Sunday, June 24, 2018

We had a mini tornado yesterday, with winds up to 70 miles per hour.  I was sitting on the porch and thought it was just going to rain and I would enjoy hearing that, when all of a sudden this horrendous wind began and it scared me so, that I ran into the house.....watching it from the window.  It blew flower pots off the porch, and tree limbs were coming down all around.  I can't remember ever seeing it like that before.  It didn't last long but it sure made its presence known while happening.  In other areas of town, power was out, big trees were down, etc.

I worked on my crochet a little, listened to some music via my ear buds, watched 'Call The Midwife' on Netflix and just all in all, had a good day(after the wind episode).  If you have Netflix and you haven't seen the series, I recommend this one.

Today is my 'happy day' of course and I get to go to church and worship my Lord with other believers.  My prayer is that God blesses you today.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

This has been a very trying week and I am totally exhausted.  Sleeping doesn't seem to relieve me, so I am going to take the weekend off and get rejuvenated.

Enjoy your time with friends and family.  Don't take anything for granted.



Friday, June 22, 2018

It seems every day gets a little more confusing and hard.  The Occupational Therapist came yesterday to work with Jim, and the first thing he does is check his vital signs.  His blood pressure was 70/48.  If you know anything about blood pressure, you know that is not good at all.  He assessed all other things and called the RN in charge and they decided that Jim needed to be sent to the hospital via ambulance.  Before making that call, he wanted Jim to lay back in his recliner and drink water.....drink, drink and drink.  He rechecked his blood pressure every 5-7 minutes and each time, it came up a little.  He continued to monitor and Jim continued to drink water.  He worked with Jim for about 1-2 hours.

Dehydration is a big thing, especially with the elderly.  Finally his blood pressure came back up to 118/78 and the decision was made not to send him to the ER.  The Therapist did, however, instruct Jim to drink a full liter of water from morning until noon, and another from noon until bedtime.  I rechecked his blood pressure before bedtime and it was within normal range.  We need water to make all organs of the body to function and don't realize the importance.

The Therapist also installed the transfer pole beside Jim's recliner and once he was able, instructed him in how to use it.  I do believe it is going to be most useful.


I will pick up groceries today while the sitter is with Jim, but other than that, nothing exciting happening - I hope!

Me, I am praying and 'hanging in here'.  God has given me strength so far and I am leaning on Him more than ever.

Blessings for Friday!




Thursday, June 21, 2018

We are due some rain today and we certainly need it....the gardens are begging for it!  Just don't want flooding.

Jim fell AGAIN yesterday.  I was in my recliner and took a 25 minute nap.  When I woke up I knew it was too quiet in the front part of the house.  Went to check and sure enough, he was on the floor in the hallway.  Called our son and he was at Walmart, but left immediately, came home and got him up to the wheelchair.  For the remainder of the afternoon, he couldn't stand or lift himself from his chair, so his supper (dinner) was served on a tv tray in the livingroom. We were able to get him into bed at night. Murphy is off again today, but once he goes back to work tomorrow, if Jim falls, I will have to call 911 because I cannot lift him.  I don't know what today will bring yet.

In my prayer pocket is a poem that really hit home with me, and I have read it over and over..........


     LET GO AND LET GOD
As children bring their broken toys
with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
because HE is my friend.
But then instead of living Him
in peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help,
with ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back again
and cried, "how can you be so slow?"
"My child," HE said, "What could I do?
You never did let go!"

When I ask, I need to learn the lesson in the poem, to let go and let God handle it all.  He already knows the problem, and will take care of it in His time.

Happy Thursday to you!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday thoughts:

     Thank you for letting me wake up today God.

     Help me not to complain.

     Give me strength to do what is needed today.

     I appreciate my children in my old age.

     Smile.

We did get our new doors installed and I am very pleased with both.  The front is a storm door with glass, but has a way to lower one portion and have a screen for a nice breeze.  The back door is a safety door, so to speak.  It has double locks inside and out.  They aren't fancy, but just what we needed.

Jim has had several really good days, but yesterday he fell again.  Murphy was home and able to lift him up to the wheelchair.  Then he took Jim out to the garden to see everything that is growing.  So it was both a good and bad day.  (I got my first cucumber and plan on having it for lunch today!)

Go with God today!


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hot, hot and hot!  Flip flops are the footwear of the week for sure.


I received the neatest gift yesterday.  
It is called a 'Prayer Pocket'.




(Enlarge this picture and it explains the use of the pocket)

My best friend made it for me, and even monogrammed it with my name.  She keeps hers in her Bible and puts special prayer requests in the pocket to remind her to pray for them.  I thought it was such a special idea and so thoughtful.

Today the doors come to be installed between 8 and 10 AM, so I have to get going early today.

Stay cool, tell someone you love them, and that will help you have a good day!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Here we are at Monday again and the middle of June....time is surely flying by, and I am rambling!

I wish I had something new and fun to post this morning, but I just don't.  Have you ever heard the expression, 'I am sick and tired of being sick and tired?'  I am not sick, but sure seem to stay tired these days.

Our one and only cat, Spotty, has flown the coup!  She has been gone for 3 days.  When the food bowl stays full for that long, I know she has found a better 'restaurant'.  Just hoping she is ok and may come back home soon.  

Our new front screen door and new back door will be installed early tomorrow morning.  I am so excited and who gets excited over doors?  See how little things matter?

Jesse (grandson) has poison ivy from head to toe.  Grayce(granddaughter) flies home from Germany today.  Jennifer(daughter) and her family are on an island off the Florida coast on vacation.  Leigh(daughter) and her husband learned to paddle board yesterday.  Jim(Jim) had another good day yesterday, and physical therapist comes today to see how he has healed.  Linda (me) is just tired....LOL







Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hoping all the Dads out there have a wonderful Father's Day.  My parents divorced when I was 3 years old and I never saw or heard from my Dad, so I can't talk about how he was an influence in my life.

Church day for me.

Yesterday was a long, quiet day, which can be good and can be boring!
No complications or problems with Jim, but didn't leave the house so made for a seemingly long day.  The blackberry cobbler was the highlight of the day!




Saturday, June 16, 2018

Well, we hit 93 yesterday and it is supposed to be even hotter today.  I would say summer is definitely here wouldn't you?  LOL  Not only is the temperature high but the humidity is out the ceiling.  In the winter we stay indoors because it is too cold.........now we are staying indoors because it is too hot!

Jim had a good day yesterday, PTL.

Our VBS (Vacation Bible School) ended last night with a bang!  Six children received Christ as their Savior, lots of fun was had by all, and it was worth all the hard work for the week.

Today I will be making the blackberry cobbler and make Jim chicken and dumplings again....it is his all time favorite meal.  I am trying to lose a pound or two, so I may only have one small helping of each....LOL

This is Grayce's last weekend in Germany.  She will be home on Monday and says this has been an experience of a lifetime.  The things she has seen and the places she has been will forever be in her heart and mind.  Grayce is on the left, and the other girl is the German girl whose family she stayed with. They developed a life long friendship.


Have a wonderful weekend with those you love.





Friday, June 15, 2018

Yesterday was probably one of the worst days we have had in quite a while.  Physical Therapist, Occupational Evaluation, and all the little things that happened, just brought it down.  The small things are the most tiring and Jim was confused and had less control of his legs.  He finally chose to go to bed at 5 PM, which took a long time to transfer from the wheelchair to the bed.  Just asking you say a little prayer for him.

I found a recipe yesterday that I plan on making.  Coconut is Jim's favorite so this should satisfy that for a bit..........and it is easy enough which is my favorite type of recipe!

Coconut Macaroons

1 (14 ounce bag sweetened coconut flakes
7 ounces sweetened condensed milk (about 1/2 of 14 ounce can)

Preheat oven to 350.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper or use vegetable spray.
In medium bowl, combine coconut and pour condensed milk over top.  Mix with spoon until the coconut and milk are completely mixed.
Use a scooper and press the mixture into the scooper, place on baking sheet.  Bake until the tops are golden brown about 14-16 minutes.  If tops are not brown but the bottoms are, turn on broiler for about 1 minutes.  Be sure and watch as they can easily burn. Store in refrigerator.

Today is grocery pick up day, but other than that, am praying for a quiet day.  Enjoy yours and the upcoming weekend.  

God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:18 

   " In every thing give thanks: 
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

     This Bible verse definitely applies to me today.  The injection was the easiest I have had, and I have no pain in my back at all.  During the procedure, I just laid still and prayed that it wouldn't be so painful, and He answered immediately.
    We are moving right along in physical therapy and occupational therapy.  
     It was recommended for Jim to have a transfer pole.  Placing it in front of his recliner, he can hold on to it and immediately stand straight up and hold on while he transfers to his wheelchair. I was amazed at what he could do using the pole.  Not only standing and sitting easier, but  he could do some of his exercises without leaning to the right or left...stability.

     A nice gentleman at church last night asked if we liked blackberries and after saying yes, he said stop by the house in the morning and I will give you some and you can make a blackberry cobbler for Jim.  The only stipulation was that I bring him a serving!  Needless to say, I will definitely do just that!

     That is my life for the last 24 hours.  Hope yours is going well and you are enjoying the summer weather so far.  We are to be at 95 by Saturday, so AC - do your job!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

I have appointment at 7 AM this morning to get an epidural injection in my back, and have to be there at 6:30.  Needless to say I dread the pain, but am thankful for the relief it gives me afterward.  Please pray it will go smoothly.

Have you seen the 'Egglettes' commerical on tv?  I bought a set of 4 and tried them out last night.  They work!  I don't like peeling a boiled egg, and this is perfect for not having to do that.


You crack the egg into the little holders, put in boiling water for 15 minutes and wa-la, peel free solid boiled eggs.(...they are boiling in the faded picture)   If you like eggs this way, you might want to look for them as well.

Best get on my 'horse' and ride as it is 5:25 and only an hour before we leave for the doctor's office.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Today is going to be a busy day for sure.  Jim will have occupational therapy, and the pest control man is coming for his monthly visit.

I will be attending the funeral of a friend's Father.  He had been very sick for a long time, but is now free.  He had a large family.

     "Our death is not an end if we can live on in our children and the younger generation." ~Albert Einstein


Life gets tedious doesn't it?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Hebrews 3:13...."But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin." 

This was our message at church last night, that we 'exhort' or encourage one another daily.  Do you try to do that?  I don't and am going to make a change and make that effort.  It would be amazing what a difference we could make in someones day.....a kind word, a telephone call, a card would be easy to do.  I just bet if we did that daily, it would also make a difference in our lives.


Update on Jim:  He is healing, but slowly...as he repeats to me, 'when you get to be 86 years old, you are a little slow in everything!'  The physical therapist comes today and will assess him.

Our Vacation Bible School begins tonight, and continues through Friday.  We are praying for lots of children to hear the Word, have fun and be blessed.

Today we are taking food to a family who lost their Dad over the weekend, and I am making a cherry cobbler.  I had better close this and get busy.  Have a wonderful day!




Saturday, June 9, 2018

Update on Jim......... 
     He is better, but not 100% as yet.  The physical therapist feels he twisted his knee in some way and wants him to rest over the weekend and reassess on Monday.

     Our granddaughter that is in Europe with the Exchange group is seeing and experiencing some interesting places.  They are touring Germany, the Netherlands, and other areas.  She loves the food, the beauty of each country, and seeing the places of history coming to life.  They have one more week before coming home, and will spend a couple of days in Berlin.  It is a chance of a lifetime and we can't wait to hear all her stories.


     We are enjoying hot sunny days, but the experts say we have more rain moving our way.  I plan on being outside this morning, working on flowers and washing the porch....all before the 90 degree temps arrive.

     Hope you have a good Saturday and weekend.  Enjoy each day, as we are not promised another one!








Friday, June 8, 2018

Jim update:
Yesterday something happened to his right leg and in the morning, he started having severe, stabbing pain to his knee.  He could not move it, stand, or transfer from chair to wheelchair.  We finally lifted him (our sitter and I) to the wheelchair and then to the bed.  The occupational therapist came and examined him, took his vital signs, which were all within normal limits, etc.  He said his pain from 1 -10 was 10+.  Since he was in bed and all seemed in line, he was told to stay in bed, ice his knee and take ibuprofen for pain.  His primary care physician was notified.

I played a real nurse again by keeping the ice pack cold and in place, bringing the bedside commode to his room, taking a tv tray and his supper to him at his bedside as well.  

He is still sleeping and I am praying that whatever it was, is gone and that he can stand on his own or at least transfer from the bed to the wheelchair and the wheelchair to his recliner.  The physical therapist comes this morning and she will assess him and give her recommendations.

Please pray for Jim, and pray that I can continue to have the stamina to take care of him.


Thursday, June 7, 2018

I am thankful for..............

1.  .....Day to day blessings.

2.  .....A good cup of coffee in the morning.

3.  .....Jesse, my grandson, who went to church with me last night and won a contest.  He won by bringing his Bible to church and having an offering each time, and participating in the lesson. 

4.  .....A day without a fall by Jim.

5.  .....Learning to listen to the radio on my telephone.  It is the old time flip phone, but I kept trying until I got it!  Nice to listen while sitting on the porch.




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

I think I went to bed too early last night, because when I got up this morning, I was sore all over and my back hurt more than usual.  Made me want to go back and start over!

It is going to be one more nice, low humidity day before it goes back to the 90's and sticky hot.  Rain is on the way again by the weekend.

We have a yearly big music festival called 'Riverbend', and it begins this Friday.  It draws nearly 650,000 over the 9 nights each year and is held on the banks of the Tennessee River.



No, this old lady will not be in attendance, but I have done my time in years gone by.  There have been many famous individuals, and groups, including artists covering almost every music genre on five different stages  ......... it was fun..........back then.

Wishing you a beautiful Wednesday.





Tuesday, June 5, 2018

It's baccccccccck.........we have cool air!  Late yesterday afternoon, the heating & air conditioning truck pulled into the driveway.  It took them approximately 15 minutes, but we are up and running again.  God gave us a nice cool day and I praise Him for that, but when and if the horrid heat returns, we are ready.

Today is hair cut day, and boy do I need it!

Jim is holding his own.  He had physical therapy yesterday and will have occupational therapy today.  They keep him busy, which is a good thing for him.

I re-potted a couple of hanging baskets yesterday and switched them around so they could each get enough sun on our shady front porch.

That's it!  







Monday, June 4, 2018

We take so much for granted.  It was 90 degrees here yesterday and when I came home from church, I noticed it seemed warm in the house.  I checked the thermostat and lo and behold, it was blank.  I checked the fuse box and clicked all the buttons, but nothing happened.  Our son went outside to the unit to check the fuse there and nothing happened.  We have a dead AC unit.  Fortunately we have several ceiling fans in the house and I turned them all on, plus got a table fan out and turned it on high.  Needless to say, I didn't sleep well at all due to it being so hot.  We will call a heating and AC company to come out today.  Fingers crossed xxxxxx, that it possibly needs freon gas and not a new unit.  

Friends that is my news for the beginning of a new week.  I pray you had a good weekend and will have a good Monday.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

We had one whole day of sunshine yesterday....yippee!  The temp went sky high at 92 though, and no breeze.  That's the weather forecast! 

We did absolutely nothing but sit on the porch and enjoy the day....no falls, but a couple of naps along the way.

I tried the mashed cauliflower and the sweet potato french fries for supper, but we didn't care for either one.  I had seen a commercial for the cauliflower and it seemed to be the 'big' thing, but we wont be putting that in our grocery order again.  And give me a big ole baked sweet potato!

That's it for my update.  Today is church day and worshipping our Lord and Savior.  Hope you can do the same.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Guess what it did yesterday?  Yep, you are right, rain, rain and more rain.  Puddles everywhere, mud, humidity, and all the things that go with constant rain.  The weatherman says drier days are coming next week...........I can hope.

Jim fell 'again' yesterday, transferring from his chair to the wheelchair.  I could not lift him so he scooted over to the sofa and finally pulled himself up.  It is so sad to be there and not be able to do anything for him.  Our son was at work and there was no one else to help.  He wasn't injured, other than his pride he said. It was the second time this week...:-(  Our son was here the first time and was able to get him up to his chair.

I have been trying to find a series of books that one of my blog friends here recommended, Tea Shop Mysteries, at our local library but have been unable to find them online, so thinking I may go to the downtown 'big' library and see if I have success.  I need something new to read!

I have started my June Scripture writing and this month it is on 'Forgiveness'.  It helps me begin my day on a good note, and if you might be interested in giving it a look, go to www.swtblessings.com
and give it a try.

That's it for today.  Have a blessed day.


Friday, June 1, 2018


Grocery pickup day!

More rain day!

Could be nap day!

Jim will have both physical therapy and occupational therapy today.  We had to be gone yesterday for half the day and had to reschedule one, so he gets a double dose today.

Not much going on around here, so will just wish you a happy day.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Thankful for...........

1.  Grandchildren.  Youngest, Jesse 10 years old, is taller than I am!  lol

2.  Jim is working hard with the physical therapist and occupational therapist to get stronger.

3.  Scripture from last night's message at church:  Matthew 5:44;
'But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.'  Jesus loved us even from the cross.  Good reminder.

4.  My computer, that connects me with my family and friends when I can't do so otherwise.

5.  A good hot cup of coffee first thing each morning...mmmm.


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I feel like all I have posted lately is negative and that is just not me.  I am positive or really try to be.  Negativity just brings me down and none of us need that.  So, I am going to switch gears and be the real me again.

Our second oldest granddaughter is in Germany as an exchange student.  Her school has this program, and she had a German student stay with her last year, so this year, she is staying in her home in Hamm, Germany.  

Grayce, our granddaughter, has already learned so much and she loves it so far.  She is a picky eater at home, but promised herself to eat some different things and she has enjoyed it so much.  This was one of the meals.......looks good to me!


This is Grayce on the left and her German friend, Lena, on the right.  What a wonderful experience for both girls.


In Germany, they do more walking and bicycling.  The first day there, they hiked 5 miles to a zoo.  The second day they rode bicycles to school.....quite different from here in the USA.

I look forward to the next adventure and am so happy Grayce is getting to experience this trip.

Have a blessed day my friends.




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

I started a new post early this morning, but had to stop for a while, as I got sick.  After going back to sleep, I feel some better.  Had a rough night and thought it was over, but obviously not.

With all the eruptions in Hawaii, the tornadoes in the Midwest, and the flooding all along the eastern seaboard, it makes one wonder what God is telling us.  In my opinion, He just wants our attention and to make sure we are ready for what is to come.

Physical Therapist is on his way to work with Jim; the VA sitter has vacuumed and is washing his clothes and bedding, so this is a busy house..........all except me!

If it is raining where you are, keep dry and have a good day indoors.

Monday, May 28, 2018

First of all, be thankful.

Secondly, be safe today.

Thirdly, enjoy the day with those you love.

GOD BLESS AMERICA, AND 
THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED.


Sunday, May 27, 2018

Things have calmed down around here and it is nice to be bored!  

Yesterday I went to get some more plants for the porch.  I have 4 TV trays that needed something, so got those.  Mainly I am trying to fight mosquitoes and bugs when sitting there.  I have citronella, lemon grass and rosemary so far.  All three of these are supposed to keep those pesky critters at bay.  I also have two hanging baskets of lavender, which is another good one.  I can honestly say (so far), I have been able to sit out there and not one mosquito bite YET.  I am sure one will slip through before the summer is over, but not because I haven't tried.

Jim had a good day, which is always a good day for me as well.  I made his favorite banana pudding and he ate almost half of it!  LOL

During the night we had a period of hard rain and blowing wind.  It woke me beating on the tin roof.

Sunday School and Church for me today, which is one of my happy places.  I hope you are able to worship in the church of your choice or at a special place.  

Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

We have had a busy week at the old homestead....physical therapy, occupational therapy, doors being measured, flowers being planted, hanging baskets in place, porch washed, pick up groceries, heavy cooking every day.  I need a vacation for real!

The physical therapist thinks Jim needs to gain some weight, so I am trying to cook meals and have snacks that will do just that.  She also wants him to use ankle weights when he does his exercises, so I had to find the kind she suggested.  Walmart loves to see me come!

My mattress has been a lifesaver.  I am sleeping better than I have in a year for sure, and 4 AM is not my 'getting up' time any more....I make it until nearly 7!

I have been reading your posts but not commenting, in between the other things this week.  I pray you and yours are doing well and have had a good week.  

More importantly, hope your Memorial Day weekend is just what you want it to be. Remember, 'all gave some, some gave all!'