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15 January 2019


We've spent this past week waiting for a snow storm that never quite got here. It's been cold, no doubt and it definitely feels like winter, but living in a safe zone means that there's almost like a hedge around us. Bad weather seems to go above and below us. We are so blessed because of this. As much as I'd like to see some snow, we don't have to deal with driving on icy roads, cranking up the heat in the house, or hoping an ice storm causes power outages. My prayers go to those who have to deal with these conditions.

So I'm still working on my puzzle that I started 10 days ago. It's going to take a while to finish this one. First, because it's harder than I'd anticipated because so much of is identical in several places, and secondly, because I can't lean over to work on it very long because it makes my back hurt. So I'll work a little while and then run over to my chair with the heating pad on to recuperate.

During the sitting parts I've been crocheting baby hats for the hospital. I've been trying to downsize my stock of yarn. Baby hats takes care of the thin yarn. I thought I was almost done but found a large bag from the thrift store of nothing but pink baby yarn so I guess I'll be a while longer. Maybe girls will be prolific in the near future!

I started going to the after-care program at my last therapy center. I've been a couple of times but already I find I have to make myself go. I'm wondering if I'm making some things worse. I'm having a lot more issues with my knee that I had surgery on in August.  Getting more exercise is a good thing but maybe I'm just supposed to move around more rather than push and pull on things. I'm hoping the 21 days to make a habit will kick in and I won't have to go there to do stuff. I've already moved my "horse" into the house from the garage. I really like using that. We bought that years ago on sale at Roses. I've called it a horse for so long I don't know what they are really called anymore.

If I had my way all the exercise equipment would be in the living room. I mean, your home is supposed to support the way you live rather than being a showcase for company who hardly ever come over anyway, right? We both should be exercising more and having easy access would make things ever so nice! I'm gonna ponder on this idea a bit more. You never know, it might be the best decision I ever made! ;)

08 January 2019

Face Forward

Happy New Year! Hopefully your year is off to a great start. My Christmas gear was packed up so fast this season that  it already seems like a distant memory. It's kind of funny when you can still see decorations up at some folks' houses. To me, once it's done it's over and time to move on.

I have already been thinking about Easter choir music. Now that seems like a long way off but when you factor in rehearsal time it is just around the corner!  Other things at church have been going well thus far. I think the music & audio department will be getting a few upgrades that are long over-due. The Praise Team has been introducing new contemporary music to the congregation, which is always refreshing even while it is a bit challenging. No change- no progress, right?

The Crochet Club is gradually getting back into the swing of things as members finish up personal projects. We'd like a few more members but crocheting and looming usually finds a selective audience. At home I've started another lap blanket for church as well as continuing my work on baby hats for the hospital.

We'll be heading south again soon, this time to celebrate my birthday. I'm looking forward to it but at the same time a little worried because snow usually seems to hover around my special day. Hopefully it won't have a snowball's chance in Florida!

We finally made a new doctor selection so it should be interesting to see his take on how our previous doc looked (and treated) things. We are not planning to have anymore surgeries this year, unlike last year when Danny had two that we didn't see coming!

We continue to downsize our hoard (no, we're not really hoarders... I just call it that to help Hubster keep his thrift store finds in check) and if all goes well a yard sale in the Spring will push everything over the edge. Maybe 2019 will be the year I finally see the garage again! We've done closets, drawers, odds and ends that haven't seen daylight in years. Now I need to go back to nooks and crannies and double-check the attic again. They say if you haven 't used something in a couple of years you probably won't anytime soon. All the crapola you save 'in case' you might need it you should get rid of and then if you ever do need it go buy the little whatsit, use it, and dump that too.

Ah... the fresh feeling... don't you love it? New year, new focus, new you! Don't hold back. Face forward and embrace!

31 December 2018

As the New Year Comes

All the family dramas are over for another year; Christmas decor is boxed once again, and it is the dawn of another New Year's Eve day. What will this brand new year bring to my life? Will things change or go on as they have?

I'd like to think that this will be a year of change. For one thing, I know I am not facing surgery for my back like I was before. That's a big change! I'm excited to be able to (for the most part) move and walk and stand like most of the population takes for granted. I never take it for granted anymore -- it's too precious. I shutter to think what wounded warriors and accident victims face who have lost greater than I did (which was bad enough). Pray for those who have catastrophic needs this year and remember how blessed you are!

Our super-duper primary care doctor has left practice and now we must find a new doctor. That is a change for the new year that we just found out about. Hopefully we will find the right replacement before we have a physical need. Last year Hubster had two surgeries and lost his cardio doctor. We think we've come up with a good heart team. New meds should improve his heart function so we're looking to changes towards good health! We have too much to get caught up with this year, things we've had to put off for several years while dealing with all the aforementioned issues. Hopefully that includes the delayed yard sale too!

I am hoping for a closer walk with God this year. Not necessarily a change; more of an improvement. Going through our physical circumstances has been eye-opening and makes us mindful of where our blessings originate. We are truly thankful for God's mercy and healing. I ask Him to open my eyes to His beautiful world and help me be aware of my place in it and my service to and for Him.

2019 is wide open, just waiting for us to step into it. I can't wait for the adventure to begin!

23 December 2018

Stress Gives Way to Jesus

Well, it was a struggle sometimes, and often very stressful but I made it. Today the choir sang their big Christmas piece with me directing and I must say I'm glad this hurdle is now a memory. I enjoyed working with everyone and love singing. But all the planning and practicing at church and going over every detail at home.... Whew! But I know it's worth everything we went through to get to today.

But alas... I pulled my back last week doing something stupid and it just made the last week a whole lot tougher. So much that  I posted on Facebook and prayer warriors helped me though it. God is so good and I am so blessed to know so many people who believe!

The choir sounded great this morning, even though we had a couple of "spots" that weren't perfectly on point. I kept smiling inside while we were singing, thinking "God is answering my prayers" that I'd said at home before church. Thinking that was just so cool, like watching a miracle unfolding before your eyes. It's crazy... I guess when we pray we should believe it will happen, even if it doesn't happen the way we envision it. But being aware of it happening how I'd hoped was super! Thank You Jesus, for answered prayers! I'm so grateful!

Today after church my girls and their guys went with us to a local steak house for lunch. When the girls were little we used to go out on Christmas Eve and get a steak dinner (our gift to ourselves), pick up pre-ordered ribs for Christmas Day dinner, and meander back home through neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. This was our tradition! Now that everyone is grown I guess you could say we've edited the process a bit. So no lights or ribs for us today! We still had just as great a time as ever! Gosh! I love my kids!

Tomorrow for Christmas Eve Hubster and I will be at church for the candlelight service. I think this is the best part of celebrating Christmas.... that quiet slightly darkened sanctuary, thinking about what Christmas is really for and why we have it at all. Not about gifts or dining or lights. It's just Jesus and why He came like He did, for all us sinners. That's really the miracle unfolding in front of us every day!

Merry Christmas to one and all! May your 2019 be blessed!

06 December 2018

Playing Catch Up

It seems like a lot has happened since my last post so I'll play catch up today. Mom's birthday was the last thing I posted about. Thanksgiving was after that. We hosted the family dinner again this year with everyone except Melissa and her husband. They were enjoying a fabulous Hawaiian Thanksgiving vacation with his entire family. So instead of turkey they had pork at a real luau! Now really, if you had the choice what would you do? Yeah, me too! So we enjoyed turkey instead!

As a followup to the Cox tearing up the yard debacle they finally at long last came out and repaired the yard. Now we just have to wait and see what grows up in the spring.

Preparing for various events at church has kept me busy. Besides creating weekly bulletins and specialty fliers I've been involved with meetings (and taking minutes), crocheting for church projects with the Crochet Club, directing and singing with the Joyful Noise Choir rehearse for a Christmas presentation, and practicing on my piano for Sunday services.

I must admit that on Youth Sunday last week I saw an opportunity to simply take a rare break since I wasn't participating in any way. I'd already seen the kids' rehearsals and knew what was coming (they were awesome, by the way) so Danny and I headed south to the Outer Banks for a day of doing nothing. We ended up at a craft show at the local high school, perusing the goods at the Manteo Christmas Store (one of my all time favorite places), and having a super Frog Island seafood afternoon lunch on our way back home. It's always amazing to simply drive down Nags Head, Kitty Hawk and the rest to see the changes that have occurred since our last visit. I rather miss the old days with less high-rise apartments, preferring the simple small shingled-side beach cottages. The few remaining look positively tiny sitting next to the modern giant "rent me" places!

We've managed to put up and decorate the Christmas tree in record time (compared to last year) and I've been down-sizing old beat-up ornaments and things we don't use anymore. It's time to send them to the thrift store and see if someone else will give them a new home. I sit in darkened living room the evenings and look at my lovely little tree and wonder if I will ever truly get used to a pencil tree instead of the larger traditional tree. But then I remember how much simpler it was to decorate and I'm over it in a moment, a twinkling of an eye! ;)

I waited until December to start watching the holiday movies and DIY Christmas crafts and other seasonal goodies. I just think Thanksgiving deserves its own moment of time. We had a lovely Thanksgiving service this year with time for digging deep to thank God for all He's done for us. When people share their own thanks tributes I find I'm not always alone in trials and tribulations that I've experienced and am grateful for divine intervention. So I'm thankful for Thanksgiving too.

Christmas is around the corner. We don't have as much shopping to do so the stress level is down. Our family decided to for-go gift giving for the most part, although I think everyone is actually freer to do things from a "want to" perspective rather than a "have-to" view. Besides being with family I am most looking forward to the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. That's where the real Christmas is, not department stores and Walmart and Amazon! As I get older it really is more about Jesus and His life on earth and the back story of why He came at all. I love that! I wish everyone could take an opportune moment to really think about it. Wouldn't the world see some changes then?!