Thursday, December 3, 2009

Pampering Yourself is Not Selfish

I love this article by the Flylady about this month's healthy habit. Take care of yourself, do what makes you feel your best, and wear those jewels, ladies. Let those sparkling faces (and sinks) shine!!

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Dear Friends,

The Habit for this month is Pampering. The reason that we have you
work on a habit each month is to help teach you how to make something
a part of your everyday routine. Pampering is really really important
to your over all health and well being. Learning to take time out for
yourself is a huge part of FLYing. If you don't take care of you who will?

FlyLady and I can't stress enough the taking care of YOU! This begins
with getting dressed to shoes, getting enough sleep, eating well and
blessing your heart by moving each day. The Pampering Habit is
building on to those already established habits to take better care
of you. It may feel silly or extravagant to pamper yourself. Some of
you may even feel as though you don't deserve it. Some of you may feel
that it is too expensive to pamper yourself - I promise you it is not.

We are going to spend this whole month sharing different ideas and
ways to learn how to build pampering into your routine. Pampering is
not selfish, it is all a part of Finally Loving Yourself. Investing
time in who you are and the way you feel is not a waste of time,
it is an investment that will keep paying you back over and over.
Feeling good about yourself changes your mental outlook and attitude.

When you roll out of bed, throw on whatever is handy, somewhat brush
your hair, make an attempt at slapping on some lipstick and throwing
on whatever shoes you see, is not the way to start your day off
feeling as though you can conquer the world. When you lay out your
clothes the night before, have an established morning routine for
fixing your hair and make up and then pamper yourself by putting on a
favorite piece of jewelry that doesn't get worn often, a spritz of
perfume that you love, you will feel totally different when you
walk out of the bathroom stepping into a new day.

In reality not taking care of yourself is actually selfish. You are
robbing yourself of feeling good about who you are and you are robbing
your families of you being the happy and content person that you can
be. It takes BabySteps to teach you to Love Yourself but that is okay
we are striving for progress not perfection.

Pay attention to all the Pampering ideas and tips that are coming your
way and please participate. You will love how you feel about yourself!


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

There's a new kid on the block

...and we are so happy to be her new family. Thanks to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend to bringing her into our home. She cleans up after spilled food & drinks, runs the kids haggard, and likes to annoy my brother; what else could I ask for in a dog=) Stay tuned for more puppy pics.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Men and Shopping

Hope you're in the mood for a few chuckles.


This is why women should not take men shopping against their will.

After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in a nd get out. Equally unfortunately, my wife is like most women - she loved to browse.

Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Wal-Mart:

Dear Mrs. Gilbert
Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Gilbert are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras .

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they weren't looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.

3. July 7: Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.

4 July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, 'Code 3 in Housewares... Get on it right away.'

5.. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.

6. August 14: Moved a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.

7.. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, 'Why can't you people just leave me alone?'

9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the ' Mission Impossible' theme.

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his 'Madonna look' by using different sizes of funnels.

13. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through yelled, 'PICK ME! PICK ME!'

14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed, 'OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!'
And last, but not least...

15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, 'Hey! There's no toilet paper in here!'

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Baby Boomer Humor

(Ok, it's not really that humorous:)

I thought you would want to know about this e-mail virus. Even the most advanced programs from Norton or McAfee cannot take care of this one. It appears to affect those who were born prior to 1966.

5. Causes you to forget to attach the attachment. well darn!

6. Causes you to hit "SEND" before you've finished. oh no - not again!

7. Causes you to hit "DELETE" instead of "SEND." and I just hate that!

8. Causes you to hit "SEND" when you should "DELETE." Oh No!


Hmmm......Have I already sent this to you?
2. Causes you to send a blank e-mail! that too!

3. Causes you to send e-mail to the wrong person. yep!

4. Causes you to send it back to the person who sent it to you. DUH!


1. Causes you to send the same e-mail twice. done that!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Church Chuckle

Some humorous little quips from times past. Which one is your favorite? Hope you enjoy.

They're Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church
bulletins or were announced in church services:
>>> The Fasting & Prayer
>>> Conference includes meals.
>>> --------------------------
>>> The sermon this morning:
>>> 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight:
>>> 'Searching for Jesus.'
>>> --------------------------
>>> Ladies, don't forget
>>> the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those
>>> things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your
>>> husbands.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Remember in prayer the many
>>> who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard
>>> to love. Say 'Hell' to someone who doesn't care
>>> much about you.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Don't let worry kill
>>> you off - let the Church help.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Miss Charlene Mason sang
>>> 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious
>>> pleasure to the congregation.
>>> --------------------------
>>> For those of you who have
>>> children and don't know it, we have a nursery
>>> downstairs.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Next Thursday there will be
>>> tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Irving Benson and Jessie
>>> Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a
>>> friendship that began in their school days.
>>> --------------------------
>>> A bean supper will be held
>>> on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
>>> --------------------------
>>> At the evening service
>>> tonight, the sermon topic will be 'What Is Hell?'
>>> Come early and listen to our choir practice .
>>> --------------------------
>>> Eight new choir robes are
>>> currently needed due to the addition of several new members
>>> and to the deterioration of some older ones.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Scouts are saving aluminum
>>> cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will
>>> be used to cripple children.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Please place your donation
>>> in the envelope along with the deceased person you want
>>> remembered..
>>> --------------------------
>>> The church will host an
>>> evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious
>>> hostility.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Potluck supper Sunday at
>>> 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
>>> --------------------------
>>> The ladies of the Church
>>> have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in
>>> the basement on Friday afternoon.
>>> --------------------------
>>> This evening at 7 PM there
>>> will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church.
>>> Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Ladies Bible Study will be
>>> held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to
>>> lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.
>>> --------------------------
>>> The pastor would appreciate
>>> it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their
>>> electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Low Self Esteem Support
>>> Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
>>> - -------------------------
>>> The eighth-graders will be
>>> presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the Church basement
>>> Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this
>>> tragedy.
>>> --------------------------
>>> Weight Watchers will meet
>>> at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large
>>> double door at the side entrance.
>>> --------------------------
>>> The Associate Minister
>>> unveiled the church's new campaign slogan last Sunday:
>>> 'I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

How would you feel?

It's daunting how your life can change within a matter of minutes. You can be relaxing at home, having a meal with your family, and living in the moment. Relishing in contentment, you are still smiling as you get up to answer the knock on your front door. That smile immediately diminishes upon seeing who is at your doorstep. It is the sheriffs. They are there to tell you that they are evicting you and your family from your home.

What would you do? Where would you go? Would you have family or friends to help you? Those who are not fortunate enough to have someone to turn to, end up homeless.

Andy Bales, CEO of the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission writes, "Today, as our economy worsens, more and more professional and middle-class people are losing their jobs and homes — and joining LA's homeless population. Most are homeless for the first time and many are turning to the Union Rescue Mission for help. They are the new face of homelessness in L.A." In other words, homelessness is no longer privy to the poor and destitute.

I received this email from the Union Rescue Mission and am forwarding it to you in the hopes that you can open up your heart to help someone who is not as fortunate. Thank you so much for your compassion and God Bless!!

Dear Adornments,

Imagine how hopeless you would feel, knowing you did everything in your power to care for your family, yet ended up destitute on the streets of Skid Row!

Because so many people lost their homes and savings in the recent economic downturn, there is three times the number of families coming to us for help than just one year ago.

Families like these need the renewing power of EASTER -- NOW MORE THAN EVER.

During the Easter season, I need partners like you to help provide hot meals, dignity and a future for individuals and families who come to us hungry, discouraged and desperate. People like Victoria . . .

Recently, Victoria and her husband, with their five beautiful children came to us -- abruptly evicted from the home they were renting because the landlord had defaulted on the mortgage payment.

The meals you provide can be the first step to transforming life for families like hers who are now facing serious hardship.

Because a portion of our food is discounted or donated, each gift of $22.08 will provide meals for 12 people. $27.60 will feed 15 people and your gift of $40.48 will help provide 22 Easter season meals.

As a partner with Union Rescue Mission, your gift today will help bring EASTER L.A. -- A SEASON OF MIRACLES to Skid Row's most desperate people.

In deepest gratitude for all you do,
Andy Bales
Rev. Andy Bales, CEO

P.S. Thank you for any amount you can send now or by April 4 at the latest. Your gift to provide Easter season meals will help families who are facing some of the worst blows life has to offer.
Provide Easter meals and hope for hungry families
Help provide Easter meals and hope for hungry families.

545 S. San Pedro Street • Los Angeles CA 90013 • 213-347-6300 •

Mailing Address:
Union Rescue Mission
545 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact Name:
Telephone Number: (213) 347-6300

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