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December 29, 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012

God has a sense of humor. Have you looked at some people? They look like their dogs. What about ostriches - when they get upset they bury their heads in the sand. Now THAT makes things go away - NOT! And when I prayed to get out of the 170's, He allowed me to have a stomach/intestinal bug. Yep, I'm in the 160's now.....at least until I resume regular eating. emoticon I'm not blaming God for the nasty bug, I'm speaking tongue-in-cheek. (I explain because the written word doesn't properly convey tone and inflections)

I am grateful that the illness seems to be passing, pardon the pun, and I've survived. I'm grateful that it wasn't something truly serious. I'm thankful because God loves me very much and sometimes allows things to happen that are thoroughly unpleasant because they are a part of His overall plan. He is in complete control and everything that happens to me is filtered through His loving fingers. I am engraved in the palm of His hand - what a wonderful image!

We are currently getting our 3rd snow storm of the week...highly unusual for us. Earlier this week the storms mixed with rain, etc., and were particular ugly for driving. Today's 2-4 inches of snow are supposed to be just snow. We don't have any plans to go anywhere, and thus can just look out the windows and enjoy the sight.

Last winter we got a total of about 12 inches of snow - again, very unusual. It looks like we're going to have an entirely different kind of winter this year, and frankly, I'm glad. Last year was so mild it didn't kill off the ticks, etc., and we really didn't get a good start on the needed precipitation. I think that's ALL going to change. Brrr. emoticon

Mind you, I love living here (in spite of a state legislature that resembles our national one that does nothing), and I absolutely love having four real seasons, including a cold winter with snow, but I'm not fond of BEING cold. Call me a hothouse flower. Haha.

My DD and her family drove home in one of the ugly storms earlier this week (from Christmas down south). I'm thankful they were safe. I was also thankful we were able to give their dog back to them....like fish, he'd overstayed his welcome. Oh, he's a cute little beastie, but has some tendencies that get on ones nerves after a little while. He's best taken in smaller doses.

DH and I had Christmas alone - the kids were all working or out of town. That was very strange, but we managed. First we went to the no-kill animal shelter (not our usual day) and helped with the dogs. Then we found a restaurant open for Christmas dinner (lunchtime). Except for the mini pincher, it was a quiet rest of the day. : D

The night before, we attended a very moving Christmas Eve service at our church. It was packed, in spite of the weather. Our pastor told the real meaning of Christmas, including an explanation of the need for accepting Christ as our savior. No Bible-thumping, brow-beating - just a clear explanation. There was plenty of beautiful music, both by the congregation and by soloists. And everything was topped off by the traditional lighting of candles that we all held, while we sang Silent Night.

Enough rambling, my friends. Have a great weekend.
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    Hoping you feel better soon. Stay warm. -- Lou
    1909 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Nancy I hope God's answer to your prayer for the weight loss will keep it from coming back. I too got past the 180's and down into the 170's because of the nasty bug and pray it won't come back either.
    Glad you were able to enjoy a bit of Christmas-I totally missed it this year. Maybe this was God's way of helping me cope with the holiday as I was having a problem because a year ago the 26th is when my dad passed away. I am sorry we didn't get to go to our church Christmas program and we didn't get to go out to look at the Christmas lights.this year.
    Continue to get better my friend.

    1909 days ago
    I saw the news about the snow the Northeast is getting slammed with. I'm glad you're not going out in it. Take advantage of the time to get better.
    The Christmas eve service sounds nice. I'm also glad your daughter made the trip safely.
    Have a healing and warm weekend!
    1910 days ago
    So glad you are feeling better!!

    We really do have all four seasons here in Florida if you look for them. Different things grow and bloom, the days get short and then lengthen; winter is not a good time for swimming outside. Some trees lose their leaves in fall; some in the spring when the new leaves come. The temperatures are different. We don't have snow (or rarely) but we do have seasons. I have winter clothes and winter pajamas. I even wear long johns sometimes! We don't need boots and only occasionally use our hats, gloves, and scarves. Guess you must really like some snow. I wouldn't mind a couple snows a year, but am happy to be where I am with occasional visits north. Guess we are both happy where we are!!

    You reminded me to enjoy these years when the grandkids are little, as there will be years without little kids around at Christmas. Your church service sounds very meaningful. Glad the little dog is back home; I'm sure your service was appreciated.

    Take care. Thrive where you are!!
    1910 days ago
    That is so nice that you volunteered at an animal shelter, how nice!

    The snow seems to be pretty minimal this year for sure! I think I would rather have the real cold to get rid of all of the 'bugs' in the air and on the ground!!
    1910 days ago
    Seems like you are feeling better. I'm glad. Happy New year.
    1910 days ago
  • SPATTEN2001
    I enjoyed your blog ... a week ago I suffered an acute myochardial infarction and I believe that was God's way of telling me it is time to retire and de-stress. I love my God and I know He loves me too!!!
    1910 days ago
  • TOPCAT93
    have a happy new year
    1910 days ago
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