Friday, November 27, 2015

Common Knowledge?

My hubby told me some things that surprised me.  He says it is common knowledge that:

(1) The NFL gets paid by the government to do patriotic things at the games. Things like reuniting soldiers with their family or making the flag in the stands with spectators all holding a part of the picture. 

(2) The referees have other jobs as well.  Being a NFL referee isn't their primary job.  

I did know any of these things that he said "everyone knew."  So, I need to know who is right.  Please let us know in the comments if you knew these things.  I think there are others who didn't know these things either, did you?

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

So Much to be Thankful For!

O come, let us sing unto the LORD:  let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. (Psalm 95:1-3, KJV)
What our Pastor said last week is true:  "Once you start thinking of something you are thankful for, more things will come to mind."

God has blessed me so much and given me almost 62 years (my birthday is Dec. 13).  I am so thankful that most of those years (all but the first 7) I spent knowing, loving and serving Jesus, my personal savior.  What a blessing, privilege and honor to serve the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords! 

One game I like to play in my Sunday School classes around Thanksgiving is Scattegories.  I give them a letter and have them list things they are thankful for that begin with that letter in a minute (or whatever time limit I choose).  Then they get a point for the things on their list that no one else has.

Another game I did last year with a small class of four 5th graders was to let them build towers with big cardboard blocks.  They took turns naming things they were thankful for going through the alphabet.  We got all the way up to "S" I think.

Okay, if you've read this far and are curious, here's my list (let me know if I didn't include something you are thankful for as well)  (click on "read more" below the social media icons):

Monday, November 23, 2015

Fun at Parma-Snow Library With Outback Ray

Chinchilla:  image source Wikipedia
Saturday we went to see an animal show at the library that I was very impressed with.  I loved it, being the animal lover that I am and admired Ray for coming up with such a fun job.  He brought lots of different animals and let anyone there pet them who wanted to.  Of course, it was a family show so mostly little kids were there, but I went up and pet a couple too!

He brought a lizard named Jabberjaws, Pokemon the hedgehog, Black Jack the huge rabbit, a cockroach, a big yellow snake named Sponge Bob, a black snake named Vader, a 3-band armadillo named Yoda, Mr. Kipling the big reptile with big jaws, Bindy the chinchilla, and a baby tortoise that weighed 30 lbs.  Guess which two I pet (answer at end of the post)!

Ray was pretty funny and interacted very well with the kids, getting them to relax and pet and hold the animals.  I wish I took my camera, but unfortunately, I didn't.  I was impressed that he made sure to use different volunteers every time to choose the next animal and get to hold it.  The show last 45 minutes but I never got bored at all.  It was very good and I loved the fact that he let everyone who wanted to touch the animals.

Outback Ray puts on shows at schools, libraries, birthday parties in homes and even does shows for seniors!  I checked on his website at  to see how much he charged.  My husband's guess was $50 but I thought it would be more than that and I was right.  He charges $200!  I say good for him.  I think it would be worth having him at a party because he did such a good job and brought a lot of different animals.   If I were a kid, I would love to have him at my party!

The two I pet were the big rabbit that felt just like my cat, Spunky Doodle, and the chinchilla.  The rabbit was really big and had a silver sheen to it but of course was black as the name suggests.  It was the first time I ever saw a chinchilla and it was very cute and extremely soft.  My fingers kind of just sunk into its fur.   

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Why I Like My Bus Driver

I have a very nice bus driver coming home.  He not only does his best to get me home safe and sound every day, but is also pleasant and very alert.  Twice, he's gone above and beyond his duty to be helpful to me.

Once, I was sleeping when we got to my stop.  I dozed off reading a dull book and he not only stopped at my stop anyhow when someone else was getting off, but invited my husband to come on the bus and get me!  My wonderful husband comes to meet me at the bus stop everyday.  It was a bit embarrassing but pretty funny.  I like to make people laugh even if they are laughing at me.

Yesterday, he outdid himself again.  This time it is very dark when I come home and I was so engrossed in reading Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix that I didn't even look up.  I was at the part where Professor Snape was about to tutor Harry.  We were making such good time that I had no idea we were already at my stop.  My bus driver stopped anyhow, even though no one rang the buzzer to get off and called back to me that we were at my stop.  I quickly put my book away and jumped off the bus, thanking him.  I'll bring a little treat for him today.  If he hadn't sad something, I would for sure have gone way past my stop.

Thank you Mr. bus driver!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fall Flowers

Flowers in front of PNC Bank Building, Cleveland, Ohio
Here it is October and look how big these flowers are!  When we plant these kind in our yard, they barely get to be 7 inches high. 

Oct. 1, 2015

At least our rose bush still has some pretty roses on it!

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