Are You a Pack Rat?

May 17th

I really am looking forward to giving hugs to Baby R today. Last night I found out that my Grandma who we went to see a couple of weeks ago is back in the hospital and not doing very well.  She’s nearly 96 and her body just doesn’t have the strength to fight off infections and illnesses like it used to.  I’m so grateful that we were able to see her and see the joy on her face as she met the newest member of our family.  It just makes me very sad to think of my Grandma, who has always been strong willed, stubborn and on the go, helpless and in bed unable to take care of herself.  She’s a pretty amazing lady, and I am asking that anyone willing, could you please say a prayer?  We just want God’s will and timing be done, and that Grandma is comfortable no matter what happens from here.  We are so blessed to have had her in our lives for this long and count each new day as an additional blessing.  The comfort I will get from snuggling the baby today will be not just because he’s pretty amazing, but he is a living, breathing, smiling example of how life and love goes on from generation to generation.



Today is my Mother’s Birthday.  We combined her birthday celebration with Mother’s Day, since she and Dad are getting ready for a cruise with my uncle and aunt.  She’s busy getting ready to go and won’t have time to hang out like we usually would.  I might get a chance to see her briefly to at least give her a hug.  We’ll see how the afternoon goes.


Verse of the Day

Monday – May 17, 2017

The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.

Proverbs 10:29


Thoughts on the Verse of the Day

What is your source of security, hope, and protection? The way of the Lord is a refuge, a strength, a place of security! Let’s make sure we live our lives there, knowing that God’s commands and demands for righteousness are for our protection as well as his glory.


Food for Thought

I’ve decided, once again, that I lose brain cells every time I watch the news. The hypocrisy of the left leaning media – and these days that seems to be pretty much all that is out there, even with historically conservative news outlets – is staggering.  Let me dumb this down for anyone stupid enough to believe the latest ”scandal” that says President Trump pressured former FBI Director Comey to stop investigating Flynn.  Are you ready?  Do you have your “dumbed down” hat on?  OK – here we go.  In order to accuse someone of doing something bad – at least if you want it to have any credibility – you have to have a little thing called EVIDENCE.  Evidence is something that proves that something happened.  In court you have to have evidence, as convictions are not based on heresay – or in simpler terms, something someone said, since people lie sometimes, so the truth of what they are saying doesn’t count.  Accusing someone because you feel a certain way, saying you heard something, spreading rumors – these things are NOT evidence.  What “evidence” does the left have?  They don’t.  What they have is what someone said over the telephone.  An assistant to James Comey said that after a meeting with President Trump, Mr. Comey made a few notes in memo form.  Those notes were, in part, supposedly read over the phone by an anonymous source to the media.  Do you get this?  We haven’t seen a memo.  And even if we HAD seen a memo, what does that prove? That Comey put a few words on paper that reflected his opinion?  Hell, I have an opinion about EVERYTHING, but it doesn’t make it evidence to point fingers and anyone else for wrong doing.  Pull your outraged panties out of your backsides, settle down and stop believing everything bad you hear just because you want to hear it.  This President has accomplished more in his first 100 days or so as president than any other in the history of our nation.  Sit back and enjoy a better economy, more jobs and a prosperous future.  You might actually find out that your doom, gloom and lie mongering were all for nothing at all!


Pack Rat Day – Hi – my name is Karina and I am a pack rat.  I admit it.  Your turn. Are you a pack rat too?  You might as well fess up that you have a lot of “stuff” that you just can’t bear to part with and celebrate today!  It’s really easy to let things pile up.  Everything we acquire along the road of life has some value to use, or perhaps some sentimental attachment.  Making the decision to discard something can be really difficult!  You may need it someday!  Thing is though, that there is a fine line between collecting and being a pack rat, and being a hoarder.  You don’t want to cross that line or you’ll find yourself on one of those crazy shows where we all feel true horror at what we are seeing!  Getting organized can help with that of course, and really deciding to keep just the stuff that is truly good, and toss the miscellaneous we really know we’ll never, ever need.  If it saves you from being the star of that show, it’s worth it!         In keeping with the intent of Pack Rat Day, here are some Do’s and Don’t’s:

  • Don’t clean your room, basement, garage or any other area today.
  • Don’t discard anything today…It may be valuable.
  • Don’t even empty the trash today. You might have accidentally thrown out something useful.
  • Do keep an eye out for useful stuff being discarded by others.
  • Do go to garage and rummage sales. They can be pack rat gold mines.
  • Do look around your belongings and be thankful for what you have.
  • Do spend time thinking of uses for your things. Justification for saving is satisfying.

Tomorrow . . . out comes the trash can and the boxes to put things to take to Good Will. 


Turn Beauty Inside Out Day – We’ve all heard that beauty is skin deep . . . but is it really?  Yes, we perceive physical beauty on a person’s outside appearance, but today we are challenged to turn beauty inside out and look to the inner beauty in the people we see.  When it comes down to it, a person can be physically beautiful, but so gnarled up and dark on the inside that it makes them hideous.  At the same time, you can have someone who is overlooked physically, seen as plain to the eye, but the beauty on the inside is so stunning that the love and kindness just radiates out of them.  This is the type of person that others are drawn to – heart to heart.  Today turn the popular media’s idea of beauty upside down and inside out and look at the actions and attitudes of people who are truly beautiful on the inside.

World Hypertension Day – This one is an educational event that is designed to raise awareness of the conditions and issues that surround hypertension – or high blood pressure.  Awareness is vitally important, so life style changes can be made, to avoid being a statistic that is connected to deaths leading to heart attacks, kidney disease and strokes that are caused by hypertension.  The World Hypertension League (I had never heard of them) believes there is a lack of awareness in the general public, and this is what they wish to change.  One of the ways to help avoid hypertension is by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress in your life.  Sometimes that last one is easier said than done . . . but we should all try!



This Day in History –

1875 – “And They’re Off!” as the first Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs.


Food Celebration of the Day –

National Cherry Cobbler Day – The U.S. grows about 370 million pounds of sweet cherries each year — of that annual harvest, 175 million pounds are packaged into frozen, canned or maraschino cherries. That’s a LOT of cherries!  Sounds like a delicious way to end the work week, doesn’t it?


Aw, I am finishing this up while Baby R sleeps. He isn’t feeling very well.  As soon as his Mom and Dad were gone he laid his head on my shoulder and promptly dropped off.  He didn’t even wiggle when I laid him down in his little bed! Bless his little heart, I think he might be coming down with his first cold. Sleep can only help him get better faster, so I hope he naps well and recovers quickly so he gets his little smile back!  Have a lovely Wednesday!  God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow.

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