Saturday, June 02, 2012
I will take a little time to update everyone on what I have been doing.
I needed to get my hair done for the trip. I went to Hair Cuttery and asked for a body perm. I was there for 3 hours and I could have done my hair better by myself. I felt I looked like Grandma on The Adams Family after the perm. I was also soaked. I lifted up my blouse and asked my stylist if I was wet. She said, "No." When I went to my van, I knew that I was. When I got home and looked in the mirror, I looked like I had peed myself.
I still needed to go to the drug store and pick up a prescription so I would have enough for the trip. I didn't go that night.
My son's girlfriend took me shopping for a dress. We found one at Ross for less than $22!!! I was amazed! I got my shoes at KMart and had almost enough Shop Your Way Rewards to pay for them. I also found a pair of flats, but they weren't on sale. My son's girlfriend, Kathryn (we call her Kaitlyn or Kate) bought them for me for Mother's Day. I also got new underwear.
We left for Wyoming on May 19th. My husband, son, and Kate took turns driving. The rest is a blur.
We were to pick up the in-laws in Kansas and drive them to the wedding. The mother of the groom just about drove us all nuts. We stayed at the groom's house in Kansas, I don't know if they will sell it or rent it out. We went to the groom's mother's sister's house for dinner and other than the meat being cooked, we had to cook the sides, set the table, do the clean up and dishes afterwards. When we went to pick up the groom's parents the following morning, they hadn't packed and our start-out time from Kansas was delayed by two hours. The woman is a hoarder and her husband is in ill health. She barely had a pathway for him to get from room to room and she packed 4 suitcases, two winter coats, gloves and ear muffs and other things to take along. We didn't get to a motel until way after midnight and she was complaining. Kate told her if they had been ready on time, we would have checked in earlier.
When we got to Nebraska and were in a convenience store, she asked me if I could spot her some money. She said she forgot to pack cash!!! Her husband had a Conoco credit card and once while he was getting it out, we noticed he had a Mastercard too. My husband told me to be quiet, that he didn't want to cause any trouble before the wedding. Had I been driving, I would have hauled them back to Kansas and set them out in front of their house. We paid for them to sleep in our motel room.
Every time we were talking about directions, she would grab the road atlas and try to take over. No matter what the subject was, she tried to top it with an experience she had. We quickly learned all about their education and degrees and that they thought of us as inferior.
When we got to Wyoming where my daughter was staying at a friend's house, this woman complained about cat hair. The friend of my daughter lost her job the week before the wedding and put up the groom's parents, my daughter, her fiancé, and two other women that were in the wedding party. She cooked supper for everyone and had cereal there for everyone for breakfast. This woman (the groom's mother) made everyone angry with her remarks and freeloading.
We stopped at Mt. Rushmore on the way and Kate left a national park pass in our son's car. We rented a Dodge Grand Caravan in Kansas to seat everyone comfortably, but the groom's mother surrounded her seat with stuff so that whenever we stopped all of it had to be moved for the people in the back to get out. Then when we all got back in, she put it back in the aisle way between the seats.
My daughter and her fiancé paid to have everyone's hair done and I got a cut that worked for the wedding. Crabby complained to the stylist and upset my daughter. The day of the wedding Kate did my hair and hers and she complained to Kate.
The wedding was held at the Powder Horn in Wyoming downstairs. The groom and some of his friends were in their military uniforms. My daughter looked beautiful in her wedding gown of white with navy blue on the train and bodice.
They wrote their own vows to each other. They had karaoke after the wedding and hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. The groom cut the wedding cake with a saber that was part of his uniform. I had the couple doing the karaoke to sing, "Unchained Melody" and danced with my husband. I sang, The Lion Sleeps Tonight for my grandcats, Baldric, Ozzy and Mickey. My husband and daughter sang, "Momma Tried" and my son and I sang, "Jackson."
The groom sang, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" to the bride about 30 minutes into the karaoke and it was hilarious! They hired a trolley to transport any of the guests to any place they wanted to go in Sheridan. Mother-in-law came up and asked my husband if he could drive her family to a quiet restaurant where they could talk. I got her purse and his handicapped sign out of our van and handed it to her and said we had other plans. I felt like they would have stuck us with the food bill for the restaurant. We went to our motel room and pulled everything out of the van and repacked it for the trip home.
The next morning, we were to meet for breakfast at 7 AM. That was pushed up to 8 AM, but nobody called to tell us. We went to the house of the father of the woman that was putting everyone one up at her 5 bedroom house. He lives near the Powder Horn Golf Course and has a beautiful home.
After breakfast, it was decided that all should watch the bride and groom open their gifts. This was part of our time to be on the road. When we finally left, we were called back. The father of the groom had peed himself and we had not noticed it and that would have been in our rental van and the probably very noticeable urine smell after traveling for awhile.
Again we left once Crabby got him taken care of and drove straight through to Kansas with a stop for supper at a Denny's. We didn't get there until 4:30 in the morning and the groom's father couldn't find the house keys. We carried all of the stuff up onto their front porch and proceeded to the groom's house and returned the van to the rental agency later that morning. We packed our son's car and headed back to Maryland. We arrived about 8 PM Tuesday night.
We hired a woman that is in college and her mother to come to our house and take care of our pets and we settled up with them and I began doing laundry. I still have my dress to wash and a load of whites then I am done. We packed half of what we would need and did laundry in Wyoming.
My husband went to see the heart doctor and he thought he was going to be scheduled for a stress test. The heart doctor said he didn't think that would be necessary. He also went to see a Congressman about having his VA disability cut and refinanced our house so that we can get new windows and spouting and pay off his pick-up truck. We had our mortgage down from $104,000 in 2008 to $86,00o and now it will be $106,000. I have been very depressed.
Crabby sent an e-mail asking me what we spent on gasoline, then she will deduct what they spent to see how much of the rental bill they will pay. I defriended her on my Facebook page. The woman is a kook.
We went to Yellowstone Park while there. We didn't take the in-laws. We went by way of the Chief Joseph Highway and didn't get there in time to see many things in the park. There was 3--4' of snow in some places. We didn't get to see Old Faithful. We did see whitetail deer, mule deer, antelope, bison, a male and female moose, a wolf, a black bear, a male and female elk and mountain goats. Two crossed the road behind our car and one went up to a guardrail post and scratched its rear end on the post. It was like he was putting on a show for us. We also saw a skunk, deer, a ring-necked pheasant and a zebra, but not in Yellowstone. I had a buffalo burger and the meat is very good. It is tender meat.
We came home by way of Burgess Pass and it was snowing and very, very foggy. There were hairpin turns and deer and I prayed a lot for our safety.
I have lost a check register for one of our savings accounts and I just can't seem to get going with anything. I cry out in my sleep and did so in Kansas, in the car, and at home. I don't feel like I can handle a lot right now and that is why it has taken me so long to respond to all of my Spark friends.
My sister told me that Mom has been going into deep sleeps and that she didn't think Mom woke up when they took her for a shower. She said Mom leaned her head into my sister's hand and slept like that for 20 minutes. My sister sent her grandson to get and aide to put Mom into her bed.
I went to see her before we left for Wyoming and noticed that she doesn't remember the names of many thing and calls things "tickets." She was looking at her fingernails and called them "tickets."
Monday, April 30, 2012
Monday, April 30, 2012
My husband had chest pains from the time he awoke 8 AM until after 8 PM yesterday. He finally told us he wanted our son to drive him to the hospital emergency room.
His EKG was fine and all of his readings on the heart monitor were fine. He was kept overnight so they could check his cardiac enzymes.
He told the doctor he had manually lifted a container full of liquid on Thursday that may have weighed over 200 pounds. Our son used to work with my husband and said it may have weighed closer to 500 pounds. We think he had muscular pain and not heart problems. I will know more today.
He was admitted, but it is counted as out-patient by the hospital to our insurance and we will be charged differently than if he had been listed as admitted.
Every day we're shufflin'
Friday, April 20, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012 Day 218
Chopping Wood 52 minutes 621 calories burned
Heavy Cleaning 5 minutes 45 calories burned
Moving: carrying boxes 6 minutes 84 calories burned
Total Exercise Minutes: 73
Hubby turned in the rental vehicle this evening and got his pickup truck back. We will have to wait on the insurance company of the driver that hit him to settle up on the claim.
We cut wood this evening because the temperatures are supposed to drop here from highs in the 70s, to highs in the 50s and rain is expected for the next 10 days.
We drained the water off of the winter cover and the next day the ground collapsed into a sink hole. The grass never tore apart and there are no cracks in the soil but we have about a 3' in diameter hole in back of the pool.
Hubby said the damage to his truck was $4,786.55.
I was sick yesterday with stomach pain.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
WHEN YOU THOUGHT I WASN'T LOOKING
A message every adult should read because children
are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hang my
first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately
wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed the
birds in winter, and I learned that it was good to be kind
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make my
favorite cake for me, and I learned that the little
things can be the special things in life.
When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a
prayer, and I knew that there is a God I could always
talk to, and I learned to trust in Him.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you make a
meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I
learned that we all have to help take care of each other.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you take care
of our house and everyone in it, and I learned we have
to take care of what we are given.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw how you
handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't
feel good, and I learned that I would have to be
responsible when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you hold
the door open for others and heard 'thank you' and
'you're welcome', and I learned respect for others.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw tears come
from your eyes, and I learned that sometimes things
hurt, but it's all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn't looking I saw that you
cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be..
When you thought I wasn't looking I learned most of
life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and
productive person when I grow up.
When you thought I wasn't looking I looked at you and
wanted to say,’ Thanks for all the things I saw when
you thought I wasn't looking.'
I AM SENDING THIS TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE I KNOW
WHO DO SO MUCH FOR OTHERS,
BUT THINK THAT NO ONE EVER SEES.
LITTLE EYES SEE A LOT ..
Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher, friend)
influences the life of a child.
How will you touch the life of someone today?
Saturday, April 14, 2012
It was chilly in Manhattan but warm inside the Starbucks shop on 51st Street and Broadway, just a skip up from Times Square . Early November weather in New York City holds only the slightest hint of the bitter chill of late December and January, but it's enough to send the masses crowding indoors to vie for available space and warmth.
For a musician, it's the most lucrative Starbucks location in the world, I'm told, and consequently, the tips can be substantial if you play your tunes right. Apparently, we were striking all the right chords that night, because our basket was almost overflowing. It was a fun, low-pressure gig - I was playing keyboard and singing backup for my friend who also added rhythm with an arsenal of percussion instruments. We mostly did pop songs from the '40s to the '90s with a few original tunes thrown in. During our emotional rendition of the classic, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," I noticed a lady sitting in one of the lounge chairs across from me. She was swaying to the beat and singing along.
After the tune was over, she approached me. "I apologize for singing along on that song. Did it bother you?" she asked.
"No," I replied. "We love it when the audience joins in. Would you like to sing up front on the next selection?"
To my delight, she accepted my invitation. "You choose," I said. "What are you in the mood to sing?"
"Well! ..... do you know any hymns?"
Hymns? This woman didn't know who she was dealing with. I cut my teeth on hymns. Before I was even born, I was going to church. I gave our guest singer a knowing look. "Name one."
"Oh, I don't know. There are so many good ones. You pick one."
"Okay," I replied. "How about 'His Eye is on the Sparrow'?"
My new friend was silent, her eyes averted. Then she fixed her eyes on mine again and said, "Yeah. Let's do that one." She slowly nodded her head, put down her purse, straightened her jacket and faced the center of the shop. With my two-bar setup, she began to sing:
Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come?
The audience of coffee drinkers was transfixed. Even the gurgling noises of the cappuccino machine ceased as the employees stopped what they were doing to listen.
The song rose to its conclusion: I sing because I'm happy; I sing because I'm free. For His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.
When the last note was sung, the applause crescendo to a deafening roar that would have rivaled a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall.
Embarrassed, the woman tried to shout over the din,
"Oh, y'all go back to your coffee! I didn't come in here to do a concert! I just came in here to get somethin' to drink, just like you!" But the ovation continued.
I embraced my new friend. "You, my dear, have made my whole year! That was beautiful!"
"Well, it's funny that you picked that particular hymn," she said.
"Why is that?"
"Well ...." she hesitated again, "that was my daughter's favorite song."
"Really!" I exclaimed.
"Yes," she said, and then grabbed my hands. By this time, the applause had subsided and it was business as usual. "She was 16. She died of a brain tumor last week."
I said the first thing that found its way through my stunned silence. "Are you going to be okay?"
She smiled through tear-filled eyes and squeezed my hands. "I'm gonna be okay. I've just got to keep trusting the Lord and singing his songs, and everything's gonna be just fine." She picked up her bag, gave me her card, and then she was gone.
Was it just a coincidence that we happened to be singing in that particular coffee shop on that particular November night? Coincidence that this wonderful lady just happened to walk into that particular shop? Coincidence that of all the hymns to choose from, I just happened to pick the very hymn that was the favorite of her daughter, who had died just the week before? I refuse to believe it. God has been arranging encounters in human history since the beginning of time, and it's no stretch for me to imagine that God could reach into a coffee shop in midtown Manhattan and turn an ordinary gig into a revival. It was a great reminder that if we keep trusting God and singing the songs, everything's gonna be okay.
The next time you feel like GOD can't use YOU, just remember....
Noah was a drunk once
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson had long hair and was a womanizer
Rahab was a reformed prostitute
Jeremiah and Timothy were too young
David had an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
John the Baptist ate bugs
Peter denied Christ 3 times
The Disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer
AND Lazarus was dead!
No more excuses now!! God can use you to your full potential. Besides you aren't the message, you are just the messenger.
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