Wednesday, September 01, 2010
I just read a health article on SP that seems to be saying that people who are mentally active (such as enjoying crosswords puzzles for a long time) will show greater decline if alzheimer's hits. Hmmmm. Too bad. I'm going to keep on doing things to keep mentally active as long as I can.
God has blessed us with a beautiful day here on the FL Gulf coast. Temp was around 90 degrees, with relatively low humidity. Lots of sun, few clouds. A really, really nice day. We spent just a very short time in the pool this afternoon, but enjoyed it very much. And the small amount of time in the sun kept us from burning.
I continue to be blessed by reading Joel Rosenberg's book, "Epicenter", and strongly recommend it to one and all. It's non-fiction, but he also wrote a series of 5 fiction books that I also recommend. The 1st one is titled "The Last Jihad" and the 5 books deal mainly with Isreal and 'end times' and Biblical prophesy. It's interesting (there's better words) that several of these books were written before similar events actually happened. I'm convinced that God has His hand on Mr. R regarding this subject.
God is in control, and I'm SO GLAD I've 'read the last page of the book' so that I know God has already won the war with Satan and evil.
Blessings on y'all.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I set the alarm for 6:30 this a.m. (and finally got up about 10 min later); drank an Instant Breakfast then went to the Fitness Center (of the resort where we are) and spent 30 min on the treadmill. I'm so NOT!!!! an early morning person, so this was a real challenge to me - and I WON! Ok, enuf patting myself on the back.
DH and I drove awhile and finally stopped at a public beach. We walked along the water's edge in the sand (great exercise) about 25 minutes, then sat under an umbrella another several minutes as we just enjoyed what God provided for our pleasure. We so enjoy watching the ocean (ok, it's really the Gulf of Mexico), and the weather co-operated beautifully for our enjoyment. We ate lunch out - and I believe I made good choices for the most part, and now we're chillin' until this evenings activities.
I'm thankful we didn't choose the Eastern U.S. beaches for this vacation. What a bummer that would be! Maybe God will continue to be merciful to the U.S. coast and keep Earl farther away from landfall.
I awoke around 2 a.m. yesterday, and as I laid there, I heard a really strange noise. I got up to investigate, and finally realized that it's the local frogs.....really LOUD, and we're on the 6th floor. I'm glad we aren't on the 1st floor. LOL
God continues to richly bless us. Yes, I'm having another bad-teeth year, but He has provided the money for me to get them fixed. But please, if you think of it, raise a prayer or two for me: in mid-Sept I'm to have part of my gum cut out so my dentist can fit a crown on a back molar. I'm praying the peridontist will just knock me out. I don't want to hear anything, no comments, no 'oops' etc.
God has been blessing DH and I with a better joint spiritual life. DH and I used to not talk a lot about spiritual things, but more recently, we have. Oh, we've always attended Sunday School and church, and Sunday evening small groups, and yes, we've talked about those things some. But now we're also talking more about other things: God's working in the life of my niece who has mental/spiritual problems, and add'l personal things from a spiritual viewpoint. What a blessing; what an answer to prayer.
Have a great week; one day, one meal, one exercise at a time.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
I ate better today, but still not perfect, go figure! Right now in my life, I'm just striving for improvement, and I'm making that over-all.
We're on the road tonight, and I tried the treadmill at the motel, but the 'fitness center' is a good 10-15 degrees too warm; no fan, cooling, etc. So even minor 'work' on the treadmill for less than 30 minutes was almost more than I could do. I grabbed a towel and wet it with water from the cooler and tried cooling down my neck and face while I treadmilled, but the heat was too much. But I tried, so I'm satisfied for this one night.
I brought crocheting on the road with us, and I've made good progress. Before we left home, I completed sewing the dress for Katie, started the matching shoulder bag, finished knitting the vest for her brother, and the cardigan for Katie. I've been one busy Grandma. We'll see them later this year, so I'll give them the gifts then. I'm so glad they appreciate my work. It gives me great pleasure.
I also crocheted 3 newborn sweaters and gave them to a fellow-knitter. She'll give them to her s-i-l who distributes them after counseling teenaged mothers-to-be. The sweaters go up SO fast! It pleases me to do things like that.
Have a wonderful Sunday, y'all.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thank you all for your prayers for my Mom (and sister). Mom is doing a bit better, but will be on antibiotics for about another week, then she'll get an x-ray to see if the pneumonia is gone. My sister reports that Mom is coherant, but brief in her answers to questions.
My sister flew her dau to another state for in-patient mental work. My niece COULD check herself out, and sis reports that niece's OCD is telling her to check out, but we're all praying that she'll stay and work at getting better. Niece's problem has been MONTHS long, and her home is hundreds of miles from my sister. Sis (and her hubby) took turns spending time w/her, trying to get her to seek help. (She got down to 60 pounds - no she's not bulemic or anorexic, it's another problem). Finally, she did check into a hospital, so her weight is up some. Now it's time to work on her mental issues. Sis obviously has been stressed, although she and b-i-l have prayed much and are laying both these problems at the Lord's feet.
Again, thank you for praying for my family, and please don't stop yet.
Tonight I was tired, had eaten too much for supper, and had 'allowed' myself to eat not very healthy foods to boot; BUT I did finally get up off my keister and treadmill for almost 45 minutes, even going at a higher speed (for a total of 3 minutes) than I usually do. So, on balance, I'm proud of myself. I had eaten very well until dinner; but that's no excuse for pigging out......I don't even have a good excuse. Tomorrow is another day, and I plan to eat (ALL day) in a more healthy way.
Y'all have a great weekend.....'spark' away, everyone!
Saturday, August 21, 2010
This week we took our 6 yr old and 10 yr old grandsons to Dayton, OH to the Nat'l USAF Museum. We got there when they opened in the morning, and didn't leave until almost closing time. At that (7-3/4 hrs minus 35 min for lunch) we didn't spend much time looking at any one thing.....the boys' attention spans. Amazingly, none of us got too tired, although DH and I were approaching it. We still had quite a time getting the boys to go to sleep.....still wound up, would you believe!?! We had a good time, and are thankful we were able to take them. What wonderful exercise - all those hours of walking.
I got an email from my sister this eve that had me crying. Our Mom is in assisted living about 45 min drive from where sis lives. It's a good thing she went this past Thursday, as she found Mom sitting in a chair staring at nothing. Now, Mom's mind isn't all it used to be, but she always knows us girls when we visit; but not that day. Even after sis told her who she was, Mom didn't even acknowledge her. There were other things, too. When sis (an RN herself) talked w/the caregivers, they said Mom wasn't feeling well and that they'd told the nurses on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. When sis talked with the nurses, they denied any knowledge of problems. Sis got a PA to look at Mom, and low and behold she has pneumonia. Now she's on strong antibiotics and a nebulizer. Who knows what would have happened if sis hadn't gone to see Mom. I'm not only furious, but am heartbroken that Mom's health took such a nosedive and nobody called sis. Sis let both the caregivers know that the nurses were denying knowing anything was wrong, and she told them she wasn't getting into the middle of who was telling the truth. Also, she complained to both groups about not being told anything until she showed up.
Thank you for letting me rant and rave. I've been praying about the situation, and my attitude, but still need more heart-to-heart time with God. He's still in control, and wants only what is best for us.
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