Sunday, November 22, 2009
It looks like it's going to be beautiful day. If dad was still in bed (he's been up since 7am), by the time we usually leave for church, I would be walking to church. It's too nice to ride over to the church in a vehicle. If my bike was rideable and the church had a bike rack, I would ride my bike over there. I'm SOL on that.
by Carlene Bailey
When my heart is lost and lonely;
My mind filled with restless pain;
All about me there is darkness,
And tears fell like summer rain.
Each day is cludy and dreary
And a cold, chill wind seems to blow,
Yet, when I seek to find comfort
A voice gently whispers - God knows.
He knows all about your dispair
And the doubts you carry inside you.
Be quiet; feel His arms around you;
He's walking right there beside you.
Just give Him your secret sorrows,
Your uncertainties and all your fears.
If you let Him, He'll turn them into laughter.
Can't you feel His presence so near?
I reach out then to take His hand,
And His peace like a river flows
Into my troubled, secret heart;
How comforting to know - God knows.
I'm thinking of taking Lady for a walk or two this morning before going to church. We have a couple of hours until we have to leave anyway. Plus I didn't take her for too many yesterday.
In about half an hour dad and I will be heading to church. I might take lady for another walk. Just have to wait and see how long my chat with my sister-in-law in Minnesota is.
Lady is in dad's lap while he's doing his breathing treatment. She does that every morning. Been doing that shince had his heart surgery in January.
by Erna Basore
Life is a picture each one paints,
But often when I try
To blend the colors, brush the strokes,
A tear gets in my eye.
Life is a song and each one sings
A different melody;
But sometimes I forget the words
Or sing the song off key.
Life is a race each one must run
With measured steps each day
Why do I tire so easily
And stumble on the way?
I'll just keep trying harder
Than when I first began,
But time and effort can't erase
The frailties of man.
Before the race on earth is o'er,
My song and picture done,
Before I knock on Heaven's gate
Where I shall see the One,
Creator of all perfect works,
I pray that He will hear
My sorry song and guide my feet
And wipe away the tears.
Today has been a long day. Seeing my aunt and uncles (dad's oldest and youngest brothers) twice today, going to Target, and going to the nursing home where my mom was at for almost 8 years.
I'm sitting at the computer and Lady and Tigger on on the floor. Plus Lady is laying on my foot. Well, she was. This is one of the few times in a day that those two are this quiet. It's nice not to hear them fight.
I saw my stepcousin today for the first time before dad had his shoulder surgery. I talked to him on the cell phone but seeing him, it's a first in a while. We could of went over to his house for supper but his wife is sick. Or starting to get sick. I hope that his daughter doesn't get sick.
Dad is really looking forward in getting a new truck. He has found a cover for the bed already. It's more than what he paid for the used one that he put onto the Dodge (the one that we sold to my cousin) 7 years ago. About $200.00 more. And he doesn't even have to worry about the snaps. The one that he has found is a tri fold cover.
Now it's just Tigger with me by the computer. He's laying on the floor. Actually on the des and back on the floor. And Lady is bugging him.
I'm going to see if dad can drop me off where I do my exercises before he goes to his chiropractor appointment. Plus he can go to the Ford dealership to work on the deal for the new truck. I'm starting to notice that I need to do my exercises because I'm starting to get sore around the middle part of me. I usually feel better after a good workout. I know that feeling beause I had to go for a short walk just to relieve that pain when we were in Minnesota back in July. Plus I want to get some exercises in before Thanksgiving. Probably everyone knows the feeling I'm going through right now.
I had to restart my computer because the stupid thing froze. It's working fine now. I'm trying to get a few things done online before I go to bed.
I'm sucking on my 2nd cough drop in I don't know how long. I had one when I saw my aunt and uncles the first time today and this time. My coughing is better with me having them in my mouth. Better have one in my mouth when I do my exercises tomorrow.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Dad's up right now. We're going to go uptown for breakfast before we go to Galesburg and Elmwood. We don't have any cereal in the house so we have to go up and get breakfast.
Looks like it's going to be a beautiful day. Clear skies, sun shining, warm. At least it's not going to be raining and cold. Had too much of it this past week. At least the farmers can get out and get the crops out if they don't have any standing water in the fields.
by Marianne Farningham
What can it mean? It is aught to Him
That the nights are long and the days are dim?
Can He be touched by the griefs I bear
Which sadden the heart and whiten the hair?
Around His throne are eternal calms,
And strong, glad music of happy psalms,
And bliss, unruffled by any strife -
How can He care for my little life?
And yet I want Him to care for me,
While I live in this world where the sorrows be;
When the lights die down in th path I take;
When strength is feeble and friends forsake;
When love and music, that once did bless,
Have left me to silence and loneliness,
And my life-son changes to sobbing prayers -
Then my heart cries out for a God who cares.
O, wonderful story of deathless love;
Each child is dear to that heart above;
He fights for me when I cannot fight;
He comforts me in the gloom of night;
He lifts the burden, for He is strong;
He stills the sigh and awakes the song;
The sorrow that bowed me down He bears.
And loves and pardons because He cares.
Let all who are sad take heart again,
We are not alone in our hours of pain;
Our Father stoops from His throne above
To soothe and quiet us with His love.
He leaves us not when the storm is high.
And we have safety, for He is nigh.
Can it be trouble which He doth share?
O, rest in peace, for the Lord doth care.
We never went to Elmwood today. We had to go to the Ford dealer for the hope of actually getting a 2010 Ford Ranger. Dad is trading in the 2002 Ford Ranger that we have if the price is right. The closest place that they can get one is in Des Moines, Iowa. The color of the 2010 is called Torch Red. But I call it Target Red.
I got to take Lady for 2 walks today. I was hoping for more but ended watching (actually starting it) a movie and did some knitting. I'm not sure about tomorrow. After church and getting lunch at the restaurant uptown, we are going to dad's oldest brother's in Abingdon. Oh joy!
I have been going on YouTube and playing the same music video over and over again. P!nk's "Funhouse". I have no idea why I keeping on playing it over and over again. It has a great beat to it.
I'm kind of glad that we didn't go up to Elmwood today. I had a little case of the runs today. I had 3 - 12oz cups of French Vanilla cappuccino today. That's more than I usually drink from Target. But we were waiting for a phone call from the Ford dealership at Target. Plus I needed something to drink. Don't worry, I'm not going to be wide awake whe it's time for bed. I'll be able to sleep very well tonight.
I reall need t oget my 2 jeans hemmed up. Colder weather is upon us and I need to wear long pants. Even though one pair is a Size 26W and the other is a Size 22W. I'm going to see if a friend of ours can hem them up for me. She has in the past.
Had to get some more flea medicine for both pets. I had to give the dog another dose for this month because of the fleas.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Well the sun was shining but the clouds have covered it up. Plus there were areas that had fog. We had very little fog but not as bad as other places.
by Horatius Bonar
Thou must be true thyself,
If thou the truth wouldst teach;
Thy sould must overflow, if thou
Another's soul wouldst reach!
It needs the overflow of heart
To give th lips full speech.
Think truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world's famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shalle be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.
The friend that I talked to last night online was overweight but she weight more than I did. She had that same surgery that Al Roker had. She lost 161lbs. She weighed 311lbs. She weighs 150 now. I'm jealous because I'm 60lbs away from that. She wasn't fat when she was little.
I was trying to figure out why yesterday was so important. I still haven't figured it out. I have stopped thinking about it but still haven't figured it out. Even today. But I figured it out.
This coming Sunday would of been my great aunt's 92nd birthday. We lost her 5 years ago this month. She was my mom's aunt (my mom's dad's sister) and where I get my first name. Edra. Renee is my middle name.
What are you thankful for this year? I'm thankful for my health, my family (human and animals), and a home to come to. There are others but that'll make this blog very long.
I have the foot rest up on dad's recliner and Lady is laying between my legs. She has her head on my right leg and is asleep. I had her in my lap all morning long. She does this when she's with dad.
Our church is going to start decorating for Christmas this coming Sunday. We will finish the following Sunday. Our Christmas service is going to be on Christmas Eve evening at 5pm.
Dad is still in bed. I don't blame him. It must be the Tylenol with codine that he's taking.
A little while ago, I had both Lady and Tigger in my lap. The past few mornings that has happened. Dad has that happen everyday. Tigger would jump up in dad's lap first and then Lady would get up soon after. Sometimes she'll put her head on Tigger's body. It doesn't bother Tigger one bit. I haven't gotten the chance to get a photo of that yet. But have other times though but Lady wasn't doing what I want to get a photo of.
I still don't knwo what we're going to do for Thanksgiving yet. We haven't been invited to anyone's house yet. I'm hoping that we do. I hate not spending it without any family around. I hope that we get invited soon.
I'm watching a Dyson commercial and it's reminding me that I need to vacuum the house. No, we dont' have a Dyson. We have a Bissel that works a lot better and it's a lot cheaper.
Dad finally got up. Now we're up at the restaurant. He's going to eat lunch even though he had a bowl of cereal not too long ago. I'm having the peach crisp with ice cream. I had a pb&j (again) when he was having the bowl of cereal.
The restaurant is busy. Busier than usual. Well it's Friday and it's closer to the weekend.
I didn't get the chance to vacuum the house. If we don't go anywhere after we get done eating and seeing if we have to get any parts for the garage here in town, I'll do it then. If we have to go and get parts, I'll do it after that.
Well, we finally left town. We went to Bushnell for supper. This is the first time we left town all day. I know that we're going to leave town tomorrow. We're going to Galesburg to get a few things and then to Elmwood for a funeral (the minister that I mentioned who did my mom's grave side sevice in 2006). They're having the visitation before the funeral.
It looks like it's going to be a beautiful night. But it's going to be cold. It's already 34 degrees in Avon, IL.
I took Lady for 3 walks today. Would of been 4 if I didn't waste my time on the computer. I was looking up stuff for dad on the computer.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I'm having stomach problems this morning. I believe that it's either the antibotics working out of my body or I drank too much Gatorade yesterday. It might be the antibotics because I usually don't have this problem with Gatorade.
In the Shadow of God's Hand
Suggested by Dr. George Sweeting
To the child of God who's walking
Close beside Him in the way,
Who is trusting Him completely
And obeying Him each day,
Like a shadow from His hand,
There's a place of sweet release;
In the midst of tribulation
There is rest and perfect peace.
There are shadows all around us
As we move along life's way,
Cast by fears and disappointments,
Bringing times of deep dismay;
But the shadow of God's hand
Is not ever far away,
When I step into its confines,
There is peace throughout the day.
When the heat of tribulation
Causes weariness of the soul,
When in weakness I would stumble
As I cross some rocky knoll;
Then the shadow of God's hand
Brings release from anzious care,
And my fainting soul is strengthened
As we fellowship in prayer.
In th shadow of God's hand
There is freedom from all fear,
For the shadow's my assurance
That His hand is very near.
Dad got to take a shower this morning. This is the first time since his shoulder surgery a week ago today. It (the shoulder) doesn't seem to be bothering him. The only time it's bothered him was the days after the surgery.
Today was another long day. Dad had a chiropractor appointment. Plus we did a few other things while we were up there.
Found out yesterday that the minister who did mom's graveside service passed away. He was suffering from cancer. He was 67.
I took Lady for a walk a couple of hours ago. I was going to take her for another one but time slipped away. She's asleep right now. Just wish that I could take one.
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is a week from today. It seems like only yesterday we celebrated New Years.
I'm starting to get a little tired but I have a few more things to do before I go to bed. Plus I'm chatting with another friend that I haven't seen since she was a little girl. When she was at least 6 years old.
Tomorrow is going to be a beautiful day. The sun will be out and in the mid 50s.
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