Is it kind of quirky to say that I’m grateful for youtube??  Someday I hope to have one of those youtube videos that make a ka-zillion dollars….. but for now…. I’ll just enjoy other people’s videos!  I’m sure there are plenty of useless things on youtube and some people may even consider some of what I like youtube for pretty useless!

I love it when people post old music on there.  I have a great time reminiscing….  Some of it even comes with really old footage that has really poor quality…. but it’s still fun to watch!   You know how you can pretty much Google anything and it will come up with something related for your search…..?  Very often it even links you to videos of your search topic.  Such was the case last night.

I love singing with my friends…. but I’ll save that topic for another day….!  We are trying to come up with a new ‘opener’ for our show and whenever we had an idea…. I just did a search on youtube and there it was!!  In some cases… several versions.  I’ll have to post my favorite version of the song I think we will be doing as our opener.  I wish we could do that arrangement….but it’s pretty hard for 3 women to come up with all the harmonies, etc… of about ten Acapella groups singing it!  Guess we’ll just have to settle for a basic arrangement!

I’ve searched for old songs I wanted to hear on youtube…. I’ve searched for uplifting videos with great messages and “how to” videos (even working on making a few of those….) and I’ve searched for some funny stuff too.  It’s pretty much all there.  Quite a world out there in cyberspace!  I know there are other places on the internet you can post videos, like Vimeo and TedTV and I’m sure many other up and coming ones….. but I’m pretty sure youtube is the most popular.  You can learn a lot there….. probably too much in some cases….. but isn’t that the truth with about anything on the internet?  You just have to use your discretion wisely!  Oh…. and your time wisely too!  It’s so easy to spend the day in cyberspace and forget there’s a real world out there!  Though youtube arguably has some bad points about it…. for the most part, for me at least, I find it enjoyable and in many ways helpful.

I am Grateful!  How are you?


Finding my Purpose

Have you ever noticed that sometimes the ‘Universe’ or a Higher Power is trying to send you a message?  Pay attention closely to things around you and you may find it happening more than you realize.

With the power of the internet, there are many ways for you to find information out in cyberspace.  Obviously…. not all of that information is good….  I’m sure you would all agree!   However….. there is a multitude of good things available at your fingertips.  With just a ‘click’.

In case you hadn’t noticed…. one of my reasons for starting this particular blog was to allow myself to focus more on the things that I am already blessed with which allows the Universe bring more into your life.  One of the many things that has come my way via the internet the last few days is this message from Jim Rohn:  “If the glass is full of water, can it hold any more? And the answer is yes. Yes, if you pour some out. So jot that down. If you want more, you’ve got to pour out what you’ve got, and then you have the opportunity to receive more.”   Isn’t that perfect for this concept of focusing on gratitude for what you have and then sharing it?  It gives you the ‘opportunity to receive more’.  I love that!

One of my ways for trying to remain positive and bring ‘more’ into my life is that I subscribe to several newsletters from very motivational and inspiring people.  Hence why the Jim Rohn message came my way this week.  Another message that came my way today was from Bob Proctor.  He is another inspirational person to me.  He was a main feature in the movie “The Secret”.  I got a note from him today, again via the internet/email,  titled “Purpose, Vision and Goals”.  It’s a pretty awesome short article that I re-posted  on my FB page.  He talks about how each of us is here for a purpose….. a purpose that will be fulfilling not only to us but to others that we reach out to.  It’s our responsibility to discover that purpose.  Bob says it this way:  “As you go through life, you don’t just pick up things you like doing by chance. You discover what you’re good at because you were meant to discover it, just as you were meant to figure out what your fingers do, and how your elbows work.”  So I guess he’s saying that it’s not just given to us.  Our creator wants us to find out for ourselves.  It’s part of our life’s mission.

A few months ago, a friend shared with me something that has become my ‘purpose’.  I can’t explain how I felt when I heard about it…. I just know that I had unknowingly been ‘searching’ for something to give my life more meaning.  Not that I felt it didn’t have meaning…. but I was searching for something where I felt like I could be contributing more than I was.  In discovering this ‘purpose’ I have felt so many changes for the better come into my life.  I feel myself ‘becoming’ (see earlier post on Tyler Norton) what I should be.  I have grown so much in the last few months in ways that I knew deep down I was capable of, but just hadn’t been motivated to get there.  And I know that I am continuing to grow.  I have a long way to go.  It’s a process of transformation as Jim Rohn’s newsletter spoke of.  I feel compelled to share Jim Rohn’s entire newsletter article via FB…. so go my page to check it out.

I know this is a long post…..but in keeping with what I’ve talked about, I want to share a very specail quote with you.  This time by philosopher from long ago.  He was actually the Father of Yoga…. His name is Patanjali.   But when I heard this quote the first time….. something jumped out at me and I knew that I had been guided to be a part of the company I now work with.  It rang so true to me.

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

Isn’t that beautiful?  I am discovering myself to be a greater person than I ever thought!  And I know you can all do the same!  Discover your purpose…. be happy with who you are and know that ONLY YOU can influence and inspire people in a way no one else can!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Being of Sound Mind

Some of you may disagree….. but I’m pretty sure I’m of sound mind!!  A little crazy and kookie here and there…. but still pretty sound!  Really, though… I am SO grateful for that!

Today I had the opportunity to visit with a neighbor that I grew up with.  I haven’t seen him for some time.  He dropped by my Mom’s Assisted Living place to say “Hi’ to her and I happened to be there.  It was good to see him and good to visit with him.  Let me just say that he has had a hard life.  Part of that comes with the struggles he has from NOT being of sound mind.  He suffers with bi-polar disease as well as schizophrenia.  He comes by it inherently and daily struggles with things most of us can’t even imagine.  Not only does he deal with that, but he also deals with a Brother who has children that are drug addicts and cause all kinds of problems that live in the old family home, which HE owns.  The poor guy doesn’t even sleep inside his own home because of the a fore mentioned.  But that’s not my topic right now.  It’s really about dealing with mental issues.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to be in such a self hating mode that you really don’t feel like you are worthy of much…. including someone else’s caring and love.  It truly broke my heart today to listen to some of the things he was saying.  I had no idea that he had suffered so much as a youngster.  No idea.  It’s only been the last few years that I was made aware of it.  He was of fairly sound mind today as we visited….but that’s with being on several medications and trying very hard to remain sober, which he struggles with daily also.  He talked of his love for my Mom and Dad who has loved as second parents.  He lost both of his parents years ago.  He was one devastated man when my Dad passed away a few years back.  I know he will feel the same when my Mom goes.

Even in his basically unstable mental condition, he still cares so much for the older people in my old neighborhood.  He checks in on the widows and widowers to make sure they are all right and if they need help with anything.  He made mention today of wishing he could get his CNA because he feels he would be good at it.  And I think so too.  I don’t know if it’s common with people like this…. but he is a very intelligent person.  I remember him being very smart when we were young.  I really think that if he had had the support and an early diagnosis of his problem and been treated for it that his life would be much different than it is now.  He is still very smart…. when he has his faculties about him.  Truly a sad life he has led…. but it really did bring to mind how blessed I really am…. in so many ways, but particularly today to be of sound mind.

I wish him well.  I know that someday he wil be released from all this mental turmoil and anguish, but in the meantime… I wish him well.

I am Grateful!  How are you?


I know… I know…. another post on music…. but what can I say?  At least each post is directed to a specific kind!!  So…. the topic of remakes.  Now I’m talking music here…. not movies.  What’s the consensus?  Do we love them or hate them?  I have a feeling the answer to that for most of you is “It depends….”  Right?  That’s my answer!

I did a search on the internet to get a few ideas going in my head…. and I was amazed at how many songs that I thought were originals that are actually remakes!!  Pretty funny.  So again…. I think it depends on what era you grew up in as to which version you like best.  Now I have to say…. in some instances that I like both versions equally as well.  Let’s start with Micheal Buble’s version of “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?”.  I do pretty much like a lot of the Bee Gees stuff… (remember how old I am folks…) but I really do like Buble’s version.  I particularly love the fact that the familiar Bee Gees sound is added to the song!!  LOVE that part!  I remember the first time I heard his arrangement….. I just started giggling when I heard that and said” That is so cool!”  I kind of like it when they blend the two versions together.  The first person that ever did that that I was aware of was Natalie Cole.  I still love hearing she and her father Nat King Cole sing “Unforgettable” together!!  What a concept!

So how about a song like “Rhythm of the Rain”?  My husband will argue with me on this one!  He loves the original by the Cascades and hates the Dan Fogelberg arrangement.  Me?   I like them both….. but there is kind of something endearing about the original!  There are so many that we could name and discuss!  What I am grateful for is the fact that clever musicians can take a song that I’m familiar with and give it a new twist and still make me like it!  And in some cases even better!!  I like that they like music from my era enough to make it new for them and for me!   I’ve heard some pretty good stuff.  (Isn’t that what our parents said about their music???)  Here’s one for you…… Did you know that the song “The First Cut is the Deepest” was originally done by Cat Stevens…..not Sheryl Crow?  Funny thing is…. I grew up with Cat Stevens and I didn’t even know that!!  As I was searching for a picture to use with this post I ran across something that made me remember Glee!!  Now there is some serious remaking going on with that show!!  It’s all about keepin’ the music alive I guess!!

So what are your favorite remakes?  …..What ones do you really dislike?  Of course…. it’s all a matter of personal opinion!  That’s what makes life so interesting!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

NO….. I don’t mean Mr. Rogers!  Though he had his place and did a lot to teach kids to be nice people and to accept others…. that’s not what I’m referring to today!

I had to deliver some flyers today in my ward area, so I was out doing quite a bit of walking.  Which is always good…… but today in particular it was very lovely!  The weather was co-operative and I just really enjoyed it.  We live in a fairly nice area, but it’s always amazing to me how differently people choose to landscape their yards.  Most of the houses in the ‘family’ area of our ward (meaning….we have condos in the ward too) are landscaped quite nicely.  With the time of year and the warm day…. it was pleasant to see all of the flowers in bloom….. the tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies and several others were so beautiful!

Besides the beautiful flowers I was greeted by door decor that spoke of Spring and Easter.  Some of which I wanted for myself!!  Of course…. being a woman…. I notice those things and ‘like’ them!  No offense guys…. if you’re like my husband your probably wouldn’t even have noticed them!  The temperature was so nice.  It was a little cloudy when I started, but turned quite sunny before I was done.  As a matter of fact….. I was almost wanting to take off the very lightweight jacket I had on!  But then the Sun would hide it’s head for a while and I was glad I had it on.  It was hard to believe that I was actually out for almost 2 hours!

I’m grateful I had the opportunity to walk the neighborhood today…. to visit with a few of the neighbors that were out doing yard work and to see the kids starting to come out on bikes and skateboards to enjoy this beautiful day in the neighborhood too!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Jon Brady Copier

31 years ago today my first born child Jon Brady Copier was born.  I wanted to take the opportunity of using today’s gratitude post to thank him for being the wonderful son he is.

When I got married….. I was pretty anxious to start a family.  Though my doctor advised waiting a year before we started….. for some reason in my head I thought I needed to start right away since my husband was 10 years older than me and I was afraid of being ‘too old’ as parents if we didn’t start right away.  (Boy….. has that philosophy changed in the last 30 years!)  So…. other than waiting a few months for me to get back from a trip to South America…… we pretty much started trying right away.  Jon was born 2 1/2 weeks after his due date and only nine days after our first anniversary.  He inherited his name from his father.  The name John is one that has been passed down to generations.  My husband’s grandfathers name was Jan (pronounced ‘yawn’).  It’s the dutch spelling.  Since my husband changed his dutch spelling of Jan to John when he became an American citizen, we decided to get closer to the dutch spelling by taking out the ‘h’ and naming him Jon.  My husband middle initial is ‘A’, so in order to avoid confusion….. we used a ‘B’ to start his middle name.  We are hoping that someday he will carry on the name and add a middle initial of ‘C’.  The we will have our ABC’s!  <grin>

His birth was kind of a tough one.  I was in labor for 16 hours and they came close to doing a C-section on me but then he decided to start getting in gear and come out….. thank heavens!  He weighed 9lbs 1oz… yep…. a pretty big boy.  But how delighted we were to have a son!  He was a fuzzy ball of fur when he came out….. really!  He was covered in visible hair all across his body!  We jokingly said he had a uni-brow since the hair between his eyebrows was  so visible.  His back was all fuzzy with little soft hair.  For those of you that know him now….. I guess it was just a precursor to the ‘hairy beast’ he is now!  The boy is blessed with hair!  He can grow a full beard in mere days.  I’m sure that has to be annoying in a lot of ways…. However,  He’s also taken advantage of that and has boasted many facial hair styles.

Now let me get to praising the person he is…. not just his physical qualities!  Jon has always been a kind boy.  He was never afraid to try something new and very often found himself very good at several of them.  He does have a streak of competitiveness in him…. but knows how to keep his cool for the most part.  He loves to learn and loves to help others.  He has a lot of patience.  (He gets that from his Dad!)  He’s a very responsible person and tries very hard to meet all his obligations.  I love the fact that he has taken it upon himself to learn how to manage finances and is working very hard to get out of debt.  I truly believe he is the kind of person that would do anything for you.  He is gentle, kind and loving and I know that as we age as his parents, he will always be there to take care of us.  I look forward to him someday being a father himself.  He is so much like his own father that I have no doubt he will be a fabulous one.

Thanks, Jon… for being the person you are!  Thanks for being our son and for bringing joy into our lives!  All our love on this special day and wishes for the best future you could possibly hope for!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Sauteed or Roasted Vegetables

Sometimes I get creative….. It seems like few and far between lately….. but sometimes I do!  I actually got in the mood for 10 minutes to cook!  That’s terrible to say….. but when there is just the two of you and very often we have things going in the evening…. I just don’t seem to cook as much as I should!

Tonight our entire meal consisted of sauteed vegetables.  Yep that’s it.  Just veggies.  And without trying to pat myself on the back too much….. they were excellent and quick to make!

This is similar to what our delicious veggies looked like tonight!

One must always start with a nice big sweet sliced onion when making sauteed or roasted vegetables… it’s a must!  The funny thing is….. don’t ask me to eat a raw onion…. but sauteed… hmmm hmmm.  I took a cooking class about a year ago and learned a few things I never knew.  Which is kind of pathetic really…..  but none the less it was new knowledge to me!

I learned how to caramelize an onion! ‘ What’s that?’, you say!!!  It’s true…. I had never caramelized an onion before that!  Goodness….. what a treat just by itself!  So my veggies tonight started off with a nice big sliced onion sauteing in a little EVVO.  Then I added some sliced carrots,  and a nice red pepper cut into big chunks.  I decided it needed some green in there and since I only use what I have when I make this….. I went to the freezer to pull out some frozen green beans.  After letting those saute for 5 or so min I added some chopped garlic, salt and pepper and some crushed rosemary…..and then I threw in some nice big chunks of portabello mushrooms.  Then to top it off for the last few minutes, I added some fresh spinach, a nice three cheese blend and threw some coarsely chopped pecans on top.  I know….   nuts sounds a little funky….. but it was good!

With just the two of us, we were able to have a nice big serving.  Probably more than we should have… but we learned lately that at least 1/2 of your plate should be vegetables.  Well….. since the whole thing was vegetables….. (with the exception of a little protein from the cheese and nuts…)  I think we qualified for keeping it balanced on the right side.  We should all be eating more vegetables than anything else anyway…. so there you go!

If you’ve never tried sauteed or roasted vegetables, I would highly recommend it!  They really are quick and easy and a nice delicious way to get those veggies in the diet!  Now if only I can keep myself motivated to make a nice meal for dinner every night…. we’ll be on our way to better health!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

How Things Work

Where would we be if it wasn’t for curious people that want to know why and how things work?  Would you agree that some of the most amazing things we have been given in this life are as a result of someone’s curiosity?

Questions like,  Why? What if? How come?  What makes it do that?  It’s amazing to me that some people can be so fascinated with certain things…. things that would make the rest of our heads spin!  Yet they get it….they are curious and continue to study and try and figure out a way to improve things.  Take the computer for example…. did you know the first computer was invented in 1936?  IBM didn’t come on the scene till 1953!  Yet, if you’ve seen any old movies that feature ‘computers’…. you’ll remember that those early units were monstrous!  Who would have ever thought that they would evolve into something so small you can literally communicate with the world by holding a small device in your hand!  Someone had to be curious enough to figure out a better way to use a computer… and it has continued to develop into today’s technology.  What about medicine?  We have some amazing advances in medicine.  Things that were once thought impossible or were very intrusive are so easily done now and with much less recovery time!  What a blessing that is! So why would we be amazed if something came along that was once thought impossible?  Isn’t that what our parents and their parents thought about today’s technology?

I’m grateful for a little boy who kept trying to figure out why a blade of grass could be ‘cut’ and yet it could just grow back!  Curiosity that lead him into the field of science and physics.   A man so brilliant that he helped to develop a scientific breakthrough technology that is impacting peoples health in a way nothing ever has…… and so much less intrusively that it’s almost hard to believe!

While I have been fascinated with lots of things in my life time….. it’s never taken me to the point of being so driven to figure it out that it became my life’s passion!  I am grateful that I could learn about such things from the people that helped to figure it out.  Someone that just wanted to know “How Things Work” as a young boy!  Thank you Dr. Gary L. Samuelson!  Thanks for figuring out the scientific breakthrough of the century!  Thanks for making it possible to bless so many lives!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Count Your Blessings

Once and a while on Sundays I take the opportunity to listen to Music and the Spoken Word while I’m getting ready for church.  Last Sunday was one of those times.  Though I didn’t hear the whole thing….. I did catch the message and the song that followed.

Sunday’s message was on Living in Thanksgiving daily.  It’s a beautiful message so I hope you don’t mind that I have posted it below.  I would do it injustice to try and summarize it.  Not only did I love and appreciate what he said…..but it verified to me that this daily gratitude blog is something I should be doing.  I have to admit…. I did feel a little inspired to start it.  It really is amazing what you begin to notice when you take the time to see what blessings you have in your life.

One of my favorite parts of the message was concluding it with the choir singing the most beautiful rendition of “Count Your Blessings”… not the one from the hymn book….but the one written by Irving Berlin that gained popularity from the movie “White Christmas”.  I’ve always loved that song….. but the choir sang it with such reverence and awe that I was almost taken aback!  It was a lovely lovely way to conclude that beautiful message.  If I could, I would post the song here for you to listen to while you read this beautiful message.  Please enjoy it and remember to “Count your Blessings instead of sheep” daily so that you can experience that kind of happiness that is felt by recognizing how blessed you truly are!

I am Grateful!  How are you?

Here are the lyrics to the song as well:
When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessingsI think about a nursery and I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them as they slumber in their beds
If you’re worried and you can’t sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings
Live in Thanksgiving Daily Delivered By: Lloyd D. Newell
A wise man who spent many years traveling the world serving others said in his ninth decade of life:
“Over the course of my years, I have met thousands of people. I have dined with the prosperous as well as the poverty-stricken. I have conversed with the mighty and with the meek. I have walked with the famous and the feeble. I have run with outstanding athletes and those who are not athletically inclined.
“One thing I can tell you with certainty is this: You cannot predict happiness by the amount of money, fame, or power a person has. External conditions do not necessarily make a person happy…. The fact is that the external things so valued by the world are often the cause of a great deal of misery in the world.
“Those who live in thanksgiving daily, however, are usually among the world’s happiest people. And they make others happy as well.”1
It’s ironic to note that very often the simplest qualities of the heart are the most difficult to live by in consistent, meaningful ways. Gratitude is one of those qualities. We know we should be more thankful and express more gratitude, but we get caught up in the pressures of our lives, in the busyness of the day, in the heartache and difficulty we’re experiencing. Perhaps we let these things blind us to the many wonderful blessings that surround us.
Those with grateful hearts can affirm this remarkable truth: gratitude is one of the surest ways to happiness. If you’re feeling down, count your blessings; if you’re discouraged or overwhelmed, count your blessings. If life is good or bad, happy or sad, count your blessings. If we choose to live with gratitude in our hearts, if we choose to be thankful for life, for the gift of a new day, for loved ones, and for purposeful activity, we are bound to feel more happiness. And we’re sure to spread that happiness to others.

Taxes are Done!

I know….. that’s kind of a lame thing to be thankful for….  but I am!  Every year we swear we are going to work on our taxes all year long so that when February rolls around and all the 1099’s and W2’s are in, we can just compile the information and send it off to our CPA!!!  But….. every February, there’s always something that holds us up!

They are never really good excuses either….. just facing the inevitable!  The fact that I dabble in too many side business’ does NOT help!  Hopefully this coming year will be a little easier, in a sense, since we are pretty focused on one business right now.  There are a lot of things to track that you can deduct with your own home based business, but so far this year we have done a better job.  We would just like to get all the hand written info into a data base now.  At the very least do it quarterly…..but taking time to do it monthly for an hour or so would be much easier!  And I realized after trying to cram my brain today to remember what all my little notes meant from last year, that putting it in a data base more often will make it much easier to remember!  Plus….. I think we might actually catch all the things we CAN deduct that way instead of letting them slip through our hands (or should I say memory….)!

So….. since I’ve committed to blog daily….. it’s the least I can do to get my husband to commit to doing tax stuff once a month…right?  Oh…. did I say that?  OK….we can work together on it….but he really is the data base guy in the family.  It may take us a while to get all of 2011 in….. especially since we are burnt out with 2010’s……..but we will both be much happier come next February if we do it now!!  And so will our tax man!  This should be the last year we get a refund…. so I better enjoy it while I can!!

I am Grateful!  How are you?