The Dizzy Disciple

Who you are is God's gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God. As a homeschool mom, I am both teaching and learning everyday. May I always be a disciple who is unafraid to have her light shine!

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Location: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, United States

I'm a Catholic homeschool mom with two daughters, one husband, and four cats. In addition to being the "teacher" at home, I teach weekly at our area learning center, as well as work at our local YMCA a few times a week. Occasionally I take to the stage and have some fun on my own!

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Just call me "diva"

Well, the Storm Queen has become famous...at least for about 15 seconds this morning!Our local country radio station sponsors a custom whereby young students call in and tape the weather forecast for the day, and then it's played throughout the morning show...they call them "Itty Bitty Weather Kitties". This morning I carried her out of bed at 6AM and by 6:35 she was on the phone making her tape....of course, of all days, SHE had to get the one with tornado watches in the forecast (spent the NEXT few minutes assuring her that the likelihood was SMALL). In the end, she did a great job, and has gotten many calls/emails today from various folks who heard her...
so for at least a SHORT while, I have a famous celebrity in the house!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Now you know how OLD I am!!

Okay, she stole it "shamelessly" from elsewhere....I stole it from
MiniVan Mom

Sad to say I hear these songs on the OLDIES stations now! :O)
Thanks, Epiphany, for the trip down memory lane!

1. Go to http://www.musicoutfitters.com
2. Type in your graduation year in the left hand search box
3. The top 100 songs will come up...bold your favorites, italize the ones that you
hated, and forget the rest...I know this is a variation on the actual directions,
but I can't figure out how to draw lines through the titles I don't like!! :O)

Top 100 Hits of 1977 / Top 100 Songs of 1977
1. Tonight's The Night, Rod Stewart
2. I Just Want To Be Your Everything, Andy Gibb
3. Best Of My Love, Emotions
4. Love Theme From "A Star Is Born", Barbra Streisand
5. Angel In Your Arms, Hot
6. I Like Dreamin', Kenny Nolan
7. Don't Leave Me This Way, Thelma Houston
8. (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher, Rita Coolidge
9. Undercover Angel, Alan O'Day
10. Torn Between Two Lovers, Mary MacGregor
11. I'm Your Boogie Man, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
12. Dancing Queen, Abba
13. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, Leo Sayer
14. Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet
15. Telephone Line, Electric Light Orchestra
16. Whatcha Gonna Do?, Pablo Cruise
17. Do You Wanna Make Love, Peter McCann
18. Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder
19. Hotel California, Eagles
20. Got To Give It Up, Pt. 1, Marvin Gaye
21. Theme From "Rocky" (Gonna Fly Now), Bill Conti
22. Southern Nights, Glen Campbell
23. Rich Girl, Daryl Hall and John Oates
24. When I Need You, Leo Sayer
25. Hot Line, Sylvers
26. Car Wash, Rose Royce
27. You Don't Have To Be A Star, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.
28. Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller Band
29. Don't Give Up On Us, David Soul
30. On And On, Stephen Bishop
31. Feels Like The First Time, Foreigner
32. Couldn't Get It Right, Climax Blues Band
33. Easy, Commodores
34. Right Time Of The Night, Jennifer Warnes
35. I've Got Love On My Mind, Natalie Cole
36. Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann's Earth Band
37. Looks Like We Made It, Barry Manilow
38. So In To You, Atlanta Rhythm Section
39. Dreams, Fleetwood Mac
40. Enjoy Yourself, Jacksons
41. Dazz, Brick
42. I'm In You, Peter Frampton
43. Lucille, Kenny Rogers
44. The Things We Do For Love, 10cc
45. Da Doo Ron Ron, Shaun Cassidy
46. Handy Man, James Taylor
47. Just A Song Before I Go, Crosby, Stills and Nash
48. You And Me, Alice Cooper
49. Slow Dancin', Johnny Rivers
50. Lonely Boy, Andrew Gold
51. I Wish, Stevie Wonder
52. Don't Stop, Fleetwood Mac
53. Barracuda, Heart
54. Strawberry Letter 23, Brothers Johnson
55. Night Moves, Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
(Not as good as Old Time Rock & Roll, though...that's the BEST!!!)
56. You're My World, Helen Reddy
57. Heard It In A Love Song, Marshall Tucker Band
58. Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas
59. New Kid In Town, Eagles
60. My Heart Belongs To Me, Barbra Streisand
61. After The Lovin', Engelbert Humperdinck
62. Jet Airliner, Steve Miller Band
63. Stand Tall, Burton Cummings
64. Way Down, Elvis Presley
65. Weekend In New England, Barry Manilow
66. It Was Almost Like A Song, Ronnie Milsap
67. Smoke From A Distant Fire, Sanford Townsend Band
68. Cold As Ice, Foreigner
69. Ariel, Dean Friedman
70. Lost Without Your Love, Bread
71. Star Wars Theme-Cantina Band, Meco
72. Float On, Floaters
73. Jeans On, David Dundas
74. Lido Shuffle, Boz Scaggs
75. Keep It Comin' Love, K.C. and The Sunshine Band
76. You Made Me Believe In Magic, Bay City Rollers
77. Livin' Thing, Electric Light Orchestra
78. Give A Little Bit, Supertramp
79. That's Rock 'N' Roll, Shaun Cassidy
80. Love So Right, Bee Gees
81. The Rubberband Man, Spinners
82. I Never Cry, Alice Cooper
83. Nobody Does It Better, Carly Simon
84. High School Dance, Sylvers
85. Love's Grown Deep, Kenny Nolan
86. Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman), Joe Tex
87. I Wanna Get Next To You, Rose Royce
88. Somebody To Love, Queen
89. Muskrat Love, Captain and Tennille
90. Walk This Way, Aerosmith
91. Whispering-Cherchez La Femme-C'est Si Bon, Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band
92. Year Of The Cat, Al Stewart
93. Boogie Nights, Heatwave
94. Go Your Own Way, Fleetwood Mac
95. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, Elton John
96. Don't Worry Baby, B.J. Thomas
97. Knowing Me, Knowing You, Abba
98. How Much Love, Leo Sayer
99. Star Wars (Main Title), London Symphony Orchestra
100. Devil's Gun, C.J. and Co.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Please pray for New Orleans

Just back from checking the various internet weather sites...my heart goes out to the thousands in New Orleans who have left their lives behind....and perhaps more to those who have not. Please keep them in your prayers; it appears as though they will really need every prayer that we can offer up for them.

Sketches of my Storm Queen..

This past week I've had a few joyous memories of my little storm queen...the other day she walked into an upstairs bedroom where I had just rearranged furniture (we're giving them their own rooms this next weekend and I'm doing lots of preliminary work), and after looking at all of my labors she asked, "Mom, did you move all this by YOURSELF??" When I nodded, she gave me this wide-eyed look and exclaimed "Mom, you are AMAZING!!" Elastic-girl, eat your heart out...

Yesterday morning I taught her a song that I had planned on teaching to her homeschool music class of 1-2 graders...it comes out a Wee Sing Book, and it's along the same lines of the old "Deep & Wide" church song. The song is "Little Peter Rabbit has a Fly upon his Ear", and you sing it alot like BINGO, in that each verse you take out another word....well, all day long I heard her walking around just singing the last verse...."Little Peter ____ has a ____ upon his _____" in this cute little singsong voice. I may need to rethink this one!

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Ten days later...

Seems like it's been tough to find time to post the past week or so...but at the moment it's quiet and I'm not quite tired enough for bed, so I thought it was time to catch the readers up on life...hopefully I'll get more into my old regular routine and post more consistently!

Seems like the LAST sleepover of summer wasn't quite it, as the girls managed to finess one more "final-that's-it-summer's-really-over-and-we-start-back-to-schoolwork-on-Monday" party tonight, and for a change it was at the OTHER house! The storm queen went for the evening and I just picked her up and brought her home (last time she went for the "night" and I got the call at midnight)...she really enjoyed herself and there was no stress since we had set the time ahead. What WAS wonderful about the evening was to just have some quiet time with the Ape. We watched one of our favorites--"Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"--and still never tire of Sean Connery playing his dad. He really makes the movie.

Lots has happened since the last sleepover. I actually started a new job and will turn in my keys at the church job this week, and feel absolutely sure that it was the right move. I've worked for the past five years in our parish's religious education department...I was hired as an admistrative coordinator to try and "fix" a database that had been untouched in three years (in a parish of 3000 families, that's a whole lot of work!). I was also the "right hand" for the K-5 coordinator, and became great friends and also a big helper to the 6-8th grade coordinator. Last summer the former gave her notice, and I thought to myself, "ahh...I can do that, too". Well, by the end of Septemer I realized just how crazy I'd been, and told our pastor I'd be leaving. In the end, I stayed on JUST for 6-8 hours a week as the database manager. FOr the most part, that worked...but I was often frustrated as a homschool mom to have to bring the girls and their work to the office, trying to do "both" when I wasn't really able to focus on either. During the year I felt more and more like I wasn't giving them what they needed. I am so excited about this new job because it's just two evenings and every other weekend...and NO STRESS!! I'm working at our local YMCA at the front desk...of course, the girls are just excited because it means they can SWIM!

I've spent the last couple of weeks trying to tie up loose ends the best I can, and also prepare for teaching. The girls are ready to get back into a real routine...we have three weeks done over the summer, but now comes the real routine. I'm also going to be teaching four music and drama classes at our homeschool coop, and have been getting those curriculums set and materials in place. Right now I feel ready to go. I think it also helps that it's the end of summer, and fall is in the air. I LOVE this time of year! That chill in the air once the sun goes down, and the cool mornings with the promise of colors a-blazing within weeks.

This week I went with a friend and her son to the Philly Zoo with the girls; it was a GORGEOUS day, and so nice to just leave behind all the prep work and just laugh and talk and be silly and enjoy the kids being as real and spontaneous as they can be. And now, it really IS the last weekend before the school year begins in earnest. It's been a good summer....hotter & more humid than I'd EVER care to repeat, but I can handle it now because it's already down under 70 degrees tonight!

I've been reading a few of you regularly....most of you at least SOME of the time, and have even found a few new blogs to add to the roll in the next couple of weeks. I'm always scared to visit a new blog lately....I can't afford to love any more!! :O) Does anyone experience that? You find a new one that you really connect with, and it's like, "oh MAN...how will I EVER keep up???"

Oh well, I've given myself a new 11:00 curfew for the upcoming school year, and I see that I'm now 12 minutes past it, so I'd best say goodnight and get to bed...have to cantor at the 7:00 AM Mass in the morning, and it will come early! Gee..ten days later and I've written quite a little post...maybe my life isn't as dull as I thought it was! :O)

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The last sleepover of summer...

It's quiet right now...have to keep this short as it's time to start the pancakes, but last night the girls had their last sleepover of summer before school begins in earnest. The house was full of giggles, stories, laughter, late night "go to sleep" whispers, and finally peace of slumber around 1:30 or so. Today there will be four slightly tired girls who realize that those "lazy days of summer" are about gone.

Storm Queen just woke up, so I guess it's time for coffee and starting the day...sleepoevers mean chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, so I'd best get busy! It's not nice to keep four tired girls waiting too long or they'll get cranky~ :O)I'll post more later!

Friday, August 12, 2005

A public apology to the people I love most...

Yesterday I received an email from a dear member of my family regarding a past blog I had posted....it was written out of love--I truly believe that--and it pointed out things that were true. Because I don't KNOW just what family members actually READ my blog (noone has ever indicated that you have even visited once), I felt a need to address this in a public fashion...

The blog in question, as I re-read it, was hurtful. My heart was pierced and broken to think that my words could have hurt those who I love more than any others on this earth, and with all my heart, I apologize. I understand St. Paul's warnings about the tongue perhaps a little clearer today. I think I could explain the emotions behind it so that you might understand better, but it doesn't undo the hurt, so I'll just say that I am sorry.

My family changed when I got married and had children of my own in that I moved away from where I had lived all my life...to a place that I love dearly and really do think of as home now. However, that in no way will ever negate our I view my extended family, and even moreso, my "roots". They are what made me who I am today, and I try to teach my children the strength and values found in family. Family is where you can say what you feel, and be loved unconditionally....even on bad days. Family is where we learn--sometimes painfully--how hurtful words can be, and why it's so important to choose them wisely. I failed that day, and I so now I ask forgiveness. I sense that I will get it, because that's the kind of family I have. That's where I learned it. That's a part of me that will NEVER be diminished.

There are times during the year when it is SO HARD being so far away...not just the big family events like reunions, weddings, and funerals, but the everyday times. The ability to drop by and have coffee, or go to a niece's birthday party...and that's one of the tradeoffs for loving a man whose life was elsewhere. That's why my church community here is so vital, because they are my "closeby" family. They hold me accountable and teach me the same values. That's one of the reasons we love it so much here, because we at least have a substitute for those countless times that we can't be where we'd like to be. I occassionally envy my relatives who either live close enough to spend every weekend together, or can make many more trips a year back to the old homestead....contrary to what that one blog post said, I treasure every time I'm able to make it back there, and I will miss those visits more than I can say in years to come. Just as I dearly miss those few visits here when my dad was still alive and family was able to come to me.

If anyone read that blog and doubts for a moment how I feel about family and my visits to spend time there, I hope that this has helped to heal some of those hurts. I have cried many tears in the past 24 hours, and continue even now, and pray that the healing can continue. It's also nice to know that some of you DO come to this blog, as I really didn't think that anyone did. There I times that I feel very isolated from all of you, and I know that my own life choices are partly the cause--but in looking back where God has led me over the years, I would not change any of those big life decisions for anything. My faith tells me that I am where He wants me to be, and I am serving Him and touching lives in the way that He has planned. Is it easy? No...I know that faith without carrying my cross means nothing, and as crosses go, the one I carry is light. I give thanks everyday for the people that He has put in my life.....and I know that I am blessed to have the family that I have.

I again apologize for any hurtful things that I said...and I pray forgiveness. Peace.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Remembering Dad...

Five years ago today came the call that made an ordinary day change in an instant. My dad had had a heart attack, and within a half hour I learned that he had died...then came a LONG ride in the rain to Massachusetts and a week of planning and reminiscing about an incredible life.

My dad. Only a few of my readers actually had the privilege of knowing him. He was just an ordinary quiet family man...who taught me volumes about life, love, family, priorities, and God. Here are a few lessons I attribute to his wisdom --

1. Life really comes down to your family and what you believe in.

2. Material possessions and fancy vacations are no better than life's simple
pleasures and going out for ice cream.

3. Integrity is a virtue that is worth stiving to develop and keep.

4. Laughter really IS the best medicine.

5. Share your gifts...with whoever might need them. (my Dad never went
ANYwhere without his tool box in hand!)

6. A fancy college degree is nice, but you can educate yourself with lots
of good books and a strong work ethic (my dad never went past 8th grade,
but held a great job and was respected by all)

7. Music is an important part of life (for him, especially marches by the
Boston Pops!)

8. Patriotism is never forgetting that men founded this nation UNDER GOD, and
have since died to protect those freedoms...one of which was to VOTE.

9. When life gets stressful, get in a boat! (my dad at some point in his life
owned a rowboat, motorboat, canoe, kayak, and sailboat). In addition, time
spent by the ocean and the water can only make you appreciate our Creator.

10. Life is short and can end at any moment...never be afraid to tell someone
that you love them...it may be your only chance.

Fortunately, there were no words left unspoken between my dad & I. He lived life to the fullest until the moment he left us, and his memory five years later still fills my heart with such love and pride. I am so blessed to have had a dad who taught me what unconditional love was all about. Today, I just wanted to let everyone else know what a great man he was. Love you Dad....see you someday!

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Probably NOT a "new" thing!!

Thanks to Mom Nancy (who I will add to my blogroll as soon as my Ape husband can help me!) for this quick IQ test. I'm not sure just what it says about my day to day living.....seems like I have a great brain but maybe I don't use it as much as I could??? :O)

Your IQ Is 115

Your Logical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
Your Mathematical Intelligence is Exceptional
Your General Knowledge is Average

And just what ARE "show towels"?

Okay, here's a good poll question...probably not one that's popped up on the blogosphere anytime lately. How many of you A) KNOW what "show towels" are, and B)how many of you HAVE them?? At a recent luncheon with friends from work, here's how the conversation went:

F: I was SO mad at my sister this week; she came over and got my show towels dirty!

Me: (looking perplexed) Show towels? What the heck are "show" towels?

F: (looking equally like I was a total moron) You don't know what SHOW towels
are???

Me: (feeling like I'm making an E.F.Hutton commercial as all eyes are now on me
and there's NO sound from anyone at the table!!)Ahh....no. Care to enlighten me?

F: SHOW towels are the pretty little towels you keep in your bathroom that are
just for decoration.

Me: (looking once again totally perplexed) Then...what do you use to dry your
hands??

F: You REALLY don't know about this, do you??

J: At my house I keep a basket of paper towelettes for the guests to use.

Me: Yeah, I remember those...I thought it was just so you didn't have to do
the laundry so much!

F: You really DON'T know what show towels are, do you?

Me: Ah...at MY house, they are the often mismatched towels that sit on the top of
the toilet...and they are USED. OFTEN. To dry your hands.

F: You better not visit me anytime soon.

Me; I'm coming tomorrow...and I'm going to post a little note in your
bathroom saying..."for decorative purposes only....do not use"

F; You would, too, wouldn't you?


I suspect that I'll be getting show towels for Christmas. Actually, when I was putting towels and sheets away this week I found two little towels I got for my wedding back almost 15 years ago...they were pretty and pick and had little flowers embroidered on them....sort of frayed around the edges now....GASP!!!! I DO have show towels!!!! I just didn't know that I wasn't supposed to USE them!! I've since polled any friends I've met, and I realize that there are two types of homemakers in the world...those WITH show towels, and those without. My favorite response was from my daughter's best friend...I asked her, "do you have show towels at your house?" Her reply? "I live on a FARM." Love that girl! Okay, which are you?

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Back from the Blog "Abyss"!!!!

I'd LOVE to think that there are just so MANY of you out there who think I've died or moved away to northern Idaho....but what humility I DO have tells me that my absence may not have been all that noticed!! Sigh....what's the old line? "I'm a legend in my own mind..."

After WAY too long a stay in the computer hospital, it's now home and hopefully "all better" for quite some time to come. One day it was running okay, and the next it was just not going on. Or worse yet, it would go on, and then just shut down shortly thereafter. I've realized that despite the little amount of time I seem to find to blog and read blogs these days, those few and precious moments are SOOOOOO important when I don't have them!! I've got some cute quips and stories in my absence, but right now I'll post this just to let you all know "I'm Ba-ack", and then it's off to (let's see if I remember how to do a link!!)
The Big Yellow House ,
Minivan Mom ,
Martha, Martha , and up to
Maine to start...I'll catch up soon!