Friday, May 20, 2011
We're back home again. We took a whirlwind trip to Indiana to attend our niece's funeral, and got back home tonight. Gayle's death was unexpected, and she was only 58, but she's safe in the arms of Jesus tonight, and we'll see her again one bright day.
The minister who led the funeral gave a compelling, clear talk about the need to accept Christ as savior so we can go to heaven, so it was a 'good' funeral.
It was really good to visit with all our Indiana relatives, in spite of the circumstances for our being together.
Darby (our pit bull) went with us, but due to the funeral, we boarded her there. She took right to the lady in charge, and when we picked Darby up this morning, both that lady and the younger lady who was there told us several times how much they love Darby. Sure, they could say that to everyone, but WE know Darby's special.
Darby settled right into the back seat of the car and was as good as gold on the travel days. Yipee!
I'm glad to be home, as I picked up another respiratory infection - what's new?!!! My Dr. called in a couple of Rx for me, so I should be on the mend before long (I have my fingers crossed, knock on wood, etc).
Have a great weekend, y'all.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Good Monday morning, y'all.
If you read my blog from last Friday, you know it was a tough week. Yes, I made it thru, thanks to God's grace and comfort; and the comfort provided by my SP friends.
This week isn't starting out quite 'right' - Sunday morning a beloved niece died unexpectedly. As soon as we hear about the arrangements, we'll make definite plans to go to (another state for) the funeral. I'm sorry she died (she was only 58), but I know I'll see her again in Heaven. Gail was a lovely person, always thinking of and doing things for others.
On the other hand, this week DID start out right - we attended Sunday School and worship services at our church, praising the Lord and being blessed by Him. Above all 'things,' GOD IS IN CONTROL! Hallelelujah!
DH and I are on our way to help out in our 1st gr grandson's classroom. They are such sweet kids, and we always have fun helping.
It's supposed to be a rainy week, and it started yesterday afternoon. But, since we had such a beautiful week last week, I'm trying to think of this as liquid sunshine. Even tho' we're over the normal amt of rain for the year, we can't sit on our laurels - rain, like food, is something that needs to come time after time to sustain life. But like food, it's not good when too much of it comes within a short period of time.
Take a few minutes today to pray for the folks along the Mississippi (and other) River(s). Even if lives are spared, people's livelihoods are being swept away. God does care, and God is in control, praise His name!
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.
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