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Friday, December 8, 2017

Let It Snow, OH, NO!!

Today we had icey snow, wet snow, freezing rain, and slick roads!  NASTY all day long!  I went out but came back without finishing my plans because of the yuck.  I had to stop and put air in my tires because I got a warning light saying they were too low.  I couldn't get that message on a beautiful day, I guess, LOL!

And as crazy as it was, I let the kids talk me into taking them for ice cream at the corner and then to Five Below so Ryan could find some Christmas present ideas for me.  The only thing I gained from that trip was more calories than I needed!  The snow was pretty coming down, however!  But it was slick!  We had to be rerouted around Faith because of an accident in town.

I did get my camera hooked up correctly to the wifi, I guess, because when I got ready to send my phone pictures to my gmail, there were the ones I took with my camera, too!  I just can't get the ones from the camera that I took before I got the wifi set up.

Here's today's pictures:

Icey snow coming down as I headed out this morning


Snow beginning to stick.

Sally would not go off the porch to use the potty because of the snow.  She wouldn't even go out on the deck.

She got excited when everyone got home from school

Playing games with these two

After tonight's trip, we played some more games

Abby's name was drawn this week as the winner for reading.  Hannah photo bombing my picture of Abby's stuffed animals.  The doggy is the one she won this week.  Ryan gave her the bear.

Ryan photo bombing this one

Heavy snow fall this afternoon

The only fall leaves left on the tree.

Tufted Titmouse

Dark-eyed junco

Dark-eyed junco

I was so happy to see the birds this afternoon!  I took my feeders to Ilene's on Thursday.  When I get a chance, I will get them set up under some of her trees so we can watch the birds feed this winter.

Liz and I plan to do some shopping tomorrow, weather permitting!  The play was cancelled at the kids' school and rescheduled for Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nostalgia, Part 1

Nostalgia was in play at Ilene's today.  However, I packed up some stuff to bring to Elisabeth's today, including the camera, but I forgot the adapter that would allow me to transfer the pictures and videos to my computer.  I tried to set up the wifi setting on my phone, but couldn't get it done.  I'm missing something, so I'll have to wait til I get the instruction book.

We listened to some OLD songs on Ilene's stereo record player.  It was great!  She has some 78's, 33 1/3's and 45's.  Records!  OLD versions of CDs!  I will have to share the videos with you at another time.

We are going to make hers and Buford's annual wine cakes to share with our church family and family members.  And since next week's schedule is jam-packed with stuff to do, we decided it would be best to buy the groceries needed for the cakes today so that when I get back from Elisabeth's this weekend, on Monday we will be able to start right in on the cakes in the morning.

After we got back from the grocery store, we unloaded Ilene's car, put the groceries away and then I loaded my car with the items I was bringing to Elisabeth's for the next couple of days.  When I arrived, Brad was just getting home.  He took a shower and then we headed to Cracker Barrel for supper.

My not-so-healthy meal!  But, it was oh, so good!

After eating, we went to a couple of stores to get some gift cards for a couple of birthday parties Hannah and Ryan will be going to.  We also went through a Christmas light display at a house in Faith, NC.  Abby said, "They are beautiful!"  The pictures are not great since all I had was my phone.  I should ALWAYS take my camera with  me!  Here's a link to a few better pictures of Randall Barger's lights in Faith, NC.  Click HERE.

This is Elisabeth's tree.  It is a real tree and is absolutely beautiful.  I forget what kind of tree she said it was.  Douglas fir, maybe??  Anyway, I couldn't catch the blinking lights all on at the same time with my phone.

When we got home we played a couple of hands of Old Maid before the kids had to go to bed.
Sally eyeing Abby's donut, hoping for crumbs or a bite! 

Abby lost the second game.  Ryan lost the first game.
That's it for me!  Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Movies

This puzzle has been in the works for quite awhile!  But it is finally finished!  1000 pieces!  Several hard places, but weird shapes which helped!

I have to say that I have been enjoying watching Christmas movies with Ilene on the Hallmark channel.  I don't normally watch television because of the "junk" that is on it.  Glad these are decent shows!  Here's Ilene's spot for watching them.  She usually falls asleep.  :D

Today I took Ilene to the Stroke Bridge Center for her follow-up appointment.  The visit ended positively.  The arteries in the back of Ilene's neck are NOT blocked.  The blood flow area is narrowing, but not completely blocked.  That was great news!  But, we still need to work on improving our health (as I sit here munching on Triscuits)!  The Nurse Practitioner told us that aerobic exercise would help.  So next week we are going to check out the Y.  They have an indoor walking "trail."  She also told us that in 3 months, either the Plavix or the aspirin would be cut out of her list of drugs.  Also, Ilene can drive again and can be left alone.  Needless to say, she was excited about the good news!  Thank You, LORD!

Tonight we met at the church at 5:30 for a fellowship meal before the evening service.  It was a great time!    Please pray for our church that the LORD would show us who He wants to be the next pastor of our church.  There are not many prospects out there.

After church Ilene and I cleaned the church building.  We sign up for a month for the cleaning.  And that is rotated through those who sign up and are able.

OK, that's it for me today!  Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Healthier Eating, BAH! HUMBUG!!!

With Ilene needing to watch her cholesterol, we have decided to help one another!  The last couple of times I've had my cholesterol checked it has been high, just not high enough to have to do anything about it.....yet!  Well, it's time I did something about that!  And, with us cooperating and helping one another.......We don't like it, but WE CAN DO THIS!!!!!

Tonight's meal I cooked using Mrs. Dash's Onion & Herb seasoning and NO oil!  Water simmered everything.  It was delicious.......OR, we were very hungry!  :D


Yesterday afternoon, Calvin (from church) helped me load this plant stand and the desk from the guest room in the parsonage into his truck and he followed Ilene and I home and helped me unload them and bring them into the house.
Doesn't that look nice?!  Tim would be so glad that his beloved plant stand is being put to good use!

It is hard to tell with the Christmas decorations and Ilene standing in front of them, but the whole corner behind her is loaded with  the plants shown in the picture above.  What a difference!
And there's the table/desk from the guest room at the parsonage.  Ilene spotted it when we were there the other day and said that it would be perfect for me to use.  I had forgotten all about it!  It is a piece of furniture that mom had refinished years and years ago!  It used to have a round mirror on "legs" that were screwed onto the top of the desk, but I got rid of the mirror after moving to NC, but I don't remember exactly why.

Today began earlier than usual for us.  Ilene needed her van inspected for her new license plate sticker.  So we took it to the dealer in High Point and while we waited they rotated the tires, checked the fluids and did the inspection.  We were there a couple of hours.

After that our plans were to go to the thrifts that Tim and I went to in High Point.  But first, we had lunch at Olive Garden.  We love the soup and salad lunch menu!  (I told Ilene that if she got tired of my picture-taking to let me know!)

Ilene was very tired after we were out all day yesterday.  She went to bed at 9:30!  So I kept asking her how she felt today and to please let me know if she was ready to call it quits on the thrifting!  She did really well!  She is gaining more and more strength day by day.  But I don't want to push her!!

Tomorrow we are going to the stroke clinic.  We have a few questions to ask and I will be recording the answers and the session for Ilene's daughter.  Questions:
1.  Will the medicine (plavix, cholesterol med, aspirin and fish oil) reverse or unclog the blockages in the arteries in the back of her head?
2.  When can she drive?
3.  When can she stay by herself?
4.  What info can you give us about the Life Alert device and do you have them or know where to get them?

I didn't take a picture of the finished product after Ilene's grandkids decorated the Christmas tree on Sunday afternoon.  Do you see "someone" hiding in the tree?

Here's what's hiding.  Not the elf on the shelf, but the elf in the tree!

The parsonage is a little more empty after moving some items over here.  And Calvin cancelled the internet, the heat is turned way down, the water is turned off and the hot water heater is turned down.  I'm so thankful the memories of the last 9 years cannot be turned off or turned down!  I will be talking with the kids during our Christmas gathering about what I should do with everything I won't be able to use now because I'm staying with Ilene.  Do I just go ahead and sell it?  Or do I save it in case I decide to buy a house later on down the road?  Renting a storage unit for an undetermined length of time will get expensive!  I might be able to furnish a house from scratch (and thrift) for what I will be paying in rent for a storage unit.  Decisions, decisions!  Do YOU, my reader, have any suggestions or thoughts on this predicament?

Tomorrow, I will probably make another stop at the parsonage on the way back from the stroke center for more books and the bird feeders.  I heard a chickadee when I went outside this morning to take a couple of letters to the mail box, but I didn't see it.  And yesterday we saw Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal on the railing of the deck.  I will be working on changing my address soon.

Tomorrow will be a busy day, so I will close for now so I can read my Bible before bed.  Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Romans 8:28

In the last week many things have happened.  Some good.  Some bad.

Thoroughly enjoyed my stay with Jessica in November.  Good.
Missed my church family terribly.  Bad.
Missing my time with Jessica and family.  Bad.
Glad to be back with Ilene and my church family.  Good.
Ilene had two mini strokes last week.  Bad.
Ilene shows no after affects from the strokes.  Good.
I've been able to move some of the things out of the parsonage and into Ilene's.  Good.
Found out of the two veins in the back of Ilene's neck, one is 100% blocked and the other is partially blocked and surgery is not an option.  BAD!
Ilene's treatment is as prescribed:  Plavix, cholesterol medicine, aspirin and fish oil (besides all of the vitamins she was already taking).  Praying this is good!
Internet hooked up at Ilene's today.  GOOD!!

Life is full of ups and downs, isn't it?  From our perspective, the downs are bad and the ups are good.  But, from God's perspective, all things are good (Romans 8:28), because God is working all things out in our lives for our good and His glory.  And He's working even in those things that we don't see any good in.  It's surprising, however, that when we truly give thanks in everything, because this IS the will of God for us (1 Thessalonians 5;18), we can find something to be thankful for in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in.  Here's my example from the GOOD and the BAD from this past week in one instance:

Ilene was waiting for  me to return home on Tuesday.  She was watching some television when she noticed she had double vision for about a minute.  When it went away, she thought nothing more of it.  On Wednesday, she invited our friend, Carolyn, over for breakfast.  After breakfast, we were sitting in the living room chatting when Ilene looked at me at one point and I had two heads and I was blurry.  She adjusted her glasses, rubbed her eyes and got up to walk into the kitchen.  She could not walk straight.  She told us what was going on and about the event from the day before with the double vision.  I did not like the sounds of it at all!  All I could think of was my sweet Tim with his double vision because of the cancer in his brain.  I told her I would drive her to the hospital, but she was hesitant.  So, we suggested she call her daughter who works in the medical field.  Her daughter came right over and took her mom to the ER.  On the way there, Ilene became nauseous and vomited several times.

In the mean time, Carolyn and I prayed the Lord would work it out so that the ER staff would take her back immediately instead of making her sit in the waiting room for hours upon hours.  The Lord heard and answered that prayer, Thank You, LORD!  With her symptoms, they coded her purple for stroke.  YIKES!  I never gave that a thought!  But, maybe it is better than cancer, I don't know!

Ilene stayed in the hospital that night to undergo lots of tests and was released the next day with a couple of new prescriptions, but with no apparent side affects other than being tired and feeling weak.  Thank You, LORD!  By Sunday, she was feeling brand new!

Today, when she found out that she had blockages that were inoperable, it was a little worrisome!  But, she knows God is in control.  She would like to live longer, but she said she is ready whenever God sees fit to take her home.  She would see her sweet Buford again!  Thank You, Lord, for the assurance of a home in heaven!  And I thank You that You showed Ilene mercy and grace in the two strokes she had last week!  We don't understand the why, but You know all things, Lord!  I'm thankful You are in control!

Ilene was feeling well enough over the weekend that we worked on the Christmas decorations.

Getting the Christmas storage out of the closet.

Decorating the mantle.  Love the blue lights!

LOVE the Home Interiors Nativity set.  Love the garland, too!

Oh, Christmas Tree.  Josh and Savannah helped her put the ornaments on in the afternoon on Sunday.

Here's my pictures of the "super" moon from last night:
A picture out over the house.

Zoom, zoom.......

Have I mentioned that I LOVE my camera?!  :D

Have a great day on Tuesday!