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December 29, 2012

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. emoticon 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. emoticon

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.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/29/2012 10:04PM

    Hoping you feel better soon. Stay warm. -- Lou

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FROSTY99 12/29/2012 9:39PM

    Nancy I hope God's answer to your prayer for the weight loss will keep it from coming back. I too got past the 180's and down into the 170's because of the nasty bug and pray it won't come back either.
Glad you were able to enjoy a bit of Christmas-I totally missed it this year. Maybe this was God's way of helping me cope with the holiday as I was having a problem because a year ago the 26th is when my dad passed away. I am sorry we didn't get to go to our church Christmas program and we didn't get to go out to look at the Christmas lights.this year.
Continue to get better my friend.
Pat


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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/29/2012 1:58PM

    I saw the news about the snow the Northeast is getting slammed with. I'm glad you're not going out in it. Take advantage of the time to get better.
The Christmas eve service sounds nice. I'm also glad your daughter made the trip safely.
Have a healing and warm weekend!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/29/2012 1:25PM

    So glad you are feeling better!!

We really do have all four seasons here in Florida if you look for them. Different things grow and bloom, the days get short and then lengthen; winter is not a good time for swimming outside. Some trees lose their leaves in fall; some in the spring when the new leaves come. The temperatures are different. We don't have snow (or rarely) but we do have seasons. I have winter clothes and winter pajamas. I even wear long johns sometimes! We don't need boots and only occasionally use our hats, gloves, and scarves. Guess you must really like some snow. I wouldn't mind a couple snows a year, but am happy to be where I am with occasional visits north. Guess we are both happy where we are!!

You reminded me to enjoy these years when the grandkids are little, as there will be years without little kids around at Christmas. Your church service sounds very meaningful. Glad the little dog is back home; I'm sure your service was appreciated.

Take care. Thrive where you are!!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/29/2012 1:10PM

    That is so nice that you volunteered at an animal shelter, how nice!

The snow seems to be pretty minimal this year for sure! I think I would rather have the real cold to get rid of all of the 'bugs' in the air and on the ground!!

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SNUGLBUNIE 12/29/2012 9:16AM

    Seems like you are feeling better. I'm glad. Happy New year.

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SPATTEN2001 12/29/2012 9:11AM

    I enjoyed your blog ... a week ago I suffered an acute myochardial infarction and I believe that was God's way of telling me it is time to retire and de-stress. I love my God and I know He loves me too!!!

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TOPCAT93 12/29/2012 9:01AM

    have a happy new year

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God provided for the elementary school - no surprise!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

emoticon 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.

  
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CONTENTCHRIS 12/19/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon 's on You and Your lady friends Crowns my Dear! Cudos! emoticon

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GLMOM2 12/10/2012 7:04AM

    What a wonderful way to give back to your community!

God is using you & your knitting talents (and friends) to help serve Him.

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NEWNAC304 12/10/2012 6:20AM

    It was so kind of you to organize this. You should be proud of yourself! Thismosmjust great!

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PURPLELVR7 12/9/2012 8:29AM

    that is awesome new, congrats on your sucess

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IUHRYTR 12/8/2012 10:37PM

    Thank you for caring. -- Lou

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FROSTY99 12/8/2012 7:36PM

    You ladies did a marvelous job and should be so proud of yourselves. May God richly bless all of you for your generosity and willingness to do this to help your community. I used to belong to a group who made the cancer hats and I always felt good every week when we we would get with a day's work. Over the course of a winter we would make about 500 hats that were distributed to local hospitals and chemo centers. The ones for the kids always broke my heart-no child should have to go thru that.
Hugs to all of you.
Pat

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SNUGLBUNIE 12/8/2012 1:24PM

    I'm so happy to hear you and your group did so well. I didn't doubt it for a minute though knowing what a loving, caring person you are and I'm sure the people that surround you are the same. ((((hugs))))))

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DETERMINED_ME 12/8/2012 12:29PM

    It's so wonderful that you and your "community" of crocheters/Knitters are using your talents to help others. emoticon

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DAWN14163 12/8/2012 12:25PM

    Warms my heart to know there are good people out there doing their bit to help the local community. Great job, congratulations to you and your ladies xx
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LIVINGFREE19 12/8/2012 12:11PM

    You are so awesome to be helping out your community so much!
I hope parents write thank you notes!
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USMAWIFE 12/8/2012 11:04AM

    To meet that goal, I can see you knitting year round but you can do it I am sure.

you guys might want to make your own website posting your needs and letting your surround community help more Get the girl scouts and high school kids knitting/croceting as a community project to assit you

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/8/2012 10:53AM

    Wow! Great job, ladies! You all really came through with a lot. The kids hearts AND heads will be warmed:-)


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Christmas decorating is hazardous to my well-being

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.

Moving on...

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. emoticon Wishing you all a great day.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/5/2012 12:30PM

    Good news that it wasn't more serious. Take care of yourself. emoticon -- Lou

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CONTENTCHRIS 12/5/2012 11:11AM

    Well you sure had a close one. Doing construction those are the things you dread. Glad your OK . If you feel light headed or any kinda issue I encourage a mri just to be on the safe side.
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PURPLELVR7 12/5/2012 7:47AM

    so glad the injury is minor
take care

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FROSTY99 12/4/2012 7:24PM

    OMG! So glad you weren't hurt any worse than you are. I just know your DH feel's bad about this but as you said, it was truly an accident.
Take it easy because blows to the head can cause problems for a couple of days.
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Pat

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LIVINGFREE19 12/4/2012 4:47PM

    I'm so glad it wasn't real serious, my friend!
I hope things are much better for you now.
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SNUGLBUNIE 12/4/2012 2:12PM

    Yikes, I'm so glad you are not hurt badly. I guess Christmas decorating at your house is hazardous, hee hee. Take some pictures when you get a chance. Didn't you get a new camera, hee hee :)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/4/2012 1:43PM

    Yikes, I'm so glad you weren't hurt worse. Poor guy, I bet he does feel bad, but I hope he gets over that very soon.
I hope your shopping and mailing is going ok and that you're relaxing as well. Enjoy that heat wave!
Well, after the dentist tomorrow, you won't be able to say you have a screw loose!

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DAWN14163 12/4/2012 1:29PM

    Ouch! Hope you don't have too much of a headache! Do you have a photo of your decorations? I used to love looking at the neighbourhood decs in England, they don't seem to "do" decorating here in Belgium.

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NEWNAC304 12/4/2012 1:20PM

    Ouch! I'm glad you're okay. I'm sure your hubby feels just awful. Maybe you deserve a dinner out or some other special trip.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/4/2012 12:53PM

    So sorry for your injury. I know DH feels awful. Rest and be careful. Glad you got your decorating all done -- and I'm impressed that you have your cards already, too. You are in the holiday spirit and well organized. Good for you!!!

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A prayer

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."


Father,
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.

  
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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/28/2012 10:34PM

    Thank you for posting this prayer. It is very beautiful,

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IUHRYTR 11/28/2012 2:29AM

    Amen emoticon. -- Lou

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/26/2012 9:50PM

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FROSTY99 11/26/2012 8:19PM

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer.

Pat

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LIVINGFREE19 11/26/2012 6:39PM

    This is very beautiful!
Most days I feel I would rather 'go home' when reading the newspaper and all of the bad things tha go on in this world.
This is the Christmas season and I should be much more positive and happy. I hope it comes!
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SLENDERELLA61 11/26/2012 1:52PM

    Beautiful prayer. Thanks.

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SOLUCKY12 11/26/2012 1:30PM

    Love this prayer... Thank you for posting it. Ann

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School and Thanksgiving

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. emoticon 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. emoticon

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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IUHRYTR 11/23/2012 5:00PM

    And let's be thankful for weight loss, no matter how little at a time, as long as the scale moves down and clothes feel looser. -- Lou

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NEWNAC304 11/20/2012 9:45AM

    Thanks for the reminder to be thankful for what we do have.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/20/2012 7:49AM

    That is amazing having 80% of the kids getting free lunch! i'm glad it has got better. (60%)
That is awesome that you are knitting and crocheting scarves and hats to keep the kids warm! Love it!!
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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/19/2012 7:38PM

    You're a great role model, Nancy:-)

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FROSTY99 11/19/2012 7:29PM

    I am thankful every day for all the many blessings I have been given. Even more, I am thankful my granddaughter is improving.
Sounds like you are going to be busy for the next couple weeks stitching away. What a nice thing you are doing for those kids.

Hugs
Pat

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DIET_FRIEND 11/19/2012 3:57PM

    It's important to be grateful for the blessings we DO have. I try to remember that in the midst of my daily dramas.

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