Saturday, July 22, 2017

BITS & PIECES, ODDS & ENDS, CLUTTER, JUNK.....whichever you want to call it!

Good Saturday morning to you!  I hope it is or will be good for you.

My header is a picture from on top of Signal Mtn., a suburb around us.  One of our daughters lives on Signal, and I too lived up there when I first moved from Nashville to Chattanooga.  I am such a mountain lover, that I still enjoy going up to visit when I can.  We are surrounded by mountains on all sides....Signal, Lookout, Elder, Racoon, Mowbry and many other smaller ones.  I love it!

We hit 96 degrees yesterday and are due the same today...ugh. Come on fall!  School starts here in about 2 weeks and that seems unreal, but time is flying by for sure.

I was lazy all day yesterday, so am going to have to play catch up today on the house chores...laundry, vacuuming, etc.  I may even cook something!  LOL

One of the editors of our local newspaper prints funnies from time to time, and this one just hit me....
Mick and his sick goldfish
Mick goes to the vet with his goldfish. "I think it's got epilepsy", he tells the vet. The Vet takes a look and says, "It seems calm enough to me".

Mick says, "I haven't taken it out of the bowl yet".

Friday, July 21, 2017

A dear, dear friend and her husband visited yesterday and came 'bearing gifts'! She knew I was getting tired of crocheting, so she brought me a cross-stitch picture to work on, plus two little pictures, frames included.  

Also, they live across the state line in Georgia and we both have bought sausage from a home owned meat place. They raise, process and sell their own meat, and it is far better than bought in a big store.  It has been closed for re-modeling for quite some time, but she brought two packages of their sausage to tell us they were back open for business.

How do some people just know what you need, when you need it?  This couple does, always has, and always will.

She also brought me their recent study book that their Sunday School class used. She said I work too hard at trying to do it all, be the best, and all I really need is God.  This is a line from the book, and I need to read and re-read every morning:

     "You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit within you, and all of heaven ahead of you. If you have the Shepherd, you have grace for every sin, direction for every turn, a candle for every corner, and an anchor for every storm.  You have everything you need."

Thursday, July 20, 2017

I am thankful for so many things, but especially am thankful for my church - the group of people that I worship with regularly.  I have been in church all of my far back as I can remember, and have been in good churches. The church I attend now is very unusual to me.  The people care. They truly do.  It isn't pretense, it isn't for attention, they care.  And they show love, unashamedly and freely.

On Wednesday nights, we still have what the old folks called, 'Prayer Meeting'.  We really do come together and pray for so many people, so many needs, and give thanks to the One that allows us these things.

Last night was no exception. However, at the beginning of the service, before the message was brought, a young man....oh, maybe in his late 20's or early 30's came forward for special prayer.  The Pastor stood with him, and he explained that he had gone down the wrong path of life for a long time, and with much prayer and longing, the Lord had led him to surrender to go to a faith-based, residential substance abuse treatment facility, and he would be leaving very soon. He asked that the church be with him, pray for him, support him, and love him through the trying times ahead.

It blessed my heart to see every single man, from the young to the oldest, go forward, kneel and pray with him, and the church as a whole gave him our promise to continue to do so.  I am thankful that I am with a church (the word "church" as rendered in the New Testament comes from the Greek term ekklesia which is formed from two Greek words meaning "an assembly" and "to call out" or "called out ones." This means the New Testament church is a body of believers who have been called out from the world by God to live as his people under the authority of Jesus Christ) that is thankful and willing to do just that.

So, that is my 'list' of thankfulness today. May God continue to work and help us help others for His sake.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I am not a gardner!  I love flowers, but my thumb is not 'green' in any manner.  I used to plant daylilies, tulips, mums, whatever was seasonal, but now days, I just have my little circle of planters to tend to.  I planted marigolds from seeds this year, and they have outshone themselves for a couple of months now. Buttttttttt....they are slowly but surely dying, getting 'leggy' and I am ready to replace them. The hot sun has a lot to do with it, but I have faithfully watered them, pinched off the dead blooms, etc.  I have talked to them, walked around them, kept the weeds away, but they can only shine for so long, right? I still have my begonias and the mandevilla vine is thriving and climbing up and up, but what do I plant in the planters from now til fall? I like color.

I am taking the car to the car wash for a major clean up.  We have downsized to only one vehicle and it has been sitting for sometime, and needs a big overhaul, inside and out, and I just am not able to do it.  My daughter said it would even drive better if it were clean!

Whatever your Wednesday offers, enjoy!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

So much has happened, it would be hard for me to type it all. Suffice it say I have calmed down a bit and things are looking up for us.  We have an appointment next Thursday with the Palliative Care Service, and will find out exactly what they can and will do to make things easier for both of us.

Jim fell out of his wheelchair in the kitchen today.  He bent over too far and just fell out.  I cannot lift him, so bless his heart, he scooted through the kitchen, to the bedroom, and pulled himself up on his knees, holding on to the bed.  This is an example of what we are dealing with on a day to day basis, and why we need the help.

We got a lot of things sealed down on Sunday when the children were here, and things are going in the right direction now.

Moving on from our day to day.......I made some new bread today and it sure smelled good baking.  Mildred, I haven't tried the recipe you sent yet, but will soon.

Also made a banana pudding.  I used Lorna Doone cookies as the base. We haven't tried it yet, but I know it will be good.

As most of you, we are having hot hot temperatures, rain now and then, is summer after all.  Before we know it, we will be complaining about how cold it is and all the snow falling!  lol

Hope to be able to get back in my regular blogging routine.  I have read your posts, but didn't post until some today.  Will catch up soon, and again, thank you for praying for us.

Monday, July 17, 2017


My page will be on hold for the time being. Much being done, much has been done.  I will be reading your blogs on a daily basis, but not commenting.  I am here, just behind the scene for the time being.

God bless.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We are having a family meeting at 10 this morning to discuss the things that are needed to care for Jim.  The children want to be and should be involved.  

Lots of decisions to be made for a comfortable and safe future.

We are also celebrating our middle daughter's birthday.  Jennifer is 46 today!!!  Happy Birthday to a special daughter, wife, and mother.

7 years how things have changed.....