10 on Tuesday & A Meme of Fives

10 Things That Scare You/Freak You Out

In no particular order...

1. Balloons

2. Clowns

3. Wobbly ladders

4. Bouncing a check when you thought for sure you had enough money!

5. Realizing that your youngest is almost 18. No more babies. Sigh.

6. Getting prepped for surgery. I'm scared of having to be poked a zillion times for an iv.

7. I freak out when my NOS is all gone. :o)

8. Ice - I am scared I will fall and break my new bionicness

9. Accidentally burping or doing something worse in public kinda freaks me out. And others too!

10. Michael Jackson's mug shot. So scary I won't even post it for you!

A Meme of Fives

5 Things Under $5.00 I Can't Live Without

1. My bathing scrub brush I get from the Dollar Tree. You can't beat a buck!

2. Suave body wash. Only .96 from Wal-mart.

3. Chapstick - preferably cherry

4. Sugarless chewing gum - any flavor will do please

5. A funky pen with blue ink

5 Favorite Movies

1. Jesus of Nazareth

2. Lonesome Dove

3. While You Were Sleeping

4. Lord of the Rings - Part 2

5. Rocket Man

5 Baby Names I Love

Boys ~ David, Michael, Preston, Jonathon, & Jordan

Girls ~ Kayla, Jennifer, Katie, Michelle and Rose

5 Songs I Love

1. I Stand In Awe by Terry and Barb Franklin

2. This World Is Not My Home

3. As The Deer

4. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

5. You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban

5 Life Changing Moments

1. Asking Christ to be my Savior when I was eight years old. The greatest moment of my life!

2. Being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 10 years old.

3. Saying "YES!" to David on December 4, 1983!!

4. Answering that anticipated phone call the end of February 1994 and hearing all about our future daughters that moved in two weeks later!!

5. My father passing away on January 11, 2007

5 Current Obsessions

1. McDonald's sweet tea - it's too delicious!

2. NOS Energy drink - so bad yet SO good!

3. Boneless wings Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings - only .50 each and they are huge. I eat like 4 and I am stuffed.

4. FaceBook ~ I'm doing more of this than blogging

5. My precious bulldog, Wensleydale! She provides much joy and a whole lot of laughter each and every day. There will never be another like her.

5 Places I Want to go to

1. I want to go back to Switzerland with my husband!

2. I would love to go to Krueger National Park in South Africa on a safari.

3. I want to go see Donny & Marie in concert. ;o)

4. I want to get in an RV and travel anywhere with my husband. And my dog!

5. I want to come and visit all of you!

5 Appliances/kitchen tools I can't live without

1. Toaster ~ to heat up my Toaster Strudel for breakfast. Yummy!

2. Microwave ~ some nights I eat a bag of popcorn for dinner. Even yummier!

3. Freezer ~ to keep my TV dinners and ice cream frozen

4. Refrigerator ~ to keep my sodas icy cold and my chocolate pudding just the right temp!

5. My husband ~ he usually does most of the cooking because he helps me eat healthier! Actually I am just teasing about the previous comments. Just trying to be funny!

For Today

Outside my window...I am blessed with yet another gorgeous day. Perfect. Just perfect.

I am thinking...about my nephew, Travis. He is in Korea studying abroad and I just had the chance to chat with him through Facebook!

I am thankful for...the time I was able to spend with my husband last night! We went to Bed, Bath & Beyond and Meijer. Then we had a fantastic meal at Texas Roadhouse!

From the kitchen...well, tonight it will be my leftovers from Texas Roadhouse. I still have my baked beans, my loaded baked potato, a roll and most of my steak leftover. I got too full munching on the peanuts last night!

I am creating...hmmm, well, I am getting some goodies together for a bloggy swap. Does that count?

I am going...watch the Dancing with the Stars tonight!

I am wearing...a grungy, light blue t-shirt and some very baggy jeans. I am PMS-ing it today and didn't feel like wearing a nice t-shirt. LOL!

I am reading...actually I am memorizing verses from the Start Zone in Awana. All the leaders have to memorize them along with the kids. I've only got one left to learn!

I am hoping...to get a chance to email a lot of my blogging friends and catch up!

I am hearing...Meatloaf singing on the radio. Can't wait for a different song. Oh, now it's Queen singing Bicycle.

Around the house...lots of excitement. My son got his driver's license so he is wanting to do all my errands for me now. He will even go to Wal-mart and buy my personal products! Not that is a boy wanting to drive for sure, huh?

One of my favorite things...Playing Tetris on Facebook! Any challengers?

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...Dancing with the Stars, Awana on Wednesday!, the vice-presidential debate on Thursday, and maybe a date with my hubby on Friday!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Christine hosts a swap every fall and I joined in again this year! You still have until October 3rd to sign up. And if you decide to join in would you please let her know I sent you? Whoever has the most referrals gets an added treat from our beautiful hostess herself! You only have to spend between $8 and $10, not including shipping. Here are some questions she's asked so we can get to know each other a bit better:

What do you like best about Fall? I love to see the leaves change colors right before my eyes!

Do you have any family traditions for this time of year? We have a covered bridge festival that starts in a couple of weeks that we always go to. Lots of good food and stuff to buy!

What’s your favorite Halloween chocolate? I'm not too picky as long as it doesn't have coconut in it!

Is there any Halloween treat you do not like? Whoever invented Candy Corn should have to eat only that for the rest of their lives. LOL!

What has been the best Halloween costume you’ve ever dressed up in? I always went for the easy costumes like a ghost, a clown or a cheerleader. I was only in it for the candy!

Someone Is Listening

Most of you know I was bedridden for a long time last year. My family took such great care of me, along with close friends and my church family. I couldn't wait to be able to return the favor!

I have been blessed with many opportunities to help others lately. Some in big ways and other times by just listening to them share their heart.

So many families I know have been hit by one tragedy or another lately. Several of them have lost their child either to suicide or an accident.

I don't know if you are like this or not, but I am never sure what to say when someone loses a loved one. especially a child. But I have noticed these families have called me needing to talk and cry with someone.

Although the circumstances are uneasy, I am thankful that they feel they can call on me to help. When I am on the phone with them I am constantly asking God to give me the right words to comfort them and help them.

I know He does help! Usually after the phone calls I can't really remember what I said, but I know through Him the words they needed to hear have been spoken. They are His words. Not mine.

You know, there are days when I feel like no one is listening to me and I long to have someone to share my heart with and comfort me. Then I realize that I have someone wanting to my desires, my fears and my joys.

Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Christ is available to me 24.7.365! And who better to talk with and seek direction from? Or cry to when I am burdened? Or laugh with when I am joyful?

And knowing that He has my best interest at heart is all the more reason! He won't lead me astray and in the worldy direction I sometimes desire.

There is no need for any of us to ever feel alone in this world. We have a friend that loves us like no other and wants to hear from us. Any time. Day or night!

For Today


Outside my Window...is the bestest, most perfect day we've had in a long time. It's very hard to concentrate on work when it is so gorgeous. The outdoors is calling me! Amy...Amy...

I am thinking...ouch, my hands are really hurting today.

I am thankful for...pain. It reminds me that there others facing bigger trials than mine.

From the kitchen...trying something new in the crock pot. Chicken cordon bleu! I love cooking in the crock pot, don't you?

I am creating...my lesson for Awana. I am teaching on prayer and only have 20 minutes to teach. I have so much good material I don't know what to cut out.

I am going...try something new with my hair tonight. I got it cut and highlights last Friday. It looks much better!

I am wearing...a pair of black track pants and a black and white striped shirt. Very comfy today!

I am reading...numerous verses on prayer and realize how much more I need to be in prayer for even the little things.

I am hoping...my son passes his driver's test tomorrow. I think!

I am hearing...the FedEx man pull up at the same time the phone is ringing! Plus I need to pause YouTube because I was listening to Donny. I LOVE YouTube!

Around the house...oh my. It's in desperate need of a cleaning from top to bottom. Any volunteers?

One of my favorite things...is being able to go to our park and enjoy a picnic lunch with my hubs and my dog. It was so peaceful today and not a bug in sight! I am blessed beyond measure. No doubt about it.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...I get to go back to the gynecologist on Wednesday. Yay! I am teaching Wednesday night. Should I start watching Dancing with the Stars tonight?

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

Guess who is performing in Vegas the same time I will be there in November for the SEMA show? I so wish I had a spare $200 to go see them. And then sadness set in. Sigh. Whimper.

Wordless Wednesday

My computer burnt to a crisp last week. Purchased this Compaq laptop this week. I am very thankful to be up and running again. I missed you all so much!

Adopt Me, Please?

Uh oh. I can't. I fell in love with this little face this morning. I cannot stop thinking about her. Or him. I didn't even bother to see I fell that fast!

I went to our local animal shelter this morning to drop off some donations and the puppies were all outside playing. My dog was with me and when she saw the other puppies she jumped up front and start crying to get out. She loves to play with other animals!

But this little puppy above just sat at the gate looking at me. Didn't bark. Listened while I talked my "doggy" talk. Wagged it's tail a lot. Precious as can be!

I'm hooked, but I know I cannot have another dog right now. This is what happens every time I go to the shelter.

Have you ever adopted a pet from the shelter? How did it work out? Would you do it again?

Gotta go and see if I can't talk one of my close friends into adopting this darling dog!

Thursday Thirteen #10

And Here We Go Again~Thirteen More Things About Me That Begin With The Letter "J"!

1. Jesus ~ My Heavenly Father. I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior when I was eight years old.

2. James ~ My earthly father. Dad passed away January 11, 2007. I was and will forever be a daddy's girl!

3. Jordan ~ My 17 year old son. He is a senior this year! Where did my time go with my baby?

4. Juice ~ Grape juice is my favorite. I wish our communion cups were a little bit bigger. Okay, I know that communion is not to quench my thirst! I'm just thankful they don't put prune juice in there!!

5. Jelly Beans ~ Never cared for them until I had Jelly Belly's! Can you say yummers? I like about all of them but the buttered popcorn and anything coconut flavored. Can you say yucky?

6. Journey ~ Now who here doesn't like Journey? I do miss Steve Perry though, but the new guy is pretty good I have to admit!

7. Jennifer ~ No, I don't have a daughter named Jennifer. But it is one of my favorite girl names. Maybe a grand daughter someday though!

8. Josh Groban ~ Yum, yum give me some! That's all I need to say.

9. Jon & Kate + 8 ~ I love, love, love this show so much! I get the giggles watching Kate because she can be so anal. But I think they are both wonderful parents. They have to have so much patience, don't they?

10. Joint replacements ~ I've had a few. Both my shoulders, both elbows, one hand, both hips and both knees! I am ever so thankful fir technology. Otherwise, I would be in a nursing home right now.

11. Jury duty ~ I have never been selected to serve on a jury and I am not sure I would want to either. Especially if it was for a case of murder or something evil. It's easy to sit at home and say someone is guilty, but to really have their life in your hands is another. Have you ever served on a jury?

12. Jack -O- Lantern ~ Why I am confessing this now is beyond me. I was a very innocent, sweet child. Really. But my friend, Mary Lou, wrote in her Peanuts comic book that she hated Amy Williams. I was so hurt and mad that I smashed her freshly carved jack-o-lantern all over her porch. I was around eight years old. I've never forgotten what a horrible thing that was for me to do. And no, I never told her it was me or apologized.

13. Jokes ~ I cannot tell a joke to save my life, but I am a wonderful audience when you tell them. Even if I've heard it a thousand times! If it's funny the first time, I find it just as funny the second time around!