Saturday, February 28, 2009

Life on the wild side

Living in the country can be tough on a cat. For the most part Seven is a homebody, unlike his friend Grey cat. (Yeah that's his name, Grey cat). He was gone for a couple days last week then showed up with this huge gash in his side limping around. In the country, cats are expendable. So we don't bother with vets much past a rabies shot. If they make it fine and good, but if not, there is always another mouse chaser that will show up. But we are attached to Seven. He's a sweetheart, so I felt bad when he got mauled by....we aren't real sure. Wayne places his bets on a neighbor dog. I tried to take a look at it but he was having none of that. Today he was feeling much better. I'm glad, I would have felt bad if he hadn't made it. He must be a tough cat. Wonder what the other one ended up like? Don't tell Seven, but there are other four legged friends around here who never know what it is like to sweat, sleep in rain, or hunt down their supper.

and in other unrelated news.....

My gallbladder is giving me a fit. Yeah, about 3 weeks ago I noticed this irritating pain between my shoulder blades that has now become a burning pain up under my right ribs...every time I eat anything with fat in it. No official "attack" but pretty much constant hot poker. Now the advantage to being an NP is that I ordered bloodwork on myself, which helped me figure out my liver is OK, and I don't have bleeding ulcer, and I scheduled an ultrasound next Friday.
Here's the thing, 1) I'm too young to have gallbladder issues. In my mind I'm 25, and just watching these teenage girls who live at my house for someone else because I'm way too young to have teenagers. It's not that I have a hangup about getting old, I just honestly feel like I'm still 25. 2) I do not want to have surgery. I'm baby. I'm terrified of someone cutting on me. I know what goes on in the OR when the lights go down. I really have no desire to be that unconscious body splayed on the table.
The upside is that I have been eating a strict low fat diet and lost 6 lbs. this week. I feel much better today and all this salad and green apples are paying off. Unfortunately it has made me realize how desperately junkified my diet has become. It was past time for clean up.
Maybe all this good eating will pay off and I can hold off on the knife for a while.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Love Notes

I have been reading this book for the last week and I am loving it! It is a day by day read and it delves into how to really develop a deep intimate relationship with God. Basically it discusses the two principles that are never new: Bible reading and prayer. One thing that has really struck me is that I often carry on a one-sided conversation with God. After I ramble out my wish list, I'm up and gone to tackle my daily to-do list. Even as I talk to Him throughout the day, it's mostly me talking, Him listening. How would my life change if I stopped, and just listened? I've tried to stop and just sit before Him and listen. It's a challenge not to let my mind wander. Even more of a challenge, is stopping throughout the day to ask him what He would want me to do in given situations. Interesting. I've found that He is more than willing to talk to me if I will just slow down and listen. Now think about it, what is so urgent that I cannot stop and just listen to what the Creator of the universe wants to say to me? Me. Little ole me. Wait a minute. God wants to talk to me? Yeah, He's been waiting for a while. Smiling as He watches me whirl around with all me plans neatly organized in my mind. Waiting.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The down side to being a nurse family never really gets to go to the doctor, unless the fever rages on past my best efforts. girls have learned that, if it's not bleeding, you'll be fine.
....Wayne has suffered like a trooper that he is through two kidney stones, while I cheered him on to passing them. kids hear really gross stories involving body fluids and various pain inducing treatments at supper.
....the cure for everything from stomach bug to pneumonia is "take a hot bath, put your pajama bottoms on and get in bed."
.....Vaseline or Tylenol can cure everything.
.....Wayne has extensive knowledge in reproduction, not only from his personal experience, but also from the unbelievable things people want to tell you .
.....being stopped at Walmart by someone telling you all about the color of their mucus.
.....self diagnosing myself with unbelievable illnesses, I should be dead three times by now!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

no worries.....

I Peter 5:17
Live carefree before God,
He is most careful with you.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Not bad for an old lady, however, a whole 2 minutes slower than last year. Could be that I haven't really been running consistently since Thanksgiving. could be that I'm almost 40 and I'm gonna slow down. Could be that if I hadn't been trying to keep up with that elderly lady in front of me I'd have been even slower. Bobcat Ramble, I'm gonna demolish you next year!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wayne's cookin...

As my pal Cathryn alluded to in her blog tonight, Tuesday nights are made for the family. They are my favorite night right behind Fridays. For us, it is a night where no one has to be anywhere except at home. Now there is a neat concept. Home together as a family. Is that done anymore? My sis wrote an adorable post about how much her kids love just hanging out around the house. Here's what we are doing right now:

My husband is the best breakfast cook in the universe! Yeah, that is his sexy self making us breakfast on a Tuesday night:
Bacon and.....

In thirty minutes, Biggest Losers is on and the TV belongs to me and Virginia. I've forgotten all about the 80 million students whose noses I wiped all day. Tonight its family time at its best!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentines Day...Welch style

Well love was certainly in the air at our house yesterday. In observation of the greatest day of love in the while year, Wayne and I had a rip roaring fight. We made up however, and spent the rest of the afternoon burning limbs and trees that had fallen over the last year around our land:

Actually, I'm the most in love with him when we talk about our lives. We spent all afternoon talking while we worked. We talked about where we've been, where we are going and all the really great stuff in between. I love him. He is really my best friend, and before you think he forgot Valentines day,

He gave me these!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

hey little guy

I have a premonition that my daughter will be a vet, farmer, pet store owner, or a cat lady. She has away with animals. I guess she inherited it from my older sister, who was always begging my mom to keep some wayward animal when I was young. Ginny is really attentive and takes great care of whatever we let her have so I can't complain. The lady at Petsmart did everything in her power to persuade us to get a rat. She said that they are much friendlier, easier to tame etc. Sorry, no long tailed rat in my house. This little guy is close enough!
So welcome to the family Tiger, hope you don't get stepped on!

Friday, February 13, 2009


For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
no good thing does He withold
from those whose walk is blameless.
Psalms 84:11

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Who ya tryin' to please?

I would think that at the age of 39, I have finally won the struggle for approval. Why is it so hard to know what you need to do, do what you need to do, and not worry about what people think? Is there really anyone among us who is truly free from seeking approval from others? I think we all want to be that person, but only on our good days, are we free from the bondage of approval.

It depends on the circumstance, if it involves my husband or children, I care much less what others think. They are mine, don't mess with them. If you criticize me, I stop and listen, and in a few self absorbed minutes can get really unsure of myself over the smallest thing spoken by people that I may or may not even like.

One day, when I become a big girl in Christ, I will listen to Him alone, then take what others say and blow it off of me like the seeds from a dandelion. It's a process. Like Paul, I need to focus on who I'm tryin to please, an audience of One.

Monday, February 9, 2009

weekend blur

I could not have jammed anything else into my weekend. Although I usually prefer a quiet weekend at home, I had such a good time. Here's the run down:
Friday night, it was fun and games and good food at Christine's house with the girls. We played "Catch Phrase" and I found out what "narcissist " means. How did I get to be 39 and never knew the true meaning of that word? I've seen it in print many times, but just skipped over it and never really knew what it mean. Now I know, - someone who thinks very highly of themselves. My friend Jamie, the homeschool mom is super smart! Good thing we were on the same team! :)

Saturday was the day I had been looking forward to all week. We went to the ATL with a bunch of friends and ate at Fogo de Chao. This place is an event. I did not eat all day and went 40 minutes on the elliptical because I knew in advance how much I wanted to enjoy this place. the salad bar is huge and filled with cool stuff like fresh mozzerella, basil dip, artichokes and heart of palm. Not the usual Ruby Tuesdays fare that's for sure! Of course Wayne was much more interested in the heaping plates of meat, every thing you can imagine!
Next we all went down the street to Shakespeare's tavern for "Romeo and Juliet" My first Shakespearean play. It was really kinda cool. Although Wayne leaned over the first ten minutes to inform me in a loud whisper that he did not understand one word that any of the gay men(He did not use those exact words) on stage were saying. Again, I've made it to 39 without really ever absorbing the full story of R&J. Very depressing in a nutshell. I really think there is a dark perverted side to Shakespeare. The girl was only 14. However, on the lighter side, we and our friends laughed our behinds off. Cathryn was convinced we would disown her for inviting us. No way! That story will get lots of mileage every time we tell it!

Sunday was my Dad's birthday celebration and we grilled steaks after church. The highlight of the afternoon was my 2 hour nap that ended with sheet marks I was furiously rubbing off on our way back to church that evening for "dinner and a movie" We watched "Fireproof" and totally loved it. Maybe it's my lingering crush on Kirk Cameron, but the movie was very real and honest. We got a copy of the Love Dare book and so, today I started the journey to a more enriched marriage. Ya'll its been a long day not saying ANYTHING negative to Wayne. He's nearly perfect, but still, I'm weak. He must have skipped ahead in the book because he called me at work and invited me out for lunch. It was the best part of my day!

Friday, February 6, 2009

girls night out

I am about to enjoy the wonderful phenomena that women know as a "girls night out" actually we are meeting at the home of one of my favorite girls, Christine, for a night of Bunco and what else? Food! Lot's of it! Diets are off tonight! I am going to laugh, eat, kick some butt in Bunco, and even gossip just the tiniest bit. Yeah, there's nothing like girls night out. Here's the beautiful chocolate covered strawberries that are my contribution:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bible storybook pictures

I remember when I was a little girl, my mom read us a bible story every night from Ungers Bible Storybook. It was a huge book with fascinating pictures. I wish I still had it. When I watched this video it reminded me of that book. The pictures are precious and the story of this song is beautiful.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Hey Stephanie, what's for supper?

Gilled pork chops with peach-jalepeno salsa
creamy mashed potaotes
baby lima beans
homemade yeast rolls
sweet tea
and for dessert--- These cookies!

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