Elf on the Shelf

What are your thoughts on the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon? Here is an article from the Huffington Post to describe it for you are in the dark.

Personally, I think it is Creepy (yes, with a capital “C”). I have had an elf doll since I was a little girl and I don’t even put it out at Christmas any more!

Whatcha think of that?

Blessings, gail

Driving Mr. Himself

Himself, my husband, had shoulder surgery a couple of weeks ago. Part of his recuperation involves not driving. At all. Zilch.
Having one’s husband home when one is used to being alone during the day can try the best of marriages. Being asked to go out a lot when one is a homebody, well, let’s just say that “grace” is the order of the day; grace and prayers, lots of prayers!
Oh, please don’t pray for patience for me! Once, years ago, when I told I friend I was praying patience for her she threatened she would start praying I would have many, many children. When people pray for patience, it seems God gives them things to be patient about! I have plenty on my plate.
Although I am a good driver, I much prefer Himself to drive most of the time. I enjoy looking around an observing the world around me. Oh, healing come soon!
Blessings, gail

College of Prayer

I am feeling the need for a break. Happily, the College of Prayer is conducting a module this week in a church not so far away.

What is the College of Prayer? I can’t explain it. Oh, how I wish I could but it is more of an experience than a pen to paper, lecture time.Their home page states: “We’re here to train those who want to get back to the basics of where a vibrant Christian life filled with the presence of Christ starts. We’re here to mentor those who are working too hard, and praying too little. We’re here to equip those who desire tools to further their intimacy with the living God. All of this starts with a simple, but honest plea … “Lord, teach us to pray!” (Luke 11:1)

When I am feeling drained, it means I need to spend more time in prayer; in God’s holy presence. The College of Prayer states that it is for leaders but all are welcome. We will all, if we want to grow in Christ and in His Spirit, lead someone in some way.

Take a look and see if they have a campus by you. I promise you won’t regret it.

Blessings, gail 

Books! I’ve Got Books!



In this age of E-Readers, there is nothing, and I mean nothing like holding a paper and binding book.

Truth be told, I am still a bit electronically challenged. I have had a tablet for a couple of years and haven’t begun to understand all it might have to offer. Loading books is easy but just doesn’t cut it for a cozy sit down. Oh, and it has to be charged! Not my paper and glue copies.

The love of reading is a legacy in my family. Some of my earliest memories are of my mom with her nose in a book. She gifted me with a membership in Reader’s Digest Books for Young Readers. Jane Eyre was a favorite by the time I was around nine. Had I tried to read the unabridged version at that age I probably wouldn’t have gotten through it.

Hardcover, paperback, e-book, magazine, cereal box, thrillers, mysteries, textbooks, anime….what is your favorite reading material?

Blessings, g

Crank it Up!

When we moved from a single family house to a two family, we were blessed with very quiet, rarely home downstairs neighbors.  Ah, I love my quiet!

Last July, we were blessed with new neighbors:  a lovely woman and her two daughters, both in elementary school.  We hit it off right away.  We have been able to bless each other and Isabella, my nine-year-old granddaughter has found new friends.

That being said, with a family, instead of two single people, living downstairs, I realize much more that this house wasn’t built with sound absorbing materials!

I hear myself in the voice of the mother trying to get her girls to school on time.  It is my voice that I hear when reprimanding is done a bit too harshly.  It is my family I hear laughing.

Sometimes looking in a mirror is difficult; sometimes it is sweet.  I am thankful for my new neighbors.

Inigo Montoya

One of my top ten movie favorites is The Princess Bride.  I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t like it.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Inigo is one of the characters and he has got quite a chip on his shoulder as you can see by the above quote.

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

He says what is on his mind.

“I do not mean to pry, but you don’t by any chance happen to have six fingers on your right hand?”

His powers of observations are second to none.

He is a philosopher:

“More pursue than study lately. You see, I cannot find him… it’s been twenty years now and I’m starting to lose confidence. I just work for Vizzini to pay the bills. There’s not a lot of money in revenge.”

He is a man of his convictions:

” I was eleven years old. And when I was strong enough, I dedicated my life to the study of fencing. So the next time we meet, I will not fail. I will go up to the six-fingered man and say, “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” 

Inigo is one of a number of memorable characters in this classic.  Enjoy!


When Himself and I were approaching our silver anniversary, I knew I wanted a silver wedding band. I had no idea what I wanted it to look like except that I didn’t want a traditional band.

We went to different stores and he found something he liked but I didn’t. I’m the type of person who will look until I find “it” even when I don’t know what “it” is.

On the internet, I visited many sites looking for my dream ring. Finally, on Christian Book Distributors web site I found it!

It is the Hebrew word “Yeshua” which means Jesus. I love it!

Random “Stuff”

In order to keep this blog going, I am going to have to stop waiting until I “have something to say” and just type!

I read the obituaries. Yup. Have been reading them for many years although I am only…years old. I get curious and, if the obit doesn’t say what the person died of, I look at the end of the post. Often, it will say, “In lieu of flowers,” and will request a donations to a charity which is often for the cause of the death.

Well, recently, I have seen several “in lieu ofs” for autism organizations. Every time, one of the survivors has been a grandson (in case you don’t know, the majority of people on the autism spectrum are boys). Love transcending the grave. It is a beautiful thing.

Are you sick of this American presidential campaign? Oy, I am so looking forward to it being over. May God have mercy on this nation I live in.

Speaking of November 6 (election day), it is Himself’s and my 25th wedding anniversary. Where on earth did the time go??? We know that the kids aren’t giving us a party. The Boy said, since we (meaning I) hinted so much, he and The Girl are taking us out to dinner. Hey, it’s the least they can do, right?

My mother-in-love and I have a standing date on Fridays. I bring her to the hairdresser and then she takes me out to lunch. It’s a good thing we get along so well. Yes, you do marry the family.

We are hunkered down for what is being called “Frankenstorm.” There is a cold storm coming from the midwest and a warm hurricane coming from the south. Oy. I am so glad God is in charge of our lives. We have bottled water and food. Our next door neighbor has a large enough generator that he kindly offered to let us run an extension cord to our basement where our freezer is. It is full and I’d hate to lose all those groceries.

I’m going to end here with a wish that all who read are well. Please pray for us that this storm will pass without injuries.