Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Bah Humbug!


Bah Humbug!

Well apparently Ebenezer Scrooge still lives, and was accompanied by the Grinch and his straggly little dog to ruin Christmas for some children attending Breakfast with Santa in Cleburne this year. 

Now I wish I could give you some insight into the whole Breakfast with Santa thing, but unfortunately I never had an opportunity to attend. Not that I didn't want to, it was just that Brittany was terrified of Santa, and it seemed heartless to force her to endure pancakes with the bearded one. 

I digress, so back to the story. Apparently three men were protesting outside of a local church in Cleburne that was hosting a Breakfast with Santa. Now I'm not sure if these men never received a Radio Flyer Wagon as a child and are still hold a grudge against the jolly old elf, or if they have a problem with bacon, eggs and pancakes being served in a church? You know the whole separation of church and steak thing. 

Now the really sad part of the story was that they were actually yelling at the children that Santa was not real. Who in their right mind would do such a thing? Let's just suck all the joy out of the season on the backs of children hoping to get a glimpse of the big guy, and leave with a sticky, syrup high. 

When I hear stories like these, heck who am I kidding I've never heard such a tale, it makes me sad. I don't expect everyone to celebrate Christmas, and that is certainly their prerogative, but don't spoil it for the rest of us. 



Monday, December 10, 2018

The Perfect Planner


The perfect planner. 

I've been on the hunt for the perfect planner. Of course, I have to keep reminding myself to not let the "perfect be the enemy of the good." So I guess I should be saying I'm on the hunt for a good enough planner. 

In the past I've had some pretty sophisticated planners that looked really awesome, but I found myself actually avoiding them because the expectations were too high. Between stickers, lists, and the time involved to fill them out, I found that a simple month at a glance calendar written in easily erased pencil seemed to suit my needs better. 

However, for some reason this year I finding myself wanting something a little more elaborate. I've looked at a few that start with the month at a glance, but then actually have a space for each day of the week. I've noticed that some are lined, and some are just blank spaces. My preference would be lined to help keep my handwriting straight. 

I've seen some that include a space for goals, and I'm thinking something like that might keep me more on track. That way I could record the days I walk, and things like my weekly weigh-in. I'd also like to use it for meal planning so I don't have to reinvent the wheel each month. 



And one last thing-I really don't want to spend a small fortune on one so as not to waste my money if I abandon ship. How about you, have you discovered the "perfect planner?"

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

FabEuless


FabEuless.

It's been almost nine months since Chuck and I moved to Euless, and to be honest, if you had told me several years ago that we would live here I wouldn't have believed you.  Kind of like if you had told me that I would be the proud owner of a Bassett Hound I probably would have just laughed. Neither were on my radar, but life has a way of surprising you when you least expect it. 

Our primary reason for moving here was to be closer to Chuck's work. They had moved to Las Colinas a little over a year ago, and he was not looking forward to having to commute by car. Since 1993 he had been driving to Downtown Dallas on the Dart bus, and although it was a long commute he wasn't having to do the driving. 

Now that we've lived here for a while I can honestly say I'm glad we made the move. Although, Euless itself is a community of a little over fifty thousand, it literally is in the center of the metroplex. So anything I need is usually just a few minutes away in a surrounding town, if Euless doesn't have it. Of course, I've found that the shopping center on Glade and 121 pretty much has everything, and is only ten minutes away. 

I think the thing I love most about living here, though, is the lack of traffic. Of course, rush hour is typically crowded on the surrounding highways, but when I'm running my errands during the day I'm not having to take my life into my own hands making my way through traffic, unlike Frisco. 

The pace is much more relaxed, and I am really enjoying being a part of it. Recently, I joined our local Family Life Center which includes a Fitness Center. Taking advantage of the senior rate I was able to join for a whopping $7.00 for the year. Now each morning I'm up early walking on the indoor walking track. Best of all it's literally less than five minutes from the house. 

We are taking advantage of being equidistant to both Dallas and Ft. Worth at around twenty-five minutes to each. We are traveling the short distance to places like Grapevine, Colleyville, South Lake and Las Colinas for shopping and eating out. 

Even Frisco is only a thirty minute drive so returning for monthly retired teacher meetings is not even out of the way. Best of all we are about twenty minutes closer to Brittany and Will and the boys at just a little over two hours. 

We are loving our new home, and are beginning to meet some new neighbors, as our neighborhood has been under construction since we moved in. I'm happy to say that we think our new community is just FabEuless!



Monday, December 3, 2018

Gator


Gator. 

No, I'm not talking about the reptile, but rather a brand new, shiny John Deere Gator. This weekend my just turned three year old grandson received the gift of his dreams. Both sets of grandparents, and his parents splurged on an electric child-size Gator with room for his brother. 

It probably took less than a minute for him to figure out the basics of forward and reverse, and he'd mastered the steering wheel almost immediately. It didn't take him long to load up the bed with a cedar stake, and carry it over to a pile of wood. 

Play is a whole lot more fun for him when you are really working. As he made his way around the pasture his mother picked up the family dog, Ellie, and placed her in the bed. Like a true country dog Ellie remained in place as my grandson drove her a few turns around the yard. 

A few minutes later his dad showed him that the Gator actually had a slow and fast gear. Our grandson could be heard saying, "I'll go fast!" as he sped off. It quickly became evident that hours of fun were going to be had with this vehicle, and that it was just going to be a matter of time before little brother would be riding shotgun. 


So glad Chuck and I had an opportunity to share in on the fun!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

1,000 Posts


1,000 posts. 

Wow! Today marks my 1,000 post. How is that even possible?

I remember that first post almost four years ago. I really had no idea what direction the blog would go, and certainly couldn't imagine 999 posts later. 

I've thoroughly enjoyed writing this blog, and have enjoyed connecting with my readers. Early on I made the decision to post Monday through Friday. I liked being held accountable to posting, however, as you can image coming up with five ideas a week to write about is becoming harder and harder. 

I don't want to give up the blog completely, but I think I will be backing off a little on content. Depending on what is going on will probably determine how often I will be posting. 


I appreciate each and everyone of you who have shared your kinds words about Grace Found Daily, and I look forward to the Christmas season, and the coming new year. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Writing Group


Writing group. 

Well, I've joined a writing group. I had considered it several times before, but always found a way to convince myself not to attend. There was a group that met monthly at the Euless Library, but I felt uncomfortable just showing up. 

Ironically, after meeting our new younger neighbors I learned that one of them was a published author, and that she was hosting the writers' group at her home until the library was through with renovations. 

So now what excuse did I have not to go?  Earlier this month I made my way over to her home, and was introduced to a group of three other writers. I sat there as they critiqued each other's work, and realized how little I actually knew about writing.

As a history minor in college, and not an English minor I was surprised at how little of the vocabulary I even understood. As a primary grade teacher I never really had to learn more than the simple basics of literary elements. 

When I left I knew I had a whole lot to learn. I began first with a simple brushing up on terms. As a reading teacher I knew how important vocabulary and background knowledge were to true understanding. If I was going to speak intelligently at the next meeting I was surely going to have to step up my game. 

Before I left I did share with them an idea I had for a story. They were receptive to the premise which was encouraging, but since then I've realized how much learning I need to do to even consider developing the idea into a possible novel. 

Luckily, between the Internet and the library I've begun the process. I've started a little writing notebook to keep up with all the information and notes that I am taking. To be honest, I feel way over my head, but already my story has improved since I first shared it. 


Now I've got a LONG way to go, and who knows if this particular idea will pan out completely? What I do know is that I'm a beginner in this process, and that's okay. It's exciting to learn new information, and once again to push myself out of my comfort zone. 

Monday, November 26, 2018

Chipped Plate


Chipped plate. 

We purchased a new set of plates this weekend to replace the old set. We had used them for almost nine years, and they were starting to show their age. Each time I tried to microwave anything in the chipped ones I was taking my life into my own hands. 

I remember purchasing them at Dillard's at their New Years' Sale. Brittany had just graduated from college , and was working there as an assistant manager. She had alerted me to the sale, and I got a great deal. 

A day or two later she was fixing herself lunch when she chipped one of my brand new plates. She felt bad, of course, but just like spilled milk what could we do about it after the fact? The plate pretty much sat at the bottom of the stack all these years, until being replaced by a new set. 

Yesterday Chuck and I tried out our new dishes for the first time. When it came time to rinse them off I went to stack my plate under Chuck's bowl. Wouldn't you know it somehow the plate hit the bowl resulting in a chip. 

I felt pretty bad because after all they were brand new. Now I know exactly how Brittany must have felt all those years ago. I guess the lesson learned is to be extra careful next time I'm rinsing them off. But what are the chances?