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Fri, 9 May 2014 23:10:25 EST Thursday - another day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690911 I gave Mom a bath first thing this morning and voila! no stinking water. Then I took Mother to hairdresser. She could hardly walk or get into the car. I think the fall yesterday may have made her sore. When we returned home the electricians turned up to rewire the on demand water heaters and it didn't take too long. <BR> <BR> I finished church bulletin and took the altar flowers and bulletin to church and then went home to finish mom's wash and pack her suitcase. <BR> <BR> At 4 in the pour... Thu, 8 May 2014 22:41:37 EST Wednesday - the last busy day before summer... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690139 Today was the last day of this years BSF and it was share day. I really did enjoy listening to all the share with tears streaming down. then took DS to the car rental to head to Austin. <BR> <BR> When I got home the plumbers were still there working away I took mother to the old house and after a while she fell. DH came over to help me pick her up and when we got back her home the plumbers were still there and still working diligently. Finally we have on demand heaters with no stinking wat... Wed, 7 May 2014 23:00:56 EST Tuesday was supposed to be slow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689362 I planned on filing bunches of paperwork and doing little else but then the new plumber came over. We have a huge problem with our water. Smells like sulfur most of the time. It seems like gas water heaters burn it f off but we have electric water heaters. We get warning notices about the Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in the water bill each month; so we don't drink it. Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is a pollutant from rubber and industrial chemical factories and a leachate from PVC pipes; it is cla... Tue, 6 May 2014 23:27:23 EST Monday - what a beautiful day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688453 DS wanted to drive to Shreveport to shop for clothes. The drive was just beautiful. I went with her but mainly to babysit Mother. I pushed Mother around a bunch of stores and We eventually ended up in Marshall picking up her new rolling shower chair. Another beautiful drive. <BR> <BR> DS is driving to Missouri to meet with her step children and grands and will meet us in Austin on Saturday to meet with all my kids and granddaughter and great granddaughter... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://phot... Mon, 5 May 2014 22:19:52 EST Saturday - full of work I like... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686774 I love to mow! Having said that, my life is full of acreage to mow - so I am glad I like it. There are about 4 acres I mow at the old house with a zero turn and a tractor with a finishing mower. In the cool of the morning, the birds love the mowing and try to find bugs or worms in places just mow. DH saw a little blue bird lying flat n the dirt but when he approached to see what was wrong, the bird just got up and flew away. <BR> <BR> As much as I love mowing, I hate the picking up the lim... Sat, 3 May 2014 22:34:27 EST Friday funny - Traveling... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5686139 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l466232654.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Yes, I made our reservation to go to Montana today on one of those travel sites. By the time I finished I didn't even remember which site I had used. I always feel that as soon as I've committed a reservation that something cheaper will pop up. Oh. well. <BR> Next week we head to Austin for Mother's day and end of May we fly into Minot, North Dakota. We've rented a car to drive to my daughters and then onto Antiq... Sat, 3 May 2014 00:03:05 EST Thursday... Help me remember, please. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685276 My cholesterol was within good range in January and I was still supposed to be working on it. Some how I forgot. Well, test results came back and I was shocked. DH and I had reversed numbers. His was down and mine was way up. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/4/l24340963.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had returned to a vegan diet in December, I blew it off in February after the soy made me sick. I gradually added butter, eggs, milk sometimes with milk fat and some cheese. So I am ... Thu, 1 May 2014 21:35:07 EST Tuesday and I won! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683596 In 2012, DS won two tickets to Antique Roadshow in Corpus Christi. Today I found out I won tickets to Bismark, ND. And why would I want to go there? It's not far from my oldest. I hope to work out the logistics and I hope DH can go with me. It is hard to leave one person to take care of mom alone as she is hard to lift. We'll see what can be arranged. <BR> <BR> Psalm 20:4 May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 23:34:25 EST Monday and I am beat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682781 We had tornado alerts on our phones until about 4:30 this morning. Which means DH was out it the lightning and thunder videoing it. Which means he just had to come back and replay the highlights. At one point we thought a window was going to cave in with the hail. But nothing was really damaged. He was up and out early to return the stump grinder. <BR> <BR> Got a text from my daughter in Montana and she woke up to.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1178628781.jpg"> ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:38:30 EST Sunday - peaceful day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681975 I usually make a big breakfast on Sunday but i have cut back and it takes less time and I am less stressed. We had a quiet service at church. One of the kids who is going to the movies with us this afternoon came home with us for lunch. <BR> <BR> We has a hard time getting all the youth together to see the movies "God's not Dead" but we finally all made it at 3 this afternoon. I think some of the kids were shocked at the some lines in the movie were so anti-God. I mean it's just a script b... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:36:08 EST Saturday - we all worked but DH worked harder... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5681253 DH picked up a stump grinder at 7, cranked it up at 7:15 and worked on stumps until 5:45. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/4/l543486666.jpg"> <BR> <BR> First thing I marched out to tell him to put on safety goggles, caught my foot in a hole, fell on my knees and laid there and whimpered 'til I realized he couldn't hear me nor could anyone else. So I got myself and dusted off and went to get my own gear. After waiting around to help, I realized he didn't want me to slow h... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 22:49:25 EST Friday funny - How men peel apples http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680624 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAfwYvtnTy0 </link> <BR> <BR> We drove to Marshall to a medical supply store to find a lift for Mother. We had lunch at an antique store and drove around looking at old houses and happened on the Starr family home museum. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2058507011.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The Starr Family Home State Historic Site, a Texas Historical Commission property, is located on 3.2 acres near downtown Marshall, Texas. The restora... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:40:14 EST Thursday - busy but not much hope for our cat... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679831 We took the cat to the vet first thing this morning for some scheduled shots. The vet said he wasn't going to give him the shots because is immune system is struggling now and the shots will just make him sick. <BR> <BR> So back home to mow the out places with the tractor. Then a long talk with my neighbor and helped DH fill come low places with dirt. We headed into Carthage for dog training. Max was so embarrassed. We really hadn't worked with him all week - so he wasn't prepared. Hopefull ... Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:32:50 EST Wednesday...another running around day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5679074 To Longview for BSF - only two more weeks until summer break. Also did some shopping in Longview and back home. Then to church for the last week of "I Am A Church Member" study. <BR> <BR> Our cat Cooper has been ill will feline leukemia and was diagnosed 6 months ago. He has steadily gotten thinner and harder to please with food - we've tried chicken, salmon, tuna, steak, cream, ice cream, cheese. He will eat one thing one time and then not again . He does not seem to be in a great deal of ... Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:47:41 EST Tuesday - a surprise visitor... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5678216 I went over to the old house to work on the garden (the potatoes and onions can be seen) but the peas were just planted and our tomato plants are small. We are experimenting as we planted some yesterday and then we will plant the other half on the 29th like the almanac suggests. We'll see which produce better. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/7/l1790112400.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Then I spread Preen in the flower beds and took pictures... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.s... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:28:54 EST Monday.. and tired beyond belief - http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5677427 I took mom to the dentist this morning and it was rather traumatic because she really can't understand instructions but the technicians were very patient and kind. Then i shopped for groceries. On the way home I went by the church and cleaned up the mess left over from all the flowers and vacuumed. <BR> <BR> Then I went home and DS wanted to plant today before it rained. DH and I had already planted onions and potatoes. So we planted tomatoes 3 varieties , peppers, and okra. Then we plante... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:52:39 EST Sunday - A most blessed Easter... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676584 We had a packed sanctuary with friend and family. We did the cross of flowers and the youth did there drama to "HE IS". DS came and attended with us. One family rode a chuck wagon and horses to church and let the kids ride afterwords. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/3/l730917058.jpg">'' <BR> <BR> DS, Mom and I rode down a country road and took pictures of the wildflowers by the roadside. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/1/l1175775405.jpg"> <BR> <... Sun, 20 Apr 2014 20:30:36 EST Saturday and everything is in boom... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676011 There has been loads of rain this spring. So all the grasses and the wild flowers are in bloom. The grass has grown so much and so much needs to be mowed. So with a suggestion from our neighbor, we found a young man that is willing to mow the ditches and we have 1/2 mile of ditches. A very nice young man who says "Yes ma'am" and "No ma'am" and wanted to charge only $100. We told him to go ask his dad to help him with a price that was fair to him. So problem solved. <BR> <BR> Anyway - we had... Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:55:05 EST Friday - no funnies on Good Friday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5675383 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/9/l296069206.jpg"> <BR> It's Friday but Sunday's comin'! <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=YByT6wfdhJs </link> <BR> John 19:41 <BR> At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1343517349.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God bless you as we think ahead to His sweet victory. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:50:54 EST Thurday - spring time in Texas... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674666 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1660396822.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/0/l1089663665.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l558655690.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l71062369.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/5/l552642634.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1382705571.jpg"> <BR> These are not my pictures, but it makes you not want to t... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:05:39 EST Tuesday - Early morning's red moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673135 For those who missed this mornings moon for a few more winks of sleep, UT provided a great video. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gotuI94NOo </link> <BR> Took mom to her prosthetisist in Tyler and back home for the dog training. Max did quite well despite the fact we didn't practice with him much. <BR> <BR> Good night and good rest. <BR> <BR> Psalm 8:3-4 <BR> 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, <BR> the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, <BR>... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:11:37 EST Monday - Pine trees know when it's Easter http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672337 Ever noticed the Pine tree crosses on Easter Sunday? <BR> Pine trees start their new growth in the weeks before Easter. If you look at the tops of the Pine trees two weeks before, you’ll see the yellow shoots. As the days get close to Easter Sunday, the tallest shoot will branch off and form a cross. By the time Easter Sunday comes around, you will see that most of the Pine trees will have small yellow crosses on all of the tallest shoots. <BR> <BR> John 12:23-25 Jesus replied, "The hour ha... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:52:06 EST Sunday - lazy Sunday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671562 Noticed a new research reported on the news this morning. Married couples who attend church together are happier and stay married. Really?! What gave them a clue? <BR> <BR> Nice peaceful Sunday to church and back. And as of today, DH and I are still married. <BR> <BR> Proverbs 19:14 House and wealth are inherited from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/0/l2011425157.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God bless your day. <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:22:58 EST Saturday at the Pineywood Quilt festival... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670858 Finished the church bulletin and dropped it by the church and moved the Bible and the runner off the altar for tomorrow morning. <BR> <BR> DH was riding with a bike club and Mom, DS and I went to the quilt show. Nice quilts but most amazing of all was the display of antique quilts. The patterns were brilliant. A young woman had brought the part of her mother's collection that had not been given to museums. Quilts dating back to the 1800 in excellent condition and reproductions of the some of... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 00:38:21 EST Saturday and figured out the plateau thing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670113 I have been losing and gaining the same two lbs for a while. Reading another Spark friends blog helped me figure it out. I DO track but sometimes I am not so clean in my tracking such as I leave off a bite of this and a handful of that. So that's something I do need to clean up. <BR> <BR> And I have not gotten on the elliptical or recumbent in three weeks. So I am cleaning that up too. I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and almost 30 on the recumbent until my neighbor came to visit. He is ha... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 22:07:23 EST Thursday - simplified http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669430 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1673392789.jpg">My blog disappeared (Operator error I am sure) So I'll make is short and sweet. <BR> <BR> Max went to dog training and did well but was just worn out. He did well but gets tired and just wants to lay down. I am sure Max will learn as long as I am working with him consistently and learning too. <BR> <BR> Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to ... Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:27:34 EST Wednesday going with the flow... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5668615 We went to BSF in Longview with no traffic problem and then grocery shopping. Then home to do some bookwork and then to church business meeting which went smoothly too. <BR> <BR> 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1446716704.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God help us to be like You. Wed, 9 Apr 2014 23:03:01 EST Tuesday...just worked a little http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5667777 I took a mega wash to the old house and listed all the books I had bought in Austin while I finished the wash. <BR> <BR> I also had reviewed the dog food we use at <link>www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ </link> and it was not at all good. The site is easy to use and will have all the questionably ingredients highlighted in red. So a coupon arrived for a store in town and I reviewed those and found excellent dog food that my dog will actually eat. <BR> <BR> Today Max is like a bad child out of s... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:59:44 EST Monday a funny thing happened on the way home... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666983 We generally drive the same route when we return from Austin. However, today in Buffalo I took a right turn on 45 trying to get to a restaurant only to find out you could not get off or turn around for another 15 miles. But all turned out well we ended up returning home a second, less busy way. <BR> <BR> Second thing funny that happened this weekend - on Saturday the kids next door had a party - not loud and drunken but occasionally loud and happy. My bedroom is next to their yard and I end... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 23:20:39 EST Sunday - 50 floor badge today -Really?!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665924 I was in a quandary a week ago when I got 25 floor badge in one day. My activity was on the low side that day but I thought was possibly playing with the dog and wheeling Mom. Then today when I got a 50 floor badge I knew something was up because I didn't have it on - I had left it at home. <BR> <BR> I found it still on my pajamas that had been washed and dried. Some how the fitbit riding around on my pj's through the washer and dryer tricked the altimeter. "An altimeter is a sensor that c... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:35:32 EST Saturday and another shopping day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5665385 DS and I got up and out to garages sales while son stayed with Mom to take care of her. <BR> We found some interesting items and then took Mom shopping for a new jacket. <BR> <BR> DH was busy back home. He worked all day at church yesterday This morning he joinedeo volunteers with his bike team in Nacogdoches.... <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/8/3/l837183933.jpg"> <BR> Then he went back to church and helped around the church again. <BR> <BR> Dear son suggested House o... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 00:01:09 EST Friday Funny... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664697 <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/3/l1365272996.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Finally the truth! <BR> <BR> Proverbs 21:31 Do your best, prepare for the worst - then trust God to bring victory. (Message) <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/6/l767551936.jpg"> <BR> <BR> May God bless you by letting you join in His victory. Fri, 4 Apr 2014 23:57:11 EST Thursday in Austin - TV or trees - Really!?... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663789 Before this trip, we had arranged to have a new internet and TV provider install a different service. The previous service was a little too expensive for the few days we spend here. Did I disconnect the former service? Of course not because I know if anything can go wrong it can and it will and it did. <BR> <BR> Great- the internet company guy shows up clean cut and ready to work and he spent about 3 hours getting the wiring connected. Then the other bundled company guy shows up and after ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:32:33 EST Wednesday... time to rest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663092 We went to Longview for BSF today. Afterwards I had lunch with my small group and what hoot. Everyone was happy and talking and laughing. Sure beats moaning and groaning. <BR> <BR> Then to church tonight where everyone is happy also, preparing for the church's 10th anniversary this weekend. I finished the church bulletin and will drop it by in the morning on our way out of town to Austin. DH is staying home to help with the church cleanup on Saturday and to represent the family on Sunday. ... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 00:09:55 EST Tuesday and the 25 floor badge... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662148 Really, Fitbit sent me a 25 floor badge but how - i know i went up and down the stair of the porch playing catch with the dog and took Mother to some stores up and down stairs. but 25 flights, I don't think so. <BR> <BR> I worked at the old house today and realized Max will roll over on his back ANYTIME I am in the floor with him; so handling him, feeling his paws and smelling his ears is not threatening to him and he is relaxed with me. Both DH and I can make him sit and stay if no one el... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:19:31 EST Monday - mowing and learning... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661313 I spent all morning with Mother and went over to the old house to mow. My neighbor helped with his mower. Then we both got our tractors out to do the heavy parts. All the while, DH was trimming the ditches with a weed eater which is much less fun than riding around on a tractor. <BR> <BR> Then we both went to town for our first dog training class. I was lucky to find one class in town. The instructor is a tiny little woman who has been working with dogs for 30 years. We were asked to attend ... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 23:44:25 EST Sunday and it seemed as if I spent all day at church http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5660455 After morning services, I ran into Carthage to purchase additional snacks for the kids tonight. Then we made lunch and lo and behold (Biblical, you know) it was time to go back for the film Monunental and then to help the kids with their Easter play. <BR> <BR> About the film Monumental, if you think the pilgrims were wimps watch this film. The drama the kids are doing is one to the song to Aaron and Jeffries He Is. <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttS7FH8X4n4 </link> <BR> <BR> Amaz... Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:55:10 EST Saturday - all the puzzle pieces fit together... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5659658 I started early playing with Max the dog and feeding him. Then I realized that my plants that I ejected from the screened in porch were killing the grass - so I moved them to appropriate placed on the porches. DS wanted to clear out some closets and take them to the Service League shop which supports the library. So we did that at both houses. <BR> <BR> DS wanted us all to go to Best Buy in Longview to purchase a new TV Hanger arm DH wanted and then eat at a favorite restaurant and then to ... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:12:22 EST Thursday got a lot done... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658960 While I waited for the housekeepers, I got a lot of paperwork filed. I ran to town to get Mom's med about the time a storm was supposed to break and break it did about 8 pm. Torrents of rain and lightning lasting for many minutes. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1608839832.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Note to self to check the roofs tomorrow as hail was forecast. <BR> <BR> Job 36:30-33 "Behold, He spreads His lightning about Him, And He covers the depths of the sea. "For by t... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:51:48 EST Thursday travel through history... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658205 Didn't sleep too well last night. DS got stuck in the mud with her mower and after pushing her out, we found she had bent something under the mower. Thank goodness one of our neighbors is a small engine mechanic and he came over and checked out and will weld it as soon as it quits raining. <BR> <BR> I really didn't want to work as I was sleep deprived but when DS suggested we drive to Mansfield, Louisiana I agreed to go if I didn't have to drive. So we drove to the Mansfield Female College ... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 23:07:07 EST Wednesday...lots to learn... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657387 We attended BSF which is Bible Study Fellowship in Longview today. BSF is a Bible study that lasts about 8 or nine years. Women from about 90 different churches of most denominations attend. This years study is the book of Matthew and has been since September and until May. What I find out each year at each study is that there is so much more to learn - you never learn it all. <BR> <BR> 2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for corre... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:33:10 EST Tuesday....pretty lazy day http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656593 Bathing Max was trip today. He was not the problem it was the run away sprayer soaking me and everything. I was a bit worried about Max. He seemed to be molting. Brushing and brushing and he was still shedding bushels for a short hair dog. So I ran him into the vet and vet said it was just his baby hair shedding for summer. And he didn't charge me. <em>338</em> <BR> <BR> Went to the old house to exercise. Washed and hung winter blankets And played with Max and brushed again <em>67</em>... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:45:19 EST Monday and I finished our taxes... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655805 Enough said... <BR> <BR> Mark 12:17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/4/l1407546018.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/7/l673097028.jpg"> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l158214237.jpg"> <BR> <BR> God bless your tax time! <BR> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:55:17 EST Sunday - a very full day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654989 Up and fixing the usual Sunday breakfast then off to church. I went home for 2 hours and then back to church for an Eagle Scout program. These are always so encouraging.The pack our little church sponsors has produced 4 Eagle Scouts which is 13% of the Eagle Scouts of the whole area. <BR> <BR> Then I stayed at church for Bible study and then was the Youth practice for the Easter program. I was sent home with a huge bowl of banana pudding which I divided up and gave to each of my neighbors. ... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 00:16:05 EST Saturday and too tired to finish the movie... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5654225 I was up really early to re-pot the plants someone had left to the church after a memorial service. Found out DH with good intentions threw away the stack of pots we reuse or take to a small nursery. Kinda bummed out that I was thwarted; so, I headed over to the old house to weed and feed the acreage as tonight it is supposed to rain. DH followed the spreader and refilled it each time it emptied. We also got pre-emergent spread on the lawn. <BR> <BR> DS went to town and got some more pots an... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 22:54:26 EST Friday Funny if it weren't so sick... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653539 In East Texas people decorate the graves of their loved ones. So when we moved out here we purchased very tasteful and pricey flowers for the graves of my aunt and uncle, grandfather and grandmother and my dad. The first gorgeous lush decorations were for fall or harvest. . And shortly after they disappeared. The next decorations were Christmas and they too disappeared shortly after. When I complained to my cousin who was on the grave yard committee, he asked me which night I wanted to spend... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:31:08 EST Thursday - a beautiful day... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652805 Just a beautiful day all around... we used the screened in porch for a green house all winter and it desperately needed cleaning out. I moved all the plants out in the sun next to the rain barrels and the porch is swept and mopped, walls and all. It took about 4 hours but all the rockers are washed and back out on the porch and the glass garden table is back out on the porch. <BR> I am glad no one else was home 'cause when something needs cleaning and has needed it for some time I someti... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:14:41 EST Wonderful Wednesday... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651980 Worked with the babies at BSF - how amazing these tiny ones are. Then we got all our errands run. <BR> <BR> Arranged for our Wednesday night kids to attend the I Am a Church Member Study. I think its the first many of them have heard of exactly what a functioning church member is out of 1 Corinthians 12. <BR> <BR> 1 Corinthians 19-20, 26-27 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? Now there are many parts, yet one body... So if one member suffers, all the members suff... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:56:46 EST Tuesday in Nacogdoches http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651176 DH and I woke up early to run errands in Nacogdoches before his appointment - we took the recycling, bought more fertilizer and bought some bins for recycling. We used the screened in porch this winter for a greenhouse and boy, is it a mess. <BR> DH dismantled the potting bench and set it up in the garage and is taking all the potting materials to store there also. Perhaps next year we'll have a greenhouse. <BR> <BR> So we made it to the doctors and 1 pm and we were told he would be back ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 23:18:56 EST