Wet Paints

You all know how chain e-mails boggle my mind on how they get around. I got this one from my friend Amy, who I have known since the 6th grade.

Thanks, Amy.


Come with me to a third grade classroom….. There is a nine-year-old kid sitting at his desk and all of a sudden, there is a puddle between his feet and the front of his pants are wet. He thinks his heart is going to stop because he cannot possibly imagine how this has happened. It’s
never happened before, and he knows that when the boys find out he will never hear the end of it. When the girls find out, they’ll never speak
to him again as long as he lives.

The boy believes his heart is going to stop; he puts his head down and prays this prayer, ‘Dear God, this is an emergency! I need help now! Five minutes from now I’m dead meat.’

He looks up from his prayer and here comes the teacher with a look in her eyes that says he has been discovered.

As the teacher is walking toward him, a class mate named Susie is carrying a goldfish bowl that is filled with water. Susie trips in front of the
teacher and inexplicably dumps the bowl of water in the boy’s lap.

The boy pretends to be angry, but all the while is saying to himself, ‘Thank you, Lord! Thank you, Lord!’

Now all of a sudden, instead of being the object of ridicule, the boy is the object of sympathy. The teacher rushes him downstairs and gives him gym shorts to put on while his pants dry out…..

All the other children are on their hands and knees cleaning up around his desk. The sympathy is wonderful. But as life would have it, the ridicule that should have been his has been transferred to someone else – Susie.

She tries to help, but they tell her to get out. You’ve done enough, you

Finally, at the end of the day, as they are waiting for the bus, the boy walks over to Susie and whispers, ‘You did that on purpose, didn’t you?’ Susie whispers back, ‘I wet my pants once too.’

May God help us see the opportunities that are always around us to do

Remember…..Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

Each and everyone one of us is going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the

My instructions were to pick four (4) people that I wanted God to bless, and I picked you. Please pass this to at least four (4) people you want
to be blessed and a copy back to me.

This prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let’s continue to pray for one

The Prayer:

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those that I care deeply for, who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of
Your love and power.. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them Your peace and
mercy.. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.

(If the Lord lays upon your heart to send this to more than four ‘4’ people, you are truly blessed.)

Fitz and The Tantrums

Here is the start of the many songs that I will post that have become my favorite songs.

“Breakin’ The Chains Of Love” by Fitz & The Tantrums (website).  I first heard this song was when I was watching “Live from Daryl’s House” with Daryl Hall on New Year’s Eve. I had no idea who this group was singing on the show. So I spent about 20 minutes trying to find out who they were. I eventually found their name on the “Live from Daryl’s House” website. After that, it took me about a minute to find that video on YouTube.

Now, I have it on my Quick List on my iPod of songs that I want to hear RIGHT NOW! Not sure why I like it so much, but I do. And I wonder why hadn’t I heard of them before?? So thanks to Daryl Hall and his show for introducing Fitz & The Tantrums to me and others!

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

Well, it’s been a year since my mom died. I can’t believe it’s already been a year. Sometimes it feels like it flew by and then there are times when I can hear ever second tick away. Then there are times when I expect her to come home form the hospital like she use to. But I know that will never happen.

Family picture from my mom's 60th surprise birthday party in 2000.

I have heard so many things from people. Some of them were sincere and comforting and then there were some that were a slap in the face. Those are the people that I don’t even give the time of day to any more.

I have always like the “Seasons of Love”. I have been thinking of this song a lot this past year. Every day I think about my mom and how much I miss her. We may not have had the best mother-daughter relationship, but whatever we went through, I loved her. She was my mom and I will never have another one.

The main question asked is, “How do you measure a year?” Various answers are suggested, from points of the day (“Daylights,” “Sunsets,” “Midnights,”) to units of measure (“inches”, “miles”), to everyday events (“cups of coffee”) to more symbolic concepts (“laughter”, “strife”). In the chorus, the song reaches the conclusion that love is the only proper measure of a year in a human life. ~ from Wikipedia.com

So, I know my mom is having a grand old time in heaven with her mother and sister, shopping and talking, talking and shopping and is no longer in any pain. And I know that one day we will be together again.

But right now, I still miss you so much and I love you!

Your daughter, Sylvia

Five-Bean Bake

The only time I have had this dish is when my sister, Cynthia made it. Despite all of five different types of beans used in this recipe, it’s pretty good. And this is probably the only time I would eat butter beans, lima beans, and red kidney beans.

I think I need to make this.

Five-Bean Bake

Switch up the way you serve beans

8 to 10 slices bacon
2 large onions, sliced
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vinegar
2 (16-ounce) cans butter beans, drained
1 (16-ounce) can green beans, drained
1 (16-ounce) can lima beans, drained
1 (16-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (16-ounce) can Boston baked beans 


Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp.  Remove the bacon to paper towels to drain.  Drain the skillet, leaving enough bacon drippings to cover the bottom of the skillet.  Add the onions.  Saute for 5 minutes or until transparent.  Add the brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and vinegar.  Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Combine the butter beans, green beans, lima beans, red kidney beans and Boston baked beans in a large bowl and mix well.  Pour into a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.  Layer the onion mixture over the beans.  Crumble the bacon on top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

NOTE:  This recipe is good served hot or cold.

SERVES:  10 – 12

Gerry Rafferty

One of my favorite songs from the 70’s has to be “Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty.

So when I checked my e-mail today and read that he passed away today, I thought of that song right away. And then after that I Googled Gerry Rafferty to get the 4-1-1 on him.

Here is what I found out:

Gerald “Gerry” Rafferty (16 April 1947 – 4 January 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his solo hits “Baker Street” and “Right Down the Line“, and “Stuck in the Middle” with the band Stealers Wheel.

It took me a long time to figure out that her was a member of Stealers Wheel. And I didn’t know he was Scottish??!!

He was a member of The Humblebums — never heard of them.

“Right Down the Line” reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent four non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart in the U.S., making this the only Rafferty song to ever reach #1 on any US chart.

If you get a chance, you should read some of the comments made by fans YouTube.com.

So here is “Right Down the Line“.

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And if your anything like me, here are the lyrics to the song so you can sing along.

Right Down The Line

Artist: Gerry Rafferty

You know I need your love
You’ve got that hold over me
Long as I’ve got your love
You know that I’ll never leave
When I wanted you to share my life
I had no doubt in my mind
And it’s been you woman
Right down the line

I know how much I lean on you
Only you can see
The changes that I’ve been through
Have left a mark on me
You’ve been as constant as a Northern Star
The brightest light that shines
It’s been you woman right down the line

I just wanna say this is my way
Of tellin’ you everything
I could never say before
Yeah this is my way of tellin’ you
That every day I’m lovin’ you so much more
‘Cause you believed in me through my darkest night
Put somethin’ better inside of me
You brought me into the light
Threw away all those crazy dreams
I put them all behind
And it was you woman
Right down the line

I just wanna say this is my way of tellin’ you everything
I could never say before
Yeah this is my way of tellin’ you
Everything I could never say before
Yeah this is my way of tellin’ you
That every day I’m lovin’ you so much more

If I should doubt myself, if I’m losing ground
I won’t turn to someone else
They’d only let me down
When I wanted you to share my life
I had no doubt in my mind
And it’s been you woman
Right down the line

Brad and Pam

Just wanted to post something today. I’ve been working 12-hour days lately and they are kicking me butt.

But I do want to give a “shout out” to my nephew, Brad and niece, Pam. They mean so much to me and I’m so lucky to be there Aunt.

Brad is heading down to Alabama with Middle Tennessee State University, he’s a part of the band staff, band to play at the Go Daddy Bowl Game. Through his music, he has played at some really cool places.

Have fun Brad!

And Pam, I just love that girl! Right now she working with dad over the winter break from the University of South Carolina. She heading back there soon to practice her singing. She is so talented!

Pam, keep doing what you do and have fun!

So this is my “shout out” to the most important people in my life!

I love you and I will always be there for you in whatever you may need!

Laugh of the day

I got this from my friend, Kerry and thought it was pretty funny.

What is a calorie?

Calories are the little bastards that get into your wardrobe at night and sew your clothes tighter.


Interesting sites from All My Faves

I like my getting updates from All My Faves about different sites out there. Here are some of their latest ones.

Delish – The Whole World of Delicious Cooking

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 05:43 PM PST

Delish – One of the most comprehensive cooking & recipe sites I’ve seen in a while, MSN’s Delish is truly a one-stop place for all your cooking, party hosting and food how-to needs.

Delish’s various features are too many to list here, but here are the main things I think you will enjoy exploring: the obvious, recipe collection, broken down to Popular -it’s where I found an amazing list of Under-30-Minutes Recipes– Special Features, and Hints & Help. More interesting sections include Parties & Holidays, Food in the news, and Coupons. Although Delish is an all-you-need resource for cooking, I recommend consulting our Cooking and Recipes pages for complementary websites.

The 2010 PNC Christmas Price Index – Beautiful Visualization of Price Fluctuations

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 06:16 PM PST

The 2010 PNC Christmas Price Index – For 27 years now, PNC Bank has been keeping this wonderful tradition of tracking price fluctuations of the gifts mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song. This year they’ve created an enchanting interactive website to visualize the 2010 data in comparison to the gifts’ prices in 2009.

See the price change of a partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves, three French hens, four calling birds and so on, right up to the 12 drummers in 2010. The PNC Christmas Price Index site is so engaging, stunning and fun, learning about the percentages of increase or decrease in the prices of the gifts of Xmas is merely a secondary attraction. Enjoy this one.

YouTube Rewind – Most Watched Videos of 2010

Posted: 27 Dec 2010 04:09 PM PST

YouTube Rewind – Every year YouTube recaps the most viral, influential and most viewed videos online. This year, under the Rewind title, YouTube nicely showcases the videos that made the most buzz on the Web in 2010. You can choose between the Most Watched Videos of the Year, Most Watched Music Videos, or explore the Fastest Rising Search Terms (kind of like Google Trends for YouTube).

I loved the visual video-based time line display of  the “moments that defined 2010″ (shown below). YouTube also wants you to join the discussion, so just below the time line you’ll see log in options via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Log in and join the conversation. Another interesting feature I found here on YouTube Rewind is YouTube Trends (looks like someone read my thoughts…). Enjoy!

Looking forward to see what other sites All My Faves posts.


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!!

Wow, it’s 2011! This past year flew by so fast! So much happened last year — goo, bad and ugly. I wonder what is in store for me and my family and friends in 2011?

I’m not much into New Year’s resolutions, but I read some of George Lopez‘s resolutions that were in the Entertainment Weekly magazine and thought some of them were pretty good ones that I might use this year.

I’m going to continue not to smoke. Shouldn’t be too hard. (I don’t smoke.)

This year I want to learn how to swim. I already know how to swim, so I think this one should be pretty easy to keep.

I resolve to stop wondering what Bret Michaels looks like without his bandanna.

I’m going to take off 10 pounds, and put on 30.

I think I can handle these resolutions. I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself so early in the new year.

Side Note:

Saw this on TV the other night and had to find it YouTube. What could be better than Rob Thomas sing a Hall and Oates song?

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