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Mother’s Day

First of all – Happy Mother’s Day to the best mum in the world! 😀

I took my mum for a walk around Golden Acre Park this morning. The weather was so sunny, I could have stayed sat on the bench overlooking the lake all morning. When we got there it wasn’t too busy, I think a lot of people were still in bed, but it was very busy by the time we left at 11.

I have always loved Golden Acre, we used to go there a lot with my Granny when we were younger. It didn’t always have a proper path around it, so it used to get a lot muddier! Although I did almost fall flat on my face trying to get close to some daffodils that were in a spot of sunshine – I decided not to go any further!

I took my camera with me, but didn’t get very many pictures. My favourite picture was the one I took of my mum. She looks very happy – probably because her favourite daughter ordered her some flowers that got delivered this morning (at 7.45 – thanks Vicky!).

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Okay, now you have finished singing Christmas songs in your head (!), I don’t mean Christmas, I mean Opening Day, and how brilliant was it?!

I have to admit I was pretty nervous about whether there would even be baseball at Progressive Field, with all the snow in Cleveland. There was still 8-10 inches of snow on the field the day before ,but the grounds crew did a wonderful job of getting it cleared and ready for the game.

The game time temperature was a chilly 6 degrees, which can’t have been much fun, especially for Mark Buehrle trying to keep his arm warm while the team were bashing out runs left, right and centre!

The first half of the game was great for the White Sox, runs after runs. I was pleased that Adam Dunn did well, including a two run homer. There have been a lot of people saying that it was a mistake to trade for him, but I think he is going to prove his worth. He hasn’t historically had a good record against Fausto, but then again, he hasn’t been in the American League before either.

I was a bit disappointed with out bullpen though. We went from 14-0 to 15-10 in the last four innings. I was most disappointed with Will Ohman, he just looked like he was struggling. Jesse Crain gave up a run, but he looked like he had the passion last night, which is just what we needed to close out a great opening day.

I did like that Ozzie switched out a few position players half way through the game too. It was nice for the guys to get a taste of the opening day excitement. I hope it doesn’t happen all the time though, because I like having Gordon at second and Carlos in right.

I think my greatest investment this year will be the MLB.tv that I bought for myself for Christmas. I’ve always only been able to watch a few White Sox games a year, but now I can watch every single one! If I miss a game, I can even watch it the next day, which has never been possible on my iPhone or iPad before. The only thing that annoyed me last night was that my dad was watching the Indians feed at the other side of the room, and his was about 4 pitches ahead of mine, so I could see his reactions before anything happened. If that carries on throughout the season, I may have to stop watching in the living room!

 

The award for best spring training tweet goes to…

Jim Margalus. Ozzie and Kenny decided to take both guys rather than some freaky mash-up, but it really made me laugh!

http://twitter.com/#!/JimMargalus/status/51476034423488512

Now Reading: Jane Austen – Mansfield Park

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Isaiah 41:13

This is the perfect bible verse for when you are feeling a bit alone or maybe not quite sure what to do. A perfect reminder that God has a plan for us, and he will help us to get to where we need to be.

For I am the lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

The simple ones are the best

Sometimes, the simple songs are the best ones, and the ones that resonate the most. I downloaded an album called ‘How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live from the Grand Ole Opry‘ from iTunes, and this song is on it The version on the album is by Vince Gill, but there was no video for that on YouTube. I did find this version which is very similar. There are not many words to the song, and no extra bells and whistles, but they are just not needed. A quiet song for reflection and praying – one of my new favourites.

Rocket Fuel for Breakfast?!

I don’t know what the White Sox had for breakfast yesterday but it must have been bloody good! 18-1 over the Athletics. Now I get that they aren’t the best team in baseball and it is still spring training, but that was pretty awesome!

I was watching the game on Gameday on my iPhone because it wasn’t available as a free spring training game, but I couldn’t stop watching. The 4th inning had to be the best, I think any time one guy bats twice in one inning, you know you’re having a good game!

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I was most pleased last night with Carlos Quentin. Now I don’t claim to be a baseball expert (or anything close), but I was starting to get a bit worried about Carlos this spring training, and he really picked himself up yesterday, leading the team with 4 hits.

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Also Gordon Beckham. He is my favourite player so I may be a bit biased, but he seems to be having a really good spring. I’m hoping he can get over last year and return back to his rookie of the year form.

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We are playing the Athletics tonight, so let’s hope we can carry on the good form and have a stonking game again tonight!

Now Reading: Jane Austen – Persuasion

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Now Reading: Jane Austen – Northanger Abbey

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Jesus Take The Wheel

This is one of my favourite Carrie Underwood songs. I love the words to it. None of us can do this on our own, we need to give Jesus control and let him guide us to what is right.

Jesus take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own
I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on
Jesus take the wheel


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