Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


A few Sundays ago in SS class we talked about faith and luck. One guy in our class suggested that there is no such thing as luck. That things just happen and you must have faith. So someone ask, if you win the lottery, you don't believe that winning is lucky? He said no, that it just happens. I have mixed thoughts on this issue. You know I have faith and yes sometimes I probably don't have as much faith as I should, but I do think that I am lucky at times - I think. (my head is spinning about this). What do you think about being lucky??

After blog surfing today at lunch, I read so many blogs with unfortunate situations, such as a sick child, losing a job, etc. I have a loving family, I have a job that I love, I have a home, I have church, food on my table, and all that I need really. So I believe that I am blessed (not lucky) with all of these things. However when I think of people who don't have a job or food on the table, etc. I do consider myself lucky. Is that wrong??

Then comes the question - if you are a person who has no job or doesn't have much - are you unlucky, do you have no faith, or are you lazy and don't want to work to have things? Hmmmmm............ lots of thoughts running thru my head.

I do know one thing for sure.......we live in a greedy world. I am ashamed that money has caused this world to become what it is today.

Sorry I appear to be rambling.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Blog surfing

Tonight, after everyone went to bed I did some blog surfing. I am so addicted to this. Anyway, there are really some neat blog names and some really neat blogs. Some are so full of information. I have, since I started blogging tried to think of a unique name for my blog. Something besides "Simply Donna". Funny that I chose Simply because there is nothing simple in my life. Should have been something like: Donna's Chaos, Three Men and Me, Bamblings of a Busy Woman, or Donna's Daily Drama! HA HA HA how about 'The Chicken Coop"?

I thing I would like to make a cute header with my Blog Name. I have not figured out how to do that yet, but I am gonna learn. Do you know there is actually a book "Idiots Guide to Blogging"? That's hilarious. I love the 'Idiots Guide" books.

I have to think about the blog name. Just might keep "Simply Donna".

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday evening was spent at home with the fam. We ordered out and played cards. Had a great time laughing and annoying each other. The rain's a good thing, unless you live in North Dakota.

Saturday morning, Travis and I volunteered at the Recreation Center for 2 1/2 hours bagging food that will be sent to Haiti. Lots of people there to help. Our group bagged, sealed, boxed and loaded onto a truck 100,000 bags - WOW isn't that impressive. Travis and I, along with many others were the bag sealers. It actually was fun and we met a lot of people. I worked so hard that I blew a fuse on my sealer - what a woman!! Thank goodness they turned on the air because it was hot. There are two more groups to bag, seal, box and load the truck, and the plan is to have 250,000 bags when finished. The food will be sent out today.

This was an awesome task and I feel honored to have been a part of it. I will definitely participate again next year.

Tonight we are going to Red Lobster to celebrate Sidney's 11th birthday. She is so excited.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Stay dry!

Live, Laugh, Love

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Ok, most of you know that I work in a doctor's office. So let me share with you a few things that just make me scream! First of all, there is a reason you are given paperwork to fill out- we are not your family doctor, we are a specialist office so therefore, we know nothing about you or your medical history. Believe it or not it is important we know your medical history. We do not ask you those questions because we are nosy people, nor can we read your mind. Trust me, I really wished we could, it would be so helpful.

Next, do you know how many different medications exist? Telling me that you take a little white pill doesn't cut it. I DO NOT KNOW what little white pill you are talking about!!! I could guess if only you knew why you took that little white pill. UGH!!!!

Next, the pleasant lady that checks you in, be nice to her. She can't help that you have a co-pay or a deductible. Please know that when you go to the doctor you are expected to pay your co-pay - Read your policy!!! She, unfortunately, is not a mind reader either. She is not responsible for the doctor being late or behind, so giving her grief is just wrong. Also we are not a bank, must you bring a $100 bill to pay a $20 co-pay?

Next, when you call the doctor's office please do not expect us to know who you are just by your voice. You should always give your name and then why you are calling. Knowing who you are will help tremendously. If you want a medication refill - please know what you want a refill of. Again the little white pill just doesn't cut it. Then if the doctor says you can not have a refill on pain meds, HELLO don't yell at me. I didn't say no, the doctor did. There is always a nice way to say everything. Yelling at me will get you no where.

And the clinical assistant, neither am I responsible for the doctor being late or behind. I can only move as fast as he does. If you are upset with the doctor - TELL THE DOCTOR!!! It is his practice. He is the one that is late or behind. I don't like it anymore than you do. Please do not fuss, cuss or attack me and then turn on the charm for the doctor. You MUST know that I am telling the doctor about your OUTBURST before he comes into the room. At that point you have certainly lost any respect that I may have had for you. UGHHH! You make it really hard for me to be nice to you, but I will be nice because that's me.

Please, please, please do us all (including other patients) a favor, take a bath. And don't wear overpowering cologne, nasty!

Remember, behind every good doctor is a GREAT office staff!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Great Weekend

I had an awesome weekend. It was totally drama free.......woohoo. Even though I worked very hard on Saturday to clean my house, it was a good tired. Sunday was church and then some me time. I went to Hickory all alone. Checked out some clothes at Kohls, like I need any (didn't buy a thing), then on to Sam's Club to purchase things for home and church. It was a good day and weekend.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Busy Day

Wow, what a busy day. The kids are out of town for the weekend and the hubby worked on the farm all day. So I cleaned, cleaned and cleaned. I have worked my butt off (Ha - if I look behind me it's still there, all of it). Seriously I have been super busy cleaning today. All looks good for now, but tomorrow will be a different story. The kids will be home unloading all their dirty clothes and camping gear, but they are pretty good about cleaning up their mess. But you know if you don't pick up the little things everyday, it will somehow catch up with you and then comes another huge cleaning day.

I so desperately need to clean the windows, baseboards, walls, ceiling fans, etc. I wonder, do you think it would be bad to hire someone to do those types of things? I would love to have someone come in once a month to heavy clean my house. That would be so cool. I am considering it. It sure would take a load off and give me more time to do other things, like enjoying life outdoors since it is getting warm and staying daylight longer.

Well I better get ready. Going to a cookout for a friend who is in town this weekend. Hope you are having a blessed day.

Live, Laugh, Love

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's here............

Happy 1st day of SPRING!! Spring is awesome - not to hot, birds chirping, March flowers, trees budding. It is beautiful. Thank you God for Spring.

Hope all have a great Friday and 1st day of Spring.

Live, Laugh, Love


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Blah :(

I am so aggravated with me. I, once again, have a headache, which comes from the drama filled weekend :( I wish I could find a way to release the tension/stress without having a headache or being a complete jerk.

Weight, diet, exercise - aghhhhh! When will I ever get it together?

Monday, March 16, 2009


Today has been great! The hubby and I went to Rock Barn Spa. We had a lazy day by the mineral pool and therapeutic waterfalls. I actually took a small nap. We had a nice lunch by the pool. Then we had an 1 1/2 hour massage. Oh my, it was awesome! It was the best massage I have ever had. I was so relaxed I thought they were going to have to carry me out. After the massage we were taken to the Relaxation room for chocolate covered strawberries (yum) and champagne, sitting in lounge chairs in front of a fireplace. I could have taken another nap at that point, but it was almost time to leave. This day was actually the hubby's Christmas present - great gift, especially since I get to go too. We had a blast, just the two of us :)

If you have never spent the day at a spa, please make a reservation - you wont regret it, plus you deserve it. It's awesome!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Just wondering why life has to be a pain in the butt sometimes. I am so sick of drama - which unfortunately seems to be occuring around my church. There has been so much crap go on over the last 4 yrs that I am wondering if I am in the right place. Perhaps it is time for a church change, which is alot to think about. I have been in my current church for 30 years, so leaving is hard despite the drama. But I am considering it.

Otherwise, happy for the rain. I consider rain a true blessing, don't like it being dry. Rainy days make me lazy. It's a great day to lay around, read, blog and sleep. Which, trust me I need alot of sleep.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Live, Laugh, Love

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

I am sick of my hair. It is fine, thin and flat.....AAAGGGHHHH. With this type of hair you can only do so much with it. Can't do perms because my hair will break off very easily. Can do color, which helps a little. If I let it grow it looks stringy and I really don't real short hair. I am considering a stacked bob - but then the sides are so thin I don't know if that will work. Dilemma, dilemma, dilemma. I wish I could want to find a style that would work for my hair type and look good.

Oh well, it could always be worse :(

Thursday, March 5, 2009

It's Official....

We all know how much I love "SNOW". However, today it's beautiful - so I am officially ready for Spring. This morning I saw 2 red birds in my front yard, they were so pretty. Then while at lunch I passed a house and there, lying in the sun all stretched out, were 2 dogs - they looked so peaceful - I seriously wanted to join them - just lying there soaking up some Vitamin D with not a worry in the world, ahhhhhhh! I am really getting Spring Fever.

Now to my next point - Spring brings warm weather, which brings shorts and oh my I really need to get with the exercise and dieting. So today is my official start day. Yes, really! I am going to do this, don't laugh, I really am. Tomorrow is weigh in day at work and I have been so bad, not anymore. Today is step one!!! Working on that frame of mind - that's always my first step. Once I get that under control then I'm ready. Oh yeah and this weekend is suppose to be gorgeous. It just makes me feel good.

So bring on the yellow hi-lights, the talking over me, the clicking pens - I CAN HANDLE IT!

I hope that God has blessed you with a wonderful day, he has me :)

Live, Laugh, Love

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Aunt Linda, who has leukemia, received good news yesterday - her blood work is back to normal. Answered prayers - Praise God! She is feeling better and is considerating going back to work.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Reality TV shows

Oh! reality TV shows drive me nuts. I am (don't know why) watching the Bachelor - drama, drama, drama. Why would you want to go on TV, met 20 strange people, spend a small amount of time together and pick one to spend the rest of your life with? I find this concept really strange. Oh I bet it's the money! Yes that must be it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

What's that I see outside?

Oh my it's snowing. This could be the big one, woohoo!! Of course I'm excited. It's absolutely beautiful.

Today I attended the funeral of a sweet lady from our church. Our pastor did an awesome job with the service. I was worried this morning that the weather would not hold off until after the funeral. But it did, thank God! It's almost like the weather could not decide what to do because it rained, sleeted, snowed - one at a time, all at a time. And now the funeral is over, the family is fed and home. Then - it starts to really snow and thunder! (Oops, you know what that thunder means?) It waited until all was complete with Ms. Martha's funeral before the weather finally decided what to do - And now we get snow.

Also today our church fixed dinner for Ms. Martha's family, so my dad comes to church to pick my mom up and they are invited to stay and eat with the family and friends - of course my dad says no several times, but is finally convinced to stay. Whoa!

The Lord works in mysterious ways!

I can see Ms. Martha smiling now............her family and friends gather to celebrate her life and praise God for his blessings. She is fussing because we all came out in this weather and then smiles and cries because we all did come out. :) She will be missed but leaves us with so much.

Praise God!