Book Review

>> Monday, June 28, 2010


This book peaks your interest from the dust jacket and inside cover with the many, many pictures of people, which turn out to be subjects of John's research, all the way through the end of the book.

John offers valuable insights to becoming better communicators as well as better listeners.  No matter who you are and who your audience is, you can communicate with them.  It takes will not happen overnight, but you can acquire the skills necessary to reach your family as well as those in business or friends or church or even a stranger on the street.  This communication will improve relationships vastly and your life will become more successful and enjoyable.

The book is easy to read; the principles for communication are given and clearly stated.  You can't help but learn from a renown leadership expert like John Maxwell. Just take the time to read the book.

Disclosure statement: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.


A Kick in the Pants

>> Saturday, June 26, 2010

The title says it all.  A fellow blogger, Gitzen Girl, has put up a challenge and given a kick in the pants.  The challenge is to give ourselves permission to be creative at least one day a week and report on it.  We don't always have to be busy doing things like the laundry, housework, get the drift.  Well, I have something blocking my creativity and it's driving me nuts!!!   We moved in Dec 2009 and I am on my third and final load of boxes to go through in the garage.

It is a mountain and keeping us from putting our cars in the garage where they belong.  If you have ever been to Texas and experienced the summer heat, you will understand why we want our cars in the garage!  Yesterday it was 98 degrees with a heat index of 105.  I know it's worse in other parts of the country, but we're dealing with it here and a car gets really hot sitting in the sun all day, let alone the wear and tear on the upholstery.

The fact that this is the third and final load is embarrassing, but we moved a lot of things that were from my parents home from before my mom died in 2007.  I admit I was hanging on to some of the stuff as a way to hang on to mom, and then some of it my dad wasn't ready to get rid of at the time.  Then the rest of the stuff was mine that I needed to go through and didn't before we moved.

Now it's too hot to go through it in the garage, so my husband is going to move a lot of it to the formal living room so I can go through it in the air conditioned house during the hot days.  Like the other two loads, a lot of it will go to the charity thrift shop, but when it's all done, given away, put away, whatever the case may be, I will feel so much better.

So, here's the deal.  I'm going to post pictures of my full garage and my empty living room right now, and then keep you updated as the piles go down, up or away.  And hopefully, we'll see an empty living room and cars in the garage eventually.  It's not going to happen overnight, but it will happen, or I will go crazy!!!

Scary, huh?

The red & green boxes have Christmas "stuff" in them...

Can't be claustrophobic and go in there!

That gray cabinet actually belongs there!

You think there's enough room?

Already started moving some boxes in...

You don't see any dust, do you?!!

I will remember my limits though.  Fibromyalgia and chronic pain keep me at a certain pace that I don't always want to keep.  If I overdo it, my body lets me know...

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,


The Top Sheet

>> Saturday, June 19, 2010

While I was on my extended vacation in Iowa, I visited my aunt in a care center in Marion.  For those of you not familiar with Iowa or the Cedar Rapids area, Marion is situated between Cedar Rapids and Anamosa. I'm sure you know exactly where it is now, right?  Anyway, I visited several times, but on the second visit, I took Aunt Virginia a new quilt for her bed and discovered she didn't have a top sheet on her bed.  She had a bottom sheet, but no top sheet and her roommate didn't have one either.  Well, I immediately went to the nursing desk and asked if that was standard procedure.  They said it was not and would correct the situation.  So, as we left, someone was coming into her room to put the top sheets on the beds.

On our next visit, there was no top sheet on her bed again, but her roommate had one.  I was getting a little frustrated and marched myself up to the nursing desk again.  They assured me it must have been the fault of the first shift and they would get the sheet on the bed.  Now you have to understand, Aunt Virginia has dementia setting in, so she is probably not aware that she has no top sheet at times...she just knows she has covers, be it a blanket, quilt, etc.

The remainder of our visits were always a mystery...was there going to be a top sheet today?  On only two occasions was there a top sheet on her bed and one of those days they didn't manage to get the quilt on the bed.  I'm sure the nursing staff was sure glad when the niece from Texas didn't come for visits anymore, but my aunt(her sister) and uncle(her brother) that visit her all the time are now aware of the problem and they are going to continue to follow up on the top sheet crisis.

I know the staff at care centers are typically overworked and underpaid, but the dignity of the patients should be preserved at all costs, no matter their state of mind.  I doubt they leave the top sheets off their beds.  Do you have a top sheet on your bed?  Think about it when you get into bed tonight...I think about it every night now.

Until next time,
Keep it from the heart,

"God, the one and only - I'll wait as long as He says.  Everything I need comes from Him, so why not?  He's solid rock under my feet, breathing room for my soul, an impregnable castle; I'm set for life."  Psalm 62:1-2 (The Message)

The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27:1

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