February; the month has flown by….

Posted by on February 28, 2012 at 5:54 am.

Is it almost March already? What happened to February? It seems as if I blinked and the entire month just flew by.

At times, I find it challenging to maintain this site. That happens, when my life gets busy. I’ll think about writing something, and when it next pops into my mind a few days (or even weeks) has slipped away.


I won’t overextend myself

Over the years I’ve learned not to take on more than I can handle. It applies to many aspects of my life; work, volunteering, social engagements, etc., It wasn’t an easy lesson to learn, since it’s my nature to always want to assist in any way that I can. Sure, I accomplished the assignments, but it didn’t leave a lot of time for myself. Having my daughter changed that, since she trumps everything.

Helping others is something I do with my ‘down time’. It’s one of the ways I relax. It feels great helping others.  Assisting someone who desperately needs help is the only reward that I need to receive. It feels great.


New position; Board Member

Earlier this month, I accepted a board member position. It’s a two year position, and It doesn’t take effect until July 2012, however I attended my first meeting yesterday. I was introduced, and got a chance to get a first hand view of the people I’ll be interacting with. I’m looking forward to the opportunity. What’s even better? I wasn’t a bored member at that meeting. Ok, that was corny….



Volunteering; Food Pantry

This past Saturday, my daughter and I visited one of the numerous ministries available at our Lutheran Church. Our church has a food pantry. Thursdays and Saturdays, the food pantry is open, and those in need are able to stop by and receive groceries. I had a great time interacting with the church members, who serve as volunteers. I also had a great time, talking with those who came to receive food. A few of them expressed interest in our church, and mentioned they would be interested in attending our church service. I was able to give them literature.

Attending our church is not a requirement to receive food, and we don’t ‘actively sell’ the church when we’re talk with those within the surrounding communities  that utilize some of our programs. Guess what? We don’t need to do that, the way our members treats everyone speak volumes. Treat others how you want to be treated, simple but effective. Regardless of your race, socioeconomic background, or past… you are made to feel welcome.


I’m still managing to fit crochet into my schedule, currently I’m crocheting bear number three for the Mother Bear Project. I’ll have to post pictures soon.

Photo Source: Ron Dotson: Western Art; Overextended


  • Jennifer says:

    Hiya! Welcome back 🙂

    I need to remember NOT to over extend myself, too! It’s a hard one but then if you don’t you get burned out! Which is worse! Thanks for the comments on my blog – as always! The chalk I used is actually powdered chalk and I am having a lot of fun with it as I am finding it’s so versatile! They have an awesome sale right now – if you are interested let me know and I will send you the info! I think you and your daughter will both LOVE that product! And it’s patent-pending! A small mom&pop shop online – they have a shop in WI, too! I also get lots of rubber stamps from them! Today is the first of a 3 day blog hop! You should swing by and hop to all of the blogs for a chance to win!!!

    Congrats on the board seat! I have another year and a half on my 2 (3 year) term for my chamber seat.

    And that’s awesome about the Lutheran Charities! My Grandfather (who I never met – passed away before I was born) was Lutheran. He and my Grandmother were married in a Lutheran Church as were my mom and dad! I was raised in a Pentecostal Church but ever since college I fit into more of an Inter-Denominational type category, I suppose. I’m strong in my beliefs but I realize I have some complex feelings, too, that seem to cross over into other branches, ya know!? LOL – but, then again, who doesn’t??

    Treat others how you like to be treated is one thing I truly hold dear to my heart. My parents were BIG into that! My sister and I went to church and my mom worked in the nursery. My Dad usually worked and didn’t go to church but the values were there 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer,
    Yes, it can be hard not to agree to do ‘just one more thing’, however to keep my sanity intact, I’ve learned to say ‘no’. It still hurts to say it at times, but I realize that I need time for myself too.

    Yes, I’ve been there with the complex feelings, but I have to admit that I’m thrilled that i’ve found a spiritual place where I interact with others that have similar values… my church is my ‘spiritual home’. 🙂
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    Jennifer Reply:

    It’s so awesome that the church you are a part of is still a good one, ya know…so many are getting too…political and prejudice…for lack of better word. It’s refreshing to find one that is still what it was supposed to be (or at least in my eyes)…don’t get me wrong…I know there are LOTS…but lately they seem few and far between and that saddens me.

    I truly LOVED my old church before I moved but it’s completely different now and hardly any of the people I once knew and loved go there anymore and I am told many things have drastically changed.

    I also enjoyed the last church I went to but it was very small, didn’t make enough money to stay open and functional, and constantly changes Pastors…they people are nice, tho 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    @Jennifer, Yes, dislike when church’s bring politics into the mix. Can we have a separation please? I’m a minority within my church, but they don’t make me feel that way. It’s predominantly Caucasian. They are welcoming of other ethnicities. It’s not an issue. Which is how it should be.

    I never understood the segregation seen on Sundays. What’s that about? If we’re supposed to be Christ-like, shouldn’t we welcome all races?

    It’s nice to see that some of my churches long-term goals focus on bringing other nationalities within their fold. Being that their outreach is open to all, I don’t see that being an issue. Additionally, there are other minorities that do attend the church.
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    Jennifer Reply:

    TOTALLY AGREE with you Opal! Totally!!!!
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  • suituapui says:

    Yes, one step at a time, one day at a time… Time really does fly these days and soon March will be gone too – a quarter of the year has gone past.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @suituapui,
    It seems to fly by even faster, as I become older. arghhh!!! 😉
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  • Nicholle Olores says:

    Wow, you are a super man! I appreciate you for being such a helpful person, many people are very busy with their lives now and always focus to the things that makes them happy, they forgot to help people who are in need. I am glad I had known you Opal, your such an inspiration to me and to all people who read this. More blessings and always be helpful.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Nicholle Olores,
    No, no, not superman, but I’ll settle for superwoman! 😉

    You know, helping those in need actually does make me happy? I leave feeling even better than when I stopped by. I sure wish I could bottle those feelings, and hand it out to people who are sad. 😉
    Opal recently posted..Lent: Keeping it simple; soup, salad, and bread


  • Catwoman says:

    You must have had a busy month. But it’s a very good thing, that you can manage your time so effective. I wish I could do so…
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    Opal Reply:

    In my early twenties, outside of work, my time mangement was a mess, until I learned to clean up the clutter.
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  • sunil prajapat says:

    wow but i had busy month in end i was not able to manage it… i wish i could have done it
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @sunil prajapat,
    Thanks for stopping by, here’s hoping this month is better for you.

    Opal recently posted..Lent: Keeping it simple; soup, salad, and bread


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