Susan Spess Shay

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2015–What Else is New?

Happy New Year!

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How many times have you heard that lately? How many times have you said it? So . . . what does it mean? Is it a command? images

Have a happy year, or else! Got me?

Or a question? imagesTYTQ746F

It’s a new year. So, are you happy now?

And what’s it talking about being new? Me? Bahahaha! Not hardly!  susans-a-baby   In this new year, what new and wonderful things are you planning? Trips to take? Books to read? (I can suggest a few if you need help.) *wink*

Are there new dishes you want to cook? (I’m going to try some wok cooking.) Hobbies–arts and crafts– you want to try? (Is there anything I haven’t tried?)

Or maybe you’re planning to complete a marathon? (I’m not.) Run a 5k race?  (I’m not doing that, either.)

I am going to try to complete something that I’ve failed at before–reading through the Bible in a year. I’m not making any promises, but I’m going to try.

And I’m joining Beth Moore and a couple of my sibs memorizing scriptures this year. Instead of jumping around for my scripts, this year I’m going to take several in a row, starting with Mary’s Song in Luke 1 beginning at verse 46–“And Mary said, my soul glorifies the Lord.”

Then in two weeks, I’ll quote that one, and memorize 47–“And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” and so on.

What are you in 2015 so it’ll be different than 2014? Terminally Curious wants to know! 😀

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A Brand New Year is on the Way

2013 is a’comin’!

2011 4th of july 063Are you ready?

  • Resolutions set?
  • Party plans made?
  • Christmas decorations all put away?
  • Count down started?

My answer to all those questions would be a loud, resounding, “NO!”

I still have my decorations up and my lights on.

Resolutions? Well, I’ve thought about them, but don’t know if I’ll write them down at all.

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And a party? PARTY? I don’t think so.

The truth is, I remember very few parties I’ve given/attended on NYE in my life. As a kid when our parents would go to a New Years Eve Sunday School party, sometimes the other kids whose parents were at that party would come to our house.

Sometimes.

But I’ve never done the stuff you see on movies about cool parties. No balloon drops. No streamers. No sparkly balls dropping.

I did take G-Man to Eureka Springs to the Basin Hotel once. We had a nice, nice dinner, then went back to the hotel room to watch movies. 🙂

We’ve had reservations at Tulsa steak house once, but it turned out to be crowded, noisy and running late and all the waiters were cranky. And hateful.

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We’ve even been to a concert. (Not a great idea.)

A few years ago, we discovered that going to Stillwater to dinner is a good idea, at least at the Chinese buffet we like. All the college kids are still at home (or want to go to a big city for the night) and navigating that town is easy.

Tonight, though, we plan to stay home. I might make pizza or buy a carry out early in the day, along with a little finger food, then we’re going to stay HOME.

Scarlett and I will think about putting away Christmas decorations tomorrow. 🙂

What do you plan to do?


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Happy New Year!

I’m so excited! Know what you’re getting? (I’m getting one, too!)

Hints: It’s big. It’s full. You can do anything you want with it. And you get to open it tonight.

Give up?

It’s a Brand New Year!

I’m kind of weird about it, but I love starting the new year. Having 365 days I can fill any way I want is exciting.

I know, so many things in our lives feel as if they’re set in stone. But if you don’t like it, YOU are the only one who can change it. And this (now!) is absolutely the time to start that change.

It isn’t easy, but if you stop to think about it, it’s absolutely worth all the trouble it causes. So, how do you go about changing something?

  1. Decide what you want to change. (It’s best for me not to be too specific or too general, but you must do it the way that works for you.)
  2. Research ways to make that change and decide on your best course. (Be flexible enough so if one way doesn’t work out, you can try another.)
  3. Talk about it as you go so you don’t shock the people around you too much.
  4. Write it down. (I’m big on goal setting.)
  5. Post it to your vision board.

I’ll do this in several areas of my life: Spiritual, Health, Home, Writing, Personal Relationships.

Want an example? Okay, I want to lose weight this year. (Health)

  • Decide approximately how much I want to lose.
  • Research weight loss programs. (I’m hoping to find a Christian based program, but I might decide on Weight Watchers.)
  • Research ways to circumvent problems. (When I’m hungry between meals, what can I eat that’s not a Plan Wrecker? What can I keep for Mindless Munching that’s not a PW?)
  • Research exercise plans. (Best ones for burning calories!)
  • Resolve that no matter what the celebration or what anyone else has cooked what’s going on in my world, I’m going to stick with my plan.

This is hard for me, because I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling if I don’t eat their goodies. And I feel as if I’m no fun to be around if I don’t eat like everyone else. 😦

  • Tell the people around me what I’m doing. (Reserve the right to whack the back of the head if someone answers, “good, you need to.”)
  • Stay away from people I know will try to sabotage me, no matter how much fun they are.
  • Write down my objective and strategic plan so I can’t fool myself or change my mind.
  • Post a picture to my vision board. Either an old picture of me before weight gain or a picture of someone else who looks the way I want to.

What’s a vision board? Whatever you want it to be. Mine is a poster board with pictures or a couple of words about my goals. The trick is to hang it where you’ll see it every day. Then remember to look at it, so when you get back to your everyday grind, your goals won’t slip your mind.

I have a feeling mine’s going to be pretty full this year. 🙂

Question: Do you make resolutions or set goals for the New Year? Will you share one or two?

 


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Happy Christmas Eve!

A Christmas tree inside a home.
I receieved this from #4 yesterday morning and wanted to share with you.

A woman was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.

She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the   year—overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, get that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, make sure we don’t forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.

Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff. When the doors closed she couldn’t take it anymore and stated, “Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up and shot.”

From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet, calm voice respond, “Don’t worry. We already crucified him.”    

For the rest of the trip down the elevator it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.

Don’t forget this year to keep the One who started this whole Christmas thing in your every thought, deed, purchase, and word. If we all did it, just think how different this whole world would be.

Celebrating The Reason For The Season, all year ’round!


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New Grit

John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit.

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♪♫ Back in the Saddle, Again ♫♪

Back at work after a super short New Years holiday. (Too much End Of Year stuff to do to actually take off Friday, even though my sweet boss gave it to us.)

But to make it up to me, G-Man took me to see the new True Grit!

Now I’ve always been a big John Wayne fan. My daddy likes him, and in John’s older years, he reminded me of my granddad a lot! But I have to tell you, the new True Grit beats the original movie, hands down!

New Grit is very exciting. Most of the actors do a much better job of actually, well, acting. Not that Duke didn’t do a great job, but his co-actors weren’t exactly the best.

Okay, just my opinion, but as an actor, Glen Campbell (that old Beach Boys guitarist)sucked pond water. The guy sounded as if he were reading poetry.

And in her early 20’s, Kim Darby was waaaaay too old to play the part of a 13 or 14 year old girl.

The only complaint I had about New Grit was Jeff Bridges sounds as if someone sewed his mouth shut, so he’s a little hard to understand. I’m not sure if his mustashe got tangled with his beard or what, but he sort of mumbles his words.

All in all though, he does a job that Lloyd would have been proud to wade out, put up his tanks and pay at the movies to see.

Lloyd Bridges in 1989.

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*Lloyd Bridges starred in a TV show called Sea Hunt where he was a scuba diver. I don’t remember the show, I just remember hearing about it. 😉 *

I liked everything about New Grit better than True Grit except for the way it ended. The new one might be closer to the book, but the ending is really kind of lame, where the old one has the old fat man (John Wayne–“Well, come and see an old fat man some time!”) jumping his horse over a six rail fence.

Much better way to end it, IMO. After all, he had more adventures to experience and he was riding toward his future.

BTW: If they get around to remaking Rooster Cogburn, I have G-Man’s permission to play Katharine Hepburn’s part. I could do a much better job! (LOL!!!)

Coen Brothers–give me a call when you’re ready to start. I’m there for you!


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A NEW Year

This is it! 2011–a shiny, brand-spanking new year!

The date’s 1-1-11.  In ten days it’ll be 1-11-11. And in November we’ll have 11-11-11. Which, if you consider it, might just be the year for several firsts.

One of those firsts is . . . I’m cleaning, organizing, working hard in my office for the first time in a long time. It had turned into a place to put things I didn’t want to think about.

This is behind my desk. I took this picture because it’s the least messy place in the room.

There’s a bed under this mess. I found it yesterday. Sad, isn’t it? Hard to believe that an adult would let any place in her house look like this. You know what they say . . . out of sight, out of mind. I definitely had to be out of my mind to let this room come to such a state. A-C-K!!!

Last October when Holly Jacobs spoke to RWI at our retreat, she mentioned that the only thing that upsets her is when someone is staying with her and doesn’t put things where they belong. She can’t stand a mess.

Guilt bit Aunt Betty (I’m going to have to tell you about Aunt Betty one of these days) when she said it. Not hard enough, apparently, because I’ve just started the real cleaning process.

There’s probably a whole sermon here. If I were a minister, I’d use these pictures as an example of how we keep sins hidden in our lives, but sooner or later, we have to account for them, unless we know the Saviour.

Aren’t you glad I’m not a preacher? <g>

One of my problems is I don’t have any place to store things and keep them organized. This room is where I keep all my office and craft/hobby stuff, and it’s just impossible.

As a writer, I buy tons of books. I just can’t keep them all, but it’s so hard to give them away. (I’m hoping my new Kindle will help with that!) Right now I have several bags full to pass on.  

I’m determined, though. When I find the floor-bed-desktop, I’m going buy more storage and give everything a “place”. I just hope I can figure something out.

Being the world’s least organized person, I’ll probably have a really hard time. I honestly try to get organized and usually just end up confused. It’s a sad state of  affairs.

Any and all suggestions are welcome! Just speak up. If you think of something brilliant, I’ll give you a bag of books! 🙂


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New Years Eve

Fireworks at New Years 2002

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My New Years Eve started early.

 

This is Molly. She was a rescue dog, but now she’s the queen of the castle.

She protects her family from marauding opossums who try to steal from our pond.

She’s a little shy, but she tries to help us watch our weight. *If you don’t want that meat, I’ll take care of it!*

And she’s really bad about looking away just when I snap her picture.

She keeps the snow in line. She even lets us know when it’s storming. 

When Molly first came to rule the house, she was thrilled because she thought we’d installed an indoor bathroom for her. G-Man and I, however, had in mind using it for a living room. Since we couldn’t come to a meeting of the minds, G-Man and I installed a baby gate to keep “accidents” from happening.

Clever Molly has found that she can use said gate as an early alarm system. Anytime it storms, she just grabs the gate with her teeth and shakes it. Hard. And. Wakes. Me. Up.

This morning, a t-storm rolled through at 3:30. At 3:31 she was rattling the gate and I was downstairs, trying to keep her quiet.

The last day of 2010 started early is going to be v-e-r-y long.

It’s 5:15 now and she’s peacefully sleeping on the love seat. I have to start fixing G-Man’s breakfast in thirty minutes. *sigh* I think I’ll take a quick nap.