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My melting list...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Hubby is in meetings in California - with nice warm temps! (he needed an air conditioner on!)

I am happy to be in front of my upstairs fireplace, warm and content, here in northern Wisconsin. (not EVEN thinking about air conditioners!)

There are several things that are therapeutic for me - that melt me immediately... (not necessarily in order of importance)...

1. a fire in the fireplace
2. a hot shower
3. having someone scratch my back
4. cuddling with my hubby
5. cuddling with my kitty
6. reading Psalms
7. cuddling any of my grandchildren
8. listening to Mozart
9. electric blankets
10.candles burning
11.the scent of apples/cinnamon/cloves simmering on the stove
12.Christmas trees
13.White Christmas lights
14.Cloudy Autumn Days (the scent of the leaves, the cuddly feel of the cloudy sky, the sound of shuffling through the leaves, etc)
15.Snowy Cloudy days :)
16.Which brings me back to fireplaces :-) and looking forward to my hubby returning home on Saturday!

Every time I think I've finished the list, I think of more... I think that's a good thing...
Alas - my fire is almost dead... time for bed (and the electric blanket)!

  
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CAROLYN0107 1/31/2012 5:29PM

    Your hubby must have come home. No more blogging.
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ANYVAR54 1/29/2012 11:07PM

    It is now Sunday night and I am just now reading this, so I guess Ernie is back giving you hugs, and scratches on your back. Enjoyed your list. Blessings

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ROCHELLE62 1/27/2012 8:27PM

    I can go with about half of those for sure.

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JINLYNN 1/27/2012 4:05PM

    Good list of comfort things to take the place of food.

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SUSIEPH1 1/27/2012 4:19AM

    Love your Musings Keep warm!!
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Tuesday's This and that

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Well...

Took my daughter for her weekly OB check up - she was seen a nurse practitioner - and we agreed, she wasn't our favorite... anyway - still only about 3 cm dilated... so... at this point, unless she goes into labor between now and then, we see the dr next week Tuesday, and she's scheduled to be induced on Wed...

Stopped by my dr's office on the way home to weigh myself (I can't use my home scale for another 7 lbs). I haven't weighed myself since Dec 6... I knew I gained weight from Thanksgiving and New Years - didn't know how much, though... then I started back to exercising, water, and tracking... and I could tell that my clothes were fitting better... ANYWAY - I basically weigh what I did on Dec 6 - which means I've lost what I gained (whatever that was) and now, any effort in water/exercise/tracking should mean more weight lost!

Hubby had a young man over for Bible study today and then we (including my daughter) played a couple games of Catan (Cities and Knights)... I won the second one!

Then we received a phone call confirming that we MAY end up as kinship foster parents for our niece's two little ones... It will mean a huge change in our lives to start over again with a 3 yr old and a 4 mo old. There are other issues that we talked about tonight as well that were spurred on by this situation. We need to continue to pray for God's wisdom, direction, and leading... for His PERFECT will!

One of my set goals is to pray that God would help me to affirm my husband and build him up... not sure if I did that, but I certainly prayed for God to give me His words that would help hubby with the choices and changes that will need to be made. Thank You, Father, for Your help... Encourage my hubby tonight, Lord!

Another set goal I have is to pray daily for God to put a guard over my mouth . . . well, not sure that I prayed it consciously, but He did answer it today as I talked with my daughter... so... for this I thank God as well.

To bed we go... I'm sore tonight from using the Kinect to exercise yesterday. lol... I found that I can make the camera/brain think that I'm jumping if I use my arms with a lot of vigor (because sometimes my knees just can't take the jumping...) but boy, am I feeling sore in my ribs and shoulders!

Tomorrow I'm taking hubby to the airport... he's leaving us here in Wisconsin for a leadership retreat in California.... unfortunately, he'll be inside almost all the time, so he won't get to truly enjoy the warmth! Then tomorrow evening is AWANA (Bible Club), so prep and leading that will take the rest of my day.

Of course all these plans could change and be altered if baby decides to come tonight or tomorrow!... lol! As James 4:13-17 says, If the Lord wills, we will..... go to the airport, prep and lead AWANA, and wait for the baby! :-)

g'nite dear friends!


  
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ROCHELLE62 1/26/2012 8:30PM

    Hope the baby knows it doesn't have to wait for grandpa to get home. Your daughter is probably fine with any time soon.

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JINLYNN 1/26/2012 3:30PM

    You have a very busy life, but you have it firmly anchored in the Lord.
Enjoy some time to relax amid your day and to be refreshed for all the tasks before you.
Best wishes.
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RICHILA 1/25/2012 9:12AM

    The affirming my husband was harder for me until I made it part of my personal mission statement:
As a Wife, I shall respect, reverance, regard, esteem, prefer him, defer to him, praise and love my Rob exceedingly.

That is preceeded by my relationship to God-which is much harder:
I seek to place God first in all things in my life. This will bring not only balance, but integration to my many roles in life. In each of these roles, I seek to conduct myself as befits a Proverbs 31 woman.
Proverbs 31:10-31 is a lot to live up to-but if it was easy everyone would do it.
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RUNNINGOMA 1/25/2012 7:44AM

    Your life sounds super busy. May the Lord give you strength for all your ways.
I have some of those same goals - to set a watch about my mouth and to encourage my DH. Prayer is a big part of that of course, but I know they need us to be their biggest emoticon
I will be praying with you about the foster care. That is a big undertaking when you haven't had little ones in the house for a while.

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SUSIEPH1 1/25/2012 1:46AM

    Sound s like you have everything just about sorted !!.
I am sure you will make great parents for the little ones and bring some stability into their lives .
Your support of your daughter is just wonderful !!
Hope DH has a safe trip and you are keeping warm and cosy ..
Very quiet here at the moment so alls good .. Thank you so much for your lovely concern and Loving thoughts my friend really helped to be able to talk to you xx
Love and Hugs Susie
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Freezing rain, waiting for baby, fixed furnace, and January progress so far...

Sunday, January 22, 2012

It's a good night to be cuddled home tonight... freezing rain, ice, and snow coming. :-)

It's been a busy week - our daughter stayed here a few nights due to the possibility of the baby coming early (which - by the way - hasn't come yet!). We also enjoyed having our grandchildren here Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon, and then again Saturday evening.

In the midst of all this, our furnace went out... (this is while we're getting our coldest weather snap; single digit highs, negative lows...) However, it's working now - it no longer sounds like the house is going to explode! Have no clue how expensive this is going to be... this was service calls numbers 3 and 4. which followed numbers 1 & 2 about 3 weeks ago... :-/

Anyway- my January's journey so far...

DOING WELL ON...
+ Daily quiet time in the Bible/prayer journal - daily
+ Memorizing Philippians (done - now just firming up each chapter & finishing up by end of January - need to choose next portion to memorize)
+ non-fiction book - I'm ahead on my goal to finish it by the end of January
+ exercising (goal: 3-5x/wk) I've been averaging at least 20 min/day, up to 40 minutes some days - using the XBox 360 with Kinect.
+ stretch daily - 5 minutes - doing pretty good - sometimes have to stretch to just get moving!
+ 2000 steps/daily - almost everyday is above 2000. I'm averaging 2572 daily for January
-Made a new prayer list
-Made a list of ladies to encourage

AREAS THAT ARE OK - NOT GREAT, NOT TERRIBLE
^ 8 c water/day - most days I'm getting 8-9 c and some days a little less, but at least 2 cup if not the whole (which is a huge improvement over 6 mo ago!)
^ affirm my husband daily
^ pray for God to guard my lips
^ track all food - well, it's getting better 12 days tracked/22 days of January... 10 of those days were in the past 2 weeks

AREAS NEEDING MORE ATTENTION...
-post prayer list where I will use it daily
-wrote notes to two of the ladies-not yet sent (one of my downfalls! getting them into the mail)
-need to write notes to my daughters this week

Have a great week, friends!

  
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RUNNINGOMA 1/23/2012 11:03AM

    Great goals and great way to keep track of them and keep pressing on.
Did I read that right that you memorized the BOOK of Philippians? I tried one year to memorize I John (in German) but only finished 2 1/4 chapters. I'm now just trying for 2 verses a month - the ones we are learning for church.
Keep up the good work!

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CHLOE453 1/23/2012 5:47AM

    emoticon For all the positive in your life. How exciting waiting for that new emoticon, I can't imagine how excited everyone is.

emoticon As far as those few areas that needs a little improvement, as you sound like a very strong woman!!

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SMIDGON 1/23/2012 5:38AM

    As they say, when it rains, it pours.
You are doing great!
I have the same problem when it comes to getting mail out.
Have a great day, Sister!

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ROCHELLE62 1/23/2012 12:34AM

    great tracking. you are doing well consider the unscheduled issues. Babies don't care about your plans, and neither do furnaces.

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ANYVAR54 1/22/2012 10:05PM

    Awesome, stay warm.
You are doing so well on your goals, and have encouraged me both to write letters, and set up a prayer list. Still need to work on it. Hope the baby comes soon. Was praying early this morning.
Had an awesome day of worship with the Lord.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/22/2012 8:32PM

    I enjoyed reading about your month of January! It looks like you are making great progress! Hopefully, the furnace will continue to work well. Enjoy that new baby :-)

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SUSIEPH1 1/22/2012 8:31PM

    Love that you are getting your water !
not a good time of year for the furnace to go out!
hope Baby come soon . and all is well ..
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Droopy Little Christmas Tree...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

While I was with my daughter at the hospital today, sweet hubby worked on getting our (real) Christmas tree out of the house. (We got it up late, so didn't mind keeping it up a little longer.)

This event always brings to mind a song that was on a record (yes- I'm that old) of my parents' called Droopy Little Christmas Tree.

I'm not sure I remember all the lyrics right, so I googled it, and didn't find the lyrics anywhere... so here's what I do remember.
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I'm just a droopy little Christmas tree.
Nobody cares what happens to me!
After the bright lights are taken away...
I'll be thrown in the alley to droop, wilt, and die.

All through December, I'm the center of the house.
Everyone loves me, even the little gray mouse.
Then comes the sad part, when I say goodbye.
I'll be thrown in the alley to droop, wilt, and die.
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A side note: Our tree ends up on our outdoor burn pile instead of the alley, so that my sensitive guilty conscience sees it droopy and dead every time I do dishes and look out of the kitchen window - ok - I know I'm probably a little TOO sensitive about things like this... lol

So - alas - this Christmas tree is gone... and the corner where it stood is still empty looking, but life will soon fill the vacancy. . . probably grand-children's toys! :-)

  
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STACIA_ANGEL 1/18/2012 8:46PM

    That reminds me of the story The Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen. I hated that story when I was little & remember the first time I heard it I cried & cried over the poor little tree.
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SMIDGON 1/18/2012 5:31AM

    I tell you, you still need a year round tree! LOL!

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ROCHELLE62 1/18/2012 1:45AM

    You have a very good husband. It is nice to see him work unsupervised.

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SUSIEPH1 1/18/2012 1:18AM

    Yes!! Roxy
Life always goes on!!....Hugs emoticon

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JINLYNN 1/17/2012 11:32PM

    It's kind of funny how we attach our feelings/emotions to inanimate objects. It says a lot about what is going on side our hearts and heads.
It will be exciting to fill the empty spot with laughing babies and grandchildren.

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the perfect accompaniment to my day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

It is precious listening to my grandbaby's heartbeat, and hearing every move he makes because there has been a baby monitor on him most of today... the accompaniment to my day!

There's a whole part of this story that I'm skipping, because it's just plain drama. . . enough said...

But I can say that my daughter had contractions all night- fairly strong, and they didn't abate... so this morning, we headed for the hospital. She's had contractions all day - about 1-3 min apart, getting a tiny little bit stronger as the day passes. She was 1 cm dilated last Tuesday, she was 3 cm this a.m., and around 2 pm, she was at 3 1/2 cm... not a lot of movement for the amount and intensity of the contractions. She's due to be checked again in 15 min (5:15 pm) to see if these contractions are changing anything.

So - here we are... She made a LOT of trips around the halls here, working any way she can to get this going. She's 37 wks, 3 days... She's technically considered "term" and they won't stop labor - but they also will not induce, break water, etc, until 39 weeks I guess...

She's in a tight corner... If she's not having the baby, she's supposed to be working. . . can't afford to be without the paycheck... but she's still having really strong contractions which will make it almost impossible to get any work done.

The rest of the family is saying, "do we come?" so hard to answer this... it just reminds us that we're not in charge of anything... God is... "Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him."

uh-oh.... dr is sending us home... she'll come to our house which is closer to the hospital... dr thinks that she'll be back within 24 hours... if you think of her, pray... it's so disappointing... especially when you're tired...

ttyl



Either way - I walked the halls some with her - my shoes killed my feet after so many trips around... I've over doubled my step goal for today already. . . and I get to hear baby Benjamin's heartbeat and every move, kick, etc most of today...

  
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ROCHELLE62 1/18/2012 1:55AM

    Being sent home is just so demoralizing. Your daughter just wants it over at this point.

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JINLYNN 1/17/2012 11:29PM

    Will be thinking and praying for all of you.
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CAROLYN0107 1/17/2012 9:18PM

    I can picture your drama of the day.............. since I'm a Maternity nurse. I pray that she'll soon deliver and not have another day of contractions that don't finish the job!
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ANYVAR54 1/17/2012 8:18PM

    I am sure that the baby will come when he is ready. I hope that her boss will let her stay at home to have the baby. Prayers going up.

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STACIA_ANGEL 1/17/2012 7:56PM

    Congrats on the new grandbaby! And sorry to hear about the drama. I'll send up a prayer!

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PAULKNUTH 1/17/2012 7:11PM

    Wow - I remember those days - Hang in there!
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SUSIEPH1 1/17/2012 6:43PM

    Hi Roxy !!
thank you for sharing your thoughts with us !!
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