Where Antelope Roam

What motivates you?
August 27, 2016, 8:03 am
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We all are motivated by something or someone…Now the word motivate implies movement toward action but there are some who are motivated to inaction.

Some of us are motivated in a positive way..some are motivated in a negative way.   For instance, some of us are motivated by anger, bitterness, fear or by someone nagging us.. that’s negative motivation.

Some are motivated by love and encouragement from others.   That’s positive motivation.

I have a friend who has motivated me just by being her and doing what she does.  I will be the first to admit that I am somewhat socially inept.  My friend engages people in conversation and I’ve learned a lot by watching and listening to her….and then puting into practice what I learn.   She never complains about my social interaction but often says encouraging words when I handle a situation well.

So what or who motivates you?  Where do you find yourself emotionally, mentally and physically….there’s a saying that the people ýou surround yourself with will influence (motivate)you…they either influence you positively or negatively and if you keep them in your realm of influence you run a good chance of being just like them…

So…again who or what motivates you?   As with anything we are given the choice of who we let influence us and thus who we become as a person.

Until next time…love God, love others and check your motivation.


Wow! I just realized….
August 20, 2011, 3:31 pm
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To contemplate sending a child to college is quite different than actually taking them to college and leaving them…. I didn’t think it would affect me like it has…my oldest and my youngest went to college today….and I’m feeling somewhat bereft …. I know many women have gone this way before and survived and so will I but… now, I know what it feels like to have raised a child and then start them on their adult journey…. I know she’ll do well.   It’s just I’m having to remember the old adage, “Children are not ours to keep; they’re only on loan for a little while and when the time comes we have to learn to let go.”   It’s the letting go that’s causing me consternation…

I’m sure she’ll do fine…

Until next time, love God and love the ones you have in the nest, cherish the sweet moments while you have them, and then let go when it’s time.


Ambivalence – another word for insecurity.
April 8, 2011, 6:41 am
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I’m feeling quite ambivalent right now. I think that’s just another word for feeling insecure. We all have those times, some of us more than others but mine stems from impending change in our lives.

DD will be graduating in just a little over a month from now and will usher in a new phase of life. For her, I’m sure it’s exciting. I remember it was for me to think I was finally going to be out of school. It was also a little intimidating for me because I really didn’t know what I was going to do.

Now, on the other side of things (the parent side), I realize that she’s going from child in the home to transitioning into adulthood. I’m not quite sure what to do with that. Before I could tell her what I thought and expect her to at least act like she was listening. Now, I must wait for her to seek out my counsel.

Before I knew she’d be home for meals, now…. friends seem to take precedence. My ambivalence, I must confess, sometimes comes out in ugly ways. Part of me wants to hold on to her tight…. the other part knows I must let go …. I must let her now find her way. My prayer is that she will desire to seek my counsel….but I must not expect her to. My prayer is that she will be wise enough to see that some of us have gone her way before and now may have some excellent (well at least good) counsel to guide her and come ask for it…. but I cannot expect that.

Graduation…. an exciting time of change and yet, an end of a season of life. My prayer is that she will allow the Lord to be her Guide, for if He is, she cannot go wrong.

Until next time, love God, love others, and be there when they need you no matter how you feel.

Another first..
May 22, 2010, 7:01 pm
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Last week we were having dinner on the grounds after the morning service and then an older couple in our church were going to get married. 

Well, while we were getting lunch ready, the youth pastor comes to me with the phone and says, you might want to take this in my office… Okay…. so what did he mean.??? Was something wrong?

I picked the phone up in his office to here “Mom, where is the registration for the car?”    My first thought was relief… she at least wasn’t injured… my next thought was… grr… and then the following conversation ensued. 

I asked “why?”   

“Well the policeman wants to see it.” 

“Why does a policeman want to see it?”  

“Well, he wants to see the car insurance too…”


“I got stopped, mom.  Don’t freak out… ”

Freak out??!!  Freak out!!!   Well, I think a did a really good job not freaking out….

I asked  “did you get a ticket?”   “No mom.”  “Okay.”   

In the background I can hear a male voice saying, “if you make sure this gets paid by…I won’t take any more points off your license and you won’t have to appear in court…. ” 

“Did he give you a ticket?”   “No, mom, I just have to pay a fine.”    “DD…. why would you have to pay a fine if he didn’t give you a ticket??”   You got a ticket!

Well, she’s grounded until that’s paid which she feels is unfair… so I said… okay, so if you get another ticket while you’re still living at home… I WILL suspend your driving privileges AND your license…. how’s that for unfair!?   She thought grounding was okay after that… lol

Of course, after the story made it’s way around, everyone was telling how they had gotten tickets at young age.. and I’m thinking I’ve NEVER gotten a speeding ticket… (I better bet quiet… I’ve heard pride goes before a fall… and I don’t want to fall….lol)

So, it is in the lives of the first…Until next time, love God and love others…

Tis the season
April 14, 2010, 1:43 pm
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for blustery weather, roaming antelope and deer and slithering snakes!  Not just anywhere but in my basement!   Don’t like them..  even though I know they’re usually the harmless green ones… just don’t like ’em.

Today I have had a wonderful day.   I got to stay home today, clean house, pay bills and do laundry!  Woohoo!  That’s exciting to me today  because clutter…. has been the name of the game at our house and it has been driving me nuts.  However, I’ve not had time to declutter lately.  Too many hours at the office and too little energy to do anything once I get home.

I am working on cutting back on so many hours and being a “normal” person…lol.   That and trying not to run into trouble health wise.  So, we’ll see if it works.


Until next time, love God, love others and keep the clutter down…

My Brain on overload….
March 16, 2010, 8:19 pm
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Well, it just is.   So much to do and so little time to do it.    I need to let go of some things and let others do things they need to do. 

Well, I realized this week why I was tired and why it seemed like I hadn’t seen my family for so long.   Actually, I hadn’t.   Between work at home and work in the office.  Many hours logged.    Then there’s the just trying to keep things going.

Who knows how long I will be doing this.   Perhaps the Lord only has me as a transitioning agent.  Perhaps He is putting me in a different position. (well, that’s probably a given)

Anyway, for all those who read this and wonder what’s happened to me… well, it’s called my life has been sucked up by work.   Talk at ya later.

Until next time…. love God, love others and don’t work too hard.

June 25, 2009, 8:54 am
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I’ve started a new blog, called The Booknook’s Worm.  This is where I “review” books that I’ve read or am reading.     I’m new at this so, it may take me a while to get my groove going but I hope if you like reading, you’ll stop by.