Friday, May 13, 2011
So, my Mom died on Valentine's Day this year; last Sunday was Mother's Day, yesterday was Mom's birthday, and Tuesday morning I got two emails telling me that a dear former co-worker died. He was 52.
Jack was a good man, a hard worker, a great friend. He always remembered birthdays of his friends with cards and sometimes, small pranks. Jack had a ready ear when I wanted to talk, and often gave encouragement and passed along uplifting thoughts/sayings....as I said, a great friend.
At his funeral this morning, Jack's wife told me that he thought of me as a sister. That meant a lot to me. Althought I'm not certain, I believe he had accepted Christ as his Savior, so I will see Jack again, in Heaven. That meant even more to me.
God is my strength and comfort, my help in time of need. In Him I trust.
I had some good times this week, too. Tuesday DH and I spent time with the 5th graders again, helping them as they read aloud to us. Wednesday was Grandparent's Day with our 1st grade grandson, and that night I went to a knitting class. All those things were enjoyable. Hey you knitters, have any of you used Milky Whey yarn? That's what we got in our class Wednesday. It's SOFT!!
Of course, there was my usual clean-the-kitten-room at the shelter this week, too. I always enjoy my time with kittens.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Monday, May 09, 2011
Good (sunny) morning Everyone,
After so MUCH rain (we're more than 8 inches over normal for the year, most of it in April), yesterday and today are welcome sights. In fact, we're not expecting any rain for the next few days, and temps into the 70's.
Last Saturday was Helen O. Krause Animal Foundation Inc (HOKAFI) annual dog walk day at City Island. (That's the island in the middle of the Susquehanna River at Harrisburg.) The Foundation raised a good bit of money and a really good time was had by all. DH and I took two of the shelter dogs, and were joined by other volunteers with two more shelter dogs. Lots of people attended the event, bringing their own dogs. A good time was had by all, and I made sure everyone I talked with knew that Bolt was ready for adoption.
I haven't the faintest idea what breeds comprise his background, but Bolt is such a dear - small, but not chihuachua small, active (how do you think he got his name?), loves children and other dogs and wasn't the least bit intimidated by their size. I do hope Bolt gets a permanent home soon.
Yesterday was sad/happy. This was the first Mother's Day that my Mom spent in Heaven and I miss her. But happy: Mom's in Heaven, where she longed to be for years, and she's fully healed. I hope you all had a really nice Mother's Day.
Well, my housework calls and I must obey. Have a wonderful day, y'all. And pray for the folks suffering from the flooding Mississippi River. It's not expected to crest at Memphis, TN for another day or two - and it's already at least 13 feet above flood stage now. Of course, Memphis is not the only place it's flooding.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
In the words of Paula Deane: "Hi, Y'all!"
The past several weeks, access to the cat rooms at the shelter have been limited - no volunteers are allowed in the (many) rooms where there is ringworm (thank you, Lord). So I've been cleaning a tiny little room most weeks.
This morning, I got to the shelter to discover someone had called in - she wasn't coming due to tornado warnings. Smart woman, but the shelter is already short-handed, so I voluntarily cleaned a second room. Those 2+ hrs sure burned the calories. You may remember from a previous posting, that I told some of what I do there.....wash food and water dishes; shake out and (as needed) replace the towels used to cover various surfaces (they collect fur, instead of letting it fly all over the place). The biggest job is when I do the floor: sweep, vac, mop, then dry it with a towel. By the time I finished all the other chores, I have really burned calories. (GREAT!)
We take back roads to the shelter, and crossed a small bridge in Lisburn; the stream was almost up to the road. Almost 3 hrs later when we were on our way home, the road was blocked. Water had created a small lake over the road. I took a couple of pics.
Time to go.
Have a great rest-of-the-week.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
I've been under conviction from the Lord, and it became chrystal clear this morning that I have let SparkPeople.com become too 'big' in my life, instead of putting God first. It's nothing against SP, or the lovely people I've met online - just that I let it all become too important and crowd out God.
Therefore, I have decided to take a relatively inactive on-line role in SP, but plan to continue to use the food and exercise trackers.
I appreciate you all.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Today was Mom's Memorial service - a celebration of her and her life. Three of us daughters spoke of memories, and made everyone laugh at some point in each of our comments. Mom had the gift of hospitality, and everyone at (what was her former) church agreed that my Mom put arms, legs, and love into everything she did, and was very obedient to the Lord.
One man spoke to me at the luncheon, and told me that when he and his wife went out on a mission, Mom was the first person from that church to support them.
Another lady told me that her son admitted as an adult that when he was in his teens, my Mom had a tremendous impact on him. Can you imagine? That's just a small part of who my Mom was here on earth.
My sisters and I (and several church members) agreed that Mom is probably dancing in heaven now, and maybe even peeking under a bed to tell an angel that they missed a dust bunny. That was another side of Mom.
Well, rather than go on and on and on, I'll close shortly - but I want to tell you "THANK YOU" for your prayers, and Mom's family could feel the power of the Holy Spirit.
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