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A Little Reminder from 2007...

Monday, April 14, 2014

I was just clearing out some old files and came across this (yes, I kept it!) emoticon



The Watch

Midnight has been,
And has moved on,
And I am here.
Mortality stares at me
And still I am here.
Dawn comes
When I do not watch for it,
And I must be ready
If I am to catch the light…
The perfect picture happens
With every breath I take.
What a precious gift
I have been given—
A heart that can see
Is better than eyes.
But
It is not enough to just watch.
I need to be…
I need to live life
In the moment.

Copyright 2007 by Kathleen A. Braley

  
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RUSSANDMIN1 4/19/2014 7:36PM

    What a nice poem :) Have a good Easter! And thank you so much for the nice note :)

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TRACYZABELLE 4/19/2014 12:02AM

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JUSTYNA7 4/15/2014 6:19PM

    You certainly DO live life in the moment. It made me wonder what that night was like when you wrote this. You are a sweet onion my friend. Justyna

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XMISSX 4/15/2014 2:09PM

    Helloooooooo!

I am new to this place JUST came across your page... I find you very inspirational and I cant wait to see more Blogs from you!

XOXOXOX

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NASFKAB 4/15/2014 10:37AM

  AWESOME & BEAUTIFUL just like the writer

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/15/2014 12:47AM

    emoticon and BEAUTIFUL!!!
emoticon for sharing it! Definitely glad you kept it!!!
Have a wonderful week...one day at a time.
Prayers, blessings and hugs,
Helen

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WENDYJM4 4/14/2014 8:11PM

    beautiful poem emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/14/2014 7:50PM

    Love the poem!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/14/2014 5:45PM

  What a beautiful poem! You are so so talented! Thank you for sharing this.

HUGS

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No one should relinquish his duty, even though it is flawed; all actions are enveloped by flaws as fire is enveloped by smoke. From the Bhagavad Gita
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A little thank you...

Friday, April 04, 2014

So...

Thank you all for your prayers.

My SIL, Rosa, made it through the procedure okay, but they ended up keeping her overnight... they planned on doing angioplasties but ended up putting in a stent instead, leading into one ventricle. It had been 80% blocked and the stent is holding it open now. The other three ventricles were 90% blocked, and they couldn't even get the catheter into them for the angioplasty. She has her follow-up with the coronary specialist in two weeks to see where they go from here.

But she's still with us. And they discharged her yesterday, so she's in a good mood.

My brother is talking about going back to the other side of the mountains. They're not happy with their living situation here. They came to take care of her mom, but from what he was telling me, her family is... well... let's just say, more than a little dysfunctional. Case in point, NOT ONE of them even called to ask how she was doing... And every time the two of them leave the house, they worry about what her mom will do to their dog--Once, they came home and found their dog locked out on the front porch (there is a fenced back yard, folks)... and another time, she put moss killer on the lawn in the dog's enclosed yard and didn't tell them, and the dog almost died from licking it's paws. And she deliberately closes the door on it whenever she can-- so they have to take the poor little thing with them pretty much everywhere...

I've enjoyed having them closer so I could see them more often, but I certainly wouldn't blame them for leaving. I know there are excellent cardiologists back in Chelan and Wenatchee--if there hadn't been, she would have died last year!

... we're none of us here for very long, and I want them to be happy while they are.

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I spent pretty much the entire day hunting for help. I went to make a small payment on my power bill--and they told me they had sent a disconnect notice this morning! I've been making small payments all along, and now that I've finished with paying off the plane ticket advance I was hopeful that next month I'd be able to start getting caught up--but they won't even make payment arrangements until a certain amount is paid--$100 more than I have!

they did give me some phone numbers. The first three I called? I get discounted rates because I'm disabled and because I get the discount I don't qualify! The last place I called, the lady said "Can you be here in an hour?"

They made a pledge for partial payment, and called the power company!

There is an answer to prayers, y'know?

My wrist is NOT liking the typing lately, so I'm going to have to stop now... but I want to say how grateful I am for all your support in these things!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/8/2014 10:58PM

    Continuing prayers for your dear SIL. Glad you were able to get some help with that bill. PTL for his answered prayers.
Sorry I am so late reading your blog. I have been going to my DD's every day to help take care of her new baby boy, Liam. He is four months old and soon will be over his colic. So glad that my two girls didn't have it.
ENJOY a wonderful Wednesday.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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I.M.MAGIC 4/6/2014 9:23AM

    You all have such kind hearts--I emoticon you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/5/2014 10:12PM

    I hope they are able to help your SIL. I understand how you feel. We hated that my son had to move away but there was little chance for him to have a good future here.

I'm so glad you got help with that bill!! Thank God there are people like this out there.

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WENDYJM4 4/5/2014 5:18PM

    hope your SIL keeps on improving.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/5/2014 9:26AM

  Hope your SIL gets better soon. HUGS

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“If the shoe doesn’t fit, kick it off and put on another shoe. Don’t be afraid of change because change is good – it opens up worlds of possibilities.” Myra Hunn
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NASFKAB 4/5/2014 4:29AM

  you ae very welcome hope your S I L gets better soon stay well wish could help but so many thousands of miles away good you can pay the bills

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Plans, plans, plans...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

My SIL's procedure is tomorrow, though the time has been changed to 8:00 am...

I talked to my brother. Because I have fasting labs in the morning myself, just down the road, I'll take a sandwich with me, and I'm just going to drive on up to the other hospital when I'm done, to wait with my brother. We're planning on having "breakfast" when she's done... It'll most likely be time for me to eat again by then anyway-- and she'll probably be hungry too!

It has been a long day... one of those when you feel like you're spinning your wheels and can't get anywhere or get anything done, y'know?

But that's just on the surface. We're all creating little miracles we can't see, all the time! LOL

I still have my therapy to get through, and a few beautiful kitties to feed... ugh, Licorice just threw up on the carpet. Gross.

Guess I'll have to stop now... LOL

Be well...
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WENDYJM4 4/3/2014 7:24PM

    Hope everything goes well with your SIL.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/3/2014 2:20PM

    I hope every thing goes well tomorrow. It's nice that you will be there to support your SIL and brother.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/2/2014 9:20AM

  Prayers for your SIL and the medical team caring for her. HUGS and prayers too for your brother and you! That's nice you are going to stay with him.

HUGS and good luck with your own lab work.

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NASFKAB 4/2/2014 2:14AM

  hugs & prayers for all hope it works out for all of youl

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I.M.MAGIC 4/2/2014 12:37AM

    It's my Sis in law that's having the procedure... my brother is the one in the waiting room--but I know your heart and I know your prayers are for them both... thank you SO much, dearest friend!
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 4/1/2014 11:58PM

    Prayers for your brother and his medical team. Also prayers continuing for you.
God bless you and your family as you prepare for your brother's surgery tomorrow.
Deal with all that is happening...one step at a time...and know that you have been blessed!!!
Continuing prayers, blessings, love and hugs,
Helen

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More and more... stuff!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Kind of busy for the last few days...

Busy is no more new than crazy is...LOL BUT...

Sunday, a member of my church leadership took me aside and told me that the choir director was unable to meet her commitment for the Easter program--and asked ME if I'd be willing to direct the choir!

Whoa. I've directed congretional singing before, and the children's Sunday school, but I have never directed a choir before.

Sang in a LOT of them--not QUITE the same thing...LOL

Saying LOTS of prayers to get me through it, because-- of COURSE -- I said yes. Something special, a one time thing... I believe I can handle just this one thing, even if it makes me a bit anxious...

AND I could use a lot of YOUR prayers, my dear friends, not for me but for my dear brother's wife. Some of you may recall that she had a major heart attack a while ago, right? Well, tomorrow morning at 6:30 she will be in the hospital again for a catheterization. Apparently, they believe there's some scar tissue on the back wall of her heart that may cause some problems and they want a closer look. Bruce and Rosa live close enough now that the hospital she is going to is about 15 minutes from my house, and since I have labs tomorrow anyway at the medical center six blocks from there or so, I thought I'd show up and keep my brother company while he waits...

It's already been a long day... tomorrow? Well.

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I think I need a nap... LOL

Be well!
Kathy emoticon

  
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WENDYJM4 4/3/2014 7:24PM

    prayers for you dear Kathy but I am sure you will do okay with the choir. Good luck with SIL operation.
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I.M.MAGIC 4/1/2014 10:34PM

    JUSTYNA7, That is SO COOL!
I know you deserve it!
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P.S. emoticon Both of you!

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JUSTYNA7 4/1/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon A one time thing.

Hope it goes well tomorrow. Hey, I had my spark success story posted. Kind of cool. The link is below in my signiture if you want to peak at it. Thank you for being part of the story (telling me to go for diabetic education and see my doctor) and being such a great support when I started SP. I don't think the story tells well enough how much a "team effort" this has been! Hugs, Justyna



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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/1/2014 8:10PM

    I know you will do well with the choir but I will send a prayer for you and for your family. I hope everything is okay with your SIL. It sounds like she has been through enough.

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Ah...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I'm so grateful to all of you for your lovely comments. THANKS! emoticon

LIVING_AMAZINGLY, I'm being "cautious" because I have a hard time saying no! LOL

Before I moved out this way, I had EIGHT church assignments, THREE part-time jobs, was a full-time student with 24 credits a quarter... and had a brother (LOVED him but...) who would drop his three kids off on my front porch unexpectedly and just drive away.

...in short, I was overworked, overbooked, underpaid, and EXHAUSTED. It got worse after I got my AA degree... my real estate broker took over where school left off!... I had no time to just be me. It felt like I couldn't breathe. so after a year I quit. EVERYTHING.

And I moved and went back to school to get my BA.

A lot of the things I was doing back then I can't even dream of now, but it isn't hard to get caught in that kind of trap again.

Currently, things on the home front are starting to smooth out... though the neighbors have their stereo on so loud right now that I can barely hear the music from my laptop when I'm a foot from the speakers! As long as my stuff isn't jumping off the shelves like the first time, I can handle it. Besides, I'm leaving in a minute, to run an errand. Not gonna bother me if I'm not here, is it? LOL

TTYL...
Be well!
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WENDYJM4 3/27/2014 6:46PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/27/2014 8:36AM

    My body reacts very negatively to too much stress. I need rest and when have too many irons in the fire like and I have in the pest there is no time for rest. You end up struggling to do justice to all of the different projects you have going on and your health suffers. I will never allow it to happen to me again.

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NASFKAB 3/27/2014 1:19AM

  you know what is best for you with all your experience

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I.M.MAGIC 3/26/2014 11:56PM

    A lot of experience anyway... don't know how excellent it was, but thanks! LOL

Congrats! Been good to see some happy changes...
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JUSTYNA7 3/26/2014 6:57PM

    Just going to say you know best what is good for Kathy. You have a lot of excellent experience.

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