Monday, November 26, 2012
A friend sent this to me via regular email and I want to share it. She said, "We're not getting older....we're getting closer to home." Oh, how true. "Even so, Lord, come quickly."
Thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth.
Thank You for Your tender mercies.
Thank You for giving us friends and family to share these internet joys with.
I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for, who are
reading this right now.
Where there is joy, give them continued joy,
Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence.
Where there is need, fulfill their needs.
Bless their homes, families, finances, their goings and their comings.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Today was our volunteer-at-school day, and we got an update on the number/percentage of students getting free or reduced fee lunches. Last year (at this elementary school) there were approximately 80% of the students getting free lunch. This year it's down to 60%. While that's lot better, that's still around 180 students in great need. The possibility is that some of the 20% difference has moved up to the Intermediate school. The economy certainly hasn't turned around.
Given Thanksgiving holiday and our stitching group needing some time to knit/crochet, we'll collect hats/scarves/gloves in early December and take them to the school. At least some students won't be quite as cold this winter.
On a personal note, I'm making minute headway in my quest to lose fat/pounds and be able to wear small clothes again. Slow-but-sure, I guess. I didn't gain all this fat over night, and obviously it's going to take a few years for it to go away. As long as it does go, and stay away, I guess I can't begrudge its lack of speed.
We in the USA are coming up on our Thanksgiving Day (Thursday). I have so much to be thankful for, and I am learning to shut my mouth about what I don't have. If you have a sheltered place to sleep, a bed/cot to sleep on, a cover to sleep under, food to put in your stomach, you join me in being well off compared to so many, even in the USA. Let's be thankful for what we DO have.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Just a quick update. Our stitching group IS going to be able to donate some hats/scarves to the elementary school. I'll check with the office Monday when DH and I go again to help out - I need to find out the proper procedure to follow.
So, I'm busy knitting/crocheting for the kids.
Have a great weekend, everyone.
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.
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