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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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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.

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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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school update

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.

  
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NEWNAC304 11/19/2012 11:03AM

    Great news!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/18/2012 11:58AM

    Wonderful! Ok you're excused from ST, but only for crocheting/knitting and nothing else! emoticon

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FROSTY99 11/16/2012 5:51PM

    Thankful they are going to let you do this good deed. I am sure it will help keep the recipients warm this winter. Bless you and your friends for doing this.

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LIVINGFREE19 11/16/2012 5:41PM

    You are truly an angel!
God watches our good deeds!
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Shocking information

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.

  
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DAWN14163 11/16/2012 2:40PM

    That's a lovely gesture. I'm sure the kids will love their new winter woollies!
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NEWNAC304 11/16/2012 1:31PM

    That truly is sad. You're an amazing person for helping them out!

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SNUGLBUNIE 11/15/2012 11:41AM

    That truly is so sad :(

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CALIPIDGIOUS 11/15/2012 9:05AM

    It's lovely that you can help and are! I am sure those hats and scarves will keep cold children warm!

I think that there are far, far more people who live in poverty in the US than ones who don't. I have been one of them most of my life until I finally got a great job that pays good money. Still no health insurance or benefits but for most people, those are a fable or a myth of what 'used to be' anyway.

Sad and tough times. We did just live through this centuries version of the great depression. I think that people do kind of forget that. Today's children will be the generational equivalent of the people who almost a century ago were little ones during the great depression. They also are growing up in a country in which they have never known a time that we weren't at war. Very sad.

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PURPLELVR7 11/15/2012 7:39AM

    too many are below poverty level - our country really needs prayer

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LIVINGFREE19 11/15/2012 6:54AM

    I wish I could knit or crochet hats. I would send them to you for them. I would love to learn that is for sure! (how to knit or crochet hats).

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/14/2012 10:17PM

    That's a shocking percentage. I wish there wasn't so much stigma that comes with poverty, homelessness and asking for help. Your thoughtfulness and warm gifts will go a long way, Nancy:-)

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FROSTY99 11/14/2012 9:40PM

    Nancy it is a shocking fact about how many people do live in poverty. I think it is wonderful that you are willing to knit for them and hopefully some of your group will help you. I am sure warm caps will be most welcome. We all need to look around and see what we can do to help in our own communities. I know our church did a diaper drive, now they are doing shoeboxes, and collecting for the military and in Dec we are having a Toys for Tots drive. We are small but every little bit helps and it is good to know that it goes to help people in our own community.
God Bless you for doing your part to brighten the lives if those less fortunate.


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SLENDERELLA61 11/14/2012 7:55PM

    That is shocking, especially that you didn't have any idea. So good of you to work to contribute and help.

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POETLKNG2LOSE 11/14/2012 7:40PM

    Nancy I think that is a wonderful idea! I think they would really apporeciate it if you did that. We truly don't understand that poverty is in our own country and sometimes in our own neighborhood. America is not the wealthiest nation anymore. I hope your group takes on the challenge and steps up to the plate. We need more people with compassion like you.

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