Tuesday, August 21, 2018

We had some excitement at 5 am this morning.  I had just poured my  first cup of coffee and I heard a gunshot.  It sounded as if it were in my front yard.  I didn't know whether to look out or not, but braved it and did.........there was a police car next door at Murphy's and he was firing into the ditch next to the road.  He fired several times.  I couldn't see anything, so didn't know if it was a person or animal.
Then I saw Murphy go out to talk to the policeman and right back into his house.  I contacted them, and was told that a vehicle had hit a deer and it was in the ditch and was suffering, so the policeman shot it.  Scary at 5 AM.

Every day on this old earth brings something new and different.

Jim is still in the hospital and possibly will be moved today.  Will keep you posted.  We are at a fork in the road, as to whether he goes to skilled nursing unit or home.

We are due some fallish weather for the next couple of days....highs only in the 70's and lows in the 50's....but then back to humidity and 90's.  I will enjoy it while I can!

Have a blessed Tuesday.

Monday, August 20, 2018

God never lets us down, if we cling to Him, pray to Him, and trust Him.

Our daughter and her family went to see Jim yesterday morning, he knew each of them, was sitting up in the bed and said he sure felt a lot better than the day before.  He was still getting IV antibiotics, and still had 02 in place, but all in all, he was better.

They will review the tests and a case manager will meet and decide whether he needs to stay at the hospital, be transferred to a skilled nursing home, or if he can come home.

I can't thank you enough for your concern and for praying for him.  I believe in the power of prayer and God heard all of them yesterday.  I am almost caught up on rest and will need it especially if he does come home.

It's a new day, a new week, and a chance to 'get it right'!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

I sometimes feel I am going down a long road and can't see the end.

Yesterday morning, I went to check on Jim (he sleeps in a hospital bed in another bedroom) and he was laying on the floor and unresponsive.  I tried to talk to him but he just laid still.  He had gone to bed at 8:30 Friday night, and I found him at 8:30 Saturday morning, so I don't know how long he had been laying there.  I called Murphy to come over and we made the decision to call 911.  They came immediately and transported him to the hospital.

He obviously had tried to get up during the night and fell and hit his head on the foot of the bed, as he was laying at the foot.  

His face was swollen and he had blood around his mouth and nose; he had a bruise on his shoulder and it was swollen as well.  One eye would open, but the other remained closed.  It was quite some time in the ER before he responded at all.  I was there and the doctor asked him who I was and he said 'Linda'.  That was the first and only thing he said..

They admitted him for further evaluation, but felt he did not have a stroke, but he could have had a concussion.  He did have fluid on one lung from which he could have aspirated, and he was confused.  He did not know where he was or why.

The doctor said they would continue to monitor over the weekend and he would be reassessed on Monday and probably moved to a skilled nursing unit.....again.

Please pray for us, that we can finally see the end of that long road soon.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A big thank you to my friends here, for your sweet comments, your encouragement and support.  It truly means a lot to me.

The RN from home health came yesterday, assessed Jim's arm, re-dressed it and will be coming twice a week for 3 weeks to make sure it heals property and doesn't get infected.  I did make the right decision in calling them.

If it isn't one thing, it is two!  Have you ever heard that expression?  At our house, it is getting to be regular.  Late yesterday afternoon, I found it to be warm inside the house.  I checked the thermostat and it was set on 74 and registering 88.  Yes, the AC is out!  It hasn't been long since it went out once before and the company was able to repair and get it back up and running.  This time I fear it has 'given up the ghost' for good.

We had some hard storms last night and am hoping it cooled it off outside a little, which would help on the inside heat as well.  We have all the ceiling fans running and I have one table fan going too.

As it is the weekend, we don't know if we can get someone to come and check the unit without having to pay time and a half, so it may be Monday.

Today will definitely be low key, no busy work because it is too hot inside and more rain outside.  Porch sitting here I come!

Friday, August 17, 2018

"What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be."

Each day that I live, I look more forward to seeing His face.  This old world makes me weary, no matter how hard I try to be 'up'.  Yesterday was a tedious day and by nightfall, I was exhausted.

However, God granted me one more day and I need to make it the best I can, and I will.

The home health nurse is coming to see Jim today and check on his arm to see if it is healing properly and to re-dress it.

The upcoming weekend is free!  Lots of rain headed our way, so it will be an indoor time.  Catching up on reading and TV programs is on the menu.

"There’ll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be."

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Our elementary and high schools started last week, but some of the universities around our area started today...'Move In Day'.  It seems strange that the schools are open, football games will begin tomorrow night, and it is still summertime.

I am thankful however for:

Safety for the children
Good schools to attend
Happy faces
Freedom to attend the school of ones choice
Happy parents

Jim severely injured his arm last week in one of his falls, and I have been cleaning and dressing it.  Yesterday when I removed the bandages, it didn't look good to me, and I am afraid it is getting infected.  I called the home health agency and requested an RN come and check and give us advice.  They are to come today.

I will pick up two kiddos today from school.

I will pick up my groceries any time between 11 and 12 today.

I think I am going to have to rev up my hotrod to get everything done today.  (no, I do not have a hotrod! lol)

Enjoy your Friday eve!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

To say that our Ladies Fellowship went well is an under statement.  The food was fantastic but the fellowship was even better.  

After eating, we played a game, then we broke up into groups of 4 and prayed for the people in our church who were suffering, who were facing surgery, who had lost loved ones, who had unspoken requests, etc.  There are so many needs and when we take our requests to God, we get peace, knowing He hears and will answer in His time.

I love the people in our church.........young, old, and in the middle...all love one another and share with one another.  

Jim has physical therapy today and I need to make a trip to the famous Walmart, which I dread, but it is a necessity for the item I need.  Do you enjoy WM or dread going as I do? LOL

Hope your day is what you need and want it to be.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

..........and a cup of tea for my tea-loving friends!  Good morning to all!

We had another uneventful day yesterday for which I am thankful.  Physical Therapist came and Jim was able to do the exercises with her without too much difficulty.

This evening is our Ladies Fellowship meeting from church and we are going downtown to a restaurant called Maple Street Biscuit.  A young lady in our church, and in my Sunday School class, is the general manager.  The restaurant closes every day at 2, but she is opening this evening at 6 just for us.  There will be close to 50 ladies attending.

The menu is extensive and everything is made 'in house'.  We have 4 choices for tonight, and I chose the Squawking Goat! The Squawking Goat is a flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken, breaded goat cheese medallion, and house made pepper jelly. 

The coffee is especially good as well!  And the dessert is even a biscuit if desired.....french toast biscuit with pecans and cinnamon chips baked in, topped with strawberries, and whipped cream, or an iced cinnamon pecan biscuit.

No dieting tonight!  

Have a blessed day.

Monday, August 13, 2018

..........there really isn't 
anything good or bad to share today.  

Have a nice Monday!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

I have many friends, but I also have many real friends here in Blogland.  Thank you so very much for your kind words to my post yesterday........it meant a lot to me, and helped me feel better.

I am happy to say we made it through the whole day yesterday without any 'accidents'.  With much effort and assistance, Jim was able to make 3 jars of peach preserves without a problem.  He loves being able to do the things he used to do and anything to do with the garden or canning, is right down his 'alley'.  Our daughter had brought a sack of peaches to us and he just couldn't wait to eat and then can some.

Today is church for me, and as always, I look forward to going.

Again, thank you for being my friend.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

My header picture is calming to me, and I need calm.  I am weary.  I hope you will allow me to share my life here with you.  I am not a complainer and hope you know that about me.

Yesterday morning at 3:45, I checked on Jim and he had torn a place on his arm.

Yesterday evening at 6, we had eaten supper and I had cleaned the kitchen and was in another room when I heard the dreaded sound of Jim falling.  I ran to the kitchen and sure enough, he had tried to pick up something off the floor and had fallen out of his wheelchair.  This time he tore a big place, on the same arm, and peeled the skin back, as well it was bleeding profusely. We think he scraps his arm on the metal of the wheelchair when he falls.  Fortunately our son had gotten home from work, I called and he came over and lifted Jim back in the wheelchair and I dressed his arm.

Jim has always been a 'tough' guy........he hunted, fished, traveled all over the country, owned his own construction company for many years.  He was an independent gentleman and able to do anything he wanted to do.  Now, it is different but he can't realize it and tries to continue being independent.

Example:  he wants to cook his own meals and spills most of it on the floor before he gets it to the table; he tries to clean up his place at the table and again spills more on himself and the floor than he gets in garbage can.  He sits things on the very edge of the table or counter and it falls, spilling things on the floor.  He was taught by the physical therapist how to transfer from the wheelchair to his recliner, but he continues to do it his way and misses the chair many times. 

I purchased a 'dust buster' to clean up the small things that fall to the floor and showed it to Jim and told him we had a 'helper' now and he didn't need to clean up.  He is still so independent in his own mind and he continues to do it 'his way'.

Those are a very few examples of my daily life.  I do not mind helping and taking care of Jim, but it does make me weary at times.  

My front porch is my 'get away' and I go there several times a day to clear my head, pray and re-group!

Thank you for listening to me whine and understand, as I said, I do not mind taking care of Jim and am thankful I can still do so, but I am also human and get tired at times.  These are a just a few of the many things that occur throughout most every day. 

With God's help we will make it! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Yes, I do like my coffee!  Am enjoying my first cup with you this morning.  

I woke up at 3:45 with an uneasy feeling, so went to check on Jim and he was awake and had been up in the wheelchair and had torn a place on his arm, and there was blood everywhere.  I cleaned it and dressed it and hoped he can go back to sleep.  Me - a nap this afternoon.

Physical Therapist will be coming today for Jim, and I will pick up two grandchildren from school this afternoon.  That is our day so far.

We are still getting morning, noon and night rain.  Just when I think it is through and the sun is out, it starts again.  August sure hasn't turned out to be the extreme hot dog days - yet!

Hope you have a happy Friday and upcoming weekend.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

1.  I am thankful for the rain, which helps cool things down a bit.

2.  I am thankful for caring people.  We had a visit from our Pastor's son, and a visit from a neighbor, who brought food, all in the same day.

3.  I am thankful to be able to sleep without leg cramps.  I began taking calcium and since the day I started, the cramps have subsided.

4.  I am thankful for our son who lives next door.  He helps me with the 'little' things around the house.

5.  I am thankful for this recipe - It is Jim's favorite!
    1 cup self rising flour             
    1 cup sugar                        
    1 cup milk                         
    pinch of salt
    1/4 tsp vanilla
    1 stick butter
    1 can pie filling of choice                         
Place the butter in a baking dish, and put in 350 oven until it melts.
Stir together all other ingredients, except pie filling.
Pour the batter into the baking dish and spoon pie filling on top.  Do not stir.  Bake @ 350 for 45-55 minutes.  This is a no fail dish and no matter what flavor pie filling you use, it comes out a great cobbler!  
     (I have used peach, blackberry, apple, cherry, lemon)

6.  I am thankful for your friendship and kind words. 


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

'Reading, Writing, Arithmetic....'  Are you singing the song along with me?  I just bet there are some excited, nervous and sleepy children out there this morning, getting ready for the first day of school.  I know school has started in other areas, but today is the first day for ours.  When school does start, it seems like the first day of fall too, even though it really isn't!  Things do seem to go fast in that direction.

I pray for all the children, but I pray extra hard for all of the teachers.

I don't have much to report this morning, so will just wish you a happy day, and in our case, stay dry!  lol  4-5 days of rain are upon us again, beginning today.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What?  Stop Watch set!

For?  School begins tomorrow!

Time is short and the kiddos begin a new school year here tomorrow.  It seems awfully early to me, but the 'powers at be' know more about what they need than I do.  The day after Labor Day was our beginning, but we did not have a fall break, a winter break and a spring break (a week each) back then.  There are a certain number of days required and starting early allows for the breaks and still get the correct number.

Jesse (our 10 year old grandson) came over yesterday afternoon to show us his new tennis shoes for school.  He was so proud of them.  I asked if he had gotten his supplies and he said 'yes' he was ready to hit it!

Our oldest daughter and her family came in last night from their trip out west.  I got a note saying 'all is well.  tired.'  

Our middle daughter works in Georgia and began a new position this year.  After 25 years in the classroom, she is now in charge of new teachers at 7 different schools.........training, being their 'go to' when problems or questions arise.  She is also setting up a new reading program in those schools.  

Jim is still not doing very well and I thank you for your prayers.  He fell again yesterday and hit his head.  He has a gash in the back of his head and it bled quite a bit, but no stitches required.  He is sleeping more and more these days.

I leave you with this...............
bet you didn't know.................LOL

Monday, August 6, 2018

Do you remember any of these?  It was the 'good old days' for sure!

My favorite is the hair dyer!  I cant imagine using anything like that today, can you?  I also remember trying to sleep with those rollers in my hair.  I am so old that I did use cloth diapers and keeping them washed and folded was a job within itself.  

We use our cell phones as our cameras today, but I do remember carrying that camera and making sure I had enough flashbulbs.

Every now and then it is fun to look back as it makes us appreciate what we have today.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

"This is the day which the Lord hath made; 
we will rejoice and be glad in it."
     Psalm 118:24

I am thankful I live in a country where I can worship the way I want to without fear.  I pray it will always be this way.

The funeral I attended was sweet, as I knew it would be.  The entire church was full of family and friends.  There was laughter, there was seriousness, and there were happy tears knowing where this dear gentleman would spend eternity.

Jim has taken a setback it seems.  He has slept most of the day for the past 2 days and isn't eating much at all.  He fell again day before yesterday but says he isn't hurting, just 'doesn't feel good'.  Please pray for him.  I know he gets weary of just sitting and looking out a window, day in and day out.  He was always such an active man, gardening, hunting, fishing, etc., and now he can do none of that....it is hard watching him.  The gentleman that recently died was a friend of his and near his same age, so that may be on his heart and mind too.

It is still sunny and has warmed up quite a bit...it is summer after all!

Hope you have a lovely day. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Good Saturday morning!

I made an Eagle Brand pound cake yesterday.  As sweet as that condensed milk is, I was sure this would be a keeper.........not.  It needed something else and I haven't figured out just what that might be.  The cake turned out beautifully, but it had the taste of nothing.  It called for vanilla flavoring and that was added, but I think maybe lemon or orange might have been better, stronger.  I didn't save the recipe as I doubt I would make it again....but I tried.  Jim only ate 3 pieces of it!

I have a funeral to attend today.  It is for a dear elderly gentleman of my church and he was much loved by us all.  His dear wife is in my Sunday School class.

Sunshine and hot summer weather has returned as of yesterday.  Now it feels like the 'dog days of summer' for sure.

School begins here this coming week and the kiddos are out busily
getting school supplies and school clothes, paying fees, etc.  Three of our grandchildren say they are ready to go back, and two say nooooooooo!

Got another unusual picture of Aryn and Grayce on their trip out west........Sisters, gotta luv them!

Have a blessed day!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Watermelon just says summer to me!

Happy National Watermelon Day! Did you know the watermelon shows the gospel? We are all born with the seeds of sin. Jesus shed his blood on the cross to pay for our sins. If we will accept Jesus as our Saviour, he will wash our hearts white as snow. Then we are to grow in the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The flower of the watermelon is yellow. If you accept Jesus as your Saviour, you will one day walk on the streets of gold in heaven with Jesus. Enjoy a slice of watermelon today and thank God for His salvation.

Good morning to one and all, and I pray your day will be just what you want and need it to be.

Our oldest daughter and family are on vacation in Colorado (and all parts west), and I got the following picture last night.  It is Aryn and the background is breathless to me:
She is our athlete!

I found something yesterday that peaked my interest, big time!
Did you know Krispy Kreme now has Nutella filled donuts?  Neither did I, but I will be hunting them today for sure.

No grocery pickup today, but laundry, laundry and more laundry to be done.

Go with God!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

THANKFUL FOR..............

1)  the rain

2)  safety

3)  friends

4)  my church

5)  ability to help my children when asked

6)  good nights sleep

7)  good coffee this morning

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

My background tells you our weather forecast.......3-5 inches when over 'they' say.  The high today is to be 72!  Yippee!

NOT wordless Wednesday............

...........and there you have it for today!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Good morning!  It is to be a rainy day in my neighborhood, but we need it.  As long as we don't have the flooding we had in the past, I am OK with rain.

A couple of my blog friends have chosen to take a break and I totally understand.  There isn't a lot going on here either, and may have to join them soon.  Until then, you will just get my daily gibberish!

I made my first fresh tomato pie yesterday.......
We aren't sure we liked it.  I didn't, and Jim said he wouldn't want to eat it every day, but it was good for a change!  It was Paula Dean's recipe.  Have you ever made one and did you like it?  I felt like I had wasted some really good ripe tomatoes....lol

They physical therapist came yesterday and said Jim was really making progress and she was pleased with his effort.  I am so thankful for that.  I too can see the difference.

No plans today so we shall see what comes up!  Have fun today!

Monday, July 30, 2018

It's the truth.  I heard someone yesterday say they knew they were old now because of the snaps and aches and pains they felt every day.  I just think it is the wear and tear on our bones and joints, but whatever it is, it hurts!

We had two good preachers and two good messages at church yesterday.  Our Pastor chose the right men to fill his pulpit while he was on the mission field.

I did see something in the morning service I had never seen in all my 77 years........a man sitting two rows up from me was sound asleep and was bent over.  I know I get sleepy at times, but so far I have never gone to sleep for real.  This gentleman did, and all I could think of was that he had had a bad night, and it wasn't funny as you might have thought, I felt sorry for him.

Our oldest daughter and her husband and two daughters paid a visit yesterday afternoon.  One of the girls is in college and the other in high school.  They had been paddle boarding on Saturday and had tales to tell about that.  They are such beautiful girls and beautiful inside as well as outside.  They are leaving on vacation for Colorado in the morning and then when they get back, school will begin.

Jim continues to do well.  Our weather is wonderful, with low humidity, and all is right in my world.  Hope it is in yours!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

I did manage to take a good long nap yesterday and I did 'porch sit' several times.  It was a lovely day with a slight breeze, so I enjoyed the hummingbirds fighting with each other for the feeder, and the other birds eating their little hearts out at the feeder in the yard.  We have mostly finches, 3 or 4 at a time, but I managed to take a picture of a lone one dining...........

Some of my hanging baskets that are surviving..........lavender and a begonia.

My mandevilla is climbing to the top of the wrought iron and looks like it may continue across the top of the porch.  I have had 3-4 flowers but they don't last long.  However, I have been told they will bloom until frost.

(if you enlarge, you can see a pink flower at the very top on the left)

Today is church day for me.  Our Pastor and Assistant Pastor, along with 14 others, are on a mission trip to Guyana for a week, so we will have a visiting preacher this morning.

Have a lovely day.......sending you a hug!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

I wish I had something exciting or even interesting to share with you this morning, but I just don't.  Things are quiet and running smoothly, which is a blessing.

It looks as if today will be a similar day, with no plans in sight.  Porch sitting and a nap are tops on the list.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The trip to the thrift store was successful!  I got 11 items for $53.22.  It pays to shop there and every time I come home feeling satisfied.

This is one of the things I purchased.  I am usually very conservative and carry black, brown or navy, so this was quite 'wild' for me.  I decided to branch out a little, and this will go with most any color.

On another note, my green thumb seems to have turned black.  I started the summer with 7 hanging baskets and am down to 4 as of yesterday.  I water, I prune, I even talk to them, but they just didn't want to hang around here any longer.

Today is 'pickup groceries' day, but other than that, nada.  Hope your Friday is just what you want or need it to be.  God bless you and yours.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Good morning!  No, it is not Friday, but it is Friday Eve, and that's almost as good!

Today I am going to run errands.  Need to go to Walmart of course....can't get through a day without a stop at Walmart.  Then I am going thrift shop shopping!  We have almost as many thrift shops around town as we do department stores, and I have found a good one.  I haven't been in quite a while but decided I needed my 'fix' of that store.

We are having some decent weather, with little humidity even if the temps climb to 90, it isn't terribly uncomfortable.

We had such a good service at church last night.  The Pastor is bringing the Wednesday night messages on Matthew 6:9-13, which is the Lord's Prayer or model prayer.  Jesus was speaking to the multitudes on the mountain and teaching them so many things.  When it is studied verse by verse, you get so much more out of it, or least I did.

I better get busy if I am going to get everything done today.  Have a nice day and tell someone you love them.....it will help make their day a good one.

I am still learning!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

May I pour you a cup?  And for my tea drinking friends, I will be sure and have tea for you !

I used to work in the yard and enjoy that, but now days, I am only able to enjoy the yard from my front porch, so guess I have truly become sort of 'indoorsy'.


Wishing you a great Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

We had a bomb scare at our local Walmart yesterday evening.  The police and bomb squad blocked off all entrances to the parking lot, the store, and everything around.  After approximately two hours, they declared it was safe to go back in....nothing found.  This about 2-3 miles from our house!

I heard an announcer on TV say this coming weekend is the last before school starts.  WHAT??? It can't be.  Summer is just now in full swing, it can't be time to go back to school.  I have seen ads where to buy school supplies, and how to register and get schedules.  I am just getting too old.  Time is going by entirely too fast.

I wish I had something positive to share, but as of 5:30 AM, nothing new is happening, so I will wish you a good Tuesday, and get another cup of coffee.