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That's what I love about Sundays

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.

God Knows
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.


A beautiful day to the start of the weekend

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.

God Cares
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.


a lot warmer weather today

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.

Be True
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.

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AMBERLEIGHM1 11/21/2009 12:35AM

    I'll be thinking of you and your Minister's family. I hope you can have a blessed holiday in spite of losing your loved ones around this time. I'm glad you are able to be there for your dad, you are doing a geat job.

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MCCALI59 11/20/2009 10:50PM

  I hope you and your dad have a wonderful Thanksgiving day. I know the feeling of being lonely even when you have family. emoticon

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Another slow day

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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AMBERLEIGHM1 11/20/2009 1:47AM

    I loved your reading today it was very moving for me. God Bless!

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RHALES199 11/19/2009 10:32PM

    Glad to hear you dad is doing well enough to do things like shower.

I'm with you, I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week already!

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slow day in a small town

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


It's a cold day again. I hate it. I can't even take Lady for a walk. It's suppose to rain today but it hasn't since I've gotten up.

I cannot wait until I do my exercises at cardiac rehab. I can tell that I need to do them. I will feel better after I do them.


Dad's up and almost ready to leave the house. All he has to do is to eat his breakfast and do his breathing treatment.

When I took Lady out befor dad got up, I noticed that the sun was trying to come out. I hope that it does so it can help dry up everything. Espeically all the standing water.

I have no idea on what we're going to do today. I'm hoping that one is for me to do my exercises. If not, we may have to go to that salvage yard we went to on Monday. If we have to, let's hope that we don't get stopped by a train like we did on Monday.


I guess that I won't be doing my exercises today. Not enough time to go up and do them. It takes me over two hours to do all of them. Plus dad hasn't aske me if I wanted to do them.

I'm still not sure we have to go up to that salvage yard yet. The owner of the garage hasn't came back from lunch yet. The vehicle that we got the item for has been picked up not too long ago.

I'm really starting to feel that I've lost 30lbs. My abs are a little sore and I'm getting fuller a lot quicker. I had a sandwich and a piece of pie (okay so I splurged) for lunch ad a bowl of cereal for breakfast. The cereal was the last of my favorite cereal, raisin bran. I'll fix myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on bran bread for breakfast in the morning.

Somehow I'm really gasy today. I have no idea why. I haven't had anything that would make me this way. I know that it isn't the raisin bran that I had for breakfast or what I had for lunch.

We're up at hte garage and dad fell asleep while reading a car magazine. But the nap didn't last long. Must be the medicine that that the doctor perscribed.


Today has been a long day. We never left town. I know that tomorrow is going to be a long one. Dad has a chiropractor appointment tomorrow and I'm hoping to do my exercises while we're up there.

I took Lady for a walk today and I wish that I had my heavier coat on and gloves. It was a bit cold out. She's laying next to me asleep. She usually does that when she goes for a walk. Especially when she has more than one walk.

I've had a good feeling about my weight loss. I had so many good feeling that I lost count after 10. They were running into each other.


Lady put a smile on my face tonight. I was helping dad clean his shoulder and put a new dressing on it. Dad had his heart shape pillow in the chair and she had her head on thatpillow. I'll put a photo up when I get them off of my camera.

Dad is thinking of trading in our 2002 Ford Ranger (black) for a 2010 Ford Ranger (torch red). He's going to get a standard shift transmission with a 4 cyl. The standard gets better gas mileage than a automatic. The automatic gets 24mpg and the standard gets 27mpg. That's a whole lot better than what we hav now. Ours gets at least 18 to 20mpg. The hightest was almost 22mpg. That was going to Minnesota the first summer we had it (2007).

I'm chatting with a friend of mine that I haven't seen in years. She lives in Michigan. We're both on Facebook.

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ERUPERTO 11/19/2009 8:17AM

    Make sure to take a minute for yourself each day, you deserve it!


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