!
  5.  I have never tried asparagus either but I bought one yesterday to begin the year right!
  6.  I prefer mismatched instead of matched in how I arrange my house to the setting of the table.  
  7.  I do like NOT* alcohol.  I do not like seeing alcohol as so spotlighted in everything.  This is what I wrote about alcohol and a twelve year old me.* I left out the word not. This is an update.
  8.  I was born in a southern state, raised in the Midwest, married in the west, lived in Germany and settled in the southwest. 
  9.  I actually wrote in a memory book while I was in high school I would NEVER marry a Bill, Joe, Jim, or Bob, as those were the most common of names of boys when I was a girl.  My Bill now is nicknamed Billyjoejimbob because even though he is of Mexican ancestry, and the first of his family born in the US, he has two of the names I vowed that I would never marry.  
  10.   I try to NEVER say never anymore.
  11.   I raised my kids in a fascinated state as each developmental stage was so incredible for me.  Even now watching them (or as I say~observing them) still impresses me.  We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made
  12.  I have three brothers, Bill is of three brothers, I have three sons, my father was of three brothers and my mother had three brothers. Hmm.
  13.  I never painted on a canvas until I was 47 years old.  Now I have a good amount of paintings on canvas.  Someday perhaps I will be bold enough to share them beyond my blogity world. 
  14.  I have six encyclopedia sets.  They are of differing topics and two are for young adults.  I bought all of them at thrift stores AND I love reading and re-reading them.  
  15.   I began collecting Pyrex as the result of a wedding present of nesting bowls.  I love Pyrex and still collect pieces but they must be under a few dollars for me to buy it.  
  16.  I have a scar on my left leg thanks to my brother Pete, our friend Tim, and firecrackers.  It is 5 inches long.  
  17.   I am double-jointed in my left thumb.  
  18.  I used to run track and was very fast.  I ran the 100, 200, 200 hurdles and the 440 relay.  When I began it was yards and then midway changed to meters.  I have old newspaper clippings as well as medals and ribbons.  
  19.   I take my shopping cart to the cart caddy or to the inside of the store nearly 100% of the time.  If I don't it is because one of the kids is with me and they do.
  20.   I am not a vegetarian but I really do not eat meat.  Hmm.
  21.   I am currently reading along with the Bible, 7 books.  They are all nonfiction books.
  22.   I no longer read fiction.  
  23.  I am in my pajamas even though I have been up since 5:20ish.  
  24.   I am certain I will still be in pajamas until 9 or so. 
  25.   I went outside and fed the animals in my pajamas and probably will tomorrow as well. 
  26.  Too much information isn't it?
  27.   I made the present for Grandson #1 b-day.  I planned it months ago and will be making something similar for Grandson #2 in four months. 
  28.   I love love.  Seriously.  I love a sappy love story where both the husband and wife genuinely love each other and work each day to be in love. 
  29.   I love Bill.  
  30.   He told me before I even opened my eyes this morning that he is IN love with me.  Pretty wonderful words to hear when one is a year older!
  31.  I am tucking this one in here because by this point I believe most that stopped to visit may have quit reading.  I love to swim.  I miss swimming and it is the one thing I truly wish I could do every day.  
  32.   I love children.  
  33.   I love seeing young families.
  34.   I love seeing older couples.
  35.   I broke my ankle my senior year in high school.  See #7 to understand the cause.
  36.   I painted my cast purple.  In 1985.  Even then I was creating, crafting, and defining my space, my way.
  37.   I also wore a crocheted Christmas stocking on my foot to keep my toes warm, as I broke it in the winter and had to walk in the icy snow on crutches.  My fault!!
  38.   We do not celebrate Christmas now.  It has been about 10 years in coming.  We are not of some fringe church, but studied the roots of Christmas(easy to discover on line) and took to heart that we are not to learn the way of the heathen.  
  39.  I do not judge those that do celebrate, but wish for any and all to click on the link on the top right of my blog.  I have begun sharing the Bible holy days that the Creator established for man, and then using information available on line share how man changed the holydays to holidays that are not Biblical.
  40.   I ask any that think I am crazy for #'s 38 and 39 to share with me any Biblical verses that tell us we should celebrate Christmas.  It is a study I am willing to continue if one can show me using the Bible. 
  41.  These next ones are doozies~in a trivia mindset.   My sibling group is like this: Girl, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy,  Boy, Girl, Girl.   Bill's is like this: Girl, Girl, Boy, Girl, Boy, Boy, Girl.  (the same minus the last girl)  
  42.  The oldest two girls on both sides have names that begin with the letter C.  The next girl on both sides has a name that begins with the letter L.  The oldest son is named after the father.  
  43.   Bill and my mom shared the same birthday.  Crazy for those of us that think in a strange weird way. 
  44.  When I began my life in 1988 crossing the country into some unknown place I was reading a book where the main character was named Billy (and our last name).  I had never heard that last name before, and after I met Bill I stopped reading that book and put it in a Ziploc baggie and put it a memory box.  I mean seriously how does this happen?
  45.  I am getting a ton of texts and calls right now.  My Bill is so sweet and I know he reminded all the kids.  The goof.  I love him more than he can ever know,  and I pray I can show him each and every day.
  46.   I love New Mexico.  Seriously.  This is my view.  I am not famous, nor am I rich.  I am simply a person that is living with a beautiful mountain in front of my house and it is mine free each and every day to enjoy. 
  47.   I am drinking unsweetened tea in my Rio Grande Zoo mug.  I shared about our zoo visit here
  48.   I make tons of notes every day.  See #3 and #14.  I cannot believe how amazing the world is and how many interesting things occur.  I also study history~you know the quote by Edmund Burke don't you?
  49.  Hmm.  That's 49.  I am wordy aren't I?  I love being 49(well so far at least), and would never say I am 29 or 39.  I embrace this age as many people aren't fortunate enough to make it to 49.  I look forward to many new things this year and pray that I stay focused on my Creator, loving my Bill, watching my kids(and loving them) as they continue on, loving the grandkids, enjoying the farm, and taking each day for the gift that it is.  May any and all of you that stuck it through to the end~ Hip hip hurray!!!!!!!