Saturday, December 29, 2012
God has a sense of humor. Have you looked at some people? They look like their dogs. What about ostriches - when they get upset they bury their heads in the sand. Now THAT makes things go away - NOT! And when I prayed to get out of the 170's, He allowed me to have a stomach/intestinal bug. Yep, I'm in the 160's now.....at least until I resume regular eating. I'm not blaming God for the nasty bug, I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek. (I explain because the written word doesn't properly convey tone and inflections)
I am grateful that the illness seems to be passing, pardon the pun, and I've survived. I'm grateful that it wasn't something truly serious. I'm thankful because God loves me very much and sometimes allows things to happen that are thoroughly unpleasant because they are a part of His overall plan. He is in complete control and everything that happens to me is filtered through His loving fingers. I am engraved in the palm of His hand - what a wonderful image!
We are currently getting our 3rd snow storm of the week...highly unusual for us. Earlier this week the storms mixed with rain, etc., and were particular ugly for driving. Today's 2-4 inches of snow are supposed to be just snow. We don't have any plans to go anywhere, and thus can just look out the windows and enjoy the sight.
Last winter we got a total of about 12 inches of snow - again, very unusual. It looks like we're going to have an entirely different kind of winter this year, and frankly, I'm glad. Last year was so mild it didn't kill off the ticks, etc., and we really didn't get a good start on the needed precipitation. I think that's ALL going to change. Brrr.
Mind you, I love living here (in spite of a state legislature that resembles our national one that does nothing), and I absolutely love having four real seasons, including a cold winter with snow, but I'm not fond of BEING cold. Call me a hothouse flower. Haha.
My DD and her family drove home in one of the ugly storms earlier this week (from Christmas down south). I'm thankful they were safe. I was also thankful we were able to give their dog back to them....like fish, he'd overstayed his welcome. Oh, he's a cute little beastie, but has some tendencies that get on ones nerves after a little while. He's best taken in smaller doses.
DH and I had Christmas alone - the kids were all working or out of town. That was very strange, but we managed. First we went to the no-kill animal shelter (not our usual day) and helped with the dogs. Then we found a restaurant open for Christmas dinner (lunchtime). Except for the mini pincher, it was a quiet rest of the day. : D
The night before, we attended a very moving Christmas Eve service at our church. It was packed, in spite of the weather. Our pastor told the real meaning of Christmas, including an explanation of the need for accepting Christ as our savior. No Bible-thumping, brow-beating - just a clear explanation. There was plenty of beautiful music, both by the congregation and by soloists. And everything was topped off by the traditional lighting of candles that we all held, while we sang Silent Night.
Enough rambling, my friends. Have a great weekend.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
I KNEW my stitching group would come through for the kids. (See my blogs from Nov 14 and 16).
Last Thursday night I picked up hats, scarves, (wide) headbands, and gloves; varying quatities of each. There were 131 hats (a few with scarves or gloves or both). We're in email touch with 'our' teacher (the one we helped last year and again this year), and plan to get them to her Monday, probably after the children's Christmas program. I want to cry from joy for how much we're able to help this year.
Next year we may resume giving to a couple of other local elementary schools, but I'm hoping we can also give more to this school even though our grandson will be in Intermediate school next year. It just pained me something fierce to learn that his elementary school (K-3) has a poverty level of about 60%.
Our group is also giving hats (various sizes) and other things to a local food bank that has at least 400 local families it's ministering to. This is what we live for: sure we do some personal knitting/crocheting for ourselves or gifts, but mostly we donate to various charitible places. I have some things I'll be giving to the battered women's shelter in York, and one of the ladies took a bunch of chemo hats the other night that she planned to take when she got chemo yesterday.
I just wanted to share the 'success' story after having shared the need last month.
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
I didn't realize how putting up outdoor Christmas decorations could be so hazardous. Each year, we put up plywood candy canes (painted red/white stripes) around the entire perimeter of the yard and string lights on top of them.
Today I helped DH by holding the canes in place while he used a 3 pound hammer to drive the stakes into the ground. We'd gotten maybe 1/3 of the way around the yard when the hammer slipped out of his hand and gave me (thankfully just) a glancing smack on the head. DH felt awful, and I didn't feel so good myself : ) as he practically carried me into the house. When we got there I took my hands away from my head and saw blood. You know, a head is skin and bone, so you bleed like crazy.
We got the bleeding stopped, then I put an ice bag on my head, took Tylenol and rested a bit before we went out and finished putting up the candy canes. DH is going to do the lights himself.
I actually feel a little bad for DH, as I know it was purely an accident. I obviously don't need stitches or other professional care, and I'm so thankful that DH hadn't lifted the hammer to take a blow on the stake - now that would surely have knocked me out. So I'm fine, or will be.
Yesterday (when we started outdoor decorations) and today the temps are in the 60's - a real heat wave for us, as our normal is something like the low 50's. We're real grateful for the warm, sunny days to get our decorations out.
I trimmed our tree on the weekend - took a couple of days, and have a wee bit of inside decorating left to to.
I have several presents to wrap, some of which will be mailed and a couple more to buy (tomorrow afternoon, I hope). But the Christmas cards are all addressed and waiting for stamps. Yes, we still mail a number of cards every year.
Tomorrow I'm going back to the oral surgeon. I think I'll be getting the screw set in my jaw. This started several months ago when I had a badly abscessed tooth that was pulled/cut out and cadaver bone implanted. Now that that's healed, I should be able to get the screw, and once the bone grows around that (a few months) I'll get a new fake tooth from my dentist.
I'm going to get my ice bag again, and rest a bit. Wishing you all a great day.
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.
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