Monday, November 29, 2004

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What is your favorite sitcom that is shown on Nick At Nite or TV Land?  Translation for those of you in the UK:  What is your favorite TV situation comedy from the 60s through the 80s? 

My favorite is the Odd Couple.  It starred Jack Klugman and Tony Randall. 

What is yours? 

Sunday, November 28, 2004

The Next Photo Scavenger Hunt

This week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#9) should be completed by Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 PM EST.  The subject this week was chosen by Valerie of Val's Thought's.  It is:

Geometric Shapes (circles, triangles, squares, etc.)

Happy picture taking!  

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #8

Entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #8:

Thanksgiving or
What I am thankful for

hope4meeeee and entry after it








Thanks for participating even though it was a holiday weekend!

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Photo Scavenger Hunt #8


I was going to put a lot of Thanksgiving pics in here and show you my feast.  John and I made and served up chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, candied yams, brussels sprouts, whole cranberry sauce, manderin oranges, and black olives.  Those last two you just have to understand, they are family favorites!  Valerie came over bearing gifts of chocolate and stuffed animals!  

I was too tired so I never broke out the camera.  The next day John was eating pumpkin pie.  I told him about how I never got my photos and begged him to let me photograph him while he was eating his pie.  To my surprise he said yes!  So this is a photo of John eating his Thanksgiving pie and drinking his coffee, lol.

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Thursday, November 25, 2004

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you and yours are having a great one.  

I know I am.  I have already started to cook.  John has come over to help already.  My sister Valerie will be over later to eat with us.  It will just be the three of us this year but sometimes a small intimate group is nice!  

John and I will be cooking chicken this year.  That is right, chicken!  I thought it would be easier, and I want to take it easy this year.  Chicken, chicken stuffing, and chicken gravy.  Not that I don't have a turkey.  I have three!

I was given two turkeys because I am, well, poor.  You can call it low income, but I call it poor.  And then the third I got because I earned enough points shopping at Giant.  So they said to go pick out a turkey at the back of the store.  John and I went back there.  We had a choice of two brands.  I remember doing this last year and the birds were like 12 lbs. each.  This year I went to pick one out and all of the turkeys were giant!  All of them!  John looked around and pointed to one.  "How about this one", he asked?  I looked at it in shock.  "What, are you trying to get the largest one?"  "No," he said, "this is the smallest one here."  I looked at it.  It was 18.01 pounds! 

So now I will have a lot of turkey for the winter.  That is good because it stays frozen for six months and then after you cook it you can refreeze it for another three months.  This will save on my food bill this year. 

Well, I better get off here.  I need to get back to my cooking.  And I haven't eaten breakfast yet.  John came over this morning just to cook me breakfast and to help with the cooking!  He is such a sweetheart!  He is making bacon and eggs!  

Everybody have a fantastic Thanksgiving.  Love you all.     

Monday, November 22, 2004

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What kind of breakfast cereal do you eat?  If you don't eat cereal what do you eat for breakfast?

I eat grits with a little butter and salt and pepper!  Yum yum!  Sorry my fellow Pennsylvanians but I did grow up down south.  No matter what you say grits are delicious!  When I am not eating grits I eat leftovers, because I can't stand most breakfast cereals.

How about you? 

Sunday, November 21, 2004

The Next Photo Scavenger Hunt

This week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#8) should be completed by Saturday, Nov.27, at 8 PM.  You can choose from two topics this week:

Thanksgiving  or
What I am thankful for

I am trying to make it easy this week because I know a lot of you will be doing holiday things, and I was thinking you could snap some pictures of your Thanksgiving and share it with us.  Or for those of you who are not big into celebrating the holiday, I thought the second topic was nice.  My sister Val thought it up actually!  She said it was especially for those in the UK who didn't celebrate Thanksgiving.  I asked her why not, and she explained it to me that it was just our holiday, you know, pilgrims and Indians sharing, and I thought, duhhhhh!  I felt really stupid, lol.  Anyway, I hope a lot of you participate this week even though you will be busy with your family and the holidays.  Happy picture taking and have a wonderful holiday!

Krissy :-)

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #7

Entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #7:
Something Abandoned







quartrlyfecrysis (Abandoned) and quartrlyfecrysis (A Portrait...)


theresemshaffer (all six entries)




boiseladie  (A face, a landscape, far away, and close up)

If I left anyone out PLEASE let me know.  And thank you to all you new players!  This was really fun this week.  There were some fantastic entries!  :-)  Krissy

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Photo Scavenger Hunt #7

Something Abandoned

This is an abandoned barn.  Below is the inside of the barn.

All around Central PA, where ever you drive, you see abandoned barns and houses.  It is interesting to look at them and wonder what they used to be used for or who used to live in them.

Hope you enjoyed my photos! 

Friday, November 19, 2004

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Where I live, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  I am so excited!  I went down town two or three weeks ago and the borough trees were decked out in classy white lights.  Usually after the lights follows banners around town that say things like Peace and Joy and Happy Holidays.  It is cheery in this town when the Christmas lights go up, and they stay up until May or June the following year!  

I was also driving to Val's town and they had gorgeous white lights wrapped around poles.  Very classy in her quaint town.  And another town John and I were driving through had tinsel red and white candy canes strapped to poles.  Not exactly classy, but fun!  Then there were the personal decorations in people's yards.  Some of them were kind of funny.  In the town with the candy canes the people are very poor.  But they spent their money on Christmas decorations.  One of the reasons they were funny is because some of the people still have Thanksgiving decorations up but have Christmas decorations mixed in with them too!  

Now some of you may think bah hum bug.  Christmas is all commercialism.  But I don't think so.  I love Christmas.  I think in my town that the lights are not going up early to draw in shoppers.  There are not even very many shops at that end of town.  No department stores.  We are just celebrating because we love the spirit of Christmas and love being nice to one another.  Everybody is so nice to one another at Christmastime.  I am not saying that everybody doesn't get into the big gift buying thing after Christmas, but everybody is so nice to each other too.  I am really looking forward to this time of year!

Hope you all are too.     

Monday, November 15, 2004

Some More Photo Entries

Here are a few more Photo Scavenger Hunt entries:

sonensmilinmon (Up Close)

levi1023 (A Face, A Landscape, Far Away, Close Up)

jules19642001 (Love) 

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What is your favorite city that you've traveled to?  Why?

Mine is Long Beach, North Carolina.  I went there about two years ago to visit my Uncle and Aunt.  I love the beach and could have picked other beaches, but this is the first beach that I have been to that has palm trees!  I just love palm trees!  And I just love the beautiful surroundings at this beach.  Plus I love the company!  Hello Uncle Gene! 

What's your favorite city and why?

Sunday, November 14, 2004

The Next Photo Scavenger Hunt

This week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#7) should be completed by Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 PM.  The subject is:

Something Abandoned          

You can take just one photo, or more if you'd like.  Have fun!

Entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #6

Entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #6:  A Face, A Landscape, Something far away, and Something close up










Saturday, November 13, 2004

Photo Scavenger Hunt #6

A portrait, a landscape, something far away, and something close up.

A Portrait:

This is a photo of Yours Truly.  Nobody was visiting and I wanted a photo of someone, so I took a picture of myself in the mirror.  It came out a little dark but I think it looks kind of cool.

Next is a picture of my landscape.  

I guess this is more trees than it is land!  John and I drove around all day trying to find a nice landscape picture but never got a good one because it wouldn't stop raining long enough to take a photograph whenever I got the subject I wanted.  So when there was a break in the rain I took these woods at a state park.  I really like them. 

Here is the photo I took for something Far Away:

On first glance you might think this is a close up picture, but I am trying to highlight the trees across the lake.  I think the brown grass in the foreground only serves to better show off the faraway trees. 

For my close up photo I chose a stump.  I did this because I thought it looked beautiful.  Nothing more needs to be said about it. 


Hope you enjoyed the photos! Krissy.

Friday, November 12, 2004

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Thanks, Krissy

Feeling Better

I've had a really good couple of days.  John and I have spent a lot of time together.  Last night we went and saw the movie "Shall We Dance".  I really enjoyed it.  We also caught dinner.  A real date night.  Haven't done that in awhile.  When you are a couple you can fall into a routine and forget to go out on "real dates" sometimes.  You just start taking each other for granted.  

It's also fun to just be hanging around at my house doing the little mundane things.  John came over this morning and we had glazed sour cream donuts.  Nothing like a breakfast of hot coffee and sour cream donuts.  The funny thing is that Michael was begging me for a donut and to show him that he wouldn't like it I threw him down a chunk, just so he would leave me alone.  And he ate it!  So I gave him a few more pieces.  I am a bad Mommy!  He is now 22 lbs. and on a diet from table scraps and here I am giving him glazed donut chunks, and he is eating them!

Another really good thing about today is that I went and spoke with my priest.  I am feeling a lot better about a lot of the things that were bothering me.  A lot of the things had to do with me feeling like I was a bad person (that is what OCD in the form of Scrupulosity does to you) and he helped me to see that it wasn't true.  He made me realize that I am not this horrible sinner that I thought I was.  That is what scupulosity does, it lies to you and tells you you are a horrible sinner when you are not.  And you obsess about it relentlessly.  Of course as I have mentioned in previous entries OCD has a chemical basis to it, a brain chemistry basis, and I take medicine for it.  The priest said I would also need to use cognitive therapy and thought stopping processes.

After going to Mass and seeing Fr. George I went and looked for some Scavenger Hunt pictures.  It was extremely difficult as it started raining and then changed to snow.  It was freezing cold and I had John driving all around, lol.  He is such a trooper.  He will do anything for me.  I finally found some subjects to photograph, but they weren't the ones I truly wanted.  I wanted to get some better subjects, but was limited by the rain.  I could only snap shots when it was not raining and so that made my shots limited.  And I live in one of the most gorgeous areas.  Amish country!  So much for getting a nice landscape shot, lol.  

Tomorrow I am going to make my lifetime promises in the Secular Order of the Carmelites DiscalcedThis of course deserves an entry all by itself, and I am going to do an entry, but it is getting late right now, and I want to be fresh in the morning.  I will have to do it tomorrow or the next day.  Probably on Sunday because on Saturday (tomorrow) the conference will be all day (8 am till 4 pm) and then I am going to come home and list everybody's Scavenger Hunt in my journal.  So I will be tired and will do the entry on Sunday or soon after, lol.  Suffice it to say that tomorrow is one of the most monumental days of my life.  

One final thing.  I have a very special friend who just started her journal today.  If you can, go on over and check her out and leave her a comment.  Silvia has a fascinating life and I am looking forward to her sharing it with us.

That's it for now.  Love and blessings!  Krissy

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Odds and Ends

Just heard on the news that the longtime Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, died tonight at age 75.  Arafat never appointed a successor, and some have feared for the past few weeks that a struggle would ensue for leadership of Palestine, but fortunately the Palestinian government has decided to follow their law and appoint the speaker of the Parliament to govern for sixty days in interim.  After sixty days, elections are to occur, and whomever wins is to assume leadership.  

So, closer to the homefront - what is new?  Nothing much.  I am still having a pretty hard time in my life right now.  The situation I was hoping would work out has only gotten worse.  I guess I just need to be patient because there is nothing I can do about it.  I need to just be patient and leave it up to God.  There is something I can do something about though, and that is my thinking.  I need to think more positively.  Gee, that is hard sometimes! 

Well, I guess winter is finally here.  I put the heat on for the first time last night!  Yes, the landlord has finally turned the heat on!  Thank God for that.  The night before last it snow flurried.  Maybe I am a little down because I am just not used to the cold weather yet.  I better get used to it because it is here.  It makes me want to hole up in my house and not go outside! 

Well, this entry looks rather boring now that I am done with it, lol.  I just wanted to say one more thing.  Hello to Penny, my new J-land friend who I got to talk to on the IM.  It has been really nice chatting with you and let's do it lots more! 

Monday, November 8, 2004

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

If you could have a career change right now, and do anything you wanted to, what would it be? 

My answer:  I can't work right now, because I am disabled, but if I could, well, there is at least ten things that I can think of that I would like to do.  But I am going to pick just one.  An ESL teacher.  Or something in the ESL field involving teaching English as a second language to people.  I did this in a volunteer capacity a number of years back and enjoyed it immensely.  It was extremely rewarding.

What would you choose to do?

Some More Photo Entries

Here are a few more Photo Scavenger Hunt entries:

Monica    Check out the entry below it also!



Hope I didn't leave anyone out!  Let me know.

Sunday, November 7, 2004

The Next Photo Scavenger Hunt

This week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#6) should be completed by Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8 PM.  It was suggested by Sara.  Please take a photo of:

Someone's face, a Landscape, something close up, and something far away.

If you can do just one of the pics that is ok.  Have fun!

Your Entries for Photo Hunt #5

Entries for Photo Scavenger Hunt #5: What is Love?







kkasey47 (Love) and kkasey47 (Unusual)

Great entries this week everybody!

Saturday, November 6, 2004

Photo Scavenger Hunt #5

What is Love?

The idea for this week's Photo Scavenger Hunt comes from Therese.

What is love?  To me love is many things.  It was hard to narrow this down to just a few things, but to me these were some of the things that most embodied love.

  Love is 46 years of ups and downs and just plain routine days and still staying together!  When I say ups and downs I mean way ups and way downs!  And six children and numerous grandchildren later.  Congratulations Mom and Dad on your upcoming Anniversary.  Love is... My Mom and Dad.

Love is... Unconditional.  Like the unconditional love Michael gives me.  It is so funny.  I can be grouchy and in a bad mood and he still loves me.  If I am in a bad mood he forgets ten minutes later.  He is the most forgiving creature I know on earth.  I can be in pagamas and have dirty hair and he doesn't care or judge me.  His love for me amazes me.  I love him so much and he loves me. 

And finally, but not lastly, love to me is my John.  He is beyond measure in my life.  He is more than wonderful to me.  Words cannot express what he means to me.  He loves me unconditionally.  He takes care of me.  He even does my dishes.  Love is John.

Now I don't have a pic, but I want to say that my ultimate love is Jesus, and He is ultimate love, for greater love has no man than this, than a man lay down His life for His friends.  And that to me is Ultimate Love.    

Love, Krissy   

List your link here

If you haven't already given me your link for the latest Photo Scavenger Hunt, then list yours in the comments section.

I need to go out for a few hours and want to give you a place to put your entry.

Thanks, Krissy

Having a Hard Time

Once again it has been a few days since I have written.  When I do that I am kind of avoiding.  Avoiding because I don't want to let anyone know what is going on in my life.  Well, there has not been a lot of anything going on.  And that is when I start thinking I should write about my feelings.  And then I really want to avoid that.  So I just stop writing.

So today I thought I would come on here anyway and write about my feelings and what is really going on inside of me.  I mean I can't let weeks go by and keep avoiding.  I guess I could but then I wouldn't be staying true to what I originally wanted to do with this journal.  So I will write about what has been going on inside of me.

I have gotten a few emails asking how I was doing.  Well I am stressed.  Majorly stressed.  Haven't been this stressed in a long time.  (Now Dad, when you read this don't start worrying because I have always been able to take care of myself.)  And I am frustrated.  Frustrated about some things in my life.  Some things that won't seem to change no matter what I do.  And full of anxiety.  I have OCD and I can't stop worrying either.  I don't know if you all know what OCD is, but I can't explain it right now.  You can look it up under Obsessive Compulsive Disorder if you'd like.  Mine lately has taken the form of obsessing and I can't stop worrying about the same things over and over again.  Back and forth in my brain.  I can't get more specific than that because I feel like I have laid myself bare and perhaps revealed too much already. 

Many say - Well, you have your faith, you should be OK.  Yes, my faith makes things infinitely better, but not perfect.  Because I am not perfect.  And because I have chemical imbalances that make me think certain ways.  And have certain moods.  And have anxiety.  But I am doing the best I can.

So now you all know how I am doing.  And I am going to press the send button now. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

It's Official Now

Senator John Kerry has just called President George W. Bush to concede the presidency of the United States, according to the reporters on television.  So it looks like it is not going to get drawn out after all.  Apparently the Kerry camp realizes that it cannot win, even with the provisional ballots, and is not going to drag the country through any kind of lawsuits.  I am glad about that.  We need to get united behind one person.

Oh, Nevada was just called for Bush!  That is enough electoral votes to officially make him the next president of the United States of America.  Kerry will be out in a few minutes to address the press and and President Bush will be holding a press conference at 3 PM EST. 

I won't be able to hear it because I will be at therapy.  Maybe I will tape it.  Well, must be off.  Krissy :-)

No Concession Speech?

Wow!  Here it is 2:40 AM and we still don't have a concession speech from a candidate for president. We can't have a victory speech until we have a concession speech.  All the TV stations called President Bush the projected winner hours ago, and we thought at any minute John Kerry was going to come out and give his concession speech.  Instead, right before 2:40 AM John Edwards (Democratic Vice Presidential candidate) came out to the press and his supporters.  He was introduced by his staff as "The next Vice-President of The United States."  Then basically Edwards told the crowd that his camp "would not rest until every vote was counted."  So it looks like this is going to be a long and drawn out election this year.  Who knows.  Maybe it will take days or weeks.  I know to count the provisional ballots it takes 11 days.  And then I don't know if the Kerry camp is planning on doing any court challenges.  I guess it will go on for months then.  Hopefully we will know who will be in office by the time Inaurgural Day rules around.  Perhaps I am being too cynical but I think that Kerry should concede as there is no possible way for him to win at this time anyway. 

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Have Heat - Will Keep Warm

Wow, it's Election Day already.  I am a little frustrated because I don't know who to vote for in two of the races.  Of course I have already decided who I am going to vote for for president.  That was never in question.  But there are two other races that I just can't make up my mind on.  I look over the literature and I can't decide.  I even emailed one of the campaigns yesterday to clarify some issues.  I still can't decide.  I only have a few hours to go before it is time to vote.  I had better make up my mind fast!  Either that or decide to leave that particular race blank.  Maybe I will do that.  Which is more responsible?  Decisions, decisions. 

On another note, the Landlord sent around a notice a couple of days ago saying the heat has been turned on.  I haven't tried it out yet because it has been unseasonably warn.  On Saturday it was about 70 degrees and on Sunday it was 60 degrees.  Monday and Tuesday were nice also.  Today is supposed to be the last nice day.  Sunday is supposed to be the first major snowstorm of the year.  I guess I better see how the heat is working before then and put the storm window in!  I will get John to do the storm window.  He always does stuff like that for me!

Well, I had no trick-or-treaters this year.  Just as well anyway.  I don't like the holiday with everybody dressed up in their little devil costumes.  But if an innocent little kid dressed like a princess knocked on my door and asked for a piece of candy I wasn't going to deny her this year.  I mean it isn't her fault that Halloween is something gross.  So I got some candy in case a princess or Spiderman came by.  And you know, nobody came by, lol.  So I have been having to eat the candy, lol.  No choice.  How horrible for a diabetic to say! 

Well, gotta run.  Hope to come back and do another entry soon. 

Monday, November 1, 2004

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What were you thinking about just before you got on the computer?

I was thinking that I had so many things to get done tomorrow, about what my errands should be, and that I had to make up my November calendar.  I was also looking over the candidates who are running for election on Tuesday in my area so I could decide who to vote for.  So many thoughts, lol.

How about you?

Scalzi's Weekend Assignment #31

This week's Weekened Assignment is:

Write your own, preferably rhyming, epitaph.  For example:

Here lies Jed,
He fell out of bed.

So here is my go at it:

Here lies Krissy Fisher
She died falling into a fissure
She fell into the crack
And never came back
And now we're all gonna miss her. 

Some More Photo Entries

Here are a few more Photo Scavenger Hunt entries:

sunflowerkat (Unusual)

madmanadhd (Unusual)

Monica did two more Unusuals.  Click here and here

jules19642001  Check out the entry below it also.

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