Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Another shot of the obligatory picture of holding up this treasure and Oksana & Benny still enjoying this moment.
Mickey opening his gray hooded Bass Pro sweatshirt and Dave saying, "I think these packages got mixed up, Mickey. I think this one is yours."
By the way, this is Mickey's 76th birthday. I think he is as handsome as ever and just so glad he is my husband and FRIEND.
Dave receiving his Navy Blue Bass Pro hooded sweatshirt. Jacque had bought the pink one for herself and couldn't resist the temptation to pull this fast one on Dave. As you know, our family is great about pulling these stunts on each other. Check here to read about Marc's "Betty" bowling ball for his BD.
Our son, David, called during the time of dinner and dessert, (we had to wait to even have room for dessert!!) so it was perfect timing. I answered and then the phone was passed around to everyone and ended back with me. An added treat for Thanksgiving and something else to be thankful for!!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Now what in the world would Mickey & I be rendezvousing about at midnight?
I'm sure you are asking this question!
Well, it isn't the "what" but the "who".
The "Who" being my wonderful blog friend, Ginger, her wonderful husband, Dave,
their lovely daughter, Alicia, and new son-in-love, Alfred. Yes....ALL of them!!!
Ginger is one of the earliest blog friends that I made. We were trying to remember last night how we first "met" and I went back this morning and looked. I began my blog on January 21, 2007 and on February 9, 2007 I had this comment from GingerGinger said... Thanks for stopping by my site. Are you Amy's mom? I'm excited to read more about you!! Please stop back to my site any time. I love your profile. We have MUCH in common. It's NO secret....it's ALL God! February 9, 2007 12:22 PM
Now I remember, Ginger: Amy was one of the first to comment on my blog and when I followed her link I found you and read your post and commented and then you visited mine on February 9th and we've been building this wonderful friendship ever since.
Ginger & Dave have made several trips to Texas to visit their daughter during this time. Each time we have tried to put together a meeting and it just never worked out. This time we were both determined and sweet Dave said he was going to do everything possible to make it happen!!! Thank you Dave.....you did:o)
Alicia & Alf. What a sweet young couple and so co-operative and pleasant while their parents met us on this trip. Alf even gave me a big hug when they left. That was so sweet and pleased me so much :o)
Bless their hearts......they had been on the road already for about 10-11 hours and had 3-4 hours left to travel but took time to meet us.
We got to visit for about an hour and it was wonderful. Ginger is the sweet, gentle soul I knew she would be and Dave was a pure delight. We talked and talked and could have talked for hours.
As we departed the 6 of us joined hands in the Mc*D's and Dave prayed a wonderful prayer. He spoke of this meeting being just a taste of what Heaven will be like when we get to meet up with many wonderful friends.
Ginger, commented that I was shorter than she had pictured me. As I looked across the table at Ginger & Dave's beautiful blue eyes I knew for sure where those 3 beautiful daughters of theirs came from.
Thank you guys so much for taking the time and effort to meet us. You have made
this part of a Thanksgiving that we will always remember and cherish!!!!
This is my 7th blog friend to meet. Number 7 - the number of perfection!!! I am believing for the Lord to let me met many more of my blogging friends. What a joy.
Addendum:I "snatched" this picture from Ginger's blog to show that my dear, sweet, precious Mickey was indeed along and present!! Thanks to two wonderful, special husbands, Mickey & Dave, for making this happen. Ginger & I are indeed blessed beyond measure with them. How many men would do all this for their wives? Ours will and DID :o)
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I received this in an e-mail recently. It has been around before but I thought it would be a perfect message for us to meditate on this Sabbath morning.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Peeled them & cut them up.
Here they are boiling away and it didn't take very long for them to be done and ready for mashing.
Note: I placed the individual baggies on cookie sheets and froze solid before I stacked them up on the freezer shelf.
Then I went back to the store & bought 5 more large sweet potatoes for $1.14. I am going to bake these today and freeze them individually. I will be able to feed us baked sweet potato on 5 different occasions for only 23 cents (11.5 per Mickey & 11.5 per me). I had bought a sweet potato just a few days ago at my local market for $.99 a lb. My one sweet potato weighed .68 lbs @ $.99 = $.67 vs the $.23. A savings of $2.20.
($.67 - $.23 =$.44 x 5 = $2.20)
The other plus. is having my oven on 1 time at 400 degrees for 60 minutes instead of
5 separate times so saving on energy, too.
Taking advantage of this one sale item saved me $15.63 ($13.43 + $2.20 = $15.63. That's being frugal.
I may go buy some more before next Tuesday when the sale ends!!!!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Raised a glass of water and asked
'How heavy is this glass of water?'
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter,
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'
' And that's the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
As the burden becomes increasingly heavy,
We won't be able to carry on.'
' As with the glass of water,
You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'
'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down.
Don't carry it home.
You can pick it up tomorrow,
Whatever burdens you're carrying now,
Let them down for a moment if you can.'
So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now,
Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.
Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
* Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
It was probably worth it.
* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.
* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
* Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.
*Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
*The second mouse gets the cheese.
* Birthdays are good for you,
The more you have, the longer you live.
* You may be only one person in the world,
But you may also be the world to one person.
* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
* A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Have an awesome day and know that someone thought about you today...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
When the new Following features came out Diana posted about it and I jumped right on board. "I" was even able to do it without any outside help. A real boost for my ego!!!!
I am plugging this feature because it has so simplified my blog reading and blog life. I think it's the neatest thing since sliced bread :o)
Here is the official link: http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=104226/
I would encourage all of you who want to make reading blogs and being able to comment on the spot so much easier. It is saving me so much time. You just list the blogs you want to read "Followers". You can even follow anonymously if you desire. Each time that person on your followers list posts, it automatically pops up on your home page. Now how much easier could it be than that?
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I am a very organized person. One who believes "everything has it's place and everything should be in it's place". I find life so much easier that way and you save so much time not having to "find" or "hunt" for something.
When a bill comes in the mail I immediately write out the check to pay for it. I seal the envelope and put an address label in the left corner but I don't stamp it. I write the date for the bill to be mailed (not the due date but the mail date) where the stamp goes. I keep all these "pending" envelopes on the top of the desk in my computer room in date order; earliest on top. I check this stack and if the date comes up to mail an item I remove it from the stack, place the stamp on it and put it in the mail box. This way I never forget to pay a bill on time or mail in a payment but I have use of the money in my checking account for a longer amount of time and the amount is already removed and my balance shows it paid.
A frugal tip and recycled item:
I use baking soda as a primary cleaner around my house. It is amazing how many things you can clean with baking soda.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The tulip tree snapped completely off at the base. Right where Mickey would have cut it down!!!
Here is the stump. You can see how cleanly it snapped. Looks like it had been cut with a saw!!!
Now, how great is our God?!!!!! This was a tree that needed to come down and it was going to be some time and a huge job for Mickey to try and get done. So, it was done for us. Praise God.
Not only did it come down in the first place but it fell the perfect direction where not one bit of damage was done!!! Had it fallen the other direction it would have taken down part of the privacy fencing and might have caused damage to our neighbors property. We of course also have our 5th Wheel and David's Mustang parked in our back yard which "could" have been damaged, plus a storage building and the arbour.
Mickey thinks the tree was struck by lighting.....so we lost 2 huge trees from ice and 1 from lighting!! Glad we had other trees in our back yard.
This picture is hard to see but what also came down was my clothes line!!!! that had been tied between this maple tree and the tulip tree.
SO, not only the tree came down but so did my clothes line :o( We will have to figure some way to get it back up when Mickey is able to tackle the job.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
I'm going to do mine a little different in making my choices. I'm doing it by category.
INSPIRES - Meredith at A Mother Singing with her inspiring posts of her adopted daughter, Jane and her grown children. Her mother love is evident in each and every post.
MAKES ME SMILE & LAUGH - Linds of Rocking Chair Reflections. Linds writes with such a sense of humor even when faced with very difficult situations. Many times when reading Linds blog I am literally laughing out loud. I think it is a wonderful gift to be able to laugh at ourselves and see the absolute humor in so very much of life.
GIVES AMAZING INFORMATION - I picked two for this award because each blog is from such a different perspective of information.
Barbara of Ramblings from an English Garden . Barbara blesses us with many lovely tours of interesting places around England where she lives. I get to share in these places, through her camera and narrative, that I will never see with my eyes in real life.
Shirley of Alabama Times. Shirley & her husband and 2 children recently moved from Pennsylvania to Alabama and are building their own home from the ground up!! She is sharing with us each step of the process. It blesses not only me, but my husband, Mickey, to get to follow along on the very intriguing process that her husband has designed and how they work together in this great undertaking.....even the children.
A GREAT READ - Maxine of Nanna's Reflections. I especially appreciated the Godly approach that Maxine took when posting her thoughts and concerns about the Presidential election we just had. She caused me to think even deeper than I already was.
AN AMAZING DESIGN - Susie of A Pink Carnation in Bloom. Since I am so much more a "word" oriented person I have picked Susie for her header design because it so fits the wonderful story of how that name came to be and about Susie. If you aren't familiar with it......go to her blog and click on her side bar and read it. It will bless you. Susie is one young woman I have followed almost from the beginning and I love her "heart" for her Lord and her family.
ANY OTHER REASON YOU CAN THINK OF - ALL OF YOU who I read and comment on a consistent basis. Realize, I think you are all UNER or I wouldn't be coming around!!!
I'm also going to name two more bloggers who don't blog any more and who I miss terribly!!!
Both of these gals blessed me with their wonderful Spiritual insight. They were truly Proverbs 27:17 to me – “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
Karen of Karen's Ramblings, who lives in New Zealand with her husband and young son & daughter & Carin of Folded Wings, who lives in England. It is my prayer that God will bring these two voices back into Blogland because they always lifted our Savior high and I miss them so. In case either of you happen by to read.....WE NEED YOU!!!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Some more of normal this week: I made another batch of my home made laundry soap. I kept track of the number of washes I got from the first batch and it was 40.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Holding myself accountable and posting every week on Monday...
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Finally, I am getting around to a blog award....Blogging Friends Forever. I received this from my English friend, Barbara, back a little while ago. With my husbands surgery and the election taking priority on my blog I'm just now getting around to doing this.
The idea behind this award is that you send it to three bloggers who have regularly commented on your blog and also to one new blogging friend.
Friday, November 7, 2008
We have NOTHING but praise for the facilities, care, treatment, staff, equipment, knowledge, everything that was given to us in our time of need.
Compare this to one of my blog friends, living in a different country, who's husband had a stroke on Sunday.
A) After rushing him to the hospital they waited 8 hours before he was seen by a Doctor!!
B) He was sent home after 2 days, even though they have not pin-pointed what is causing the problem because they had no beds!!
I contacted her and asked if I could use this private information in a post and received this answer.
C) "You are most welcome to use that information in my posts and please add if you like that he had a bed in four different rooms two rooms were ladies wards and the older ladies in their 70plus had him in the ward and did not like it for about 5 hours. The men look like they get moved from this spot to that all their stay in Hospital. We have private medical benefits and still it has not helped."
4 different beds - 2 of which were ladies wards - moved after 5 hours !!
Now I am telling you......I would have been frantic had these things happened to us. Especially, waiting 8 hours for help to a very serious, life threatening, situation.
Signs of the times??????
I want so badly to get off the political agenda and posts......but I'm telling you.....with Health Care being on the top burner for both Obama & Hillary we better be vigilant in fighting heath care "reform" that puts us under even a partially socialized medicine because this is the story we will be telling here. I remember in 2000 when we were touring Canada the Doctors in New Brunswick were on STRIKE!!!!
Surely this is not what we want for this country .
Everything was perfect!!! The picture of his heart is perfect, his EKG read just as they wanted it to, his lungs are clear & healthy, and his blood work was all good, except the kidney was a little high but nothing that concerned them.
This isn't a very good picture, due to the sun glare, but this shows him leaving with his newly repaired heart and a clean bill of health. HALLELUJAH
This is Mickey as we began his first outside walk. We were to start walking at 5 minutes a day and gradually add to it each day until he is walking at least 30 minutes. Yesterday we walked 14 minutes. We are adding a minute or 2 a day. The weather here has been delightful and making it very easy for us. As it gets too cold we will begin going to Wal-M*mart to walk.
Thanks again to all who prayed for us, and especially with us, during this path. We are only 2 days shy of it being one month since his surgery.
JESUS is our healer...and He uses Doctors and He supplied us with the very best!