Archive for May, 2007

The Word of the Day is:

hemi demisemiquaver [hem-ee-dem-ee-sem-ee-kwey-ver] noun : a musical note with the time value of 1/64 of a whole note : sixty fourth note 64th_note.gif

Example sentence:
The pianist’s fingers became a blur flying over the keys as she
played the difficult hemidemisemiquavers of the allegro movement.

Did you know?
Hemi demisemiquavers are the fastest musical notes that are
commonly played, and performing them well can stretch human technique to its
limit. The term is mainly used in Britain, where eighth notes are
called “quavers,” sixteenth notes are called “semiquavers,” and thirtysixth notes are called “demisemiquavers.”

In the United States, “hemidemisemiquaver” is likely to be used humorously, occurring especially as a clever substitute for “moment” or “bit,” as in “the concert ended not a hemidemisemiquaver too soon.”

Hope you enjoyed this little tidbit.

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Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, “Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping” by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication “To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead” (Source: Duke University’s Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920). While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day. It is more likely that it had many separate beginnings; each of those towns and every planned or spontaneous gathering of people to honor the war dead in the 1860’s tapped into the general human need to honor our dead, each contributed honorably to the growing movement that culminated in Gen Logan giving his official proclamation in 1868. It is not important who was the very first, what is important is that Memorial Day was established. Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.

May we never forget the sacrifice of those who have fought for freedom.  God bless their memory and God please BLESS AMERICA!



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A to Z Meme

 I was tagged by Diana and since she is such a sweetheart I participated.  LOL

“A to Z Meme”

A. Available or Single?
Taken for life!

B- Best Friend.

C- Cake or Pie.
Please don’t make me choose! Cake                                                                                                                                                       

D- Drink of Choice.
Diet Coke!

E- Essential Item.
Cell Phone                                                                                                                         

F- Favorite Color.

G- Gummi Bears or Worms.

H- Hometown.
Fresno, CA

I- Indulgence.
Yum! Ghiradelli Hot Fudge Sundae

J- January or February.

K- Kids.
Two and a Son-in-law

L- Life is incomplete without…
 The Holy Ghost

M- Marriage Date.
September 2

N- Number of Siblings?
Three.  One brother (deceased) and two sisters.

O- Oranges or Apples?

P- Phobias/Fears.
I don’t really have any.  At least nothing comes to mind.

Q- Favorite Quote.
“God never asked about your ability. Only about  your availability.”

R- Reasons to smile.
To many to name but I get down right happy when someone repents, is baptized in Jesus Name and is filled with the Holy Ghost.  Can you imagine what goes on in Heaven?

S- Season(ing).
Season – Winter and Snow skiing!
Seasoning – Accent

T- Tag Three.

U- Unknown Fact About Me.

V- Vegetarian or Oppressor of Animals.
I love meat.

W- Worst Habit.
Chomping on Ice!

X- X-rays or Ultrasounds.
Have not needed any, Thank God!  Well, yearly mammograms.  Does that count?

Y- Your Favorite Foods.

Z- Zodiac.
I don’t follow any of that. 

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Yesterday morning at 10:00 we went to the Home-going of Blanche Faye Kilgore Shoemake.  As we walked into the sanctuary you could already feel the sweet, comforting presence of the Lord.  As the service progressed and different ones spoke and sang there was such an awesome presence of God there.  I believe that is because we were honoring the life of one of God’s favorites,  Blanche Shoemake.  What a great lady she was.  Sis. Shoemake lived for the Lord from a young child until the day God called her home.  Her life impacted so many other lives that we know about and hundreds and even thousands that we do not know.  She was a lady of prayer and many talents.  Sis. Shoemake always tried her best at everything she did.  When she cooked a meal.  When she taught Sunday School.  When she was raising her family. As a hostess.  As a wife.  And if you don’t believe that one you would have to just hear how Bro. Shoemake talked about his beloved Blanche.  I heard him say one time when I was little girl,  “if Blanche ain’t gonna be my wife in Heaven, I don’t even want to go”.   We have laughed about that statement many times down through the years but he was just trying to express what a love he had for her.  Sis. Shoemake always looked so “spiffy” and classy, so put together.  I wish I had pictures of  her in her little hats.  She was so pretty.  However, it wasn’t just her physical beauty but her spirit that made her the beautiful lady she was.  I remember one time sitting at her table with her as we ate a snack and I asked her how she had kept herself so slim and trim all of these years.  And she said, “well, honey when you go to someone’s house they will always fix their favorite and best dishes for you.  At the end of the meal when they offer you a piece of pie for dessert you tell them just how big you want your slice to be and if they bring you a bigger piece you only eat the amount that you said you wanted.”  And, I said, “well I always feel guilty if I don’t eat it all, or afraid they will think I don’t like it.”  And she said, “Oh no, no, no.  When you say that’s all you want then that is all you are obligated to eat.”  That is just one memory but it has stuck in my brain for more than 28 years.  She gave me some other advice that day too but I won’t share that here.  LOL  She was just a priceless Jewel and I’m so thankful I knew her and had the opportunity to be around her some in my life.  I know the angels in heaven sang a beautiful welcome song when Blanche Shoemake stepped across the threshold.  And I’m sure the Lord said, “Welcome Home, thou good and faithful servant.”


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You may have seen this before but I like it so much I thought it worth posting here.  Be sure to think about them one at time before going on to the next one.  It does make you feel good, especially the thought after number 44.  Enjoy

1.  Falling in Love

2.  Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3.   A Hot Shower.

4.  No lines at the supermarket.

5.  A special glance.

6.  Getting mail.

7.  Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8.  Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9.  Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10.  Hot Towels fresh out of the dryer.

11.  Chocolate milkshake (vanilla or strawberry).

12.  A bubble bath.

13.  Giggling.

14.   A GOOD conversation.

15.  The beach.

16.  Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.

17.  Laughing at yourself.

18.  Looking into their eyes and knowing they love you.

19.  Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20.  Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

21.  Running through sprinklers.

22.  Having someone tell you that you’re beautiful.

23.  Laughing at an inside joke with FRIENDS.

24.  Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

25.  Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

26.  Your first kiss (the very first).

27.  Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

28.  Playing with a new puppy.

29.  Having a child play with your hair.

30.  Sweet dreams.

31.  Hot chocolate.

32.  Road trips with friends.

33.  Swinging on swings.

34.  Making eye contact with a friend across the room and know what you’re both thinking.

35.  Holding hands with someone you care about.

36.  Having friends send you homemade cookies.

37.  Making chocolate chip cookies.

38.  Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

39.  Watching the expression on someone’s face as they open a much desired present from you.

40.  Watching the sunrise.

41.  Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.

42.  Knowing that somebody misses you.

43.  Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

44.  Knowing you’ve done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

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From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What equals 100%?

What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to give over 100%.

How about achieving 101%?

What equals 100% in life?

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:

IF:  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

IS REPRESENTED AS: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

THEN:   H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K     8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%   and

K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E    11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 =96%

A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E    1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 =100%   


L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D   12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that: While hard-work and knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it is only the Love of God that will put you OVER THE TOP!

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Check this Out

Mark Condon Music Club.  This is a great deal.  You will love the song for May, “Rain Lord”.  Mark has been a blessing to the church for many years and now he and his team have put together another great idea with the Music iclub. 

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Linda, I know I always tell the story of how I thought you were a princess when we were growing up but it’s so true. I always admired your poise and gracefulness. When you walked into a room you always turned heads. I know it was not only your physical beauty but also your spirit.

I use to love to hear you, Keith and Mother sing. You could go so low and I thought that was so cool. My favorite song was, “The Next Step”.

I watched as you wrapped Wendell around your finger and I laughed. Some things never change. LOL I’m so proud that you have a great man that has loved you for so many years and treated you like the princess you are. I have also watched as you have come through some dark valleys and seen you only grow in more grace. You are a great wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, pastor’s wife and SISTER.

I pray that your birthday is blessed beyond measure.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! To my big sis!

I will go to Foster’s Freeze and eat a Hot Fudge Sundae for you on your birthday.


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My dear Mother has been gone for several years and I miss her terribly. However, I do have the hope of seeing her again one sweet day. If your Mother is still with you today I hope you will take the time to let her know how very special she is. That is one thing I am always thankful for is that I let Mother know while she was alive how very much she meant to me. You can’t say or do enough for your mother! Give her a big hug if she is near you. Call her if she is far away, but let her know you love her. I thank God for giving me the best Mother a girl could ever want.

I hope every mother feels as special as you are today.  Happy Mother’s Day! 



You filled my days with rainbow lights,
Fairy-tales and sweet dream nights,
A kiss to wipe away my tears,
Gingerbread to ease my fears.

You gave the gift of life to me
And then in love, you set me free.
I thank you for your tender care,
For deep warm hugs and being there.

I hope that when you think of me
A part of you
You’ll always see.

~Author Unknown~


“God could not be everywhere
and therefore he made mothers.”
~Jewish proverb~

“Of all the rights of women,
the greatest is to be a mother.”
~By Lin Yutang~

“The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always
find forgiveness.”
~By Honore’ de Balzac (1799-1850)~

“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.”
~By Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)~

“Youth fades; love droops,
the leaves of friendship fall;
A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.”
~By Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)~

“The joys of motherhood
are never fully experienced
until the children are in bed.”
~~Author Unknown.~~

When you were small… And just a touch away,
I covered you with blankets against the cool night air…
But now that you are tall… And out of reach,
I fold my hands and cover you in prayer
~author unknown

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Today I went with several ladies from our church to Filoli House and Garden. Located thirty miles south of San Francisco on the eastern slope of the Coast Range, the 654-acre Filoli estate contains as its central portion a historic house and sixteen acres of formal garden. The house contains 36,000 square feet of interior floor space on two floors and a mezzanine. There are forty-three rooms and seventeen fireplaces. It was quite a site. The manicured gardens are absolutely beautiful. In the rose garden I took several pictures but this one caught my eye the most and reminded me of this poem. It is so true!


It is only a tiny rosebud,
This flower of God’s design;
But I cannot unfold its petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.

The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
This flower God opens so sweetly,
Would in my hands fade and die.

If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God’s design,
How can I think I have wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?

So I’ll trust in Him for His leading
Each moment of every day.
I will look to Him for His guidance
Each step of the pilgrim way.

The pathway that lies before me,
My Heavenly Father knows.
I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose.

(author unknown)

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