Posted: 5:55 pm Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Another busy weekend has flown by!
I was blessed this weekend to be able to watch my daughter-in-law graduate from nursing school, with not only HIGH honors but a 4.0 GPA and as the president of her class! This mother of 4 has worked so incredible hard and her family has worked hard at supporting her. So very proud of her accomplishment and that she is dedicating her professional life to helping others.
I loved being there to cheer her on with my son, my beautiful, beautiful grand babies, and my sis.
Afterward, I caught up with my “baby” brother, who made a surprise (to me!) visit to the area to visit his oldest daughter, who is also pursuing a nursing career. So many loving hearts and hands! In a rare moment with the three sibs together, we were able to snap a quick pic. 🙂
And later in the afternoon we picked up our new exchange student, 15 year old Antonio, from Valencia, Spain! He’ll be spending the next 9 months with us. He’s been a delight from minute number 1, and I have a great feeling that he’ll continue to be so the whole year through!
Join with me in congratulating Riely, and welcoming “Toni” to our family!
What didn’t I do this weekend? Ride my horse. Sadly my bad back has kept me out of the saddle all summer long, and I do mourn my time spent with the wind whooshing past, hair flying, and the casual saunters with a view several feet higher than normal. I’m missing the different perspective on my surroundings I get when on horseback.
So I’m made to find a different perspective, a different way… by thinking differently. By being thankful. By focusing on what is IMPORTANT.
Well, not the fact that I can’t ride a horse, or the all the usual stuff we stress about. Not the dishes, or the dusting, or the all the mind-boggling drama we get caught up in during the normal course of the day. The stuff that sends us home drained in the evening (or whatever our “evening” is if we’re a shift worker.) No.
What’s important is people; and the love that you put in to them.
What’s important is having a strong faith; and the peace in your heart it gives you.
It’s soooo easy to lose sight of this, my friends. When you come home beat, weary, tired, and just wanting everyone and everything to leave you alone… find a different perspective!
Try, though I know at times it’s difficult, try to remember that without those people, your life, my life, our lives, would be nothing. It would be meaningless.
So focus on the important things. Embrace the person or people waiting for you in your home. Be thankful for them.
Be kind to the dry cleaner that does your shirts “just right,” and the barista that has your double shot, soy, no foam, latte waiting. Be generous of spirit to all you meet, for they too have been caught up in stuff and need your smile to help them to remember what’s important.
Barbra Streisand | ENCORE
August 26, 2016
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… I love thee in movies, I love thee on the stage, I loved thee in my 20’s, and still to this day. Barbra Streisand, I love thee!
To say that Streisand is an icon would be perhaps one of the largest understatements ever uttered. But then again, how else to describe her?
Recording artist, actor, concert performer, producer, director, author and songwriter. Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys… Her talents, her looks, her life; iconic. All inimitable.
I’m a little hesitant even to write about her. Am I worthy? But she has a new album coming out that I’ve already fallen for, so write I shall, and if I sound a little breathless, a little gushy, a little star-struck, well, I am!
ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, from the greatest star to ever come out of Broadway, will be released on August 26th.
The album that returns Streisand to her roots, features pairings like The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened, with Alec Baldwin and Any Moment Now, with Hugh Jackman. The album also includes collaborations with Antonio Banderas, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, Melissa McCarthy and others.
It will follow the recording artist’s nine-city August North American concert tour: THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! during which she will perform hits from her ground-breaking career.
I’ve listened to, watched, admired, and often tried to emulate her, and I’m sure many of you have too. She is amazingly gifted, amazingly strong, amazingly beautiful, and quite simply, amazing.
A lovely piece has been done by MTV on the album, and you can preview some of the numbers there.
I encourage you to expand your musical library with ENCORE: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, by clicking the PRE-ORDER ENCORE link now.
Whether I’m worthy or not, I’m still showin’ my hero some love! Thank you, Barbra Streisand, for continuing to make the magic happen!
And because THIS is also so very, very, important, I want you to know that Barbra Streisand co-founded the Women’s Heart Alliance, helping to raise awareness and push for more research into women’s heart disease, the leading cause of death among women. Check it out and stay heart-healthy!
Compliments of the Copper Chef
Have you ever used a Copper Chef All-Around Square Pan? It’s a great thing to have in your kitchen because as well as being non-stick it has deep sides, can be used on the stove top, and in the oven.
If you don’t have room in your kitchen for all the special cooking gadgets – rice cooker, steamer, deep fryer… this is an awesome All-Around Square Pan to have!
They’ve treated us to this fun little recipe that brings Summer Time Happiness to any evening; no fire pits needed!!!
1 box chocolate cake mix
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup water
8 Graham crackers, broken in half
1/2 bag mini-marshmallows
1 16oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the cake mix according to the instructions on the box and set aside.
Place 9 graham crackers halves on the bottom of the Copper Chef pan.
Sprinkle half the chocolate chips on top of the graham crackers.
Pour the cake mix on top.
Place the pan in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.
Crush the rest of the graham crackers.
Sprinkle the crushed graham crackers and the rest of the ingredients over the cake.
Place the pan back into the oven for another 5 minutes until the marshmallows are melted.
Let cool then serve.
Heat got you hot under the collar? Remember this little trick – frozen grapes!
Directions: 1. Toss in freezer 2. Eat!
* Grapes, especially frozen ones, can be a choking hazard for little ones. Cut them in half or quarters for cold, safe, yummy treats!
I hope you’re staying cool, and I hope you’re keeping your cool! Remember the IMPORTANT things. As the saying goes, “Don’t sweat the small stuff… and it’s ALL small stuff!”
Be grateful, thankful, be present, and Love Someone,
All MY love to you,