Saturday, February 16, 2013
Guess I better add some news here. So far it hasn't been a great year. My Dad died on January first. It was somewhat unexpected to be as quick as it was, but it did mean he didn't suffer as I have heard that melanoma can be a cruel way to die. In his last days he quickly went downhill, but was in little pain. I was glad I was able to be home to be with him and my mom during that time. I stayed at home with my mom most of January to help with things and returned home at the end of the month.
Things here need tending to and I feel somewhat out of the loop in my own life. Others have moved on and it is hard to catch up with everything. The Curves I have been a member of going on 10 years is closing at the end of the month and I will miss it. Valentine's Day. I didn't sleep well during the night. Not really sure why. I wasn't stressed about anything, I was supposed to meet with someone about some work and was actually looking forward to that, but now I was tired in the morning. My husband made it nicer and got me breakfast and a sweet surprise. The day was actually quite nice except for the persistent low back pain I couldn't quite shake.
Last night I let my dog out before bed. Around here the weather has been different...cold days, warm days, snow, rain. and sometimes it has been all of these in the same day! Last night it was chilly, but warm enough for the local skunk to be doing some exploring. Well, you guessed it...my poor dog went around the corner of the house and well let's say they both were surprised! In the house I started to smell the excitement. I believe there was a gate between the two animals so there was no extra going on and my poor dog is 17 years old and going blind so I don't think she had any idea what had just happened. Needless to say I was giving a good bath to her soon after and was up to past 3AM needing to bathe, dry, brush, and extra blow dry my hairy mutt. Then do some laundry. Sleep wasn't easy as it smelled awful all night long. It was a "perfect" ending to Valentines day, don't you think? More cleaning today to help get rid of the smell. Then tonight I dropped 2 large cast iron skillets on my foot! As I write my foot is being iced.
Maybe things will get better tomorrow!
Monday, January 23, 2012
Today I had an answer to prayer that really reminded me that God Does care and watches over us. Let me relate the story to you.
Last week, Friday, I took a walk to make a delivery. I thought I could get a little extra walking in since I had been lax this past month due to being out of town. I had a house key on a chain that I placed around my neck in case my husband decided to take off while I was out. I didn't want to be locked out in the cold. Out onto the snow covered sidewalks I headed being careful where I placed my feet not wanting to take a fall. I kept up a pretty good pace and enjoyed the fresh air. It wasn't long before I reached my destination several blocks away, made the delivery, and started my return trip. All in all, it took about 30 minutes.
The next day my husband asked where the Key on the chain was...I had actually given it to him because he had recently locked himself out 2xs. Well, I couldn't find it. I was sure it must be in the house somewhere. I looked everywhere and could not find it. I really was concerned and kept looking...every pocket, drawer, table, hook...I looked everywhere. Today I decided I had better retrace my steps. I was concerned mostly because of safety. There have been more break-ins in town and I was alone most nights (with a gun and a dog just in case someone has ideas). We had just put in new doors and locks and I really hated to change the locks again. So on my way to the gym (I walk there) I figured it would add some extra distance and I could use that to up my exercise time and also look for the key.
Well, I didn't find it on my walk there and perhaps I'm a bit OC (obsesive compulsive) about this, but I reversed my walk to return home. When I got on the street I said a prayer. "Lord, if I dropped the key on this street, please show me a sign." I don't think I took 10 steps when I looked down and there was the chain. Sure it was a simple ball chain (the kind dog tags are on), but the one that was lost was actually made with 2 connectors. This was the chain! I figured that the key would be fairly close in either direction. I kept looking intently, but it wasn't to be found. I walked on home feeling hopeful, but still disappointed.
I've been doing my workouts in 2 parts so I decided to take my walk again this afternoon and this time I looked more intently in the other direction. Still no key. I did the workout and walked home the same way. This time I walked slowly and looked further out into the yards, after all it had been snowing and people did shovel. I got to the place where I had found the chain and started to pray. "Lord, I know you care. I know you know my concerns about this key being lost. I know you have helped me find keys, rings, toys, and coins that have been lost in the snow or on my walks before, I know you are the one that can direct me to that dumb key!" I started to walk again, and not 3 steps later a man came out of his driveway 2 doors away and asked if I was looking for something. I told him I was...A Key. He asked it had a blue ring around it and though I had forgotten it had I said "Yes." He said that he had found it while shoveling snow and walked up to a nearby telephone pole and picked my Key off of it and handed it to me. I told him it was a real answer to prayer that he had found it and had come home at that time.
God does care about us and sometimes He doesn't wait long to show us that He is very near...near enough to direct our steps, hear our pleadings, and answer our prayers.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Come on. This is news? I really can't believe places are still paying for studies on these things. Tigers have stripes and Leopards have spots for camouflage...no kidding. Why don't more cats have stripes?... Come one. We have grey squirrels that we rescue and the blend of hairs in their coats make them almost invisible on a tree trunk or a branch. We could save so much money in these days of economic distress if people could just believe that God knew what He was doing during creation and that He is still active in His involvement with it. Praise His Name!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
The is just to say that the Health News articles need comment sections much like the Spark Blogs and other articles have. I just read a "story" that made the point that adolescents who have sex within a "romantic" relationship have little change in their academic stance, much like those practicing abstinence, where as teens that practice casual sex suffer grade damage and don't tend to go on to college. Rubbish! I'm tired of reading some of these liberal/progressive leaning articles that seem to only be pushing their godless altitudes on the populous and have little to do with health.
(If you read this article and wish to comment on it,, I welcome your thoughts about the article. Other articles read may be commented on also. However, comments attacking opinions of others are not welcome.)
Saturday, March 27, 2010
These are the times that try men's souls.
The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."
Wow, I was just reading through some stuff and came across this quote by Thomas Paine. With all that the country has been going through these last few months it just seemed like something I wanted to post, even with no other explanation.
We come to Sparkpeople mostly for the struggles we have with weight, but many also have health problems because of the weight they carry. For some the weight was at least a partial cause of the health problem/s, for some it may just make the health problems harder to deal with. Health care is a major topic of discussion in the country at this time. It should be. People are suffering either from not taking care of themselves, losing their health due to circumstances within or beyond their control, or even being born with physical problems they had no control of. We truly need to work on our problems of cost and distribution of care to those in need of help and the inability to pay, but not at the peril and loss of our entire foundation of freedom and liberty. I hate the way this new law has been tearing our country apart, but is it the law itself or is it the way it has been conceived and given birth to? We haven't been given the control of our own health care through it, we have been forced into a program that will soon bankrupt our country even further, stop new treatments from being studied, and even force many out of work. We have had personal freedom stripped away from all of us to try to find (force) a solution for some. Believe me, I am not saying we should not be finding a good solution to the problems we face in this matter, but the way this was done was so corrupt and one-sided politically it really has made the matter worse.
These are times that try us to our very core, but what is the core of the American people?
I was thinking about quotes that famous Americans have made. One made more recently, at least during my life time, was made by the brother of the man who fought for this Healthcare law that was recently passed:
"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. " (President John F. Kennedy)
Where is that spirit NOW.
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