Tuesday, December 25, 2007
From my home to yours...
Wishing you blessings, safety and joy on this Christmas Day. I hope you are spending it with loved ones. My wish is that you may have some time today to meditate on why we have this holy-day. God bless you, my dear readers. Love, Val xox
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I got these facts on suicide from SPAN USA. I hope you can take the time to read them and follow the link at the bottom to a site that lists things you can do to help. This is a issue that is dear to my heart. I have placed a free suicide hotline number in a red box in my sidebar if anyone needs it. It will remain there. Thanks, my friends. I will be back soon to let everyone know what is up in my life. Alot has happened. Chelsea and her boys are on their way back to Florida. They moved =( AGAIN. Stay warm, take care and be good to one another. Hugs, Val xox
FACTS ON SUICIDE * More than 31,000 Americans die by suicide each year.
* There is 1 suicide every 16 minutes and 88 suicides per day.
* Suicide is the:
- 11th leading cause of death overall in America;
- 3rd leading cause of death for young Americans between the
ages of 10-24; and
- 2nd leading cause of death for American college-aged students.
* For every US suicide death there are 8 to 26 attempts.
* There are an estimated 1.4 million attempts per year in the U.S.
* For every suicide death there are an estimated six new
Suicide is an often ignored and stigmatized topic
* Suicide deaths consistently outnumber homicide deaths by a margin
of three to two.
* There are more suicides globally than deaths from war and violence
* Approximately twice as many Americansdie by suicides than from
Suicides can be prevented
* More than 90 percent of people who die by suicide have depression
or another diagnosable mental or substance abuse disorder.
* In a national poll, 78 percent of Americans think that many
suicides are preventable with appropriate research, interventions
* And 86% of Americans surveyed think it is important to invest in
the prevention of suicide.
Risk and protective factors can vary according to age, gender, ethnic group, or occupation, and can vary over time. Some examples, are:
* 20% of all suicide deaths occur among veterans.
* More women attempt suicide, more men die by suicide.
* 80% of completed suicides are men.
* Elderly comprise 12.6% of the population yet account for 16% of
* Older white men have the highest suicide rate of all age groups.
* According to several nationally representative studies, in any given
year, about 5% to 7% of adults have a serious mental illness. A
similar percentage of children (about 5% to 9%) have a serious
* These figures mean that millions of adults and children are disabled
by mental illnesses every year.
* In addition to the tragedy of lost lives, mental illnesses come with a
devastatingly high financial cost. In the U.S., the annual economic,
indirect cost of mental illnesses is estimated to be $79 billion
($63 billion in lost productivity, $12 billion in mortality costs, and
$4 billion in productivity losses for incarcerated individuals and
for the time of those who provide family care).
What you can do
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
If you haven't heard yet, John is in the hospital. He is neutropenic. This means he has very, very little immune system to fight off whatever infection it is that he has. He is in a critical situation. He needs your prayers right now, if you are the praying type. If you can, please lend Krissy and John some support over at The Gazette, too. I will be keeping you updated when Krissy can not. Right now he is still at the local hospital. He is still having fevers. They are considering transferring him to Hershey where he will get more specialized care, but that is still up in the air. Thanks so much for all of your prayers and support, everyone! I will update you again when I am able.
Where have I been? Tired, so very tired and fatigued. My fibromyalgia is kicking me in the rear. I am hoping to feel better very soon. I am sorry I have been very quiet lately, but my fatigue is so very draining. I have also been trying to enjoy my grandsons and daughter before they moved. They DID move. It was sad. They are doing fine, though. They are only 20 minutes away. It feels weird not having them across the street, though. I was used to seeing the little ones whenever I wanted to. ~sigh~
I will be back tomorrow with a Hunt subject. You all still have until then to give me any Thanksgiving photos for last week's Hunt. Now, I will leave you with a new pictures of my grandbabies. Take care all of my friends!! Hugs! xox
awwwww... Josiah loves his brother!
Tags: neutropenic, bone marrow transplant, I love my grandbabies!, thanks so much for your love and support JLand!
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Photo Scavenger Hunt #122 will be due on Sunday, November 25, at 11:00 PM EST.
Our subject this week is: "Thanksgiving, thankfulness"
I am so sorry I disappeared for a couple of weeks. I haven't been feeling very well at all. I have been very fatigued, too. I needed a break. I wanted to make sure I got in the Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt, though! For those of you who won't be celebrating the holiday, how about taking a shot or two of something you are thankful for? PLEASE post your submissions by copying your FULL entry URL and pasting it into the comments section below. If you have any questions about how to do this (or how to upload or post photos) do not hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a blessed holiday and stay safe and warm!! Oh, I am watching snow fall and am so excited! I love the holiday season! Tee Hee. God bless! xox
Tags: Photo Scavenger Hunt with Krissy, photo scavenger hunt, photo hunt, photography, Thanksgiving, give thanks, thankfulness, Happy Thanksgiving JLand!!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Photo Scavenger Hunt #121 participants
subject: "Halloween or orange"
The submissions this week are beautiful and fun! Please stop by and visit and leave a comment if you are able. I want to thank the following journals for participating in this week's Photo Hunt:
Dare To Think (Cathy)
I'm A Survivor (Sharon)
Starting life over at 40 (Linda)
My Critters (Tish)
Footprints in the Sand (Linda)
Ye Olde English Posy (Sylvia)
Faith In Roman Catholicism (Kellen)
Thanks, you guys! I will return shortly with next week's subject. If anyone has a subject that they want me to use, please feel free to put it in the comments section or send me an email. Hope everyone is having a nice start to their week!
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Happy Halloween everyone! I have never been much of a Halloween person. I'm not sure why. I was when I was a kid, but as an adult, I can't recall dressing up once for Halloween. I guess I'm just not into it. I live in an apartment and no kids ever come here, so I just turn out the lights on Halloween and watch TV. I don't think I have gotten a single trick-or-treater in three years. I don't expect tonight to be any different. I always buy candy, though, just in case that one or two kid come, if by magic, every year. This year is no different. I will eat the candy all by myself. LOL
I found these fun facts on pumpkins that you may not know. I do not know the author or I would give credit.
Pumpkins are fruits. A pumpkin is a type of squash and is a
member of the gourd family (Cucurbitacae), which also includes
squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.
The largest pumpkin ever grown was 1,689 pounds. It was
grown by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, Rhode Island and
weighed at the Topsfield Fair GPC weigh-off in Topsfield, MA
on September 29, 2007.
The top pumpkin production states are Illinois, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and California.
In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an
ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
Native Americans called pumpkins "isqoutm squash."
Using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on
an ancient Celtic custom brought to America by Irish
immigrants. All Hallow's Eve on October 31st marked the end
of the old Celtic calendar year. On that night, hollowed-out
turnips, beets, and rutabagas with a candle inside were placed on
windowsills and porches to welcome home spirits of deceased
ancestors and ward off evil spirits and a restless soul called
Pumpkins originated in Central America and were a popular crop among Native Americans. Some tribes used the seeds for food and medicine and made sleeping mats out of dried pumpkin strips. Besides making pies, American colonists cut off pumpkin tops and made handy edible bowls, filling them with milk, honey and spices and cooking them over a fire or hot ashes. Pumpkins are 90-percent water and contain high concentrations of potassium and vitamin A.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Photo Scavenger Hunt #121 will be due on Sunday, November 4, at 11:00 PM EST.
Our subject this week is: "Halloween or orange"
Please note this is an extended hunt. I wanted to make sure that everyone could get their Halloween pictures in on time! Also, I know everyone doesn't celebrate Halloween, so I am giving you the option of the color orange. Is your costume scary or fun this year? Show us! What about your children's? Are you going to have a Halloween party? PLEASE post your submissions by copying your FULL entry URL and pasting it into the comments section below. If you have any questions about how to do this (or how to upload or post photos) do not hesitate to send me an email at email@example.com. Have fun!! xox
Tags: Photo Scavenger Hunt with Krissy, photo scavenger hunt, photo hunt, photography, Halloween, orange, Boo!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Photo Scavenger Hunt #120 participants
The submissions this week are truly stunning! Please stop by and visit and leave a comment if you can. I wanted to thank the following journals for participating in this week's Photo Hunt:
Linda's World (Linda)
Ye Olde English Posy (Sylvia)
Footprints in the Sand (Linda)
Sometimes I Think (Krissy)
My Hug's Journal (Mandy)
This and that, and hockey! (Donna)
Photo Trek (Greg) and here
I will return shortly with this week's Hunt subject! Good Monday to you all! xox
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Photo Scavenger Hunt #120 will be due on Sunday, October 21, at 11:00 PM EST.
Our subject this week is: "autumn"
Please note that this Hunt is shortened. I am very sorry about this. I have had a bad flu. I also wanted to let you know at this time that I am not able to post the last Hunt entries because a few of you sent me your submissions by email. While I was getting my computer fixed, I lost ALL of my saved emails. PLEASE post your submissions by copying your FULL entry URL and pasting it into the comments section below. If you have any questions about how to do this (or how to upload or post photos) do not hesitate to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Again, I apologize for not being able to post the last Hunt entries. I hope you find this Hunt fun!! I know I will!! I absolutely LOVE the Fall and its glorious colors!! Are you having a vibrant Fall? Show all of us what your neck of the woods looks like right now!
Tags: Photo Scavenger Hunt with Krissy, photo scavenger hunt, photo hunt, photography, autumn, Fall, get out your camera!!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Good Sunday, everyone! I haven't written a proper entry in ages, wow! A few days after Jonah was born, my computer started acting up. It was slowing down dramatically. I took it to a friend to get it fixed and didn't get it back for a week! I am shocked at how many emails can pile up when you don't check your account in this amount of time! Then ten days ago I came down with asthmatic bronchitis and sinusitis. I was also trying to help Chelsea with her two little ones while Desi was out of town. It has been crazy!! I have just been spreading myself too thin. I have been trying to figure out what to do about this. I need a personal vacation! I can't do this when there is still too much to take care of. I have decided that I am going to try to give the next two weeks to myself, and only myself, except when absolutely necessary. I wonder if I can do this. LOL I have a messy apartment that needs cleaned, a body that still needs to heal, and a lot to catch up on on my computer. One step at a time, right? Today I wanted to share some pictures of Jonah with you. I just got these a couple of days ago from Chelsea. He is doing quite well. Friday he weighed 8 lbs. He does have a little sniffle that is going around, but other than that, he is just fine. He likes to eat and sleep and sleep and eat. LOL Here is the little guy...
On another note, I realize I haven't posted Photo Scavenger Hunt entries from the last Hunt nor have I given you all a new subject in a few weeks. I will be posting the entries and a subject tonight or tomorrow morning. Thanks so much for your patience!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! Hugs! xox
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I haven't been around for a few days because Chelsea has been in labor since Thursday. She had a little boy last night. Mom and baby are doing very well. She had contractions and was dialating for four days, poor thing, but they wouldn't induce because she was just shy of 38 weeks until yesterday. Jonah Alexander was born at 11:06 PM last night. He is 7 lbs 1 /12 oz. and 20 inches long. He is beautiful, but I am bias. LOL I will post pictures as soon as I receive them.
Tags: I'm a grandma again!
Monday, September 17, 2007
small physical ones with my sisters when I was a
tot. I am not a fighter.
26. Are you wearing nailpolish? no
27. What time is it? 12:27 PM
28. Innie or Outie? Innie
29. Ever used a Ouija board? as a child (I think they
30. Sweet or sour? mostly sweet
31. Sun or Moon? moon
32. What shoes did you wear today? none yet, barefoot
33. Favorite eye color of the opposite sex? dark brown
36. Time of day you were born? 4:05 PM
37. Do you know your blood type? 0 positive
38. Do you know how to kill a zombie? you climb up a
tree and act like a zombie then you hit it over
the head with an axe (or you can drink it down
in one gulp.).
39. Do you smoke? I'm on the patch
40. What would you spend 5,000 dollars on right now if
you were handed it? Probably save $4,000 in the
bank and go on a shopping spree with the other
41. Who is your favorite musical artist? Josh Groban
42. Which animal(s) remind you of yourself? meow
43. What's your background on your pc? my grandson,
44. Did you grow up in the city or country? suburbs
45. Would you ever consider going on a reality tv show
if offered a large sum of money? maybe, depends
on which one. Not if I had to perform a talent.
47. What's one thing you're really good at cooking?
nothing in particular.
48. Kisses or hugs? Both!
49. You have 10 dollars to spend in the dollar store..what
do you get? see if there are any name brand
shampoos or toothpastes,etc., that haven't
expired. If there aren't any, I would just buy
50. Slurpee flavor? Coca-Cola
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Linda finished these 50 questions in her journal quite awhile back. I am now finishing them myself. I tried to put all 50 questions in one entry and I went over the maximum characters allowed. So today I will post questions 1 - 24. Part II coming soon! Go ahead and give them a try! They were fun! Leave your entry URL in the comments section so I can see your answers, too. Hope you enjoy! I always love learning new things about everyone! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday! Hugs!!! xox
1. Are you taller than your mom? about 5 inches
2. What color is your shower curtain? duckies =)
3. What is the closest thing to you right now that is red?
4. What is your ring tone? just got a new phone,
haven't set a ringtone yet
5. Does anything hurt on your body right now? What
DOESN'T??.. mostly back and neck.
6. What color is your favorite pillow? a long white body
pillow - depends on what pillowcase I put on it.
7. What is your favorite video game? Tetris
8. Had a nap today? not yet!
9. Gold or Silver? silver
10. Is there an animal that creeps you out? don't really
like snakes much but I will touch them. No animal
animal really creeps me out much, though , not
even spiders or bugs.
11. Who was the last person you rode an elevator with? I
12. Did you go ice skating as a kid? no - would love to
learn as an adult, though.
13. Ever have stitches? from surgery, yes, from an
14. Favorite non-alcoholic drink? orange juice and water
15. How long ago did you hug someone? all night long
16. What's something you want to do before you die? get
a house, maybe get married again.
17. Have you ever caught something on fire? only on
18. Have you ever seen a ghost? perhaps
19. Have you ever seen northern lights? no, would love
20. Do you know how to use chop sticks? yes!
21. Name something good that happened today. I talked
to my sissy, Krissy, on the telephone. I haven't
been able to spend enough time with her lately.
22. What room are you in? my computer room
23. Are you worried about something you can't control?
a little bit, but not really worried.
24. Do you take daily medications? Too many!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Kellen, a freshman college student, runs a Journal Tournament and is taking sign-ups for his most recent Tourney. The game is explained here. I have played a few times and enjoyed myself immensely (and won once!)! You will learn a lot of obscure facts as well as meet new journalers and have a blast!! Are you a competitor? If you have questions about the Tournament feel free to ask me in the comments section. Run, run and sign up! The deadline is tomorrow night!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Photo Scavenger Hunt #119 will be due on Sunday, September 23, at 11:00 PM EST.
Our subject this week is: "a favorite food/foods"
Please note that this is an extended Hunt. I wanted to give you all some extra time because I am giving it to you later in the week. I do hope you have some fun with this!! I am very curious to see what is submitted! If you know anyone who may want to play this game and does not know that it exists, send them a link! Everyone has a favorite food and they just may want to play! Please put your FULL entry URL in the comments section below. If you have any questions about uploading or posting feel free to email me at email@example.com. Have fun!!