Thursday, March 21, 2013
Today I had the basal cell carcinoma removed - a mild form of skin cancer. It was on my left temple, and so the numbing medication prior to the surgery affected my eyebrow. I was amused that I could now do a Spock impersonation. Here it is for YOUR amusement. www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPQM545cklc&
After getting stutched up I was given instructions for wound care. "No bending/heavy lifting for one week." Okay...I guess I won't be doing the wieghts...But the verbal instructions were "Don't do any exercise." I asked, "What about my stationary bike???" I was answered, "No, we don't want anything to get your blood pressure up that could make the wound bleed." NOOOOooooo! A whole week! I hope the weather is mild enough that the sidewalks remain clear so I can at least walk to work. I am looking at a probable weight gain. Poop.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Me 'n' My Boy
I was chatting with my son online and he told me he's leaving Utah and coming back to Rochester, taking an incomplete and setting up a transfer for the Fall semester. We've had some rough times in our relationship, but it's been going much smoother. He plans to move in with a friend come April, but meanwhile was wondering about "couch surfing" here until then. He offered to help with stuff around the house. Excellent timing, as Glitterfairy's SO has been preparing the attic rooms to be reinhabited, and we're getting ready to do a shuffling of bedrooms. I will definitely take him up on his offer.
When he was an adolescent, we would go camping together with other friends. He's a nature lover like myself, lately an environmental activist - like his "hippie tree-hugger" mom! I'm looking forward to having some time with him. Renewing our relationship on another level.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
"Many are the plans in a personís heart, but it is the Lordís purpose that prevails." (Prov. 19:21) And so when I make plans, there is that unspoken "given" that things may turn out other than expected. Biggest illustration was last year's trip to Pucallpa, fully expecting to have gotten married, only to come upon a mountain of paper roadblocks. But I've learned in my 42 years (as of March 13) of walking with the Lord, that He is indeed sovereign, and does indeed work things to my good.
So tonight I went to the church's building, fully expecting the women's meeting that was scheduled ("third Saturday every month") - a LITTLE early, but not SO early that I would have expected the crew of women setting up for the pleasant evening NOT to be there...But at 6:50, I was the only vehicle in the parking area. It occurred to me that the son of one of the elders recently passed away, earlier this week, and it was possible things had been cancelled. And I, being a fairly new member, was probably out of the loop of people contacted. Or a message was sent and I failed to get it.
BUT...there, in the back yard of the abandoned house next to the church property, were THREE DEER, grazing. Their heads popped up, ears and tails alert, as I pulled into the lot. But as I made no threatening moves, they settled back into grazing.
And I was in no hurry. I LOVE seeing animals in the wild. Deer are common enough that you MIGHT see them, but uncommon enough that it's a treat when you do, if you're a nature lover like me. I wished I had my camera with me! I may have to just start bringing it for those "just in case" times!
For me, it was more than just an, "Oh, look, deer!" moment. At such times it's more of a whisper from my Heavenly Father, "Look what I brought you!" So as I smiled and watched them, I just gave God thanks, and enjoyed 15 minutes there before I headed back home.
Friday, March 15, 2013
I love that song and scene!
Every family has its traditions, for holidays, birthdays, and other special events. I love the tradition I've experienced in Peru, where the guests express to the person whose birthday it is, how much they've meant to them. So much nicer to hear it while you're alive rather than waiting till you're dead!
We've had a tradition in my family that we started when the kids were small. Tired of winter, we'd await the sighting of the "first" robin (or the FIRST sighting by one of US of a returning robin!) Upon seeing one, we send out for pizza!
Well, I was taking my daughter Glitterfairy1977 to practice driving, and as we're going along, I notice a little silhouette by the roadside, and recognize the "pounce" upon a worm or grub - ROBIN! I pointed enthusiastically and we started doing as much Happy Dance as we could given the circumstances (mainly just waving our hands and bouncing up and down).
But she really didn't feel like pizza. So we did some of Wegman's hot food bars. I definitely overdid it on my calories. But it WAS a special ocasion.
A ROBIN, after all!
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