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10 February 2019

A Lot of Birthday Fun

About a week ago we visited my daughter in Florida for my birthday. We decided to drive straight through rather than split the trip down, so we arrived about 8pm Friday evening, then sat up talking and just enjoying being together until after midnight. So fun!

Saturday we went to the local market event where Hubster bought me a sweet turquoise necklace for my birthday. The girl also made healing salves that are supposed to be good for sore muscles, arthritis, etc. so we got a jar of that. Not like I don’t have plenty of opportunities to use that kind of stuff! That evening my daughter’s in-laws came over and we all had a scrumptious dinner made by my terrific son-in-law.

Sunday we drove out to a seashore park and visited several neat sights in the park, including a vintage house on the water. After resting on the porch we came back and had a terrific lunch on the kids’ 1910 home’s side porch which was so cool and relaxing. It was extra neat because their new neighbor walked over to introduce himself. We enjoyed hearing his stories. Sunday was also Super Bowl day. We all went to the in-laws’ home for their traditional get-together to watch the Super Bowl. So much food!!! We all know how the Super Bowl game turned out this year... but we had a lot of fun making comments like Mystery Science Theater, and hooting and hollering. We also had carrot cake for my birthday as well as my all-time favorite - handcrafted chocolate cheesecake made by my daughter’s MIL.

Monday was actually my birthday. My son-in-law had to work so Daughter took us to a nearby historic town where we walked around and visited a lot of quaint little shops. Later we just spent the day chilling until my son-in-law got back home from work. The kids took us out for a wonderful evening with dinner by the water at a terrific seafood restaurant! It was such a great time!!

Now for the crazy part. We were ready to leave early Tuesday morning. Everything was packed so I grab two pillows I’d brought and one little travel case and head down stairs. I look over the rail into the living room and the bottom fell out. I flew over the two last steps, landing at the front door. Stunned I quickly discovered nothing broken. I’d hit my head on the front door, my ankle hurt, but my back seemed ok and my metal hips were still intact, my elbow was already bruising. My daughter quickly came to help me up, which was like rolling the titanic over! I crawled back to the stairs to get on my feet and started laughing over how stupid it was to fall down steps.

On the long drive home various pains started kicking in. By the time we got home 11 hours later I was stiff and very sore. I am so grateful to God for cushioning me with those little pillows. Any number of serious things could have resulted, like a broken neck or my back where I had surgery. If I had popped a hip out of joint I wouldn’t have been able to come home. Or I could have even died. I feel like I had a wake up call. I’m just glad it wasn’t a more serious call! I must say that jar of salve has been quite handy lately!

I had plenty of time to think about how quickly things changed in the moment I fell down stairs. It reminded me that in the blink of an eye your life can change or even end before you can realize what is happening. Get right with God now while you have time to think about it, then stay right with God because you’ll never know when you might next be facing Him.

28 January 2019

Confusing Challenge

I've been working on my puzzle, committed to not cheating by looking at the picture on the box. Luckily, I like a good challenge. This has been one of the hardest puzzles ever (especially without using the picture as a guide). Here is my latest update:

Yes, those are cupcakes. And yes, that's a kitchen spatula on the right. It's been very helpful when attempting to move sections around!

I haven't been able to work at it very long at a time so it's a slow incremental process. It hurts my neck looking down. I can't sit down to work either because it's easier to see standing up.

I don't like projects that take six months. I've gotta move on so I'm hopeful to get it finished this week even though it looks like a lot left to do. All that pink is driving me crazy... it's everywhere!

Maybe I'll get a nice outdoor scene next time. Probably not - that would seem tame after this. Gosh, could you imagine doing a Where's Waldo puzzle!? On a whim I looked them up and no, but thanks anyway. Cupcakes are enough of a challenge!

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!