Wednesday, November 09, 2011
I love the song, "Getting to Know You," from "The King and I!"
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? (My middle name, Carole. My mom loved Clark Gable's wife, Carole Lombard, who had died a year earlier in a plane crash)
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? (At the movies—"The Help")
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? (Yes)
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? (Boar’s Head ham from Publix Deli, but I tend to eat more sliced chicken)
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? (Two daughters, six grand kids and six great-grand kids)
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU (Yes. I am a good and loyal friend. My adult grandkids tell me I'm fun to hang with, and my three year old great-grandson calls me his “girlfriend.” Go figure?)
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? (Being quick witted, I’m very good at it, but I avoid making such remarks because I think it can be demeaning)
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? (No. Removed along with my thyroid)
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? (No. Not with my knee problems)
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? (Hot —oatmeal with berries; Cold —Multi-Grain Cheerios)
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? (No)
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Mentally and emotionally—yes; Physically—no.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? (Baskin Robbins Nutty Coconut—it has roasted almonds, buttered pecans and walnut pieces in it, but at 190 calories a scoop and 12 grams of fat, it’s just a faint memory. I usually go through McD’s for a cone of yogurt when I feel the urge for ice cream)
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? (Eyes—you can tell a lot about a person from their eyes)
15. RED OR PINK? (Red. I do, however, I have purchased a lot in pink in support of breast cancer awareness)
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR SELF? (It’s not sweets that give me trouble, it’s my love of carbs (pasta, rice, potatoes) that I battle with)
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? (Since my husband’s last stroke a month or so ago, his cognitive skills are not what they use to be, so I miss the long talks I use to have with my sweetheart, and it’s dead silence when we talk on the phone)
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST? (I have NO clue what this means)
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? (Black Clark’s sandals)
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? (Boiled eggs, whole grain toast, orange juice)
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? (Just the hum of the computer. If I had the radio on, it would be Z88.3 FM)
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? (Sunshine Yellow)
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? (Freshly cut grass and linen that’s been dried on a clothes line)
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? (My friend, Nadine)
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? (Mountain hideaway with a porch swing or rocking chair, where I would sit in the cool breeze and read)
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? (Not a big sports fan. But I really do enjoy most all Olympic sports, especially ice skating and gymnastics)
27. HAIR COLOR? (Light brown, to mostly gray)
28. EYE COLOR? (Blue)
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? (No)
30. FAVORITE FOOD? (It use to be Cracker Barrel’s Sunday special of Southern Fried Chicken like mama use to make. But now I love my homemade chili)
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? (Happy Endings. I love romantic comedies like "You’ve Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" But my all-time favorite is Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. Don’t you just love that Mr. Darcy)
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? (An oldie—“You Can’t Buy Me Love”)
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? (I have on my black “WHOOHOO SparksPeople.com” T-shirt)
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? (Summer—I don’t function well when I’m cold)
35. HUGS OR KISSES? (It runs in the family—we're huggers)
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? (Other than ANYTHING ice cream—my mom use to make a pumpkin cake with 7-minute brown sugar icing covered in chopped pecans that was to die for)
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO? (Cardio)
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? (I like several of the reality shows, but I don't get home in time to watch much TV, so I watch the episodes on my computer. I also have Netflix)
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? (“I Never Thought I’d See the Day,” by Dr. David Jeremiah. I read the Bible and a daily devotional, as well as, a lot of health articles on SparkPeople.com)
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? (I don’t use a mouse pad)
42. FAVORITE SOUND? (The sound of rain on a tin roof)
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? (If I HAD to choose, it would be the Beatles)
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? (Tijuana, Mexico)
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? (For years sang at our church, but between several bouts with bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia and double pneumonia, I do well to teeter on two notes.)
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? (Central Florida)
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? (Another town in Central Florida)
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? (Brownish gray with white trim and a dark green door)
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? (Red)
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS? (Learned a lot about myself.)
... "are you still awake?"
This list was "borrowed" from MICHELLESMILES blog. Thank you Michelle--keep smiling'
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I went to an orthopedic doctor regarding the injury from a recent fall because after two weeks, my whole knee was still completely numb. He ruled out my knee cap being broken, but confirmed that I do have excessive arthritis in my knees, particularly the left and that it may take 5-6 months before I get the feeling back. He, however, said that the real problem with the tremendous pain in my legs, shortness of breath, and other symptoms I’ve been experiencing is not a joint problem, it’s a vascular problem, and that it sounds like congestive heart problems. I have made an appointment with a cardiologist for next Thursday (11/10), and am requesting your prayers that I will get a good report. Whatever happens, I know that God still has a plan for me, so I am at peace with whatever the diagnosis.
I’ll let you know what’s going on after my appointment. Until then, it’s business as usual, and life goes on … and I look forward to meeting you online.
of the rest of our lives ... let's enJOY it together!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Every year at the nursing home where my husband and mom live, some of the staff and of some of the residents, like myself, bring their children and grand children in and the residents line the halls in their wheelchairs and pass out candy to the kids. My 92 year old mom loves to dress up, usually in a princess tiara and boa.
Several of the churches in our area have Fall Festivals that includes "Trunk 'R Treating" where people festively decorate the trunks of their cars and hand out candy to the kids as they go from trunk to trunk. Some come dressed as Bible characters. However my great-granddaughter (6 mo) is going as a "lady bug," my two great-grandsons (9 mo and almost 4 yr) are going as a little pumpkin and the other as a Power Ranger. It keeps the kids safely off the streets, yet they get to enjoy some of the fun.
... However you choose to celebrate ... just be safe (and watch those calories)!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
What Thomas Paine once said, “these are the times that try men’s souls,” has never been so evident as it has been in my life over the last couple of months. It sort of began in August when the nursing home notified me that my husband was “non-responsive” and was running a fever. He had a kidney infection and, although he was not hospitalized, he was on an IV and a strong anti-biotic for a week or so. The next week, I missed half a week’s work with some kind of virus that was going around the office and my family.
The week after that, my husband ended up with the same infection and was hospitalized for four days so they could run tests. I stayed at the hospital the entire time so he would not be alone as he was confused and didn’t know where he was. While there, he had his third stroke (his first in 1977 while in a coma from a motorcycle accident that left him left hemiplegic, and his second in 2007 when he fell out the front door and landed on his head). He is back at the nursing home, but this last stroke has taken its toll on his cognitive skills—with his ability to recall information makes it difficult for us to carry on a running conversation. He can’t find his thoughts so just sits there unresponsive—and when it comes to carrying on a telephone conversation, forget it. I sure do miss my sweetheart and the long conversations that we use to enjoy together.
The week after that, I got that same virus back from another family member and missed another half a week’s work.
But that was just the beginning. A couple of weeks after all of that, I was in an automobile accident that almost totaled out my car. It was on a rainy evening, I had just picked my daughter up from work, we had enjoyed a good meal and I was taking her home when all of a sudden, out of nowhere a car, fleeing from the Police, was coming over into my lane. As I moved over to get out of his way, a car clipped the back of my car that turned me sideways across the median strip and across three lanes of busy traffic where I T-boned a car, completely tore down a road sign on the shoulder of the road and dragging it down into the ditch with me, I tore down a fence and ended up in the bushes. The miracle of it all is that, although my air bag did not deploy, neither my daughter nor myself received any cuts or bruises.
Wait! There’s still more. Two days later, I was going to meet my son-in-law at the tow yard to collect all my things from my car, but made a wrong turn and ended up in an unfamiliar area. I stopped in front of a home where they were grilling and family members were playing in the front yard. I asked two ladies who appeared to be about my age for directions, but I could not understand them. Before I knew it, the gentleman they were talking with told them he would show me the way and he was in my front seat before I knew what happened. He told me he had to hurry up because his expectant wife was in the hospital and he was going to see her. Well, without going into great detail—in reality, this man was a crack head, and my next three and one half hours were spent ushering him all over the place and into some of the most dangerous areas of our town as he went about his business of buying and using. Oddly enough, I was never afraid, and my main mission was to survive. Although he never actually threatened me, I knew from growing up around family members with an alcohol addiction, how quickly temperaments can change, and I wasn’t going to take any chances. By God’s grace, at the end of the day, I was given the opportunity to get away safely.
But that is STILL not the end of the story! Last weekend, I went to a local thrift store looking for a sturdy chair (with a padded seat) to use for doing my chair exercises, as my dining chairs are too hard and not high enough from the ground to allow enough room to swing my legs with my knee problems. Well, I found the perfect chair. As we were crossing the road (the store clerk was helping me take it to my car, and I was leaning on a buggy for support), the front wheels of my buggy rolled over the speed bump, the buggy flipped in the air and, because I was leaning with all my weight on the handle of the cart, I went down hard on my bad knee and landed face down in the middle of the street of the shopping center. So there I lay face down in the middle of the street, crying from the pain, knowing that I couldn’t get up on my own. Finally, two men came over and helped me to my feet—and there I sat (on my new chair) until I could get my bearings together to walk to my car. It’s been five days now and my left knee’s is gradually getting better, but is still completely numb and I have a skinned elbow.
Even though it’s been a rough couple of months, it’s not been all bad. And I’ve actually seen a lot of good come out of all of it as well: 1) I was out of work sick those two half weeks—but the rest was much needed. 2) I wrecked my car, but after the repairs were made, she looks like a new car. 3) And My daughter and I came out of it unscathed. 4) Although I was taken against my will—I've gained a greater compassion for those who live with this terrible addiction. Their life is "all about them" and getting their next fix. But, at the same time, I would, like to think that this young man came out for the better, as well, as he spent the afternoon with a Christian woman. I certainly did not condone his actions, but because I was non-judgmental and treated him with dignity, he was willing to listen to what I had to say. 4) At the end of the day, he got into a friend’s car, waved to me as they drove away, leaving me safely at a gas station.
I really don’t understand half of what happens in my life—I just keep walking in faith—knowing that I know (and am known by) the One who does. And He being the God who created heaven and earth. And that's enough for me.
So, how’s your week?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Being the daughter of an itinerate preacher, my mom saw to it from a very young age, that my brother and I attend church every Sunday. However, as I grew older, I drifted away from the teachings of my youth only to make a lot of mistakes.
But God wasn’t through with me yet. It was many years later as I waited for my daughter at a bus stop, a little old woman with a kindly face approached me. She asked, “If you died tonight, do you know where you would spend eternity?”
Naming several reasons why I was deserving of heaven—from my grandfather having been a preacher, to my growing up in church and being a good, moral person—I answered her with great assurance, “I am going to heaven.”
To that the woman lovingly shared some Truths of Scripture with me. And then parted we company.
But the woman’s words stayed with me. For the next two years, I would think about what the woman said.
Then one night it became a gripping reality to me that none of my reasons guaranteed I’d go to heaven. Only the God of the Bible through His Son, Jesus Christ, could make that guarantee. I immediately jumped from my bed and knelt at my favorite chair. I talked with God, telling Him all my sin and wrongdoing. I then invited Christ to live in my heart. He changed me completely and I began to look at life differently. And now, without a doubt, I know I’ll someday live in heaven.
Over the next five years, I prayed God would allow me to see that precious woman again. I wanted to thank her for her faithfulness in sharing the gospel.
Late one evening, when I was hospitalized, the nurses brought a frail lady in to share my room. Over the next few days, the two of us enjoyed each others company—we laughed, talked, shared Scripture and prayed together.
Allergies had kept me from wearing my contact lenses, so I never clearly saw the woman’s face. But when I was able to wear them, to my surprise, the woman next to me looked very familiar. After asking a few questions, I learned my hospital roommate was the woman from the bus stop, who’d been faithful to share God’s love. God was so gracious in answering my long awaited prayer and His timing in bringing us together at that appointed time was so apparent, for the very next week this dear lady was moving to a nursing facility out of state.
Jesus said in john fourteen, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
And Paul writes this in Romans ten: “…if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
By believing this Truth, you, too, can be assured of an eternal home in heaven with Jesus Christ.
Blessings to you and yours,
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