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I’m baaaaaack

I know It’s been 18 months since I updated this blog. I’ve been sucked into other things in other locations and let’s face it……life gets busy.

I wanted to come back here and update this because this blog means a lot to me. I guess you could say it has sentimental value. It was my first. Many times I thought to just delete it, because I wasn’t using it. Obviously, I couldn’t do that. It would kill me.

That said…..I’m off to find images for my next post.

Stay tuned

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Finding The One…

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Did you think I was talking about a man? Ha! No, well kinda…2 years ago my family and I left the church we were attending. There was a political uprising and our Pastor was fired. Sadly the whole thing was a mess and there was another pastor waiting in the wings…not how it’s suppose to be done but that’s life. Our pastor went about things and eventually started his own church. Anyway, my family and I decided to look at other churches. Our first choice stuck. I’ve been going to church my whole life and never, since childhood, have I felt so at home in a church. The people are are amazing. Everyone is so friendly. They actually make you feel as if you are a family.  We’ve been at this church for 2 years now and I can’t imagine ever going somewhere else. Yesterday, after 2 1/2 years we voted in our new pastor. The previous pastor left to start his own church, at least that is my understanding. Pastor Heath answered the  view of call and came to preach. He was awesome. Kind of nervous, which is understandable, but his message was awesome. It was about unrealistic expectations, which I found to be very fitting. As you can imagine there are people out there who will expect the new pastor to be just like the previous pastor or the interim pastor we have had. I kind of feel like he was saying “I am me, I am not them and don’t expect me to be.” Anyhoo, after the service we had a luncheon and Pastor gave his testimony. After a Q&A session he and his family were taken upstairs and we cast our votes. It was a silent vote. We marked yes or no on a slip of paper we were given and they were counted. It was almost a unanimous vote yes.

We are all so excited to have Pastor Mike as our shepherd. His first official Sunday will be April 24th and sadly I will be out of town at a book festival.

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I Have Heat!!

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Two weeks ago yesterday my heater decided I didn’t need to have heat, despite the cold winter temps and the snow falling from the sky. It was a Sunday so I knew nothing could be done that day so I cranked up my space heater and covered myself with blankets and dealt with it. I guess I shouldn’t say it went out that day. It took a few days to go out completely. In the beginning it was blowing luke warm air and trying to get to temp. By the middle of the week it gave up trying to blow anything close to warm air so I turned it off. A repair guy came out that week and said it needed parts and he would see what he could do. Well a week later I still had no news on my heat so I asked, I know I was driving the park managers crazy but hey…I was cold.  Final verdict was that it couldn’t be fixed and I may have to get a whole new unit but they were still looking for parts. Dandy! How was I going to pay for that?

Long story short, kinda, I have heat again! Turns out it just needed a simple part that could be purchased at Ace Hardware. The park managers ran into a guy who once did their electrical work at their restaurants. Simple and easy. Less than an hour and I had heat. What a great surprise to come home to.

Random Acts of Kindness

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Whether they be simple little gestures or something monumental, in this world so full of hate and violence it truly warms the heart to know there are people out there still caring about one another. Let me tell you my little story.

I live in the mountains of Arizona and this week we have been hit by storms bringing snow and severe cold. Sunday I woke up with no heat. The snow hadn’t started yet but I knew it was coming. I called the mobile home park managers and let them know. I knew there was nothing that could be done on a Sunday but I wanted to be on the list for Monday. The property handyman, Josh, couldn’t make it to my place Monday, something more pressing came up and I completely understand. The storm hadn’t hit yet so I was ok. I have a small room heater and that was doing a good job for my living room. Things didn’t really go south until Wednesday night, when the snow started and the temps dropped severely. I hardly slept Wednesday night do to the severe cold in my bedroom, the little space heater doesn’t do the job for 2 rooms. Eventually I did warm up and fell asleep.

Thursday the repair man was finally able to get to me and sadly my furnace needs parts ordered. So I was prepared to sleep in my living room under my electric throw blanket. But as I was getting ready to take a shower, i had moved my little heater into the bathroom, the property manager was knocking on my door with another heater for me to use. I didn’t cry in front of him but when I plugged it in and felt the warmth coming from this little, yet powerful heater, I sat down and had a cry. It’s not often that people show such kindness to others anymore.

People really do take for granted what they have until they no longer have it. So I will use my 2 little heaters, with great appreciation until my furnace can be repaired. Hopefully today 🙂

This is how I was spending my cold snow day

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Electric throw blanket, kindle and a hot cup of tea.

Be kind to one another. It truly is appreciated.

*side note*….I got yelled at over text messages for not telling one of my dearest friends that I had no heat…lesson learned 😉

NaNo Day 1

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Not too bad a day for writing. Even with everything else I had to do today.

Church, laundry, lunch, another blog post. I still managed over 3000 words. Kinda proud of myself. I decided I would only post stats once a week. Much more than 2 times a week is a little annoying. At least to me. So here they are…

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Word count is NaNo verified word count. Which is actually only one word short of my own count. Not too bad. I hope I can keep up this pace. The library and I are going to become good friends in the coming days.

Decompression

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Have you ever taken a day to just ignore the world and decompress?

Yesterday was my day for decompression. After doing the few things I needed to do, I just chilled. I didn’t really talk to anyone. I just existed.

Sometimes it’s nice to just be alone and just ‘be’

It doesn’t have to do with anyone. It’s just a need to exit the world and clear my own mind that sometimes gets so cluttered stress begins to collect when there was no stress there begin with.

I should do it more often

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My 2013 Year Review

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My year started out just like any other year. Same ole same ole. Work was going well, aside from the loss of my boss and friend. That broke my heart. Family was good. As we did the year before my niece and I started our plans for our trip to Comic-Con in San Diego. In March my volunteer work came to an end as I was kicked out of the group for reasons I am still unclear of. No big loss there really.

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In may my mom and I made a trip to Phoenix to see Chris Tomlin in concert at Grand Canyon University. Check one off my bucket list. It was a great couple of days with my mom shopping and seeing this concert. The energy in the stadium as we all praised God was amazing.

Finally July came and my niece and I were off on our road trip to San Diego.

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This trip is always so much fun. There is never a minute that there isn’t something happening somewhere in downtown San Diego. Once we arrived we hung out at the convention center for a while as we had some time before picking up our friend at the airport.

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I found this while going upstairs to pick up our badges 🙂

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Ballroom 20 line

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Inside ballroom 20

We saw the Vampire Diaries cast again

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We saw the Once Upon a Time cast

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We also got to see part of the Once Upon a Time in Wonderland pilot.

and there there were the headless horsemen from Sleepy Hollow

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The whole trip started with a midnight showing of “Psych The Musical”

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We also saw the True Blood panel…minus Alexander Skarsgard and Stephen Moyer.

I could spend hours going on about what we did and who we saw.

The Walking Dead cast showed up at the Hilton

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In at the end of August my heart fell apart and part of my world ended.  My dad passed away. I can’t tell you how it feels to be 2 states away when your parent is slipping away. That was the worst phone call I’ve ever gotten. I really had no idea what to do. I just sat here waiting for a call back that my dad made it. Sadly that wasn’t the second call I got. So I went to my moms house and cried on her shoulder.  In September I flew to Houston to say goodbye to my dad for the last time.

In the process I did get to see some family I hadn’t seen in a long time

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My favorite cousin and I

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My amazing uncle 🙂

And THEN…In October my mom and I again went to Phoenix. This time to see Stephen Curtis Chapman with Laura Story and Jason Gray.

So as you can see it’s been a good year mixed with a lot of sadness.