Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Today DH and I found out that the elementary school where our grandson attends, has an enrollment of about 300, with about 80% of them at or below the poverty level. The teacher we help each week has two homeless kids in her class and that's not unusual for the whole school. I was astounded. Am I naive? I didn't think my head was buried in the sand, but it totally escaped me.
The good news is that I intend to knit/crochet up a storm and try to make hats and scarves for at least that teacher's class. I sent an email tonight asking my stitching group if they are interested in helping. But I haven't heard anything back yet.
God has truly blessed me and my family. It's time for us to share more with others.
Monday, November 12, 2012
I weighed and measured myself this morning....a day late, but hey, it's done. I gained an entire one-half pound over the weekend....but I'M not upset. That could have been water.
The thing I'm most pleased about is that I lost a half inch in my waist and another half inch in my hips. My thigh and arm measurements stayed the same.......ok. So just watching my food intake and doing ST six days a week IS bearing fruit. FYI, I do core training on Mondays and Thursdays, upper body on Tuesdays and Fridays, and lower body on Wednesdays and Saturday. Sunday is truly my day of rest. So, I give each portion of my body a couple of days of rest before working on it again.
I went shopping today. In part to buy DH's Christmas presents, and in part to find some things I wanted. Very mixed bag of success. I got some of what DH wants for Christmas, but for the life of me, I could not find the kind/color of socks he wears! I couldn't believe even Penney's and Sears didn't have it! I also couldn't find something particular for me (never mind what), but I was able to score a new (larger) purse.
I have a 'thing' for large purses and for shoes, which is kind of funny really. I don't like wearing shoes if I can help it. I always (almost) cry when it's time to put my sandles away for the winter - wearing them is so much like not having shoes on my feet.
So, to continue the purse story: I found two that I liked, and each had two different prices - one was about half the original price in each case. I took both to the cash register and asked which price was right. "The lower of the two" Ok, I said, I guess I'll settle on this purse (over the other one). It was marked $40, down to $20. When the sales lady swiped the tag, it came up as $10. She offered to swipe the other one, to see if it was lower than the $24 price, but alas, it came up as $24. If it had also been just $10, I would have come home with TWO new purses. LOL I felt very fortunate indeed to get a $40 purse for just $10. I warned you I have a thing about purses.
It's been a beautiful, warm day today, and the weatherman said last night that this will probably be the last warm day until next year. The high for each of the next few days is only to be in the 40's, and the rain is to start tonight. I dread the cold. LOL Listen to me! I hate the heat of mid-summer, but I also hate COLD. Can't make me happy.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Yesterday was my morning to clean the kitten room at the no-kill animal shelter. I went in, greeted all the kitties I still have (another was adopted over the weekend) and set about my work. After washing the dishes, I cleaned the two large cages they use, then started on the 5 litter boxes. As I was scooping the first one, the lights suddenly went out. When I turned to look at the switch, I saw a black and grey tiger stretched out and jumping up to touch the switch. Since I once had an intelligent cat who used to do things like that, I wasn't annoyed; I just turned the light on again and moved the 'offender' to another spot in the room hoping he'd forget about the switch.
Fat chance. He and I played flip-the-switch a few more times until I went to the front desk and got some scotch tape. I taped the switch in the on position and went back to work. Pretty soon I heard 'scratch, scratch' and knew what was happening. All of a sudden the lights went off again. The little bugger had torn the tape and was able to flip the switch again. At least it wasn't really dark in the room, so I got a little more work done, then turned the light on again to finish things. Kitty left it alone.
For those of you who are old enough, and watched tv several years ago, you'll appreciate the fact that the kitten's name is MacGiver.
My birthday is in a few days, but we have commitments all that day, so tonight we're going out to eat to celebrate. I've already planned/tracked my eating for today, except for the last little bit for tonight. I have already added the snow crab that I'm planning to eat. Will have to add the veggies later. I REALLY love crab legs.
I was able to get some variegated yarn in my DH's alma mater's colors, and am almost through knitting a scarf for him. I have some more to make a hat for me (he doesn't like knitted hats) and a scarf to match. We'll wear them after the first of the year when we go out West to watch several basketball games at the University. Going to fly this time. We usually drive. Nuts! That sure cuts back on how much I can pack. LOL
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
Election Day was a test of endurance. DH and I worked the polls, getting up at 5 a.m. so we could be at the location by 6 to set up. DH was Election Judge, and I was in charge of the voting machines. Promptly at 7 a.m. the doors opened to the (orderly) crowd that already stretched around the building.
A couple of hours later we got a slight breather after assisting everyone to vote. So I went home (about a Ĺ mi from the fire station/polling place) and let the dog out to potty. Then I hurried back to work.
People trickled in for about an hour then we got another rush of folks. After a few more hours, almost all of them had voted, so I pulled out a chair and sat down. That didnít last long. We workers all took turns eating (in spite of my best plans, it wasnít the healthiest food day).
Around 2:30 we got the next crowd which didnít let up until nearly 7 p.m. Whew! I was reduced to holding people outdoors (and folks, it was in the low 40ís) because we had so many people indoors. As soon as I could, I let people indoors and got them into the correct lines for registration.
Letís see, weíre up to 7 p.mÖ..I went home again for the dogís sake, fed her dinner, brought in the mail, and turned a light on for Darby (the dog). People trickled in for the next hour until the doors were locked at 8 p.m. and the polls were officially closed. THEN THE REAL WORK STARTED.
Three people helped me tally votes, run reports, and take down (fold up) the voting machines. And let me tell you, those suckers are HEAVY!
When we finished our work, we helped the others with what they were doing. DH and I left just after 10 p.m. and drove to York to the Election Board to drop everything off, getting home just before 11 p.m.
If you read between the lines, you realize I was on my feet almost every minute from 5 a.m. to around 10 p.m. Now you know why Iím STILLTIRED! LOL
Lest you think Iím complaining, understand that Iím delighted at the turnout (ALMOST 75% of registered voters in our district). It is both a privilege and a responsibility to vote.
Thank you to all (in the USA) who voted. Shame on anyone who found excuses to not vote. The latter ones of you have no right to complain.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The storm was aptly nick-named, although Franenstein was the doctor, not the monster. You get the idea. Many people suffered much loss and heartache due to Hurricane Sandy. I praise and thank the Lord for sparing us any real problem.....no loss of power, so we had heat (it was COLD outside) and the sump pump kept the basement dry. The reason why it was so bad, was not just the hurricane, but that over our heads it met up with a seriously cold front from Canada plus a wet, warm front from down south. Whew! At least it didn't snow on us.
Whatever I can tell you about the storm around us, there are a million stories of how MUCH worse things were for others, so please, keep people in prayer.
Two of our adult children (and 2 grands) live near us, and they are all ok, too. Again, the mighty hand of God.
Schools are still closed today, but I think they may reopen tomorrow. The USPS (Postal Service) did a fantastic job of delivering mail yesterday in the midst of the storm, and (of course) again today.
We've had to reschedule a couple of appts, but that's no big deal.....they weren't life-threatening things. Well, except my hair appt. Serioiusly, I'll live just fine until I can get in for that.
Praise to the Lord!
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