All I Did Was Blink

Being 39: Where I've been, Where I am, and Where I'm going…

Let the UPS help with the DOWNS September 29, 2010

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How Do You Feel Today?

Image by Kevin Labianco via Flickr

OK. So I was just writing a message to my brother on Facebook. Life can be such a rocky road, and I don’t mean the ice cream variety either!! I hope that I am an encouragement to the people who drift in and out of my life, be it in a brief one time encounter or the nearly 24/7 I spend with my amazing husband. I know how much a smile or kind word can lift my spirits and spur me on and I wish to be that person as opposed to the ‘miseries who love company’ so much that they can throw a bucket of ice on my warm fuzzies and ruin a perfectly good mood.

Truth be told, I am not always the cheerleader that I strive to be…no one can be that person all of the time! Impossible. Unless you stuff everything negative that happens in your life and then what kind of real life are you having?! On the other hand, who wants to be around mr/ms grumpy pants constantly either. I would almost rather the former on some days.

Back to my point. I was typing away and towards the end of my ramblings this phrase just appeared on my screen. Let the UpsĀ  help with the Downs. Hmm.

  • If I could somehow manage to look at the amazing meal my gifted and talented husband prepared for us instead of the mountain of crusty dishes left in his dust…
  • If I would see my room of randomly packed boxes from my 39 years of life as a treasure hunt instead of a dreaded chore to (seemingly NEVER) complete…
  • If I were to relish in the undivided time my spouse and I are privileged enough to have right now in our marriage instead of mourning the child never born to our family…
  • If time were not my enemy robbing me of my, well, time – but my teacher gifting me with knowledge and wisdom…

You get the idea. This list is endless. This list is POWERFUL and NEEDED in my every moment. Yes, we mourn and we struggle and we are punched in the gut and steamrolled and on and on.and.on.

BUT. What IF.

Tell me some of your UPS that help you with your DOWNS. I would love to hear from you…leave a comment below and lets share some warm fuzzies.


An Apple A Day?? Hmmm… September 28, 2010

I am pretty sure my doctor would tell me that just because apples are in each of these recipes does not make them the best choice for consumption. And, yes, while I did make these in two days, I shared them with family and friends…though my husband and I enjoyed our fair amount;)

I was so pleased to stumble upon a wonderful Freshly Pressed post the other day called ‘The Twelve Ways of Fall’ from Reinventing the We’ll
. I had just finished all this baking and thought, now I have to throw some pix up there…they are rough and unedited.

I also needed a slightly ‘lighter’ post after last week’s entry.

My favorite were the Apple Brownies. I took my recipe from a church cookbook my mom gave me a few Christmas’ ago, but found the exact same instructions here:

I made an Applesauce Sour Cream Coffee Cake, Apple Crisp, the before mentioned Apple Brownies and an Apple Raisin French Toast Casserole…Yummm..

What are some of YOUR favorite fall recipes??








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