Since my last post – I’ve been sick on and off, until the end of February when I got real sick and almost ended up in the hospital. Pneumonia/Bronchitis – it’s too close to tell exactly which, but doc said either way, the first time I saw him for this, I was so sick that I had to use a walker to walk as I had no strength/energy and I couldn’t breathe.
Almost a month later, I’m able to walk without the walker, but I cannot over do is as my lungs start to burn and I have to sit down or lie down until I feel better. If I over do it, then I’m down for a day.
Two and a half weeks ago, in the midst of my sickness our dog died. Unfortunately it isn’t just me, but hubby has been sick as long as I, so going through the dog dying was a set back as we were up all night holding him until he passed. It’s like watching a human die. The gasping at the end and finally the relaxation as they leave their body. I know some, like my mom, just slowly stopped breathing and slipped away, but there are some that have trouble breathing and do the gasping thing. Anyway – Freddie’s gone and we will miss him. One of his favorite places – on this pillow/couch.
Hubby is getting better but still not strong as he usually is. We both get winded easily. I’m about 60% better – the Elders (The head pastors) of our church as well as the Associate Pastor came over to pray over me and anoint me with oil for healing. It was great to see them and talk to them for a few minutes – I sure miss being around these amazing people!! I don’t have a picture – but I made them all put on masks before they entered my house. I’m not strong enough to do a thorough clean in this house – so I insisted on them wearing masks to protect them from whatever may be lingering in our house and from me.
So that has been my time away from this blog. I hope you are all well and getting excited about Easter this weekend!
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I start Tai Chi on Saturday – I just have to remember to get up out of bed for the 8am class. I’m not sure where it is … so I had better leave earlier.
Is it me or is winter just a bit more wintery than it has been. I know, I live in an area that has a change of seasons. However, two to three storms a week is getting a bit much. I haven’t been driving due to my eyes. But now that I’m able to see again and I can drive, I won’t drive in snow and ice. Yes, I’m a wimp, but not thrilled about it and I don’t want to!
Work is busy busy busy. I’m loving it as I’m getting more involved in different events, but it does mean that my time is shorter to get my work done. It’s hard to find a healthy balance when so many things are pending and in the air!
We are doing an I Do series at church. Yes, it is geared for marriages and it starts this weekend. One of the weekends we are having a comedy night. I’ve heard the comedian before and he’s hilarious! The weekend after that will be the Love & Respect Conference. One of the best marriage conferences around. It is not geared toward one gender. They speak both genders language. If you have a conference near you – take it, you won’t regret it. If you are single – take it anyway, they give you tools to relate to the opposite sex. It’s a good relational conference.
I started S.T.E.P. (Striving To Experience Peace) last night. I’m re-taking the Anger Management class as I missed half of the classes last time. I really enjoyed it last night and am looking forward to the next 9 weeks. One of the things I love about our church, they care about helping people get over their hurts, habits and hangups by offering many classes. I may have to take the Boundaries class again, as it goes hand in hand with Anger Management. There are so many classes, it’s hard to choose!
How do you get over your past hurts, habits & hangups? Let’s face it, one has to recover from Life. We all are broken and sometimes we can’t get better until we face our brokenness head on. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it!!
So that’s about it for me tonight. I’m tired, as usual and ready to go to sleep. Ya’ll have a great night!
Yesterday went almost as planned. Unfortunately when I woke up I wasn’t feeling well. I had congestion in my vocal chords and was worried it was heading for my chest. I wasn’t sure if it was real or from all the drops I have to use, so driving to the surgical center I was praying I didn’t have a fever and the surgery could go on. Also while driving, I decided to call our doc to see if we could get in that afternoon.
Got to the surgical center and even though I felt warm, my temperature was fine and the surgery went on as planned. After I left the center, we went to Five Guys to try their burgers. I have mixed feelings about Five Guys. It’s new to our area so it’s busy. But, not only that, it is LOUD. Oh my word it was so loud with the music and voices echoing off the walls. I wasn’t impressed with the atmosphere. The burger, even though you can get almost anything you want, even A-1 sauce, which made hubby happy, but they don’t have avocados. I ordered the little burger which is 1 patty. Hubby had the regular burger, which was 2 patties. We both ordered with the grilled onions & mushrooms and shared the small fries. The one thing I liked about the fries is the bottles of malted vinegar I could put in a dipping cup for my fries in! The hamburger was huge & good, but I’ve had better. The free peanuts are a plus. The best thing is the soda machine!! I had a Vanilla Coke Zero. If I could have seen, I would have also pressed cherry to my mix of soda. I’ll have to go back with my readers, just so I can read the soda machine.
It will be interesting to see if Five Guys quality will remain. I like In & Out, but when it first opened in our area, the burgers didn’t taste the same as other In & Outs. I figured it was due to the grill not being seasoned yet. Unfortunately the burgers haven’t matched other In & Out’s taste. Don’t know why. I used to love Johnny Rockets, but … I loved them when they opened, but they don’t taste the same. Now mind you, I’m talking about these restaurants that our in my area only!! I just love a really good burger – I guess I’m still on the good burger quest.
We did manage to get to our doc’s office and are both on antibiotics, because he didn’t want us getting worse over the weekend/holidays. I’m glad I’m home today and don’t have to go anywhere all weekend, so I can rest and heal!
I hope you all have a great and wonderful Christmas with family and friends. We are hanging at home. I’ve got a brisket slow cooking in the oven which is making this house smell really wonderful!
My surgery went well, I can actually see. I still can’t read street signs and use reading glasses to see up close. Whenever I get discouraged, I just close my right eye and see how blurry the left eye still is and get a better perspective that for the first time in what seems like forever, my right eye sees so much better than my left. I also notice that when I’m tired, my left eye tries to take over and all I see is blur. I’m looking forward to Thursday and my left eye surgery!
As my surgery is later in the day, I’m able to eat breakfast! YAY … you have no idea how thrilled I am about that! That rebel in me, when told not to do something, I want to. I think hubby was right, instead of telling you to NOT eat after midnight, they should say, don’t have breakfast. Because I was watching the clock and ate up to my deadline.
We had 6 Christmas Eve services at church, starting Saturday through Monday night. It is always a wonderful experience to be there and see everyone, as well as watching the program. Even through they are the same, there is always a slight variation … poetic license if you will. So one doesn’t mind watching all 6, even if 5 of them are on the monitor in the lobby.
I just love the Elders of my church. The Lead Pastor & Elder is with family out of state as his dad had just died. So that left the other 2. After the last service, I walked into the lobby and there they were, as I walked up, they gave me a hug, and we continued to kid each other. It brought me back to high school. I’d hang out with the guys in school and that moment was a pleasant realization how much I love the comradery with the Elders! It is truly a blessing to work with these guys, the other pastors and the rest of our wonderful staff!
Again, you all have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family & friends!
I’ve had quite a few questions on how I got my blog to look like this. Well, gang, I can’t take any credit for it – you just need to go to: wordpress.com, create a blog and choose your appearance theme. I wish I could take the credit for it, but I just chose a theme and went with it. I’ve been known to change my theme from time to time, so … who knows.
I went home yesterday as I was grumpy and hurting. My back was sore and my hands were on fire. I put down 4200 glue dots and put 2100 cards into 700 programs. LOL … it was actually fun and tedious and mindless work, but, it moved His Kingdom forward, no matter how tedious it was. My back was sore from sitting in a weird position all day, plus I almost face planted on the steps outside the office. ALMOST – I was able to pull my foot up to catch myself, in the meantime, I jolted my back. My hands were on fire, from using the glue dot gun, as you have to use pressure to get the dots to stay down. I was down all of yesterday. Today I’ve been up and down and I’ve only had 1 pain med today. Back is still stiff, but I’ve been moving around.
The eyeglass place called first thing this morning to let me know my glasses are here – so hubby took me up there to pick them up and brought me home before he went to work. I can see clearer – which is a YAY – but I’m discouraged that I still cannot see clearly out of my right eye. I’m guessing that is because of my cataract. But for right now I have to be satisfied with the correction that I have. I just hope it is enough to pass my eye test for my driver’s license renewal. If not – well, … we won’t go there.
This morning, one of my friends lent me the new Notorious Nineteen book that recently came out. I love how fast this book reads!! I should have this done by tomorrow and then hubby can read it, before we return it. I’m loving the book. It’s such a nice escape into the world of Bond Enforcement!
The weather here today is quite windy. Hubby and I were fighting the wind just to get into Walmart. I cannot get over how many storms we have already had over the last month. I guess it’s going to be one of those winters!
Our poor muttley is going deaf. It’s sad, but funny at the same time. When we come home, he’s in his kennel sound asleep and doesn’t hear us come in. When we get to the kitchen, we end up scaring him as he jumps up all startled, until his eyes focus and figures out it’s us. Poor guy, as I’m looking at him right now, it looks like he’s shrinking. Aaww, makes me sad. But for a little guy that’s almost 17 or is 17 – I don’t remember, I guess he’s doing good!
Well, that’s about all the news I have for today – just another day and life of You Did What! Y’all have a great day!
I’m trusting you all had a Happy Thanksgiving! We spent time with my BFF, her family and her husband’s family. Food was yummy and the company was fun! Yesterday we had an intimate turkey dinner with another couple (friends & neighbors). While the turkey was finishing cooking, we watched Friendsgiving. LOL, animals that are not compatible, but they were and had a great bond, like a bear, tiger and a lion. That was pretty interesting.
I did wander out on Black Friday. Not with a shopping purpose, but to see what was going on. I have to say, with the stores doing their Black Friday sales Thursday night, Friday was actually pleasant to wander around the stores. I bought a queen set of microfiber sheets for $14 at JCP. I cannot have weight on my legs while sleeping, otherwise my legs cramp from the heaviness. These microfiber sheets are lightweight and warm!! I will definitely buy more in the future.
I didn’t go crazy shopping, as I had to get my glasses ordered. My drivers license will expire on 12/12/12 (yes, I am playing the lottery that day). So first priority was get the glasses ordered. As my prescription lenses would be expensive in the bifocals, I ordered the single vision. That way I can see to pass the eye test. I should have them by the 6th. I know, I’m cutting it close … hence the title of this blog.
I’m enjoying my 4 days off. It’s nice to spend 2 of the days with friends! I know I need to clean the house and do the large overflowing load of laundry. But … hahaha …. right now I’m watching McLintock. This is one of my favorite John Wayne movies … but ssshhhh … don’t tell my hubby!! Between James Bond and John Wayne … well, you get the picture.
All around Facebook people are posting what they are thankful for – for me, I’m thankful for my faith. my family, my friends, and my life! I know it’s the start of the Christmas Season and I get a bluesy through New Years … hopefully … it will be different this year!
Yesterday, Early Evening, the admin staff honored our volunteers. Without them, we would be busier and crazier than normal. It was fun and intimate and the food was yummy! We played Apples to Apples, Jr. Edition and had a blast! I know the admin staff needed to laugh hard as well as the volunteers.
We get so bound up on what is going on in our own lives, that we forget, someone else might be going through something harder. Not all the volunteers knew each other (maybe the name, but not the face) and not all volunteers knew the admin staff, so to end up laughing and having a great time, in spite of the initial uncomfortable feeling, is huge!
Who is the one that is there for you, no matter what? Who will listen to you and not judge, no matter what you have to say? Who does so much for you in the work place, no matter how busy you are?
Have you honored them recently? Have you acknowledged them and verbally thanked them for being your support person, personally and professionally?
Think about it … isn’t it about time you did?
I’ve been pretty scarce lately. I apologize for that, I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write about my last 4 months.
As you know in July I had eye surgery. It went real well and it took 3 months for my eye to stable out. The doc said that my eye sight would change over 3 months. And it did, I was finally released by the surgeon at the beginning of October. I just saw my regular eye doctor and he is able to correct my eye sight to 20/30. I’m excited, the doc not so much! I guess my cataracts have grown, especially in my surgical eye. So I guess that is my next endeavor … cataract surgery. I still have to recoup the cost of the last surgery. But, we’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.
My son got married in September at Zion National Park. We had such a great time visiting with family. Here is a picture of my beautiful children
along with hubby and I. I couldn’t find the one with hubby and I. Actually I see it everyday as it is on my desktop, but I couldn’t get it to upload to WordPress. Yes, I am a dork!!
It was so great to see my children and grandchildren. They all have grown so much, but they are sure getting to be their own person. HAH, children and grandchildren. Also to be in such a beautiful area, Zion National Park. I told hubby that I could live there. It would be so cool!!! Just saying!
Work has been busy, as September is the start of the ministry year. With the business comes craziness but, a fun craziness. Before my son’s wedding, he told me that he is in A-Fib and they had to shock his heart to get his sinus rhythm back . Well, it didn’t work and the next step is a pacemaker. So in October, he called to let me know that he was having his pacemaker put in on October 15th. After my silent initial reaction, I called him the next day to see if he wanted me to come out. After he and his new bride discussed it, I flew out to Lincoln on Saturday, 10/13. He had his surgery on Monday, as scheduled and spent the night to make sure all was okay. His dad and step-mom surprised him and showed up when he returned from recovery. Ry went home the next day and he is getting better everyday. By the time I left, he was driving and the seat belt wasn’t irritating his incision, well, not as much as it did in the beginning. I had asked him the other day how he was feeling and he said great! I didn’t get to see anyone while I was back in Nebraska, which I apologize for, because I stayed at the house and hung out with the new puppy, my son and his family. I’m excited for them as they had just bought and moved into a home, before his surgery. It’s a cute house and the furniture they got for it, transforms the rooms! Sometimes, I wish I lived closer to all my kids … maybe one day, we’ll get to spend time traveling around to spend a little time with each one.
The Friday after I got home, I went with 2 buses full of ladies from our church to the Women of Faith Conference in Sacramento. Wow, what an experience! I had a great time. So many uplifting speakers and great music. If you are a female and this conference comes to an area near you, don’t hesitate to go!! You won’t regret it. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we were amazed, and in total awe of all that we saw and experienced! I fell in love with my Savior all over again. I’m hoping next year, I can get all my girls to go with me. Now that would be cool, to get my daughters and daughter in law to go. We’ll see.
In between all of this, I’ve been sick. Three times on antibiotics and this last time was working. That is until I felt so good and decided to rake the leaves in the front yard. I was so exhausted that it was difficult to even lift my arms to put the piles in the hopper. Once I finished, I was done. I went to bed and stayed there. Today I’m better … well, enough to go to work and then to the eye doc. Now I’m ready for bed and it’s only 7:16pm.
Tomorrow is voting day. I’ve already voted … but it’s exciting to see the commitment of people to go out there and vote. We may or may not agree on the candidates or the issues, but we are doing what this country is all about … democracy … making your choice known by voting. Standing up for your beliefs. Just remember, for those that are standing up for their beliefs and voting on their chosen candidate, that is exactly what the next person is doing. That choice may be the same as yours, but it also may be different from yours, but we all are choosing to do what made us so privileged to live in the USA, voting for our choice. It looks to be a close race and we’ve all done our part. Whichever candidate wins, I pray that this candidate does what is best for our country. Does what’s best for our citizens and get this country recovering from the huge debt, the unemployment, the foreclosures, etc. So choose your candidate, but remember, the rest of that voting line will choose theirs.
This is one of those days that a BBQ gathering is a celebration of Summer ending. There are times I miss my family, as there would be a BBQ somewhere along with laughter and stories. For us, today is just another day. I’m thankful for the day off, but the thought of tomorrow as a Double Monday, has me anxious! I know – quite silly!
Happy Birthday to my daughter-in-law to be!!!! I hope you have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious day!! Hoping to see you in a week and a half!!!
Anyway, Happy Labor Day to you all!! I’m going back to watch NCIS and playing SongPop (almost like Name That Tune). Have a good one!!
I know it’s been some time since I last posted. I am still alive – YAY – and I’m still recovering. Surgery was on July 10th and I survived the face down for a week. I’m not sure my neck has. It’s still sore and moving my neck is still tough, but it’s getting better. A big thank you to my sister who came and spent 2 weeks with us while I recovered, AND in a hot, no air conditioned house, during the Dog Days of Summer! She was a trooper and helped us out quite a bit!!
This same sister went to the hospital on Thursday with a numb arm. Thankfully, after several tests and a night at the hospital, all tests were good. However, they did find arthritis in her neck, which could cause the numbness.
But this got me thinking – in my family my sisters and I are the oldest generation. Considering our oldest sister is 70; the sis I’m talking about is 63; and I’m 53 – we are the older generation. That’s kinda freaky if I think about it. The three of us have health issues and once we are gone, then the next generation will be our children. It’s the way of life, I suppose, but I never thought I’d be one of the oldest generations in my father’s immediate family (I’m still in my 20′s – at least that’s what my brain says.)
The oldest of the next generation (our children) is 47, the youngest is 31. Wow … I do feel old now!!!
I was at a leadership summit and one of the speakers talked about honoring not just the older generation, but also the younger generation. Interesting thought – made me think, do I honor the younger generation?
“Honor believes the best. Dishonor believes the worst
Honor values others. Dishonor devalues others
Honor builds up. Dishonor tears down.
Respect is earned but honor is given
Show honor to those above you.
Show honor to those below you.”
Both generations must be intentional about working together and honoring each other.
Do you honor those above you?
Do you honor those below you?
Do you have work to do? I know I do!!!