Saturday, April 23, 2011
Yesterday I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness!!
I got a phone call at work from a lady whose name I did not know (that happens often, since I have a bad memory for names). When I answered the phone she said, "you don't know me and I don't know you. I was talking with the pastor's wife and asked her if she knew of anyone who might be alone at Easter, and she gave me your name. My husband and I were wondering if you would like to join us for dinner on Easter Sunday".
What a wonderful act of Christian love!!!!!!
Needless to say, I accepted the invitation. I have to meet and thank this thoughtful couple in person.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I saw the physical therapist today for more work on getting movement in my knee before my replacement surgery. She checked my range of motion and said, "your doctor is going to love you".
I have gone from 80 degrees to 115 in just over 3 weeks. The doctor wanted me to get to at least 100 before the surgery.
I told the therapist that my knee really hurts and she gave me a little laugh and told me she doesn't have to say it to many of her patients, but I'm an exception. "Back off a little", was all she said.
Then she told me to ease up on the intensity of the exercises I am doing, continue them until the surgery, and to come back (about) once a week for some pain management treatments.
Now I know I am really ready to get the joint replaced. All I have to do is take it easy until June 17.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Our local Lion's club hosts a fundraising event each year in a private meeting room in the former city library, which is a designated historic building. The event is called "Lions at the Library" and features a different catagory of food and drink each year. This year, in honor of Valentines day, we had a Chocolate and Champagne night.
The event included a wide range of homemade ( by the club members) chocolate and sweet "treats" served buffet style, and a number of different champagnes. There was even a chocolate fountain with fruit and salty snacks to dip. Each person who attended received a boxed recipe book of all the food served.
We also had a silent auction, door prizes, and a trivia game with theme questions about chocolate, champagne, famous lovers, and (of course) the Lions clubs.
The other entertainment was live entertainment by a local high school student who is an incredible musician. In fact, he is one af a number of students from around the country who will be performing at Carnige Hall next week!!! He treated us to wonderful violin music.
The room was filled to capacity and I would call it a success for our club's efforts to raise money for our charities!!!
As for me, I did pretty well at taking only a very few "samples" of all that sweet stuff. I did have MUCH more than is normal for me, but did my best to keep control. Since I don't drink alcohol, that was no problem.
Now it is back to the weights, treadmill, and recumbent bike, and healthy eating!!!!!! I guess once a year is something I can live with.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Biblical character Jabez said in the beginning of his very short prayer in 1 Chronicles, "Oh, that You would bless me, indeed, and enlarge my territory.....". He was asking that God give him everything that He saw fit and help him use it to help others.
Since the first time I saw that prayer, I have been sincerely praying it every day and the results are amazing!!
I am not a minister by any stretch of the imagination but I feel the need to share just a few examples of what the power of this little prayer has done in my daily life.
I prayed that God would give me the power to change my lifestylle and lose weight (a lot ). I then found SparkPeople and was on my way.
Since I have gotten too small for my clothes, I literally GAVE away article of clothing I owned. People I don't even know have heard about my changes and I have recieved bags full of new clothes.
I tell anyone who is the least bit interested about SparkPeople and how they can do what I have done, by checking the site on the internet. When I was having trouble with my computer monitor and talked about buying a new flat screen, so I would be able to stay on the site. A very kind person gave me one and she said, "I just want out of my storage closet".
The latest thing happened last week when I was stalled at a plateau and really felt the need to get out walking. Unfortunately, I coldn't see trying it on ice and snow covered paths when the temperatures were near or below zero. One day I got a phone call from a lady in a small town nearby who said she had heard that I was looking for a treadmill. When I asked her how much whe was asking for it, she said she just wanted it out of her house before Christmas. She loaded it up, brought it the 30 miles to my place, helped me get it in the house, and would only take enough money from me to pay for her gas and lunch while she was in town.
So....the blessings just keep coming my way. I will keep praying the prayer of Jabez and pass along every blessing that I am able to pass!!!
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