My mission statement~

I intend on "trying" to live a life that is about: not putting in my mouth things that are bad for me or have come from an animal that was treated cruely while alive on this earth and during slaughter, creating lasting fond memories for my children and grandchildren, adventure, challenging myself, respect others regardless of species, race, color or creed, taking risks, having fun, being grateful, respecting myself & my body, being authentically myself, taking responsibility for my actions, being proactive, being a problem solver, taking action, introspection, transition, change, honesty, growth, loving & helping others, having integrity, doing my best, being easy on myself, enjoying this world, becoming well read, seeing the wonder of it all and never allowing fear to hold me back!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Update: 5:48 p.m. Wednesday night.
I am still so sick.
I cannot breath out my nose and no medicine will help.
I only slept maybe 2 hours last night and am scared of what tonight will bring.
I've got the congested tight nose that also runs;( and my head is killin' me;(
I have been going to work each day cuz I have to, but it's killin' me;(
Forgive me for whining please;)
~Toast to Tuesday~
I created this because Tuesday is another day we have to appreciate what we have in our lives and to celebrate all that is good in the world!Every Tuesday you can toast to things, ideas or people if you want, and use this logo on your post if you want, let me know in my comments so I can read your "toasts"! Link back to my site;)
Click on the link below for tagging rules-

I am toasting to:

Great food

Great times

Great girls

Great sites

Great drives

Great Colors

Hot tea



Thank you everyone for your sweet words and great recipes and advice while I am sick with a head, chest and body ache thing. I am trying them all.


Last Sunday morning I left at 6:00 a.m. to go to Breese, Il. to see Megs and J. That's where J's dad lives and where they are staying till they leave Nov. 6th.

This Sun greeted me as I drove east.

This is an old house (looks like a Spanish mansion), and two old barns. Very cool property to own.

As I drove threw small town after small town I witnessed many gorgeous trees.......

This was a gorgeous farm. Every house and building was white with a green roof. I love to see farms that are kept so beautifully. You can see the pride of the owners.

Isn't this a cool barn? It had a new roof on it!

Courtney had planned to go with me to spend the day with her sister, but her whole family has been sick (where I got mine;) and she didn't think she could go. I left so early to make the most of the day. She called me around 7 a.m. This is how it went:

C-mom? where are you?
Me-almost to Springfield, why?
C-just askin!
Me-how are you feelin'?
Me-Meg's was disappointed that you couldn't come
C-well I wanted to come if you hadn't left so early
Me-are you wanting to come now?
C-ummmmmmmm, yea
Me-(thinking, thinking, thinking)
C-how far away are you?
Me- a little over an hour
C-could I meet you in Springfield?
Me-no, just hurry and I will turn around and eat breakfast in Virginia and you can meet me there and leave your vehicle there.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo, I drove back about 25 miles and eat at this little restaurant.

While waiting for her I took some pics.

This warm weather has confused this little tree into blooming.

I've never seen so many crab apples!

Wow! This little town is so sweet. The colors on the tree's were amazing!

Megs was so surprised and happy to see her sister made it;)

I didn't tell her Court was coming!

As we drove from Breese to O'fallon to eat and shop I caught some great colors~We all wanted to eat at Chevy's. We love the food and it was so nice out we wanted to eat outside. Miss Snortie Bugar a.k.a. Courtney, was deliberating over what to order........Megs and J were enjoying the chips and dip! Yummy!

Megs and J shared fish taco's!

Court ordered a variety plate!

I ordered nachos!
I loved the way this oriental grass looked!We did some shopping and then went to see a movie!
Courtney is explaining the theory of relativity to J while we wait in line!
To lighten the mood ( we went to "The changeling" and it was VERY upsetting) the girls played some skee ball!
I love to see my girls having fun together!Megs wanted to show J who was boss at shooting hoops;)

She took it serious and gave it her all;) But J won! Sorry Mego!

I am going to miss Megs and J, but I am no stranger to saying "Good bye" to Megs!

I wish them adventures, good health and safe travels!

I love you both more than you know and am proud of you both!

I look forward to talking to you on Skipe:)

Won't you please vote at the top of my side bar?? Please;)


Tracey said...

Looks like a great day! Beautiful pics you took...and I HOPE YOU FEEL BETTER SOON!!!

haffnewie said...

Oh fun to be with both girls! Glad it worked out that way. I LOVE the picture you have on your header!! Awesome - all of them!

Becky :) said...

I'm so glad you were able to Toast to Tuesday.
Those pictures are just amazing. I love the barn with the green roof and the park bench picture.
So glad that Courtney was able to go with you after all, I bet Megs was so glad to see her.
It just makes my heart smile that you all got to spend some time together before they left.

Hope you feel better real soon...

nikkicrumpet said...

Wow...there were some amazing pictures in that post. Post card pictures for sure! You do such a great job capturing the moments!

Carolynn said...

What a great mom you are, driving back to pick up your little one. Does this mean you're feeling better? Hope so!

Great photos of the trees & parks.

Saddle Mountain Rider said...

tAA- daaah!
You are tagged!

I've been tagged by Leah Frye over at Barn Door Tagz to play "Book Tag."

Here are the rules:

1)Grab the nearest book.
2)Open the book to page 56.
3)Find the fifth sentence.
4)Post the text of the next two to five sentences.
5)Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one.
Pick the Closest.
6)Tag five people to do the same.
Tell who tagged you!

Gosh, you have a cute blog!
And i want to borrow your toast.
Thanks $1,000,000!

Saddle Mountain Rider said...

Oh, bye, the bye....
I sorta started a "toast tag" with your idea...
So, you might be getting some strange notes in your comment section....
Come on over to the "middle of the road" to see what this crazy Pony Cousin did to you...
(We PC's do this kind of thing to one another all the time!)

Tami said...

Looks like a wonderful day! Such beautiful happy well adjusted are rightly so a proud Mum!

Dana and Daisy said...

So glad you are feeling better! Your photos of middle america are just gorgeous. It really is what living in America is like... if you get out of the cities!

Mechelle said...

So glad you are out of the land of the aching! So beautiful. I love the photo at the top of your blog. M

Mechelle said...

I voted! Yesterday and on your sidebar. m

Heidi said...

I didn't know you were sick (I have been a terrible blgger-friend lately)... hope you are better by now.

Love the new title image! It is beautiful!

The W.O.W. factor said...

Oh, having the crud, sucks! Hope you are doing better, but your thankful list? I had to chuckle when I saw Ibuprofen!
Beatiful family you have!! And I LOVE those pictures thru that countryside! I could live there!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

What a fun post. So many wonderful photos, I don't which ones to comment on. lol!

My favorites were the sunset, barn and leaves pics.
I hope your stuffy/runny nose gets better soon.

Get Well!

Beki said...

Sorry you are still feeling so sick. You know my great-granny use to swear by putting a spoonful of Vick's vaopr rub in a pan of bowling water and then breathing in the steam!!

GORGEOUS pictures by the way!!!!

Toni said...

sorry to hear you are still sick heidi - and her I gave you an award on my blog.