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Blessed today

Monday, December 31, 2012

It wasn't such a great day for my friend as she was still sick with the stomach virus, but that turned out a blessing for me. If she had gone for her surgery I would have been on my way to her house and broken down in the middle of nowhere. But I was in town and was able to make it to a mechanic. Things were up and down, though. They had only a couple mechanics working today, so could not even look at my truck. Si I figured I'd put more anti-freeze in the truck and head home. I called a friend from church to make sure I had waited long enough to put the antifreeze in after the truck had overheated as much as it had. There came a second blessing. Dan told me he would be over in a little while. He found that I had a crack in my radiator (rather than a nice leak in the hose where I thought it was) and spent the afternoon putting a new radiator in my truck. So I have made it home, with my truck. He checked while the truck was running and didn't see anything leaking so I am hoping that the dripping from under the truck was just from water hitting the bottom of the truck and left-over antifreeze and water under the hood. Along with the leak in the radiator we managed to find where the suspected leak in the oil was (in the radiator).

It cost quite a bit today, but was a big saving from what it would have been if I had headed out to my friend's or if the mechanics would have had time to get to my truck today. So, even though I had problems today, I feel extremely blessed.

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MCJULIEO 12/31/2012 10:32PM

    I had a similar experience about a month ago, and felt similarly blessed, even though it meant getting a new radiator, too!

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New Year

Monday, December 31, 2012

I might not be able to get on here on New Years Day unless a place with WiFi is open that I can go to. Tomorrow a close friend is having eye surgery and needs me to stay with her that night. Then on New Years she has to go back to have a recheck on her eye. Her daughter cannot take her, so she needs me to take her. Not close. She lives 90 miles from here and Tuesday has to travel 60 miles from her home. So I probably won't get home until Wednesday.

Today was a great day. I went to church, then out to the ranch where Fancy is now. She seems to really be happy there and is doing great. I should have taken her out there sooner. Of course, I didn't know anything about the place before. Then I got a tag for Orzo and came home and started some of the Cream of Chicken and Rice soup to take with tomorrow and to give to my neighbors as a late Christmas present (or New Years Present). It is supposed to be a high of 20 tomorrow, so I figure soup will be good and that one will be suitable for all concerned.

Then I enjoyed the football game by radio. Wow, the Broncos are Number 1. emoticon Boy, the tradres Elway made really made a change here. Go Broncos, all the way!


Starting to remodel/clean up

Friday, December 28, 2012

I didn't get much walking in today or "exercis", but I sure did get worn out working in the front bedroom. A friend of a friend came over to help me take out the little boards that they put the carpet on. Then I had to move things so we could get to the other areas of the room. The floor in that room had gotten ruined some time ago so there were several boxes of things in there and the bed that was torn down. (Actually, there are boxes all over the place) We got all those wood strips out (I'm not sure what they are called) and all the staples and nails as far as I know. Now I will be heading for the next room to tear out the carpet.

Yesterday I did get called about the stress test I am supposed to take. She said I didn't need to actually run on the treadmill. They only go as fast and long as the person can actually do. She did say I should be able to walk up two flights of stairs without stopping. I am not sure if that means to two floors or just one floor in an office building or the hospital buildings (I have done that fairly recently). So I went up and down my basement stairs (both ways) 4 times. It wasn't my breath that ended up stopping me from more, but my legs wore out. So I got some exercise that way. I am hoping that I will be able to do more before that appointment which is now in the middle of the month.

Anyway, Eventually this house is going to get organized and I will have the wood floor with rugs instead of dirty wall-to-wall carpet.

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SUSANBEAMON 12/29/2012 4:47PM

  i've taken most of the carpet out of my house, still have some in the master bedroom. my original wood floors need to be replaced, but that is more than i'm willing to do. i usually spend new years day deep cleaning some part of my house.

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PARKERB2 12/29/2012 1:59PM

    We just took up carpet and put in hardwood floor in the bedroom this past fall. So I am good to go but I can know you can get impatient when remodeling. Have great day.

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DANLIN60 12/29/2012 11:34AM

    Removing carpeting is hard work but having the wood floors is so worth it. Good luck but take it easy, okay? don't overdo it.

Keep in touch with us on your progress



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PYNETREE 12/29/2012 8:32AM

    We pulled the wall to wall up through out the whole first floor, then up the steps. Then took it out of the last bedroom. Yucky, dirty, hard work. We were fortunate that the floors underneath were beautiful light oak.

But ripping carpet is a BIG job. So, I'd say you got a lot of exercise!

Want to come over and rip out my upstairs hall way? Only 65 feet , or so !?

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PEGGYO 12/29/2012 7:18AM

    wish I could have wood floors but there's concrete under my carpet

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Christmas 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I spent the last two days with friends. We had a feast, snacks, and everyone opening presents. Everyone ws having a fun time, but the spirit of Christmas wasn't really there. The kids were ripping into presents like they couldn't handle not having more and more. And I got to thinking why nobody seems to know what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Christmas is not about getting presents and eating to stuff yourselves. It is not about how many cookies you can eat at a time (and one of the kids had 3 plates of cookies). Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of mankind. The greatest gift that we were given was the Son of God, the Word made life.

I know that I was participating in the fun and meal and treats just as much as the others. I need to remember that this is the celebration of Jesus' birth and not just what so many people say, that it is just a day for family and presents.

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WHISKERS17013 12/28/2012 1:42PM

    This year was very different for us. Family and friends dear to us had been suffering with health and personal issues since before Christmas, and it was really hard to get in the spirit this year. The Christmas tree wasn't brought in until the 21st, we had our family celebration on the 23rd, and my husband and I worked crazy schedules on the actual holidays. Money's been tight, so Santa brought a few less things for the kids.

But you know what? There were no meltdowns, no ripping through the paper, throwing one gift down to get to the next. We had a nice time, and then had a great meal of homemade macaroni and cheese. (The family plugged in one of the movies received for Christmas at this point, but I went and took a nap, in order to recover from working 3rd shift the night before.) Not the Christmas I had imagined, but it was nice.

~hugs~ Hang in there.

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DANLIN60 12/26/2012 8:15PM

    I was at my youngest daughters house for Christmas day and I thought it was so nice. My grand son had some holy water and he came around to us so we could make the sign of the cross with it and then he read three different prayers about Jesus and then his older brother read a couple of prayers also. I thought it was so beautiful then one by one they opened there presents taking their time and enjoying the family. Later in the day we Skype with my older daughter who is living in South Korea because her husband is in the Army stationed there and we opened presents with them. It was so nice being able to see my other grand children in south Korea open their presents from me that I sent them. And they opened presents that my youngest daughter sent to them also. It was a beautiful spiritual day. thank you Lord.


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SUNSHINE99999 12/26/2012 1:10AM

  My family had fun reading the Christmas story, openings presents, watching a Christmas movie, and singing carols. Merry Christmas is best done with Him in mind.

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I hate detours

Monday, December 24, 2012

Yesterday I tried to FedEx a package to a friend of mine who lives 90 miles from here. They were charging FedEx Air rates (the closest air port to her is here in Denver), so I said I could drive it up there for the same or less. So plans were made to go between church services. I was an hour late getting there because of a road closure and I had trouble getting over to the highway. I ended up going back west as far as where I would have started out. That put me a little late coming back, but I figured I could get back for at least part of the Candlelight Service. No, I got lost on the way back because I had to try to find a different exit to come back and couldn't find one getting back to the street I needed. It is really ridiculous that I got lost coming back here when I have lived here all my life and have driven to my friend's many times over the years. They are now changing things so much that you can't even get through anymore. So I missed the Candlelight service completely. I just wish I could have made it back in time.

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SUSANBEAMON 12/25/2012 2:05AM

  hope it wasn't snowing yet. i dislike driving in snow more than anything.

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MRE1956 12/24/2012 6:59AM

    Couldn't agree with you more - and why is it that detour routes are *never* clearly marked? At least that's often the case where I'm from - the only reason I've been saved from disaster so often is my "local knowledge" of the detoured areas I've dealt with - heaven help strangers!

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GAYLLYNNE 12/24/2012 6:38AM

    Aww, I'm sorry. You did a very nice thing and should take comfort in that. Look on the bright side, if there are detours it means road work, road work means there are people working!! Happy Holiday to you!

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WEARINGTHIN 12/24/2012 1:56AM

    There will be other candlelight services. Good luck to you, Glenn

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