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You are not alone Missy. I know that's not much consolation...but I use it a lot, in many circumstances and it's actually a comfort to me. There are many with parents that ignore, abuse, neglect and mistreat them and they will answer to God. The reverse is true too, where parents are abused. God sees it all. This is a broken, damaged and sin sick world and we know that it will get much worse before Jesus returns.

Gotta run and do work related stuff...I'll be back!

Ok...I downloaded stuff for our printer and it still won't print. It's "offline" and I thought with the update etc. it was supposed to work but it's still no go. I guess I'll have Chris send the sale pictures to my e-mail and I'll print them out at home until we get this issue dealt with. I don't like troubles....my own or work ones emoticon

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My aunt is in from wv and wanted to meet me at the cracker barrel for breakfast and then go shopping..I was hesitant, since my son told me that my mom was not wanting to go...I was dreading it...because I know how my mom treats me...and boy was I right...IT was a MISERABLE experience..I only wish my mom and I had a close relationship...I want that so bad..but I guess it will never happen...I just cry right now...

I am convinced this is the last days!!! She is totally different with my sister..she puts on the happy happy happy face..and I get the huge frown...geez...
I am proud of myself though...the meaner she got toward me the nicer I was back to her...and I did not once let her know about how upset I get over how my sister ignores me and does not let me see my niece and nephew....I use to let her know how much it hurts me...but God has taken that from me a whole bunch!!!

There is no way I am going there for Thanksgiving...NO WAY.....LOL
SAD...SO SAD



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Y'all would be so proud of my lunch today. I sauteed some spinach and mushrooms in some M3 oil with some pink Himalayan salt added in and then I cut up a couple of slices of the smoked pork roast we had and added that in. I ate half of the mixture and ended up giving Jake a forkful in his food to get him to eat and Mom the rest for her lunch. It was quite yummy. I used the fresh baby spinach that we have and just cooked it until it wilted in there. I don't usually like cooked spinach, but I could hardly taste it for all of the other flavors in there.

Oh, here is a really good post from my Pastor's Facebook Blog, hope you like it:

09/18/17 ONLY ONE PERFECT MAN, YEP

When I talk about a Christian living without sin, people usually refer to Jesus, as a supposed argument against salvation from sin,
"There has only been one perfect man."

I think I have a new response.

Yes, and there was only one Holy Spirit conceived Man.
Yes, there was only one virgin born Man.
Yes, there was only one absolutely sinless Man.
Yes, there was only one self resurrected Man.
Yes, there was only one God-Man.

And that very same Man died and rose again
so that we would be forgiven (Ac. 26:18),
so that we would be purified (Ac. 15:9) and
so that we would be empowered (Ac. 1:8) and
so that we would walk in newness of life (Ro. 6:4) and
so that we would walk in the Spirit rather than in the flesh (Ga. 5:16).

And that very same Man died and rose again
so that His people would be set free from Satan, sin and self in order to joyously keep the commandments of God (1 Jn. 5:2-3),
so that His people would become partakers of Divine Nature (2 Pe. 1:4) and would be conformed to His image (Ro. 8:29).

And that same Man sent the Holy Spirit so that His people would,
love one another from a pure heart (1 Pe. 1:22),
keep his commandments and do that which is pleasing in His sight (1 Jn. 3:22),
walk in the light, as He is in the light (1 Jn. 1:7),
love one another with a perfect love, as our Father loves us with a perfect love (Mt. 5:44-48),
follow in His steps and do no sin (1 Pe. 2:21-22).

And the list goes on.


God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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Too much stuff on the tables - "dust collectors" for this allergy plagued gal! But I do love the veranda. How about some screens in those openings?? That would make it a perfect spot to take a book and read on a balmy afternoon. I tend to draw flying insects when I go outside and read. I always seem to find the flight path of those huge wood bees! LOL! Wade's talked about screening in the back portion of the carport for me so I can get outside when it isn't so polleny outside. That would be nice. I don't go outside very much because of the bugs and the grass and the pollen. It doesn't seem to matter, I'm as allergic to stuff indoors as I am to stuff outdoors! LOL!

My sink thingy broke almost right away when we moved into the house so Wade removed it for me. I never really liked them anyway. I never knew what to throw down there, especially since I didn't do a lot of veggies to have the by-products after chopping them from to go down there. We just throw all that stuff into the back of the yard for the squirrels and birds to eat - or to rot for composting. You should see how lush the area around our little creek back there is since we moved in! LOL! Wade likes to throw the round stuff back there and see if he can hit a certain tree with it. He's gotten pretty accurate.

Well, I'll let y'all go now. Love ya lots.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
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9/17/17 3:11 P

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I feel that way too Kim. The things she took meant a lot to my Mom but little to me. The night before, I took things I needed to finish up her bills etc . with, and things that did mean something to me and locked them in my car. You are right about her needing to deal with her behavior with God. I need only deal with mine! Thanks for your "voice of reason"!

I had an awesome but tiring morning! Cleaning before work, sorted three shelves in my kitchen and have more to go. I love my new step stool I got from Amazon.com....I even wrestled with the disposal to get it unbound. This was the toughest time I've ever had with it....it was very hard to get started! Showed how weak I am! I'm not sure what had it bound up. I'll check inside it and do a few more turns to loosen some more before running it. When it's not working, it causes problems with my dishwasher...drainage and the like. The last time, I had a rubber band down there emoticon

Then I made myself go to Wal-Mart for my meds so I can spend my two off days at home doing my chores there. I hiked around a bit to get a few more things and get some walking in since I'm not due here until 1:00. I still have an hour of "ME" time! I saw my co-worker's hubby, Bob, in the check-out next to me with a huge cart full of stuff. I told him I'd need Little Joe's movers to go home and unload that much "work".

I stopped by WM for my pick up order yesterday after work and I was so hot and miserable when I got home and unloaded that I was near tears. I could feel my feet swelling while I waited for my order. They are doing road work and the main way in is cut off for no telling how long so we have to really backtrack in order to get there. Perhaps I can stay away until they are done? If it wasn't for meds pick ups, I would emoticon

I stopped at Burger King for my iced tea (still not making it here!) and an extra cup of ice and it was $3.80 emoticon I need to start bringing my own ice or go to McDonald's. I can get a tea for $1.00 and ice for .25 a cup....OR...make it at home for my one big cup and be done with it. Oh well....this was my "treat" for the day tho it was too pricey!.

I am thankful for these slow periods at work for the rest benefits! I wish more had such an easy and blessed job!

I'm going to clean a bit and stock the fridge. I'd picked up a 12 pack of Dr. Pepper for the maintenance guy and 2 cans are busted! I had them put in the trunk and this morning, the box was soaked and torn a bit. I'll wash the cans off before stocking and drain the busted ones to avoid ants coming at them.

Have a blessed day all....Prayers for strength, peace and provision........for us all. I want this porch (veranda?) and the house attached to it, please.




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Happy Lord's Day Everyone! I hope it is a good and restful one for you all!

In situations like that with your Mom's neighbor, Bren, all we can do is remember that she will have to answer to the Lord for what she did. I do hope that she repents before then though! I hope that she does good with all that she took as well - she did more harm to herself than she did to you!

Wade is smoking a pork loin for our dinner, can't wait!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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I look forward to rambles....so I can add one and not be "talking to myself" emoticon
Perhaps you can have a special day out when he is off again?

My mother loved rings and earrings. ...and watches! She'd wear them every day even when she never left home.That neighbor of Mom's swiped all her jewelry off in a big bag when getting clothes for another neighbor after Mom died. She even stole my earrings I'd brought for the funeral and lied when I asked if she'd seen them....said they were in the floor and she just picked them up and put them in her pocket. I had OK'd her getting some clothes but not the 4-5 big bags of stuff she hauled out of there. Oh well....that's water under the bridge... I have some rings but rarely wear them. Enjoy your new one......and I too hope it lasts a long time. Brass....reminds me of "clanging cymbals".

It's cloudy today and looks like it wants to rain but I don't think we have it in the forecast. I am very ready to go home and will pray for help to get my stuff in the house when I get home. I'll take just the essentials in tonight and the rest in the morning.

I had two rentals and two holds today so am glad I unlocked a few yesterday before putting the cart up. I didn't have to get it out today and I'm glad. If I can slip by the next 40 minutes and not have to get it out, I'll be plumb happy!

Have a peaceful, restful evening all...I plan to...as soon as I get things tucked away at home and get hunkered down in my recliner....

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Thanks, Ladies. Our anniversary was pretty much like every other day since Wade had to work. I did get to order a peridot ring (my birthstone). I'd been looking at them for a long time. I ordered one from Zulily - it was one of those Sterling Silver over brass and after about a month it was brass - yuck! I'm glad I only paid around $8.99 for it. This one is sterling silver. I hope that it lasts me a long time! I tried to find a smooth jazz album for Wade, but since we have Amazon Prime, he can pretty much listen to whatever he wants to for free - sigh! That is what he loves the most, music. He sits back in his office, doing his stuff and listens to music - jazz, Christian, classic, Lord of the Rings, etc... I used to be more into music when I could sing, but since I lost my voice, it's hard for me to just sit and listen. I want to join in and I can't. After a song or two my voice is gone and it hurts to sing any more.

I also ordered a new bird feeder. I haven't been the one filling the feeder lately, so while Wade was gone I went out and filled it and yuck, the thing was nasty. Not just dirty, but falling apart old. The new one was just under $12.00, so a good expenditure for the birdies for the Fall and Winter months which is when we do most of our feeding. Mom pretty much feeds them year round just to be able to watch them.

Well, that is enough of that. I'm sure you have more important things to do than listen to me ramble. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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9/16/17 10:30 A

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Yippee! It's the weekend. Me likey emoticon

Our mail main didn't come until after I left at 5:00 yesterday so my invoicing is still on the counter. I hope the lady is back on today and comes for it. I at least had my postage stamps in the floor so I can prep the remainder of our box of envelopes today.

It's our slump time, which I don't mind, as I get a lot of putter work and cleaning done during this time. Except when I'm out of commission....I placed another Wal-Mart order yesterday and boo....for my coffee, I'd ordered Hazelnut and I don't want hazelnut....I'll see if I can change it. I tried from home but couldn't so just in case....I picked up some regular at HEB on the way to the office when I dropped my check in the bank drop box.

I got some blackberries, the Greek protein yogurt, cheese and some reduced sodium deli ham. More stuff to tote home. I'll clean our little fridge today and I restocked the water already. It's just junky with my pile of stuff in there right now. Prices are so high on stuff...makes me more ashamed of the wastefulness at my place emoticon

I hope you all have a good weekend and Missy, I'm glad to see you dropping by! You've been missed! Prayers for all of us.....love you ladies!

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9/15/17 10:52 A

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Happy Anniversary Kim
enjoy your day!!

I am so ready for Fall...my favorite time of the year!!

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

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Happy Anniversary Kim and Wade! Hooya! Have an awesome day and celebrate....big or small...it's all good! Every time you have a steak dinner, I want one emoticon Perhaps I'll take myself out for my 65th Birthday in December! I can see that happening!

It's a lovely day here but we have a week on mid-high 90's ahead and yesterday it was over 100 in a few towns around us. We sat at 99 emoticon I was done with the heat of summer.

I have the place to myself today since Chris is off. Well me and this little bug that's uhm...bugging me.

I was so thankful to get the kitchen cleaned, vacuuming done, trash out and dropped off the cat food donation up the street at the humane society. That got my back cranked up and screaming for awhile. I took a couple of Tylenol before leaving and today should be a rather calm, peaceful and quiet work day. I am thankful I have this job to come to!

I may look at carpet cleaners today online....my carpets truly bother me emoticon

I need to change the battery in my hearing aid before anyone calls....I am fading out emoticon

Love and prayers for a wonderful Friday...

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I was so scared at one point that my parents would divorce, they were fighting so much, but they stuck together. I'm so grateful for that.

Wade and I will be celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary tomorrow. Congratulations on your 25th Missy, that is such a special one! You are so right, not a lot of people make it that far, especially without Jesus. It's sad that the divorce rate in Churches is the same as in the world - but then again, there aren't a lot of Churches preaching the truth anymore, so that shouldn't be much of a surprise. We've tried to plan a trip the past few years, but since Wade has been in a new job this year we are probably just going to go out to dinner this year! LOL! He's been doing a job in Va this past week and staying at his brother's house in Greensboro each evening rather than driving back home, so it will be good to see him tonight and have him home tomorrow!

Hope that y'all are doing well. Your husband too, Missy! You continue to be in my prayers. Love you.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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Thank you, Bren for thinking of my hubby..and yes ..he can still use prayer..but I am praying God will work everything out.

Not many marriages last these days...only with God can marriages last! I often wonder how different my life would be..had my mom and dad stay married. The divorced when I was 11..and it was a horrible thing to go through as a child..and to this day..they are bitter toward one another...very sad.

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That's great news Missy! Harvey and Irma both were massive and so very destructive. Continued prayers for those impacted by them.

Congrats on 25 years ! That's awesome and I know you guys have made a lot of memories in that time. Still praying for you both. I think the last time you were here your hubby was having some trouble and I hope that has ended. Those mystery things that crop up in our bodies I think need more prompt attention than we give them.....

Yes Kim....but I make stuff up. Like driving by nice houses and having a 1 minutes thought of the folks in that house and what they are doing for dinner? So for missed posts....I can do that too.

My cats are still hanging around and my heart breaks when they scramble madly, sure this is the day I feed them. It's been 13 days today.

My son has called several times a day...all collect from jail....and one morning before 5 AM! I am not answering. I'm not sending money, doing bail outs etc. Even if I had a lot of money, I wouldn't do that. The one time of "helping" my brother used a year's savings at my $100 a month, to no avail. I'd let emotions over ride good sense. I'd prayed, God said no and I did it anyway. My medical issues have gobbled up a lot the past two years and that makes me sad! I was hoping to actually "retire" one day.

Today is my last off day so I need to get some work done. Puttering hasn't gotten much accomplished! Slow is my only speed most days tho.

Be blessed today...best where most needed...love and prayers~

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9/13/17 5:13 P

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Yesterday, was our 25th Silver Anniversary. We are going to celebrate this weekend.
God had mercy on us in my part of the Carolina's..we just had some mild wind..and rain..but nothing bad..I am so thankful:) I have plenty of water to last us for months..lol

Hope everyone has a great evening!

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Bummer! I hate when that happens. I hate when I get a long post done and then I forget to post the message but just go on to something else and then it dawns on me that I forgot to post it - duh!!! Boy, y'all sure did miss some good stuff! LOL! That hasn't happened very often, but it has happened!

I was not very sleepy last night and stayed up reading until 4:30 AM. I don't have any obligations during the day so I figured if I got sleepy I could take a nap, but my story was really good. I tried to go to sleep at 4:30 but even then laid there for about half an hour before I finally did drift off. Jakey got me up to go out at about 8:30. I think that I will sleep well tonight!

Eating well today. Hope it helps. I can see the swelling in my legs, so I think I will find my old wraps and see if that helps. The new ones just don't seem to work right. The old ones don't seem as stretchy, but they are longer. I will have to measure them and then order that length and width and see if that helps. I just need to do something about this swelling!

Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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Ack! Lost my post....computer froze, I'd copied but lost that when it shut down. I've been having some crash issues as well.

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You need to put little alarms on them, Shel, so you know when anyone but you puts their mitts on them! LOL!

We have had a bunch of rain and then some wind yesterday from the tropical storm edge that skimmed by us. It's still raining today. We are supposed to get sunshine tomorrow - woohoo! I was awake until after 3 AM (I had about 12 hours of sleep the night before - yep, that was an odd thing to happen) - and I could hear the rain just pouring and occasionally I would hear something blow around on the car port. I went out this morning and the only thing that had blown around were these tin foil pans from under the grill! Woohoo again! I thought for sure some of the siding pieces on the roof of the car port had let loose again. We've already lost a few of those due to wind! Wade must have done a good job securing the remaining pieces.

I was transposing a sermon from 1995 and it was about why people are in the messes they are in, and it's because of what they keep their minds on. If you think negatively then your life will be negative. If you keep your thoughts in the dump you will live in the dump.
We've all heard these verses numerous times, but do we live by them? I'm asking me this too. This sermon was so apt for me today. I've been struggling with negative thoughts - so I need to go back to this passage and get back to the positive, get back to trusting, get back to believing, get back to keeping what is good in my mind and leave the rest in God's hands.
Php 4:6f Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you.

I have to remember that when negative thoughts start crowding in, I have to stop them and give them to Jesus and put positive thoughts in my head, put praise and thanksgiving in my head. Put Jesus in my head. Thank You, Jesus for your Word!

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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I can't get down on my knees either. Or if I WERE able to get down on the floor, it would be a real struggle to get back up! Remember those commercials? "I've fallen - and I can't get up!"

Yesterday I got me some new garden tools - AGAIN. My DD said she hasn't seen my hedge clippers since May. I'd also gotten some pruning sheers - and where are THEY? And I got one of those big gardening forks, and even a long tool for cutting higher up small branches!
So, we'll see who gets to things first, me or my DD!


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Diana, maybe you could ask what they were expecting to pay for the cake and cupcakes and then buy your ingredients accordingly. It's not right that you should go into debt getting the best stuff when the people you are making the cake for can't afford that kind of cake. You can still give them a really nice cake, a good cake for what they can afford, but it won't be a top of the line cake - which I doubt they would be expecting anyway. Or, you can figure out what the cake would cost with the expensive ingredients and your cost, and then figure out the price for the less expensive ingredients and your cost and give them the choice - but you are worthy of your hire - so don't change that!

I bought some Norwex things from my SIL to try and clean my fridge and tub with. I started on the fridge but right now am less than impressed. They do their videos using butter as an example of how great these cloths work - well, I don't have butter all over my fridge, I have fingerprints and stuck on food! I bought the cleaning paste too. I started out with just the cloths - no good. I put the paste on the cloth then more paste on the cloth. I then used the polishing cloth. The fridge is clean, but it has dull places and shiny places. This is after at least ten minutes of scrubbing and that is just one panel. I can't do that - I don't have the strength for that - and it still not look good. I need to talk to my SIL and figure out what I am doing wrong! Surely it's me and not the product - hmmmm??? I'm not sure I want to try and clean my tub if it didn't work on the fridge!

Oh, I wish I could get down on my knees to clean - but getting on my knees is like kneeling in broken glass. After I fell on them years ago something broke inside of them and they haven't been the same. The doctor said that I bruised the cartiledge, but I'm sure I did more damage than that. When you press on the knee that I fell on with most of my weight it is mushy even to this day. Some days I can barely touch it without a lot of pain. Praise the Lord taking the White Willow Bark has taken the daily pain out of the picture - but kneeling down for me isn't an option.

Well, y'all be safe. Love you

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Praise God, Irma's intensity slowed down, I know as a result of faithful, believing prayer. I am learning about laboring, continuing prayer. It is not a lack of faith, but a continuation of faith, knowing God's faithful and steadfast character will accomplish His will in us. Pray without ceasing. I was asked to do a wedding cake august of 2018, a simple cake with minimal decorations. Kind of rustic in tone. And tons of cupcakes, several flavors. I want to meet with the mom in law and bride and hopefully groom with a tasting of different flavors. Charging them is what I stress over, just a cake and cupcakes, right? with my granddaughters cake, I spent well over 20 hrs on it, not to mention rebaking cakes that didn't turn out quite right. Frosting is so expensive, for good quality, lots of butter, sugar. Classes to take to learn new techniques. Plus my pastor recommended me, so do I charge what my time is worth or what I think they can afford?.
I deep cleaned my bathroom Thursday, I mean down on my knees in long lost corners with a butter knife getting crud up clean. It felt good that I could. I try to clean my tub after I take a shower while still in the bathtub. I find, little by little as I concentrate on different areas, it is not too big an issue. A removable shower head that I can use to thoroughly rinse off different areas is a must. Plus I can use that to wash my hair quickly instead of having a full shower is a help. Now onto the Kitchen, this will take me a week, as I clean one thing I will notice something else to work on. and on. and on. emoticon

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When you�re overwhelmed with the dark dankness of your situation, think of yourself as a miner. Dig deep into the rocky walls and find that sparkling treasure�the positive. In the Bible God talked about the treasures of darkness: �I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.�3


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Oh me too Kim! I actually haven't cleaned my tub well in several years because I can't bend over or scrub hard. I use the spray stuff that lies. You know the one....with "scrubbing bubbles. We do the work so you don't have to!" I've found nothing yet that does the work....other than the lady I hired to do my windows, ceiling fan and hang my curtain rod for me.....and the two times I had my carpet cleaned. It's hard to find joy in things that hurt me....and I really do like a clean apartment!

Yep...to what you said....about trying to do things right to get here while others sneak in....and not everyone is here to work as we know. I do feel really bad for those in desperate situations and can understand them wanting to leave their country......there are poor and broken everywhere and we have boatloads who were born here who suffer as well. That won't change.

I got my work done for the day and really look forward to my 4 days off! I hope to get a lot done that has gone undone for so long while I was out of commission emoticon I'll have to push myself to leave the house, to do my medicare stuff and lab work that needs to be done. Otherwise, I'd hide away the whole 4 days!

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Shel, it's sad that someone who wants to do it right has so much trouble and because of all the people who have come into the country the wrong way, those who want to come in the right way have to wait a long time. I hope things work out quickly for y'all.

Bren, yeah for weekends!

I am waiting for my Norwex stuff to get her before I work on some of my kitchen and bathroom cleaning. The cloths that are coming are supposed to shine up my stainless steel fridge and hopefully my microwave too. I want to shine up my front window as well. All you have to use is water on the Envirotowel and then use the polishing towel behind it. Nothing else is needed. I bought a paste to clean the tub with. It is supposed to be scent-less and work quickly. I've tried to use other stuff, but the chemical smells have choked me out before I can finish and I just end up rinsing down a dirty tub! It has to be quick because of my back, I can't bend over for very long either, so I am hoping that this will work! Our city water causes these awful yellow stains!

Well, I will let y'all go. love ya

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That has to be hard....not only leaving him there but the hoops and hurdles to jump to get him here. I'm not fond of paperwork either and like you, have to do a lot of it. Mostly work related, tho.

I'll go see a lady Tuesday about medicare part D. I had done a bit of paperwork for assistance with costs but haven't received the final word yet on whether I get any. Just another reason to work as long as I am able!

I am so thankful for my weekends at work...yay! I admit...I dress down and don't bother with makeup or earrings. I'd be ok if I didn't have to get the cart out today but if I have rentals, I'll have to. I didn't unlock any vacants yesterday for that purpose.

It's a beautiful day and really nice out. Afternoons have been around 87 but mornings are about 60 and I like that a lot!

I started on my kitchen again this morning. My goal for today is Kitchens and floors....both at home and here at the office. That will keep me on my feet awhile and moving about and I sure need to do some of that.

Have a blessed day all and keep all of those in the hurricane's paths in prayer.

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Levi did not come back with me, BUT, we are entering Phase Two of I-don't-know-HOW-many-phases of the visa process: when I get my first pay of the school year I will be filing a form online and sending a payment online. I will also be getting together with the guy who's helping me to get together MORE documents. Ugh! Paperwork! But Levi and I trust that when the time is right the Lord will open the doors. Meanwhile, he is doing what he can to fix up the house there so he won't have to worry as much about his parents.


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Oh yay! That's good that she can fix them for you.

Chris cleaned our AC filter and it's cooling again. That thing was filthy and us girls neither one think to check it.

I hope you can find something that works for you, Kim. I actually did up a veggie tray this morning for the first time since March I think. Most of my veggies have been going in the trash! I'm embarrassed by the waste in my kitchen. For lunch I had roasted chicken, a few baby carrots, a few bites of celery, broccoli and grape tomatoes with a smidge of ranch dip. I may have my crab salad for dinner unless I get me to make taco salad. I wouldn't get any veggie servings with the crab salad but it sure is yummy.

Those steroids really were a whammy on your system. It takes a lot longer for correction than it does to do damage emoticon

I will sure be ready for 5:00 when it comes. If I had a gown here I'd get in it before I leave emoticon

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I'm not insulin resistant, but you are right about the carbs - unfortunately for me, they are what makes my stomach feel better, especially first thing in the morning - that's why I chose a protein cereal, hoping I could have the best of both worlds. I don't do cereal every morning. Most mornings I do Pronourish which is a lactose free protein rich drink.

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even though cereal with milk has protein, it also has tons of carbs as well. Watch your carbs, esp non essential carbs, pasta, breads, sugar, milk, if you are insulin resistant they will play havoc with your diet. it is like pouring sugar in your pancreas which cannot process it.


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Happy Friday, ladies! Hope you are having a good one.

Bren, Mom is switching my racer backs to regular ones, bless her! We figured out how to just clip the strap at the little metal part and then pull it through - switch sides, re-thread them and sew it back up again. The racer backs just slide up to my neck and it's really uncomfortable, and the straps always show at my neckline and I hate that. This will be much more comfortable for me. I will be more careful next time I buy a bundle! LOL! If one set hadn't lost what little stretchiness they had I wouldn't have looked for more - but they were gouging out my sides.

I need to do something drastic with my diet, the weight just keeps going up and up. I ate a protein and fruit smoothie for lunch. I used my 2% lactose free milk with it this time. Wade had to buy the two kinds, fat free and 2% because they only had one of the fat free left. I need to make sure that I am eating more protein. I ate protein Cheerios for breakfast too. I also have to eat so that my tummy is being helped as well. I've had one normal BM in the past month, the rest have been diarrhea, and that is definitely not normal for me. I'm pretty sure it was using the steroids, but I'm not sure how to get back to normal again other than just eating very simply. I'm not sure why my weight is climbing so much and so quickly though, other than it has to do with my lymphedema and lipodema. I guess I need to try and wear my socks again.

Well, that is enough of that. Here is a post from Pastor David's Facebook Blog:

09/02/17 RE-POST KNOWING THEY ARE SLAVES
SO TRUE FROM 01/24/12

How Sad! People Are Held Captive.
I constantly meet people who have been Christians for decades, attending supposedly respected evangelical churches, but have nearly no grace or knowledge of Biblical Christianity. Always learning but never attaining.


Harriet Tubman said,
"I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."

The Power Of The Gospel
The Gospel has the power to deliver.
It can free those who are enslaved, once they realize they are enslaved.
It can regenerate the dead, once they realize they are dead in sins and trespasses.
It can empower the weak, once they realize they are powerless.
It can restore the lost, once they realize they have gone astray.
It can give sight, knowledge, understanding and wisdom to those who realize that they are in spiritual darkness.

When Jesus Launched His Ministry He Read From Isaiah,
Luke 4:18-21
(18) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
(19) To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
(20) And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
(21) And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Listen To The Preacher With God's Message
Romans 10:14-17
(14) How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
(15) And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
(16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
(17) So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Launch Out and Hold Fast,
Pastor David L. Gould

God bless, Kim

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I ended up with some racer backs when I got my last bras too, Kim. I got mine at Wal-Mart...pull over, no bones, snaps or binding straps. I love them. The racer backs were an accident as I was grabbing and I ended up with three. I use them for my off days when I am working around the house. Like you, I find mine to be very comfortable.

Our AC unit in the break room that has been going 24-7 for months has had enough of us I think. I came in this morning to it just puffing out air, not even cool air and it's set at 65. Maybe the humidity is the cause? I turned it off anyway. It's comfy in here at the moment....so my fan will suffice.

Gotta run and get my work days started. Have a blessed day all....Love y'all

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Shel, was Levi able to come back with you or is that something you are still working on? So glad you are back safely.

Mom is working on my new bras. I bought a bundle from Zulily, but they ended up being racer backs, and I don't like that kind. She is working on making them regular backs. If I buy them in the bundle, I get them for about $5.00 each rather than the $14 or so I would pay if I bought them one at a time! These are really comfortable other than the racer back. That kind of back makes the straps hug my neck and I don't like that!

Praise the Lord it's cooled down a bit today, I'm even in long sleeves and socks. I can't say that if I went outside it would be cool, but inside it's cool! LOL!

I'm praying for y'all. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Shel! It's good to see you back. Oh yay...on the exercise and pounds down. I am so ready for Fall and it's already cooler here....80's as opposed to high 90's so that helps. My allergies kick my behind but it just comes with the changes....

Hope you all have a blessed day no matter what you have on the to do list.
Love y'all....and thank God for you daily.

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HEY GIRLS! I got back on Aug. 28 and am now back at school. I hope to be able to use my break time, like now, to keep up with Spark. I actually got back on my bike on Tues and yesterday. My weight is down from the heat taking my appetite, and eating a lot of fish. I just don't want it to sneak back up again! Didn't do much exercise in Peru BECAUSE it was so hot.
I'm in the same classroom as last year, with a few of the same students, so it's nice.
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Prayers for daily comfort, healing and strength, Kim. Praying for my feet too!

Yes it is sad....and most blame others for the mess they make of things. You understand very well, the heart aches and turmoil...yet...we have our hope and very being in Christ who saved us and we don't despair even when things look hopeless. Above all else I pray for salvation and deliverance for those in bondage.

Oh yay!! That fluctuation had to be fluid and weather related! Woohoo. I saw 231.6 briefly this morning and the second time it settled back at 232.8.

That's sweet of her and it helps extend your Birthday! Hooya! I'm still having some of that Angel food cake mix....had some last night and used Pam on my container so it didn't stick. Pretty yummy.

It's back to work for me today...on four and off four with my make up off days. I really look forward to it and really need to make myself go get labwork done and deal with the Medicare thing. Thinking and talking about it don't net results.

I figure my A1C will be around 8.7 according to the calculator....not good. I have been skipping the insulin some too. I'll behave....starting...uhm...now.

Thanks....I agree....and my girl, Laura made that comment as well about my kitties. She mentioned how God cares for the birds of the field and He will look after fur babies as well. She knows too, how much they meant to me.

I'm going to get ready for work and will "see" you all at the office. Love and prayers...

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What a mess people make of their lives! I have some family who have done far worse and are in jail for the rest of their lives - what a hopeless situation - but God can use it to reach their souls. I'm so sorry about the kitties. I hope they get the message soon. God even cares about these little guys.

Mom brought me up a birthday cake today. She was busy with making apple butter for her seniors when my birthday came around that she didn't have time then. What a sweetheart!

I was down 1.5 pounds this morning too! LOL!

Please pray, with all of these fronts coming through I am having headaches again. Love ya

God bless, Kim

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Hey Diana! Good to see you popping in. It's mostly Kim and I talking to ourselves. I hope you get the SS started with no problem. I got my Medicare card this month and will need to do the part D for meds. It takes effect in December when I turn 65. I won't get any money I figure, since I make too much right now and last year had to pay back over $900 of what I got the year before as overpayment....for 3 little checks! Oh well....

The front porch church idea is a wonderful idea and I'm praying you get the opportunity to show the light and love of Christ to many in your area. I do envy you and Shel the porch to gather on!

Kim, I haven't gotten e-mail notices for two years now, even tho I'm set up to receive them. Some folks on my other team have that issue as well. I just go to my recent posts each day to see who dropped by.

You are so right.... and Oprah is one of a multitude of misguided....leading the misled! With my two "boys" incarcerated....it does bring another mass of folks to my attention to pray for. Just like being in the hospital brought those to mind and heart. Our world is in dire need of prayer and intercession and standing in the gap.
My hometown is very small, less than 2000 people and there are probably at least 40 in jail. Mail and female....Most on drug and theft charges. A lot of the thefts of course are to get drugs.

I do know this was my answer in my son's case in not allowing him to come here. I can't have that in my home. We did that dance when he was in his early 20's and he's now 44. After being clean for 12 years, he's back into it and this violence against Charlotte was a result. I'm not willing to be responsible for him or a target for such actions myself. God knows I love him and he remains in my prayers always but that's all I can do. I'd wired him some money but had it reversed since he was locked up apparently the same or next day and he didn't pick it up. He's in jail in Tuscumbia, AL. Again....with many others.

I'm doing my chores today in those short spurts. I sure hope soon that I'll be able to get back on track with things. I've had a tough time for many months, due to pain, fatigue etc.

I put the cat food in a tub to drag out to the car and run by the shelter to drop off. I sneaked out at 2:45 this morning to get yesterday's mail and 3 poor, sweet, hungry kitties ran with me to the mailbox and back. Mean kitty and the two babies. I'd stayed in two days, hoping they would go ahead and go somewhere else. This is day 5 already, to not feed them emoticon

Gonna sort laundry and play in the kitchen.....have a good day and take good care of yourselves. Prayers and love for all....


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ies, glad to hear you are all doing well, meaning you are all alive and kicking. Life has gotten a bit slower with no cakes this month except for my son's 40th Birthday party, carrot cake. sept 25th. I am going to soc sec this week to start the process of getting my soc sec check. I am hoping it will start around when my unemployment check ends around oct 16th. I'm not really worried, just praying and standing in faith, I will have what I need to make it through the month. soc sec+ cake making money and maybe a small part time job.
At church we had a great prayer meeting, (third fri of the month) about the glory of the lord filling the earth. As our prayer went on it came about the earth is the hearts of the people., filling it with the glory of the lord is them being filled with Jesus. This is each and everyone's job, to facilitate this. As a result , I am going to start a 'Porch Church' for the kids in my neighbor hood esp as the new school year is starting my heart cry is that I can show them their God who wants to walk with them in all of their situations. The lord even gave me their first lesson which I tried out on my grandson today. I will get the sign up today, 'Porch church, come one come all, small or tall Saturday 9:30-11:00 am. and put it in front of my house and see what happens Saturday. I have an open side porch which will do until the snow flies. I know it sounds crazy I got inspired when my pastor went to a university near us, Mansfield pa, and put up a sign 'free conversations' and almost immediately had students stop and pour their hearts out , she was full for 2 hours. Their frustrations and fears and stresses were heartbreaking, and they were all grateful for someone to listen. be back soon


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No e-mail saying there was a posting here! Grrr!

Had a doozy of a headache last night around 3 AM, must have been a front going through. We are expecting another one shortly as well - bummer!

Bren, so sorry to hear about your family, what a heart-breaker. The world is just getting darker and darker, and harder for people to choose Jesus. You'd think they would see their lostness more easily, but they don't - they are just so deceived. It doesn't matter if they are church-going deceived or living in darkness deceived - the world just doesn't really want to know Jesus with all of their heart, mind, soul and strength - they just don't want to give up their sin! They will take Him on their terms, but no on His! And He only comes on His terms. (sorry Oprah, but there is only one way to heaven!)

I hope that no one is in the way of this new hurricane. I have Church family that is on the coast of NC and they are preparing to evacuate if she comes in that direction, but our hope is that she will keep moving West - or jut way to the East and totally miss the coast of the US - now that would be a miracle!

Well, y'all be good and love Jesus with all that's in you. Love y'all.

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I got more sad news.....after not seeing my brother's "green light dot" on FB for 4 days....I posted a message and a friend of his let me know he's back in jail. I went to the jail site and he looks so bad. Real scruffy, longish hair, grey beard and such a sad face. Then I found out my son is also in jail. He assaulted Charlotte, threatened to kill her etc. and a neighbor called it in.
This world...and the deep seated sin that rules it is so heartbreaking. My soul grieves....

Yep...the kitties will find a new place to hang out and I hope it's soon. On my off days I can stay inside and not see their sad little selves. Several have been coming since the first feeding, 4.5 years ago! Their big eyes and questioning looks make me really sad....

On a lighter note....I just finished posting my credit card payments and filing can wait....for either Sharon...or myself on Thursday! I am officially wrapping up this 11 day stint and am SO thankful to be doing so. emoticon It's been exhausting, painful and made me long for my time off!

I stopped by Wal-Mart on the way in this morning, to get my meds so I wouldn't have to go out on my off days if I don't want to. $620 for today's batch emoticon Even the pharmacist commented on the cost and how she doesn't understand how "they" can justify those amounts....but said "you have to have it!"....

I'm going to clear my desk and then rest the last 45 minutes or so before packing up to go home. I need to get the note on the door for tomorrow's closing....

Have a blessed afternoon...and a good week coming up!

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I use my case as a stand and let it hold my Fire for me, especially at night when I read. I rest it on my tummy or on the bed when I am laying on my side. I really liked my reader when I first started using the Kindles. The second one that I got was super light and I could hold it in one hand, unfortunately with those you had to keep a light on to read with it! Wade didn't like that. With my Fire I use the black background and white lettering to read by and it makes it quite dark so Wade can sleep easily while I read.

Oh, too bad about the kitties. I'm sure they will be alright. Now they will just have to go mousing or go and look for moles and voles to fill their tummies with if they don't have homes to go to. You'd probably be surprised - you have probably been saving their owners some money!

Well, I am going to let y'all go and let you get some rest on this pretty Lord's Day. Love ya

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I got home to a notice on my door yesterday and before I even opened it I said to myself " Brenda, you need to stop feeding the cats"....and that was exactly what it was. emoticon Apparently the neighbors are complaining because they are using random areas to potty in and I'd be unhappy too. I signed off on the note, saying I'd stop immediately (and I did) and appreciated her lenience the past 4 years....and apologized for the trouble it's caused.

I had 5 hungry, upset kitties this morning and I do hope they find another place to go pretty quickly because my heart hurts at the look in their sad little faces emoticon

Oh I can do a home button! I told you I don't use my Fire because it's so heavy! I am a weak and weary woman! She has lots of toys to entertain herself with. I watch the Weather Channel sometimes and there's one program I really like about how things could be when cities revert to the wild...I guess when society bites the dust? And those "it could happen tomorrow"....with tornadoes, tsunamis etc.

I got the deposit and my check to the bank this morning at 9:30 and sneaked by McDonald's but the line was all the way to the street so I went to office depot for envelopes and darted thru Taco Beuno for breakfast burritos. I'd ordered some tortillas and stuff to do my own but those tortillas are blanket sized! LOL....I can't tell sometimes what I'm getting or else the picker picks the wrong item? I'd think it was me, mostly. I'll pay better attention next time.

I need to finish up my credit card payments and do some posting. Most of that will wait until tomorrow...to save my poor arm/elbow!

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If you just know where the home button is, you pretty much are going to be okay! LOL! There is so much that I don't do with mine that I could do. I don't mess with the cameras - but I'm not a picture taker. There is a front and a back camera. I also have Alexa on there, and I have used her a couple of times to order some things and that worked out alright - you just have to say stuff just right for her to understand. I think Mom will use Alexa to get the weather! She is a little weather obsessed and Alexa gives a good weather forecast! LOL! That way she doesn't have to try and look it up or call it up on the phone. She will use it mostly for mail, books, Solitaire and a little bit of Facebook. She has my larger tablet for when she wants to watch cable. We don't have it hooked up to her big TV, but she can watch it on her tablet - heeheehee. It would cost us more to get her TV hooked up, but it doesn't cost us anything for her to be able to watch it on her tablet. They messed up there! She now has a brand new Kindle, a big Kindle tablet about three years old, an old Fire and an old reader. All of them work though, so she is in good shape for awhile! LOL!

Well, not much else going on with me. I will talk to y'all later. Love ya

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I did! that was fun...I think the step stool was one of the "forgotten" items...so I stared at the box with the big word DRIVE ....like the walkers....on it...thinking what in the world is that? I may order more of these socks.

Oh good for her....I hope she likes the tablet and good for you....being a blessing and setting it up for her. I am still technically challenged and truly dread doing those things!

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We've had rain off and on since last night, not looking forward to the wind though! I can tell a front is around because of this nasty headache!

Bren, sound like you got some good loot! LOL!

Mom ordered a Fire 8", her computer kind of zonked out on her, so she is going to try and go with a tablet instead. She's had the computer for around 9 years - it was time. I need to set it up before I take it down to her.

Love y'all.

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They say women can eat 12.5 oz safely a week of tuna

I hope your walking boot helps you. Praying your foot heals completely.

I am so happy fall is around the corner..My favorite time of the year!

My anniversary is on the 12th...I would love to lose 20 pounds by then.. emoticon

It is nice here today..they are saying we are going to have remnants from Harvey..this evening with some strong storms..
I am still praying for Texas! It warms my heart to see everyone coming together to help one another!!

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I got home yesterday and had a huge box from Amazon inside my door. I got my shower stool...put legs on this morning...love it! A heavy duty step stool...yay!....my new walking boot. Hope it's big enough emoticon it looks on the small side...tho I ordered smaller due to mine being a bit big emoticon ....and my compression socks. Oh my goodness I love these things! I put on a pair last night to lounge about in and they feel wonderful. I wear a size 7 shoe so got the S-M and they are perfect. Great compression. Wish I'd seen these before I got the long ones I gave away. Well...I gave away two...one pair I'd cut off the tops so I could get them on my feet...

Now I need to get the boxes out with the trash in the morning and will drive it around there since I can't walk that far yet.

I'll go to Wal-Mart tomorrow after work to pick up meds and my order and will have to hike a bit then....
I ordered some salad goodies and more of my tuna pouches then did wonder....am I eating too much tuna emoticon It's been standard fare for lunch for a full week! I need to clear out my fridge tonight, to make room for new stuff so will put that on my to do list.
If I stay on my feet long enough, perhaps I can get the trash out tonight to make space in the KITCHEN?

I'm thinking of trotting over to Market Street for lunch....the salad bar isn't too far inside...and I'd look for a close space to park. emoticon I'll wait for the mail lady... then go.

I got my Medicare card in the mail yesterday. I'll make an appointment with that lady for Monday the 11th when I am off....to do the Parts D and whatever...and I'll be good to go.

I do have "Lab Work" on my list for Tuesday the 5th....then I think I'll take me to breakfast, stop by Office Depot for envelopes for the office, stop by here to visit with Sharon a bit....I should be able to walk normally by then. Praise God! I am SO thankful to be almost healed again...

I called and rescheduled my cardiologist's appointment for Tuesday Dec. 19th and hooya...my Medicare will be in effect then...oh yay emoticon

Hope you all are doing ok and looking forward to the weekend. I know I am...because right after it...I get three days off! yay! I will be ready for it too. Other than the foot troubles I've not been too spacey this long stretch. Cooler weather helps that I think. My allergies got cranked up bad this morning.... emoticon that was cause for a bit of whining since I got a nose bleed...

Oh well...I think I'm done rambling for this spell. Be blessed and strengthened as you go about your day.

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God blessed me good yesterday....well He does EVERY day but on occasion I get something special!

One of our tenants is moving back to Kansas and could only take what she could get in her car...like I did when I came home from Alabama 21 years ago....anyway...she gave me the keys to the lock on her unit, said take or sell what we could....and I got a bath stool! Perfect for propping my feet in front of the recliner! I'd just ordered a round one from Amazon and this is the seat thingy...still small but perfect for my needs.

Got to get back to work now....


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Thank you Missy. Yes they are....and the need to "escape" is prevalent in our society. Escape from SIN is a number one REAL need and Jesus is the only way. Using any other method will never work and only hinders His work of healing.

I hope and pray that someone gets my message and takes him to get the money I wired. All he asked for was $20...for cigarettes and a Dr. Pepper! That broke my heart. I pray for deliverance from the cigarettes but in the stressful mess he's in I do understand the use.

I did look up Greyhound bus lines for a ticket quote from there to here. Charlotte has all his clothes etc. and a restraining order so he'd need law enforcement to go with him to get his things.

Prayer....most needed and so appreciated.....in our daily struggles. The need is so immense but our God is awesome and greater than any need we have....

Love you all...

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It would be so helpful if you had a godly pastor you could seek counsel from concerning this, Bren. It would be so easy to say - sure, bring him home! But that isn't always the wise and right answer! If he's lying to you, you could become a victim here! You need someone who is watching your back and is going to be there to help you help him in a godly way. He needs Jesus and a godly man can give him counsel on how to find that. The Bible says that it's a man who needs to be teaching a man and that's why I keep coming back to it being a man who needs to be helping your son. You can give him love and comfort, but he can also take advantage of you like no one else can - you are his mama. If you decide that he can come, you need to set up criteria - like counseling and getting a job, and drug testing, etc... If he's not willing to do those things, then you know that he isn't wanting to come to get better and to better his life - he's coming for a hand-out! I will definitely be praying for you in this! It's a hard decision to have to make. Oh, you also need to make sure that someone has your back, someone who is looking out for your welfare as well if you do decide that he can come.

My SIL is selling Norwex now. It looks really good. She's been using the products in her home for years but decided that she wanted to try and sell them as well. I am going to order a couple of things and see how I like them. I am going to get a cleaning paste that will do my kitchen appliances as well as my bathtub. She said she has this paste and it's lasted her more than two years now! I'm going to get two of the clothes too. I want something to get my stainless steel fridge clean without the slimy feeling that the wipes I have now gives it. She's been using the Envirocloth on hers and it's just shiny clean! I'm not quite sure how the window cloth works, I'll have to watch the video she's sending to figure that out. I want to get my windows clean before Fall and I open up my doors to let the lovely cool air back into the house! They are expensive to begin with, but they last you for years and they are environmentally safe. If you are interested, just go to

https://jacquigregory.norwex.biz/en_
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I don't know if they will let the link work, but you can paste it in if it doesn't. I tried the link and it doesn't work, so just copy and paste it into your search bar.

Amen, Missy!

Getting a migraine, so I will let y'all go. Love ya

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Prayers for you and your son..Bren..

Times are getting so hard anymore...I wish the Lord would just come back!!!



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My son called me this morning. He is safe at the moment, in a homeless shelter in Huntsville, AL. I googled it and it looks like an awesome, God honoring place. He said the things Charlotte has been saying are lies and manipulation and he can't go back there.
He was very clear spoken and broke down crying at one point as the desperation is so great. He did say her mother is a crystal meth dealer and for 4 days he did succumb to temptation to help handle the pain. He is in deep physical and emotional pain and has been for some time. He wants to come here.

I am praying for direction and provision...and want to be obedient to Christ...no matter what. I love him, and age doesn't matter when it comes to being a Mama. Please pray...for him....and them... as well as me....for protection, provision and peace.

God knows ALL the details and He alone knows truth from deception.....as He sees all sides to every situation. She is still trying to make contact and for now I am avoiding her....and dealing with my son and "his" side....

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Oh Missy! I am so sorry and yes, he will be lifted up in prayer and you as well. Hugs, Honey...

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My hubby got some bad news health wise today..

Please please pray!!!

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That was a help to me...knowing that you and others had me covered in prayer on my darkest days and most painful hours....Thank you!

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I hope you don't do whatever you did to make your foot so bad, again either! You are definitely in my prayers!

God bless, Kim

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LOL! Mine neither Kim....and I love veggies and fruit. There was a time or few when I did meal prep, had nice balance and now lunch is a tuna pouch with 1 TBS Miracle Whip and 6 Ritz crackers....or Saltines, whichever I have on hand.

I fell asleep in the recliner last night again. I had my feet propped in a chair, on a cushion and it felt so good that I drifted right off. I slept good last night, once I got to bed at 9:00, and got up at 5:00. Staying awake until 10:00...happens for me...about once a quarter!

I managed without the walker for work today and that's a blessing. I feel much better and may be able to wear my shoe again by Thursday.

This was my foot....only worse swelling...


Oh honey...I can DO boring! LOL....My life is definitely boring! I am very OK with that actually....let someone else do the drama and angst if they want.

It's a beautiful, blessed and peaceful day here. We are having mid 80's all week and that's really nice. I am SO thankful to be feeling so much better and should be recovered in a couple of days and able to walk normally again. That will lift my spirits high for sure! This episode is a week old today and been the worst in a long while so whatever I did to make it that way...I do NOT wanna do again!

This was posted on my community feed....Houston...before and after Harvey....so terribly sad.


and my giggle of the day....from a FB friend....


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Everything but the strawberries I can eat. I'd need some Italian dressing for the cucumbers though, and some cheese or some dressing for the broccoli too!, but the fruit and turkey or chicken, whatever that white meat is - now that I could just gobble up! That there is what a balanced meal looks like! Gulp! My plate does not look like that. My plates are full of meat and just a smidgen of some kind of fruit or veggie! LOL! Sigh! And I wonder why I am not losing weight! Duh!

I fell asleep last night around 11 PM. I started to fall asleep around 10 PM - my eyes wouldn't stay open, but I couldn't get all the way asleep for about an hour. I woke up at 4:30 AM - grrrr! I got out of bed at 5:30. I went back to bed at around 7 AM and then got back up at around 8:30 after falling back to sleep for about an hour. I am going to try and stay away until at least midnight tonight - usually when I do that I get at least six and a half to seven hours of sleep, if not more. Not always uninterrupted, but at least I am mostly sleeping for that amount of time. I hate feel groggy!

Not much else going on with me - I lead a pretty boring life! LOL!

God bless, Kim

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Aww...poor Mom! reminds me of mine having the same issues. Intimidation is a factor I reckon. I get that....as new things throw me for a loop or two as well.

This is what I need to be eating.... Loved this picture....



I'm not fit to raid someone's garden so would just have to sit...point....and have someone else pluck. BUT....I can get things from the store or eat the freezer full of frozen selections I have on hand. As soon as I can handle kitchen duty again, I'll do that. I've wasted so much produce the past months that I embarrass myself emoticon

Those kids were just young'uns when we started hanging out here Missy! I've been here for 11 years now, myself.

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Black beans and grapes - yummers! I do like fried squash too! Phewey! Time sure does go by fast, Missy. You have to enjoy every moment while you can.

My BIL and SIL are visiting Mom today. I went down and had a wee bit of lunch with them today but needed to get some computer stuff done. My SIL was trying to help Mom with some computer stuff. Mom just doesn't get it most of the time. Even when you say, click here - she clicks something over there! Huh? I think she just gets something in her head and zones out whatever we are saying and goes her own direction sometimes! LOL! It makes it fun and funny sometimes!

Well, not much else going on today. Love y'all.

God bless, Kim

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My sweet young man turned 20 yesterday...Both he and my daughter are in college...all I have left to homeschool is my sweet Ryan..and he is in 10th grade this year! Wow..time sure goes by fast!!!

I cannot believe September is almost here!! My garden is still doing good! I have loads of yellow, green, and red bell peppers..The red and yellow bells are so sweet...YUMMY!
I have a few squash out there...and some hot peppers..I just picked a big harvest of black beans...oh and let's not forget the grapes! God is so awesome!!

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A lot of my things come in the mail and for the over sized things, like my seat cushion, I leave a note on the door to leave package inside. Some do and some just leave it outside my door.
LOL! I feel like Mom some days...where getting mail is a highlight of the day! Those "surprises" will be nice when they come in as well.

I ordered a couple more things this morning. Another surgical shoe in a smaller size and a 3 pair pack of short compression socks. I never could use the long socks I'd gotten. You need the strength of a crusty sailor to pull those puppies up! I think they went in the Goodwill tub but if not, I'd give them another shot. I often forget what I gave away or what is just in my junk tubs in the closet.

I'm using my surgical shoe and a cane today and am getting by. I use the walker at home and put my basket on it last night so I could haul things around....my Kindle, water mug, pain reliever stuff....and this morning for day 2 of the hot cup for my coffee. Wish I'd thought of that a long time ago!

My cats didn't get fed until after 8 this morning and they don't care much if I'm in trouble emoticon I pray for safety a lot, since I've come close to falling about 3-4 times already. I'm so thankful I haven't and pray I don't...ever again! Makes me think of my poor mama and her frequent falls....both inside and outside. I'm thankful for things to grab to steady myself. It's those trip hazards I need to take care of...like curled up rugs, clothes and shoes in the floor. I'll deal with those soon.

I have a few stray whiskers that keep coming back. Oh nasty stuff! I used some Nair once and oh my....what a bad experience. I just used it on my legs and wouldn't again. The things we do to be "pretty"!

I like that Kim. I have said before and it applies now while I am out of commission...."I'll do what I can...until I can do more". MORE is on my agenda and I look forward to it!

I'm going to go do my Wal-Mart order for Tuesday pick up. I have enough cat food until then emoticon I took my last two Tylenol gelcap's this morning and those are on the list as well. I like doing the on line orders...fun and efficient.

In all things, I will acknowledge Christ, my Savior and strength of my life.
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8/27/17 3:33 P

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Sometimes when the UPS or FedEx guy comes I wonder what I ordered - but then it turns out to be something Wade ordered for work! Phew! Most of what I order comes in the mail.

I did order these mouth guard things for when I go to bed at night. For some reason I just can't rest my mouth when I got to bed. I don't really clench my teeth, I just can't seem to relax my jaw like I am able to do during the day. I end up biting the inside of my lip to keep my jaw where I want it to be. So, I ordered these things from Plaquers. They don't have this thick front part which always made me want to gag when I had the other kind. These just have a bite guard in the back and a thin piece that goes over the gums at the top part or you can turn it over and wear it on the bottom teeth. Because I am missing teeth in the back on the bottom it doesn't really work on the bottom very well. I wore it for a couple of hours while I read and it worked really well. It bothered me after about an hour, but I just chomped down on it really hard a couple of times and that awkward feeling went away. I took it out when I was ready to go to sleep. I think it will work really well for me, especially when I get more used to it. It says to use if for three or four days. The box came with at least twelve of them, but the people in the reviews said they were using the same one for three months. Woohoo! They are pretty hefty, so if I only use it for few hours a night, I should get quite a bit of use out of each one.

I used my new trimming facial hair tools too. Not sure how good the eyebrow one is going to be, I still can't see to use it without my glasses on - LOL! Maybe I can get Mom to use it on me! I can get that busy top part all right and in between my eyes where that lighter hair grows. I used that one on my upper lip and that worked better than the one that they said was for that area. I am going to like using that a whole lot better than the creme that I was using! It smelled nasty! I have a great epilator that I use for my chin. Never, never, never start shaving your chin! I did when I was in my late twenties - whatever for I cannot say anymore, and I regret it! I've had to shave, wax, creme, and now epilate that hard hair out of there now since then. At least now that I found the epilator I only have to do it once every couple of weeks. Well, that was enlightening! I hope that helped someone out there who had a misspent youth like I did!

Here is a wonderful saying I found in my notes today: I could have done, what I could have done, but I wouldn't have done what I did. I could have done what was in my ability to do, but then I wouldn't have done more than what's in my ability.
All that to say - don't settle for what you can do, fight to do more!

God bless, Kim

There is nothing more important in your life than your relationship with Christ.

Mat 6:34 "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Live today with all you've got for Jesus. Never give in and Never give up.


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That's sweet, Kim! I used to buy things for my Mom and I can't remember the last time I baked a cake. I did run across something I'd like to try....it's just angel food cake mix and a big can of crushed pineapple, mixed, and baked at 350 for 30 minutes. I saw it on FB....

Breakfast sounds good! I still have some money left on my I-Hop card Laura sent me two years ago....I want to go but it's on this side of town and I'd go after work rather than come over for breakfast I reckon.

When I was a kid, Mom's go to cakes were carrot and the Mississippi mud ones. So rich and yummy! Her later years, it was just chocolate ones. Mine was German chocolate with a can of the frosting mixed in and another can on top. Yum....with pecan halves on every square. Tho I love red velvet as well. I did one of those with a mix maybe 6 years ago....and ate two pieces and tossed the rest because I knew I'd eat it all....Yep...I'm silly. and wasteful emoticon Ok...enough of the "cake talk"! It makes me miss my mama, yes it does.

Today, I am in the boot, in a lot of pain...hitting it's peak... but it's much better propped up on the little stool. It's getting up and moving that gets it cranked up. I'm praying it's much better tomorrow. I got my cane out at home and I have one here too. I thought this morning, to put my coffee in my "hot cup" and save some trips to the kitchen. That worked well!

I ordered a new boot from Amazon, a shower stool and something else....see what I mean! Me too...the third thing will be a surprise unless I remember it....or look at my order...it was medically inclined, I know that much. I did look at some knee walker things too. I brought house shoes in today for the days like yesterday when my foot overflowed the shoe.

I have two locks to take off when I leave at 5:00. I'll drive down there because I'm not up to wrestling with that door on maintenance and the golf cart twice. I offered to let the guy go down and get the lock off his but he didn't need in until 6:00.

Three hours and I'll be headed home for good rest and quiet again...yippee!

In all things, I will acknowledge Christ, my Savior and strength of my life.
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