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Monday, January 22, 2018

Patience

What a day! My patience certainly was tried all day!

I got a property tax/license plate renewal bill in the mail this weekend on the old 2007 Impala that I sold in December.  So I pulled out my receipt from the guy I sold it to, and the receipt where I had turned in the plates to the DMV.  Then, at 11:00, I headed to the DMV with the receipts. I took my place at the end of the line that was outside the building.  Forty-five minutes later, still 10 parties back from being at the front of the line, I made a call to Flow Chevrolet to let them know it looked like I was going to be late for my 12:45 appointment for a recall of front wiper transmission corrosion failure on my Equinox. They told me that 15-20 minutes late would be no problem.

In the meantime, I was now about 5th in line at the DMV. At nearly the one hour mark, I walked up to the counter and explained why I was there.  (At the bottom of the receipt where I had turned in the plates it says, "Note:  The county requires a copy of this receipt and a copy of the bill of sale within 1 year in order to process a possible release or refund of property taxes on this vehicle."  I figured this was the reason why I got the bill.) The lady at the counter handed the receipts back to me and said, "we don't want these.  You are going to have to go to the downtown office of the tax administration."  REALLY??? I wanted to say, "you mean I just stood in line for an hour for nothing?"  But I didn't! I politely asked her where I was going to have to go!  She explained to me in "femalese language" how to get there using landmarks....."follow this street til it dead-ends at this building......." 

Well, I wanted a little more, but for the moment, I had to leave and get to my Recall appointment.  I had time to stop and get some lunch to take with me.  I arrived in plenty of time, however, the mechanic asked me, "do you know if they ordered these parts for this recall repair?"  UMMM, NO!  I figured he was going to send me home, but he directed me into the waiting area. 

I ate lunch and then I called the number on the bill, which was the downtown location (with the address, if I needed it) but the receptionist, in her broken English (OY, VEY!!) gave me a number in Raleigh to call.  (Can you say, "Ring around the Rosey........?")  Of course, I was on hold, "waiting for the next available representative because of the high call volume" for 15 minutes, at least!

Finally!  Laura, bless your pea-picking heart, took my call.  Apparently there was some question as to the time the insurance on the Impala had been canceled.  I explained to her that I sold the vehicle on December 15th, canceled the GEICO insurance on December 17th (according to her records) and returned the plates to the DMV on December 18th.  She said she was going to have to go over things with her supervisor to get the approval to dismiss the bill.  She took my phone number "in case I lose you before I get back."  So, I was on hold for another 10 minutes.  But, alas, when she came back on the line she said I could disregard the bill.  It is all taken care of.  Why do I have this eerie feeling that it isn't all taken care of?! 

So, that took an hour to resolve.  And I'm still waiting to hear about the car, which was still sitting in the same spot I parked it in when I arrived.  Then, alas, the car was moved out of sight.  So I assumed that was a good sign!  About half an hour passed and the mechanic came to me and asked if I would like a complimentary car wash, too!  Well, how about that!  Thank You, LORD!  My reward for my patience?!  Why, yes!  I'll take it!  Thank you very much!  At 3:02 I left the parking lot with a brand-spanking clean car and assumed-to-be-fixed wiper transmissions!

I decided I needed to do some shopping after that,, so I headed to the Lifeway Christian Bookstore.  I had a coupon for a free CSB Gift and Award Bible, regularly priced $6.99.  I found two Veggie-Tales DVDs at 90% off.  One cost $1.49, regularly $14.99 and the other cost $0.50, regularly $5.00 (but I'm sure had already been discounted to that from $14.99).  I found two adult movies, "Paul, the Apostle" for $7.49, originally priced $14.99, and "China Cry" for $5.00 (probably originally $14.99).  So, I spent $15.46 and they said I saved $32.49, but I figure I really saved more than that!

I love the shopping bags you get from Lifeway!

A Bible and 4 movies.

My last stop was at the Dollar Tree next to Lifeway.  I found 3 puzzles.



After that shopping spree, I was ready to go home.  And now I'm going to fix something to eat because it is almost 7:30, and then I will do some reading and knitting before going to bed.  Have a blessed Tuesday!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Beautiful Words! Wonderful Words!

I pray you spent time with your church family feasting on God's Word today!  Sometimes I wish we could just all live together, singing, praying and feasting on God's Word from sun up to sun down! 

But, we are to spread what we learn in church to the world around us.  We are not to have our light hidden under a basket.  We are to be on a lamp stand, shining brightly for the world to see what Jesus has done for us, not keep the gospel within the 4 walls of the church.

Tonight Bobby's message was "How to Read the Bible."  He shared 3 points with us:
1.  Prayer should precede the reading of God's Word.
2.  Plan to read it habitually.
3.  Practice reading the Bible with the intent to remember it and profit from it.

Besides his message, Bobby shared C.H. Spurgeon's message of the same, "How to Read the Bible" that he preached on June 21, 1866.  He shared 7 points:
1.  Read and Depend on the Spirit of God.
2.  Read and Meditate.
3.  Read and Apply.
4.  Read and Practice.
5.  Read and Pray.
6.  Read and Try (test).
7.  Read and Tell Out what you read.
It was a good read with practical information, too.  And, the 7th point is exactly why we cannot "just live together, singing, praying and feasting on God's Word from sun up to sun down!"  Spurgeon said, "When you read a passage of Scripture and have any enjoyment therein (got something from it), go to your sick neighbor and tell what God has said to you."  We are to share it with the world!  Not keep it to ourselves!

I hope and pray that as I share with you from time to time what God has revealed to me from His Word that it will be a blessing to you, too!  They are "Wonderful Words of Life!"

1.  Sing them over again to me,
Wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see,
Wonderful words of life;
Words of life and beauty
Teach me faith and duty.

Chorus:
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
Wonderful words of life.

2.  Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
Wonderful words of life;
Sinner, list to the loving call,
Wonderful words of life;
All so freely given,
Wooing us to heaven.

3.  Sweetly echo the Gospel call,
Wonderful words of life;
Offer pardon and peace to all,
Wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
Sanctify us forever.


Today's Photos:
Still some snow left, even though the temperature reached almost 70 degrees today!

The ground is sopping wet from the melting, too!

Beautiful skies!

I spent the afternoon in the parsonage doing some packing, etc.  So after being on my feet all afternoon, as soon as I got home tonight, I got my jammies on and my house slippers and propped my feet up to do some reading!


 And, that was my Sunday!  Have a blessed week!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

A Day Away

I had things I wanted to do around here today, but with the promise of 55 degrees, and waking up to beautiful sunshine, I decided I wanted to go to Elisabeth's.

Spent some time playing games with these beautiful girlies!
 After lunch, Liz asked if I wanted to go to the Goodwill.  Ummm?  OF COURSE!  So, the kids stayed home (no surprise there because what kid want to go shopping with mom at Goodwill?) with Brad and we went to two Goodwills, Salvation Army and a church affiliated thrift.  We both found a few things.
I did not buy this, but I thought it would be good inspiration for some sort of project.

Liz needed a warm coat for standing outside in the cold at school in the mornings as she helps with kids unloading their vehicles.  So, she found this nice, warm, long, hooded winter coat!  It is beautiful and was a good price!  $10!

I, too, am looking for a coat for church.  This little jacket was reversible.  But, I didn't like it.  I will have to keep looking.  I'll know the right one when I see it!

Liz found a little jacket almost identical to the one I found yesterday.
I found a few books is all I bought today and a sleeveless vest that Liz talked me into buying.  :D


LOTS of the snow is gone in the front of the house.  But, the ground is still snow-covered in the back of the house.  Progress!

Tonight I have been reading a Bible study entitled, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World.  I read the first 2 chapters tonight.  Very good read so far.

And that was my Saturday!  Have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow!  Take advantage of worshiping in God's house in a country it is safe to do so.......so far!

Friday, January 19, 2018

He Cares For Me

Today the snow plow made several passes down our road. So I decided that I needed to get out of the house for awhile.  I first spent time cleaning the rest of the snow off of my car that the sun had not melted yet.  The side facing the sun was clear.  So that left the windshield, hood and top to clear.  When that was finished I was on my way.

First stop was lunch at Dairi O for a BBQ sandwich, fries and tea.

Next stop was across the street at Mega Thrift.  I was in the market for boots.  Not fancy ones (unless I found some that fit).  I found 4 pairs in my size, but only one pair fit....the cheapest ones!  Another example of how the Father watches over me to save me money when I have things I need to buy!  I also found 3 pairs of jeans and a nice jacket.  I also found 2 purses.  I've been looking for stiffer purses, not floppy, noodley ones.  One of them was brand new.  Still had a $49 tag hanging on the inside of it!  I paid $8.

Then I stopped for gas at Walmart.  $2.41/gallon.  I was almost on empty, so it cost me almost $40.  My last stop was in Walmart for birdseed and gatorade.  I'm going to have fun watching the birds at Ilene's when it warms up!

I got home in time to wash the jeans and jacket along with other dark clothes, but I didn't have time to dry them so I could wear them, so I let them dry while I was gone.  And I just remembered that Ilene doesn't like to run the dryer while she is gone.  I'll have to remember not to do that.  I've never had a problem with drying clothes while I'm gone, but I would feel terrible if I did here and something happened and burned the house down!

I did have time for a shower and fixing my hair before I left.  I went to Calvin and Sharon's, parked the car and rode with them to the restaurant.  There were 14 of us from church who met for dinner.  What a sweet time of fellowship we had!  We will definitely have to do that again!  I love my church family!  Thank You, LORD, for the sweetness of Christian fellowship!

On the way home, I heard this song playing on the Christian radio station:

My Father Watches Over Me

by William C. Martin, pub.1910
Matthew 6:26 - "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?"

1.  I trust in God wherever I may be,
Upon the land, or on the rolling sea,
For come what may, from day to day,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

Chorus:
I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

2.  He makes the rose an object of His care,
He guides the eagle through the pathless air,
And surely He remembers me;
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

Chorus:
I trust in God, for, in the lion’s den,
On battlefield, or in the prison pen,
Through praise or blame, through flood or flame,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

3.  The valley may be dark, the shadows deep,
But, oh, the Shepherd guards His lonely sheep;
And through the gloom He’ll lead me home,
My heav’nly Father watches over me.

Yes, He supplies my every need!

Today's pictures:



Another day of bright sunshine AND warmer temperatures!  It got to almost 50 today!

Finally can see the pavement on the road after being plowed!


The sky was a beautiful blue today!
 
Good to see this truck!

Tiny bird prints on top of the snow!

Ilene's hens and chickens surviving the snow.
 

It got warmer than they forecast!  Thank You, LORD!

$4

The purse with pink trim is actually black with red trim.  It is the one that had a price tag of $49 inside.  It is brand new, you can tell!  The other one cost $4.

Nice washable jacket.  It is more of a charcoal gray than light gray in the photo.
That's it for today!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Digital Scrapbooking Layouts

Today, besides some new photos I took, I have been scrapbooking on my computer.  So, I decided, before I begin a new puzzle, to share the pages I have done recently for challenges (inspiration) at The Digi Chick.  If you want to read the credit information about how I made the pages, you can read them on My Photos in the gallery.  Just click on the "My Photos" link above, scroll down, and click on one of the scrapbook pages.  These 6 layouts will show up first.

The journaling on the page reads:  "This has been a cold winter for North Carolina!  We rarely ever get snow, but we got a whopping 4-5" if not more.  The storm has paralyzed the state."  This is one of the photos I took during the snow storm we had on 1/16/18.



The journaling on this page reads:  "It has been a cold, cold winter!  Not used to it being so cold in North Carolina!  The winters are generally very mild.....they spoil us!  We are not used to this kind of snow!  It is pretty, but it is Enough!"  Another photo I took on 1/16/18.


This was done for the Scripture Challenge and the journaling is verses from the Bible:  Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."


The journaling on this page reads:  "Abby, first grade, and Isabelle, Kindergarten, were chosen by their classmates as female representatives for Homecoming based on Godly character.  They will walk out during the homecoming basketball game at Rockwell Christian on January 23rd.  Everyone had to wear their dress and have it approved by the principal for modesty.  How cute they are!"


The journaling on this page reads:  "As I look back over the past years and how my acquaintance with these special women came about, it is only then that I understand the importance of why the Lord put them in my life.  When I met them, I didn't know they would be such a blessing to me in my future widowhood.  Thank You, Lord, for Your eternal wisdom and knowledge of what I would need when I needed it!"


The journaling on this page reads:  "First time in several years all nine grandchildren have been together at the same time for our Christmas gathering.  Even though they don't see one another very often, they get along marvelously!"



Today's photos:
The sun was bright today and really melted the snow, even though it started out at 16 degrees and felt like it was 6 degrees!  


Lots of snow still on the ground, but the trees are about bare of snow!




I couldn't believe how much snow had melted off the deck by 3:00.  It surprised me!

Anything in the shadows still had lots of snow piled on it, however.

The shadow of the tree on the snow caught my attention.

The sky was beautiful today!

Icecicles

Can you guess what this is?




That was my day!  Hope yours was great!  If not, maybe your tomorrow will be better!  I pray it is!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snow Day

WOW!  We really got the snow today!  More even than WV had, or at least more than the people we talked to.  It was so pretty coming down!  I'm glad we didn't have to get out in it!  I'm glad we had the foresight to get the groceries we needed yesterday!

I tried to call the eye doctor at 8:30 to tell her we were going to cancel but no one answered the phones.  At 9:00 she called us and told us the appointments were going to be delayed because they were not going to open the office until 1:00.  We told her we had called to cancel anyway.  She said they may not even open the office anyway today.  So she would call us back tomorrow morning to reschedule.

Bobby canceled the evening services at church, too.  With so many of our people being out sick on Sunday he decided it would probably be best to give everyone extra time to heal and the rest of us to not worry about having to get out on the roads.  Ilene and I would not be going anyway.  She said her street is always plowed last.  It is 2:15 as I type this and we have not seen a plow truck yet.  Very few people are braving the weather out this way!

I had fun taking some photos of the white beauty.  God is the Master Painter of all things beautiful!  So thankful we didn't have to get out in it!  So, we stayed in our jammies all day (thus far, anyway)!  And I think I'm going to have to scrap some of these beautiful pictures!

My first pictures were taken at 8:30.  Not sure how long it had been snowing at this point.



Ilene talking to her daughter.


After Bobby told us the evening services were canceled, we decided to stay in our jammies all day!
 And, what do you do inside all day when the weather is frightful outside?  Why, of course!  You work a puzzle!  Here's the one we started last night and finished today:




Out the back door to the deck.




Out the front door on the porch.





Out the side window.


9:00 a.m. getting heavier.









1:39 p.m. the snow has really piled up on the cars!

Not sure what bird was looking for food in this video.  The zoom is not very clear on the camera, which irritates me.  Notice how deep the snow has gotten on the cars by this afternoon!  The hum you hear is the heat pump (I think that is what it is).


Love the soft music of the wind chimes.






The pine trees are so pretty as their boughs pile up the snow!
Well, believe it or not, the weather forecast I looked at this morning was correct when it said the snow would end around 3 this afternoon!  I took a broom and swept through the snow on the porch.  I measured what was piled up on the banister.....3 1/2".


Ilene is packing so she can go to the funeral in WV of her sister in law who died yesterday.  I'm hanging out here and going to do some knitting, etc.

Have a great Thursday!