Tuesday, January 24, 2006

My Reflections

A quiet evening it has been after a relatively quiet day at work.  Joey is sleeping.  I'm not sure what he did about Jiffy Lube.  That is up to him.  I support whatever decision he makes.

We had a birthday lunch at a Chinese place today for one of our longtime friends.  Her birthday is actually on Thurs but one girl only works part-time so we went today.  It's always fun to have lunch with dear Katie. 

I caught up on journals.  It's nice to be able to leisurely do this and know I can stay up a little later tonight since my day off is tomorrow.  Terry Ann, I just love your entry tonight.  It made me reflect back to my journal beginnings in October of 2005.  I had just bought this new computer.  My old one was six years old.  I could barely connect to AOL on it.  The new one was so much faster even with dial up and had a gig of memory (Thank the Lord coz I'm sure going to need it.)  I'm not sure why I even started a journal.  I have a friend that does a once-a-week, small town newspaper article about his family, etc.  Really witty.  I thought it would be fun to write about my chaotic life.  I really never anticipated that anyone would read it or even care to.  I did it on a whim.

It's turned into an amazing journey.  I swear some of the most wonderful people walk through J-Land.

My first desire was to add graphics.  I had no idea where to even find a graphic, let alone use the file manager and add them.  Enter Missy who patiently helped me.  It took me three weeks...lol.  Penny and I both struggled with this together.  And Shelly....God Bless Shelly who so graciously permitted us all to snag her awesome graphics and sent me PSP 7.  She also provided the tutorial to make a basic graphic and then layer them.  She sent me PSP 9.  Took 10 hrs. with dial up.

Then came Deb and Betty around the same time.  Both so full of inspiration.  Betty, I will never, ever forget the prayer that brought peace back to my life once again.  I just had to get a digital camera so I could do scavenger hunts and doggie pictures for Sassy with the beautiful pictures she takes.  And David with his wonderful stories and beautiful pictures.  And somehow, I met the 2nd Missie with her journal and also her Furr Babies.  And Terry Ann, so, so sweet.  Happy Birthday, girl!

And, of course, my Katie Jane and Joyce, who are my Becky's age. My two adopted daughters.  Funny, funny Jeff who made all us girls laugh.  Hope everything works out for him but I sure do miss his crazy, zany comments.  Dear, sweet Kara, who I hope and pray is well on her way to a complete recovery.  Always so happy and kind.

Sharon, golfaholic....so offbeat and upbeat....did you start your new job yet?  You just never know what to expect when you enter Sharon's journal.  Sharon #2, Momma's Drama, we both started at the same time and both struggling single moms.

And where is my Penny girl?  Hope you're ok and just tired from working again.  I always worry when I don't hear from you.

Sheesh.....if I've missed anyone, I apologize.  Let me have it!  I need to look at my sidebar.  I love each and every one of you.  Oops....Terri and Annie and Mari.....how could I ever forget Mari, loving Mari?

One thing about J-Land.  It's always an adventure. Tomorrow may bring a new friend.  Thanks to all of you for being here and sharing this journey!


LOL...I think I've finally gotten the sparklie thingys downpat.......




thegirlnexdoor77 said...

awsome entry!  I need to check out your sidebar when I am reading journals tomorrow. sounds like you have made some good friends.   I know I have and yo are among them.  Thanks for giving us all a shout!  See ya!  More than likely tomorrow.  TerryAnn.  

jckfrstross said...

No thank you for being a part of my j-land life:)


xxroxymamaxx said...

What a sweet sweet entry.  I'm so glad we became friends.  Hugs to you.  GBU, Shelly

lv2trnscrb said...

Thank you so much, Chris; thank you for allowing the Lord to work through me to help you!

Its been an honor to get to know you and share your ups and downs in life and your graphics too! Each and every day the graphics are coming along better and better!


chat2missie said...

What a wonderful entry!  I'm blessed to know you!
Missie :)

krspkrmmom said...

Awww, I'm touched!  I don't know what I'd do without all the support I get from here...which reminds me--I'm coming up on my J'land anniversary soon!

Annie =)

shayshaydc said...

Thanks for the wonderful comment Chris!!!! J-Land is special with special people... when I started my journal I never thought I'd get this addicted and get to meet this many new friends!!! As for as your graphics.......... they are GREAT!!! http://journals.aol.com/shayshaydc/Golfaholic

dwhee70041 said...

Chris,  I love your journal.   Thank you for sharing your life with us.  David

kdcutie26 said...

Oh Chris...sniff sniff...you are always so sweet.  I think that you are the coolest lady in the world and the most beautiful.  Thank you for thinking of me and remembering me.
Love, Katie Jane

debbted said...

Chris~Such a sweet entry! Thanks for the mention; I look forward to reading my friends here too. Sometimes it's the first thing I think of when I wake up even! ;-))And good graphics are so precious they feel like gifts to me; I can get that excited about them. Could you send me the link for that tutorial? Duuno if I'll get to it, but wanna put it on my list! Blessings, Sassy ;-)


trickeytricky said...

You are #3

J-land really is a wonderful spot to meet people, and tomorrow I will bring a friend. I enjoyed stopping in here.

Amanda over at

Click the link to Play this j-land game -> http://messageboards.aol.com/aol/en_us/articles.php?boardId=534372&articleId=54034&func=6&channel=Computers+%26+Electronics&filterRead=false&filterHidden=true&filterUnhidden=false

pennietoonz said...

Chris that was a lovely entry. Thank you. And yep.... I landed myself in the hospital this week. Anything to get out of going back to work, right? lol...Just kidding. It wasn`t much fun.
Love ya,

lici0uslatin22 said...

AWww... You made me Tear LOl... Sweat.. First off I said were's My Name Lol...  Then I though and said No she is Not leaving us????  But then I kept on Reading and there was My name...  LOL... Thats so so sweet God Bless You...  YOu have done a Great Journal.. W/your Graphics and all..  Better than Me {{{{ Jealous }}}} Just Kidding Take care Mari...