Shine on

I was recently reading Tony “T-Bird” Burgess post this morning about the dreary rain, which lead me to thinking about the snow storm Central Oregon is expecting later this afternoon with dropping temperatures. It’s going to be a doozy for a few days. And I ended my comment with “We’ll POWER on.”

And I was like, hmmm, that reminds me of a Song. I had to google SHINE ON and immediately John Lennon’s Instant Karma popped up and I was like – YES, that’s it.

So if you are feeling dreary, down-in-the-dumps, cranky over the weather or whatever, just listen to this song and remember to SHINE ON!

You tube – John Lennon – Instant Karma

sibling sideline

Jesus as a young boy

Here’s a thought that occurred to me. Can you imagine being one of Jesus’ siblings? As a kid growing up, “but really, Jesus did do it.” And as exasperated preteens, “Everyone thinks he does NO wrong. Perfect Jesus” with Joseph and Mary’s response always the same, “come on, now. He is the Lord. Do what he says. And yes, he is perfect.”

And as parents, exactly how do you raise the Christ? The Bible says he grew up the “regular” way as a child does, but with wisdom from God – Jesus just disappears into a temple without telling anyone. A day’s journey is required to go back and get him. They were looking for him for 3 days! Could you imagine the siblings grumbling, “This always happens.”

41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it. 44 but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. 46 Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking questions.

Luke 2:41-46 (NKJV)

No Sap for me

Valentine Piñatas

“They opened a new WinCo in Bend! They have the most beer choices and the most Piñatas. ” – my husband posted to Facebook yesterday, accompanied with some photos. To which I replied,

“So…you’re telling me this year’s Valentine’s Candy will be in a piñata? If so, make sure it’s the GOOD CANDY…or I will beat YOU with the stick.” 🙂

Typically, my husband is always gone at a tradeshow during Valentine’s, we just don’t make a big deal of the day… basically a funny card (if we remember, sometimes oftentimes, it’s printed from the computer on paper) and a bit of candy, but we are never together on the actual day.

This year he’s home due to COVID. But we’ll stick to just some candy and splurge on dinner at home, like steak or something. Personally, I don’t like too sappy of cards, too much sugar is too much. And Hallmark cards are ridiculously overpriced. It ticks me off.

I’m pretty easy to please. Give me a good laugh, and some yummy candy, maybe out to dinner one year – BUT not on the day of…a day before or after. I am too practical with our $$ to pay increased dinner prices and it’s busy. And I always told him, “Don’t you go buy those expensive flowers on the day of…they just die and get smelly anyway. I’d rather we spend that money on something else we want/need.” Of course, he can feel free to bring home an arrangement any other day of the year. But with my asthma, it might be a plant on Mother’s day…that quickly dies in my hands. Hey, the last one made it 6 months, a record for me! It met it’s demise when I forgot about it outside and it froze. (whoopsy) It never recovered. (so sad. I feel bad)

Whatever you are doing this Valentine’s, enjoy your day! We have a BIG STORM rolling into Central Oregon, and the degrees are dropping quickly, supposed to be single digits the next couple/few days. So, we’ll definitely be by the fireplace this Valentine’s putting together a jigsaw puzzle!


In response to Fandango’s FPQ challenge