Sunday, May 31, 2009


I pray you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter
how gray the day may appear.
I pray you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I pray you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I pray you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life
may appear bigger.
I pray you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I pray you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I pray you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.


Natalie on Graduation Day

With Grandma and Grandpa...Lindsay, Natalie and Mallory...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Graduation Day....where did these years go?

Natalie it seems like only yesterday you were watching Barney on the TV and now today I am going to see you graduate High all happened so quickly and went by in a blink of an eye! Love you, hugs, mom

Sunday, May 24, 2009


You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a stethoscope that actually worked.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it.

You learned to skate with actual skates (not roller blades) that had metal wheels.

You thought Gopher from Love Boat was cute (admit it!)

You had nightmares after watching Fantasy Island .

You had either a 'bowl cut' or 'pixie', not to mention the 'Dorothy Hamill'.
People sometimes thought you were a boy.

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days. YEAH! You owned a 'Slip-n-Slide', on which you injured yourself on a sprinkler head more than once.

You owned 'Klick-Klacks' and smacked yourself in the face more than once !

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession.

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.

You had the Donnie and Marie dolls with those pink and purple satiny shredded outfits, or the sunshine family

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze.
The swing set tipped over at least once.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color. (Oh yeah!)

You had a pair of Doctor Scholl's sandals (the ones with hard sole & the buckle). You also had a pair of salt-water sandals.

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the
Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture;
and you despised Nellie Oleson!

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink!

PONG! ('video tennis' ) was the most remarkable futuristic game you've ever heard of !

Your hairstyle was described as having 'wings' or 'feathers' and you kept it 'pretty'
with the comb you kept in your back pocket.
When you walked, the 'wings' flapped up and down, looked like you were gonna 'take off'

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry Muffin and Huckleberry Pie.

You carried a lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic.
With the thermos inside some were glass inside and broke the first time you dropped them.

You and your girlfriends would fight over which of the Dukes of Hazzard was your boyfriend.

It was a big event in your household each year when the 'Wizard of Oz' would come on TV.
Your mom would break out the popcorn and sleeping bags!

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the question: 'Who will I marry.
Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or David Cassidy?'

You completely wore out your Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Fame soundtrack record album.

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage,
or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom.

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts!

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker.

You had subscriptions to Dynamite and Tiger Beat.

You thought Olivia Newton John's song 'Physical' was about aerobics. (?? its not??)

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart rainbow designs.

You wanted to be a Solid Gold dancer.

You drowned yourself in Love's Baby Soft - which was the first 'real' perfume you ever owned.

You glopped your lips in Strawberry Roll-on lip-gloss till it almost dripped off.

I found the paint and am ready to start ...

I found a red, mustard yellow and an olive green is going to look so neat in the kitchen...can't decide weather to paint the kitchen cabinets red or leave them black...going towards red..we have had some flooring for several years and I found it today and it is green color tiles..they are going to look so neat in the kitchen..I called my friend and her husband is going to come over this week and see what needs to be done to get the floor done...I am resting now so later I can get it started...only will do a little at a time...first project in 9 months...

Went to the meat market and the butcher was so kind...he told me if I ever needed to put some meat on a ticket until we got paid I could and I never have asked in all these I asked if I could pay next week...he asked what I wanted and I asked for 5 pounds of ground meat...he asked if I wanted sirloin, ground round, chuck? I told him chuck was just fine and thanked him...he brought it to the checkout girl and told her no charge...he said don't worry about it and told me to have a Happy Memorial Day and it was on him~~~~ I just about cried..I didn't even want to ask and then he gave it to me...there are still a lot of nice people out there...hugs and prayers, cheryl

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tomorrow I am going to start to fix up my kitchen!!!

I am so excited....I am suppose to do something I enjoy and I have been looking at the kitchen and want to do something new for summer. I was at Joann Fabrics today and found this neat fabric with blue and yellow small checks and Cherries on it! It is going to be so cute...then it has a matching stripe material to it..not sure all I am going to do but should come out cute...will take before and after pictures! hugs, cheryl

Joanne coupon 40 till May 30

40 percent off till May 30th

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I can finally use my right arm...Natalie's Last day of School!

Went to therapy yesterday and had almost a 2 hour session...was told I could do a few things finally with my right arm... it has been 9 months since I have used my arm....YEAH...he said I could even plant some flowers if I just use it close to me and only light things...I am so happy....I can't believe 9 months since I have used it really!!!! wow ....we take so much for granted until it is neck is so much better today also...Natalie had her senior banquet last night and today is her last day of school and she is finished!!! I made it through all my girls in school...I cannot believe seems like they were just beginning kindergarten and they are all done! Time went so fast! hugs, cheryl

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

No matter how small and
unimportant what we are
doing may seem, if we do
it well, it may soon become
the step that will lead us to
better things.”
--- Channing Pollock

What a Beautiful Day to Remember...

The Last of Prom for My Daughters...Sad but She was Beautiful!!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


My Friend sent me this and it came right when I needed it! hugs, cheryl

All Things Will Fall Into Place

When tears are shed and we question why
And it seems we find life hard to face,
Remember friend, with the help of God,
All things will fall into place

Life at times seems hard and cruel
And we can't seem to find God's grace,
Remember friend, with the help of God,
All things will fall into place.

There are times that are tough and sometimes rough
And we make mistakes in our haste,
remember friend, with the help of God,
All things will fall into place.

After stormy periods the sun will shine
And our sorrows will all be erased,
Remember friend, with the help of God,
All things will fall into place.

If we would just learn to let go and let God
And always make this the case,
Remember friend, with the help of God,
All things will fall into place.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Well today was not a day like I planned on...went to Loyola on the wrong day...I was to go on Monday ...where did I get Friday...I am so brain dead anymore...Kerry had the neurosurgeon and the General Physician and here is the next things ahead...he can only have one more surgery ever on his spine for the rest of his life...Lindsay and I say to wait till winter to do this so he can at least enjoy the summer as best he can...then they believe he has a hernia and has to have blood work and ct scan and see a surgeon another day in our lives...tomorrow is Prom and it has rained and they say flash floods and possible frost tomorrow night and Sunday is not suppose to be cold now..crazy weather here in Chicago land....Greys was so sad last night...oh poor George and Izzy! hugs, cheryl

PS then I forgot to share on Monday Kerry put an old shutter in the doorway to catch the dog in the kitchen so he could take her out and when I walked in the door I didn't see it and fell right over it and hit my face flat on the floor...I ended up with whiplash and hurt both of my shoulders...I have had so much pain...not a good way to help rotator cuff and a fusion on your neck heal....what a glad it is Friday!!!!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Salsa Recipe....mmmmmmmmmm

Want a really good Salsa recipe!!!


2 Cups canned tomatoes, undrained and chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 can diced green chilies (4 oz)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 Tablespoon wine vinegar

1 green bell pepper, diced

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Mix all ingredients together and cover. Leave overnight in frig to blend flavors.

If finer texture is desired, put ingredients in blender for a few seconds.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Coupons to help you save money!

Check out this site with very good coupons...pages and pages of them! hugs, cheryl

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Make sure you turn off my music on the right hand side before you start the youtube video!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Went to Chicago today and brought my camera!

It was such a beautiful day in the City and the flowers were just beautiful! hugs, cheryl Enjoy!

We get the gas back on Yeah

I will never forget to call again...we will have hot water tomorrow! Yeah! Won't forget to call next time....this was a tough few days but learned a tough lesson! cheryl

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Forgot to pay the Gas Bill....Cold Water, No Dryer, No cooking!

I had good intentions and forgot all about May 1st to call Nicor Gas and set up payments...I arrived home from my daughters in the afternoon and just collapsed in the husband came to wake me up and he hated to tell me but the Gas Company came out in the afternoon and put a lock on our gas service..I just cried and cried...some days you really wonder how much more can we has been over 24 hours now and still waiting for them to receive the medical approval to turn us back on...we should find out tomorrow as Kerry is disabled and he really cannot go without hot water...we cannot even wash the clothes or do many things we take for granted...I will not let this one ever go again! Another thing I will put on my list of never to forget!!!! The girls have handled it better than I thought...I really thought they were going to get so mad at me but they have been very understanding knowing I really did not mean to do this! hugs, cheryl

Monday, May 4, 2009

♪♫ "Today is where your book begins; the rest is still unwritten..."

Friday, May 1, 2009

The Coffee House!

I am totally enjoying my time with Lindsay...we have never had an entire week one on one since she was a baby! Got her all moved into her new place and settled...she took me to the Coffee House so we could get the internet as they do not have it yet! She has to work tomorrow but on Sunday going to Branson for the day! Going to eat at Lamberts! I guess they through rolls in the air! hugs, cheryl