Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Hot hot day.. Cory and Isaac left for school and we girls got ourselves ready to go to lunch with Anna and her children.
Anna and Matt have the most beautiful home. So many interesting things to look at.. but the thing I loved looking at most was baby Nathan- and I wasn't alone. Gayle grinned all over and her comment about him was "He's sweet!" Nathan is a mere 2 months old. Esther couldn't take her eyes off him either and as we sat beside him as he slept contentedly, she confided in me that she was going to have a baby at her house just like Nathan.. Wendy would be surprised to hear the news. I asked her what she would name this new baby and she said "Nathan". I thought it might be a little confusing with 2 Nathans.. but she assured me that THIS Nathan would be called "Buddy"... I'm sure Anna would be amused to hear this.
The time went by so swiftly and soon it was time to go to pick Isaac up from school ..
Hot hot day... Cory said the temperature was officially 101 degrees.. I'd believe it.
We came back to the house here and watched Harry Potter with Isaac. Not as bad as I expected.. not much more than The Princess Bride that I loved.
Cory got home and we were off to T-Ball with Isaac on the Conklin team. Unfortunately, after all the buildup, thunder roared and clapped, and Cory sent us back to the car when he saw the 2nd lightening bolt close by. Shortly thereafter, the game was cancelled due to the lightening.
It would be much later when the rain came down hard.
Cory set up fans and the AC,and we finally cooled down some. Wendy and I put the BC neckwraps in the freezer and everyone loved them.
We gave the kids cold cereal for supper to avoid heating up the stove.. and we nuked hot dogs for us later on. No one was very hungry... might have been the stop at the ice cream place on the way home from the TBall field???
Having a wonderful time.. gotta run.. Esther's school is having a fair today and we have to leave soon.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


It was HOT on Monday- up in the 90s. Isaac and Essie and I went outside while Gayle took a nap. We didn't stay out long. It was just too much for all of us.
Esther and I worked on a sewing project in the early afternoon. She sewed a flower by hand and we are working on a bunny now. I'll have to take pictures. Last evening Cory worked with Isaac to build a dinosaur with a kit. WOW !
Cory was pretty tired yesterday. He got up earlier than everyone else and went fishing before coming home for breakfast and then going to a friend's home to help her move.
Wendy and I had time to sit down and plan for the week..activities and menus, etc.
When Cory got back we packed up and went down to the cottage for supper with his folks and Aunt Phyllis. The kids got to swim in the lake and had a fabulous time cooling off.
Lots of fishing too. Esther caught a big one and I got it on video..
I'm trying to get lots of pictures and having a good time- relaxing.
Oh, I remembered in the afternoon that my York Peppermint patties were still in my car- heh heh.. yeah... more like peppermint soup in the heat! I put them in the freezer here and will check them later or buy new ones..
Fun stuff going on here today, but you'll have to check in tomorrow morning to find out the next episode!
God bless you all..

Monday, May 29, 2006


It was a very pleasant drive across the state. I arrived at Acre Lake around 3:30pm last evening. The trip was uneventful. The weather was fabulous.
I enjoyed watching Isaac cast his line into the lake and pull out fish, each one larger than the one before. Gayle would run to him when he caught one, and reach her hands up to touch it. Esther loves to handle the fish too, and wanted to toss them back into the water. They sure love to fish.
Isaac also carried in a dead snake he'd found in the water. Cory finally had to give it a burial out in the middle of the lake because the kids just wanted to hold it all the time. It was in early stages of decomposition, so not too pleasant for anyone.
Cory's dad's birthday is the day before Isaac's, and since Isaac had a big party planned with the Reptile Company, we had a party for Poppy yesterday after a picnic supper. Oh, so much fun! Each of the children had shopped at the dollar store for him- Essie was about to squeak, she was so proud of her gift- a ball cap. Pretty good choice. Isaac chose a tool belt which was also a super good gift. Gayle chose a Swiss pocket knife- really pretty good choices.
We had ice cream cake- with caramel sauce and chocolate buttons and whipped cream on top. I passed on it as I'd already had a piece of chocolate cake- heavenly!
Wendy and I came back via Rob's Market in my car and Cory brought in 3 sleeping children later in the evening.
We were sooooo tired. I slept in Esther and Gayle's bed last night. Very comfy.
This morning we all were up around 7:30am- the kids standing there each holding a bag for me! I got treated with dollar store gifts! So sweet- Esther gave me a beautiful picture frame and a BIG hug! Gayle's bag held a scented candle!!!! Oh, so wonderful! Very spicy and nice.. I also got a BIG smile and hug! Isaac gave me his bag with a brush in it. Wendy said she thought he meant a hair brush, but it was a toilet bowel brush- everyone can use one of those! Hey! Thanks kids!
Then it was MY turn to give gifts... I gave each gift and took a picture of each one for those who sent packages.
Wendell, he loves the silly dinosaur.. it was worth it!
It's Memorial Day today and we are going later to the cottage for a repeat of yesterday. In the mean time, I was able to help the kids clean up the play room while Wendy straightened the kitchen and started laundry.
It's another beautiful day coming up.
Note to Wendell: the kids send their love and have asked where you were several times now. They wish you were here too.
More blog later..

Sunday, May 28, 2006


"Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

Today is the day I will begin my journey across Pennsylvania to see my grandchildren and, of course, their parents. The anticipation is all I can stand. Everything has fallen into place so well, and I thank the Lord for blessing me in this way.
The hospital sent me home early last evening. With the many call-offs, there was not enough nursing staff to cover admissions, so our census was a meager 10 patients when I arrived at 3pm, and I admitted 3 more before leaving at a little after 7pm. They said the ER was 'hopping' and they needed our beds, but you have to have staff to take care of those folks too.
They had an extra secretary, and she wanted to work last evening, so she replaced me. It was all good. I came home and cleaned out my car, vacuumed it and got rid of a lot of trash I should have disposed of months ago.
This extra time off gave me opportunity to do the little things I would have had to do today before leaving. I'm nearly done packing, and just have to put things together and in my car.
I'll be packing my little cooler and eating my lunch on the way.

Please remember to pray for safety for me as I travel, but even more, remember Wendell as he'll be 'on his own' for the next week. Mandy is on the daylight shift this coming week, and will be able to make evening meals- awesome how God works things together for good, eh?
It was a major concern to me that Wendell would not eat sandwiches for every meal while I was gone. I'm so thankful for John and Mandy who are here and helping us.

Today my destination will be the Valentine Cottage on the lake. I'm meeting them there, and we'll go to their home later in the evening. It'll be about a 6-7 hour drive.
Have a beautiful day everyone....enjoy the Sabbath.

Saturday, May 27, 2006


The war in Viet Nam is one very close to my life. In this war, I lost many of my high school classmates. One day we graduated and in a few months we saw the names again in the news- died in action. Young men whose bright futures were snuffed out in a matter of moments it seemed. They gave their very lives for freedom's cause.
Wendell also served in Viet Nam. He was drafted, then enlisted and went to Radar school at Ft Monmouth New Jersey. Soon after graduation, he was shipped out to Viet Nam. He spent his time at Vinh Long watching the radar screen. He sent me a recording of actual incoming mortar rounds- he was running to the bunker for shelter, and once inside the recording reveals the excitement and fears of those with him.
He sent home pictures of the countryside and has many memories- some good, some not so good. He doesn't talk about the bad times.
This Memorial Day weekend, we will be thinking a lot about the valiant men and women who selflessly serve on our behalf. Please take a look at the WALL erected to honor those who died serving this great nation in Viet Nam.

Friday, May 26, 2006


Oh, boy...... the countdown is on! It is just over 48 hours before I start my vacation. I'm so excited and happy to be able to visit with my Valentines. And then, in 7 days, I'll be leaving for Maryland and visiting with Rick and Sandi for several days- more excitement!
So much to do before leaving. I've got a couple of my infamous 'lists' going here for today.
I guess I'll scratch the one that has "wash car"'s raining and there is more promised for today by the weatherman.
I need to wash out a few clothes and then get some supplies for Wendell while I'm away.
Tomorrow I'll be gainfully employed one more day this week, and then I'll be leaving. I'm hoping the traffic won't be heavy on Sunday, and that most everyone will be going where they are by then.. it is Memorial Day weekend and begins today.
Have a great day despite the rain..
Continue to pray for us if you would.


Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
Psalm 73:25 NLT

Heart's desire
In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe when the Beavers inform the children that Aslan is on the move, the children feel a strange stirring in their hearts. Peter in particular says he's "longing" to meet this Aslan.…he doesn't say he's curious; he says he's longing, and that carries a very different meaning….To long for something means you've had it in your mind for a while, the way you fix your heart on getting that iPod for Christmas…. Longing carries with it the concept of desire. Yearning Desire.
It's a theme that weaves throughout the life and works of C. S. Lewis. In Surprised by Joy, he introduces the concept of longing as the signature quest of his childhood and young adulthood. It wasn't until Lewis converted to Christianity that he eventually realized what he'd been longing for: God. Not the Norse gods of the pagan world, not even the gods or spirits of fantasy worlds, but the God of the Bible—a real, living Being in whom we can have life forever.
With our own friends, part of our role is to help them understand that their longing comes from an inborn desire to know the King of the universe. And, like the Beavers with Peter, we are to tell our friends about the King—that his return is imminent, that he is on the move even now.
We're all longing to meet the true King. Will you recognize his name when you hear it? Will you help others do the same?

adapted from Walking Through the Wardrobe by Sarah Arthur (Tyndale) pp 77-83

Thursday, May 25, 2006

PSALM 32:8

"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8

Wednesday, May 24, 2006


"Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."
Psalm 100

The weather prognosticator says it's gonna be a beautiful day. I already knew that- I woke up with the sun shining in my bedroom, and even if it was pouring down rain, God is on his throne, so it's a good day.

It would appear that the picnic for John and Mandy is going to be changed- likely to June 24. So keep watching the blog for more information.

The day is slipping by quickly. I must get myself moving. I need to get things in order for my upcoming adventure traveling across PA. And the dishes refuse to wash themselves, and so I must do it for them.
Keep us in prayer and be sure to go outside and enjoy some sunshine today- at least one HUGE serving!!!


Happy happy birthday Isaac.. you are all of 6 years old today! Sorry I couldn't come to your party last week, but I'll be coming THIS coming week to have some fun with you. So get ready!!!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


Last year Easter week, I made a trip to Valentines and then took a sidetrip to visit my friends Rick and Sandi in Maryland. It was a quick visit, but the first time Sandi and I had met in person. We have been good friends for over a year now.
I plan that same trip this year also. The last few days, I'll be headed for their house and returning home after.
For those of you who have asked, here they are... Sandi sent me this picture last night.


"For he will put his angels in charge of you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, so that you won't dash your foot against a stone." Psalm 91:11-12

Good morning... it's nearly noon and I'm just beginning my blogging for the day.
I'm planning a trip next week. I need some traveling mercy- I'm making this trip alone. Wendell has to work. I had planned for us both to go to Valentines when I asked for this vacation time back in February. Looks like I'm going solo. It's okay- I've done it several times before.
It reminds me that 6 yrs ago, my Mom and I made this trip together when Wendy was expecting Isaac. What a great trip that was! The day after we got there, I drove Wendy to her doctor appointment and had to return with just Mum, as Wendy had to be admitted right then.
That night Cory spent his time at the hospital with her and Mum and I played Scattergories into the wee hours of the morning at their house, waiting for word that Isaac had arrived. We were so tired and giddy and Mum cheated all the way using the same card over and over till I realized what she was doing (not on purpose- we were just so exhausted- neither of us had a clue that it had happened until well into the game.) We laughed till the tears rolled down our faces and our sides split ! I have such wonderful memories of that trip.
On the day they brought Isaac home, Mum and I decorated the yard with streamers and signs to welcome them. We had blue balloons in the house and streamers there too.. we made it as festive as we could on the spur of the moment. The picture above was taken the day they arrived- 4 generations.

Monday, May 22, 2006


"When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" Psalm 8:3-4

What a beautiful day we had yesterday. The sun was shining so brightly and the sky was so blue with fluffy clouds floating by. We were able to make the trip to church without any glitches along the way. How wonderful it is to live in a country where there is freedom to worship God. I'm really thankful for the excellent teaching that Vince presents.

After we had a wonderful lunch, the kids spent most of the day outdoors playing. There is plenty of space here to do just that. Mandy and John had new kites, and the wind was blowing just right for flying, so most of us had a turn at doing just that. The rainbow colored kite got away, string broken, and flew off into the sky and woods. The gray kite did slightly better until I flew it and it spent more time crashing into the neighbor's yard than staying up in the air. I tied broken string twice, and on the 3rd time, I was able to release the entire string and it soared so high up into the sky. WOW! I decided to reel the kite in, but in doing so, the string snapped for the last time and it took off ....wayyyyyy off... I watched it soar into the woods behind our neighbors in back. It was later that Paul and family, Mandy and John went looking for the lost kites. They didn't find the one I flew- but Mandy said she thought it might have been the gray "thing" wrapped on the 500,000 volt power line that goes behind our property. Too bad. It really was fun flying. In the midst of all the kite flying, the big swing in the front yard also got picked up by the strong wind and flipped over landing on Mandy's car. It put a rather large dent in it and scratched it pretty good. Oh, dear. This is the 2nd time her car has been hit by the swing. This time she really wasn't parked anywhere near it.

Today is sunny. How delightful. It's still chilly, but should be just slightly warmer than yesterday. I'm gainfully employed today and tomorrow. I am hoping for a little calmer evening than the last.

Lots going on here. Remember to pray for us.

Sunday, May 21, 2006


America Unites in Remembrance

The White House Commission on Remembrance is an independent government agency whose missions include:
Promoting the spirit of unity and remembrance through observance of The National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM local time on Memorial Day;
Ensuring the nation remembers the sacrifices of America's fallen from the Revolutionary War to the present;
Recognizing those who served and those who continue to serve our great nation and reminding all Americans of their common heritage.
There is a wonderful website you can visit to learn more - lots of history HERE

Saturday, May 20, 2006


It's evening. Boy has this been a low energy day.. and I started out so well.
I've been able to accomplish just a few light tasks, and then I had to lay down for a nap. I set the clock for 1 hour, and 2 1/2 hrs later I woke up. I'd fallen asleep so fast and slept hard. I'm still tired. I'll sleep tonite no matter.

Last evening at work I started sneezing suddenly and coughing. I got very congested very fast and then my nose was stuffy. This morning I got up the same way. Allergies. No fever, sudden onset = I'm allergic to something. I would guess dust-we have a lot of it here and my desk at work had dust bunnies behind the computer. Could be. I don't know- there's a lot of stuff coming off the trees too. I'm not sick, just very tired and I'm still coughing, sneezing, and stuffy.
Wendell mowed grass today too. Could very well be another reason for the tiredness and symptoms. Hmmmmm

The good news is I'm on my feet and getting around!!
So I'm back at the kitchen trying to get things in order for tomorrow.
We are having crock pot chicken! Yummy!
Okay.. it's back to work for me for another hour or so.
G'nite all........


" God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof." Psalm 46:1-3

I was thinking this morning about Armed Forces Day- it's today. It is a day that we set aside to pay tribute to the men and women of our nation who protect and defend our nation. This verse came to mind as I made the previous post. It is God who defends and is our refuge and strength. He works through our military and keeps us safe. What a merciful and awesome God. Our praise should be nationally directed to Him.

It was a busy evening on Friday at the hospital. We seemed to have discharged about 50%+ of our patients, and then suddenly admitted even more. It's like that on Fridays. There is a real trend.
I am doing well with my foot problem. There is some discomfort and I tend to guard it when I walk, but the swelling is all but gone. It presented no problem at work. Wendell says this morning that his knees ache- I would assume it is from all the soggy weather we have had this past week. Today looks sunny and I hope it lasts. We could use a dry day.
We are both off this weekend.
It occured to me that in just over a week, I'll be on my way to see the Valentines and spending time with them over Memorial Day. Oh, I'm so excited to see them again. It's been since Christmas I believe that we visited last. Then, I'll be coming home via Maryland after visiting with the Schneiders there for several days. Though we communicate daily, it's been about a year since I've seen them. I pray God will provide all that I need for this journey. Mandy and John will be helping Wendell where he needs assistance here at home, and he has encouraged me to go ahead with the plan to travel next week.
Isaac will be 6 in a couple of days. I'm sorry to miss his wildlife birthday party, but I'm so happy to be going to their house- I'm taking brownie makings for all of them and hope to make them together. I'll be taking craft supplies too, and we should have a great time.
It will all end way too fast.
My coffee cup seems to be empty. I think I 'll get a refill and then get started on the day.
Keep us in prayer. We need this each day and are so aware of your remembrance of us.
Remember Dieter too. His surgery went well and he's home recuperating.


May 20, 2006- Armed Forces Day- the day we pay tribute to the various branches of our military- those who defend us unselfishly.

Many of our family have and are members of the USArmy. Our family has been active in the military in most all branches.

President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense.

Friday, May 19, 2006


Yesterday I had the doctor look at my foot again. Morton's neuroma has crippled me to the point where I feel like I can't function normally. The injections last week helped for an hour or so, but then the swelling toes and feet continued. So he gave me a script for Medrol and I went home with a little hope of finally getting over this. I was so tired last night that I went to bed before 8pm, and then woke up at midnight. I cautiously got up to the bathroom and realized that though the foot still has a goodly amount of tenderness, it is definitely not AS tender as when I went to bed, and the swelling is starting to recede- my toes don't look like little sausages any more! The Medrol is starting to work! Thank you Lord for good doctors and medicines that can resolve the inflammation!
Medrol is a corticosteroid and is used for all sorts of inflammation. It gives prompt relief, as I have noted. I'm not one who likes to use the steroids, in fact, I stay clear of them as much as possible, till I can't deal with a problem any more. For me, it's a last resort before the surgeon.
Another couple days on this, and I should be good to go..

Just a quick side note.. 2 days ago I got up and tried to get myself dressed. You wouldn't believe how much toes have to do with balance. My toes on my left foot were so swollen that my balance has been 'off' for days and I've had to rely on the quad cane by times to keep me upright. It was in the morning that day that I was trying to put on a pair of slacks in the bedroom and suddenly lost my balance and fell ... right into the closet! Hehehehe... it is probably the only time in my life that I would be thankful that my closet was so stuffed and packed with clothes and soft items- I've been cleaning the bedroom and everything tends to get piled in front. The items there broke my fall and rendered me unharmed....... well, just my pride... and I was so glad no one else was there to witness it... they would have laughed at the sight! It was pretty funny after I realized I didn't break anything- including bones!

Thursday, May 18, 2006


A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water. In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil without saying a word. In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what do you see?"
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied. She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they had gotten soft. She then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma, and then asked, "What's the point, Mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity - boiling water – but each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior. But, after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?"
Think of this: Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.
If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate to another level? How do you handle adversity?
…..Mikey's Thot for the Day ( by way of “Christian Voices” ( (


I try not to complain too much about the rain because we had such a mild winter with so little snow, and then as April arrived, we had more drought condition than anything, and prayed for rain.
But I'm feeling soggy this morning. The weather seems to affect all my joints and I am sore before I get started. (Oh, woe is me...hehehe) Sounds like I'm whining- I guess I am.
Yesterday Wendell tried to spend his day at the park running the lawn tractor- mowing grass. It's about useless to try at this point. The grass doesn't cut nicely, and then you risk getting the tractor wheels stuck in the muck from high water levels in the ground. Well, no complaints here, I suppose- at least we have water now. It's about the same here at home- grass is getting so beautifully green, but there is so much ground water that the lawn mower will leave ruts in the yard. Oh, well, we'll have other days.
It's 6am and Wendell just left for the park and I am gettng ready for my morning at the office.
My main concern is not what will transpire there, but for how I'm going to accomplish it with a foot that refuses to reduce the swelling leaving me with a shoe on, but not tied; and balance that is off a tad by swollen toes. Hmmmmm Should be an interesting day. Then there is the matter of the few items I need to get at the grocery- tough walking, but at least I can function with my 2 legs and I'm thankful for that.
Plans are in the working for a picnic for John and Mandy. Keep watching the blog for information on when and where and other details of importance.
Take time to remember Dieter this morning as he goes into surgery for his knee. He says he will be home by this evening, so maybe a call tomorrow might be in order. Just remember to pray for his healing and the surgeons who work on him.
Now I'm off to get my breakfast and complete my paperwork for the day. I have Kathy coming in this afternoon for the PM patients, and I thank the Lord for that. It was planned several weeks ago.
Jane came down yesterday and got the asparagus. I never made it to the garden. She had quite a lot, so she can share it or keep it, whatever. I'm just thankful for her willingness to come and get it.
Have a fabulous day- thank the Lord for the rain- and remember to pray for us too.. we are needy and covet your few moments of mention on our behalf before the Lord.


"Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? 2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear theLord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved." Psalm 15

Wednesday, May 17, 2006


I was just talking to Dieter on the phone a few minutes ago. He's back from his trip to Arizona, and is going into the hospital tomorrow morning for knee surgery. So I'm asking you all to remember him with prayer tonite and tomorrow. And pray for swift healing too.


Mandy and I like to make candy houses around the holidays. These two houses were our masterpieces for the year 2002. We haven't done any since. I had so much trouble with mine- the windows kept falling off and then using wafer cookies for siding was a mistake too- layers fell off every time I turned my back and wouldn't stay in place. My chimney was made of caramels- a lot of work unwrapping those little candies. But the best part was when I finished the front door and left my house on the table to harden up- and when I came back, I had a frosted pane in it left by one of our chocoholic cats!!
The woodpile at the left was Twix I think. I can never be certain- this was NOT one of my better houses.. for sure.
This little cabin was made by Mandy- it was peanut brittle siding.. quaint, don't you think?
Her doors were made of Twix and I don't think she put any windows in hers... hmmm
Her's was perfect otherwise.
Maybe we can try again this year..?? Anyone up to a challenge? We can have others vote for their favorite..?? or something??


"Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other." Deuteronomy 4:39

This is good news for sure. That God sits on His throne and is constantly watching over us and providing our needs as He sees fit. Now, THAT is security at its best.

Still a bit soggy here today in Butler, but not raining- just feeling damp everywhere, and dealing with mud and puddles. I'd prefer that to ice and snow.

I went out to get a newspaper this morning to check how the election results were coming. We all voted for our neighbors Jim , Rita and Jeff Kennedy. We are hoping they did well. So far, I haven't seen the results, even on the county website. Anyone else know how they did?

On my way out, I noted the asparagus growing so nicely. Apparently the cold weather isn't holding it back. I have to get out there today and get it picked. The more we pick it, the more it comes back. I could use a few hands here to help- it looks like a lot out there. The grandkids like to help - I wish I could have them a few hours today.

Much to do today... gotta get moving! Have a super duper day everyone.. Keep us in prayer!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


I can hear the noisy frogs/toads outside my window. The ninnies are trying to raise a family in the puddles in the driveway. They sure are noisy critters- and not very smart..

Tonite we are having smoked pork chops baked with crushed pineapple, mashed potatoes, and fresh asparagus... mmmmmm Too bad Mandy had to leave for work so early. John got a call right after she left to call him in early today and tomorrow too. Rats!
It'll be just Wendell and me tonite I'm afraid. I'll be making plates for them to have when they get home.
I was so happy to get a call from the hospital to tell me I could be on call till 7pm tonite. That usually means that I'll be off for the rest of the day. Hooray!!! My foot isn't cooperating well today and though I've had ice on it all day, I think the rain keeps it from healing. That's just my opinion.
I haven't been idle, however, and have accomplished a bit in the bedroom - putting papers away and filing, as well as making dinner for us all. I'll try again tomorrow.
Lots to do here even sitting down.
Have a great day everyone, stay dry and warm.. Keep praying- we still need you.


Good afternoon all. Today is a very soggy election day. Mandy and I went to the polls and voted on the new computerized machines. It was really kind of neat after using the old punch cards for so many years. We both learned how to do write in votes too! It was a really new experience for us both. And I might add, it was much nicer and easier than the old cards. Penn Township is moving up in the world!


I found a picture of my sister in law Carol- I tried to find it for her birthday picture, but couldn't locate it.. Her birthday was Sunday. This one is obvious- from their wedding.
Happy Birthday again, Carol!

Monday, May 15, 2006


It's kinda late, but I am still up and getting ready to head for my bed. Today has been an eventful day in that I am making progress in cleaning. Happy Day! I have cleared an area big enough to put the little computer desk in the bedroom for now, and that frees up a lot more space upstairs for the Zombecks. They will be happy to know that.........well, Mandy already does- it was she who helped me move everything tonite- and hooked the computer back up for me. I sat here for over an hour going through a stack of papers about a foot deep. I had to decide what their final destination would be- most went into the trash. The rest are neatly filed ready for the cabinet.
My second reason for wanting the computer down here is so that Wendell will be able to view the grandkid's pictures on the blog.. and other pictures too. He misses out not being computer literate. So I'll be able to help him and he can look at pictures whenever he wants.
Then again, I'd like to be done with all the cleaning and rearranging.. it's not gonna be too much longer. I am on a roll...... woohoo!!!
Yeah.. I'm getting the hang of this.
I was doubly glad to have the computer downstairs, for my foot is still giving me some grief, and I have been able to sit quietly sorting papers with my foot on an ice pack, sipping a cup of hot decaf tea. Ahhhhh...... this is good- life is grand.
Wendell went to bed right after supper tonite. He was not feeling very good. He said he's been chilly all day and his legs were aching. So he's bundled up and has been asleep for 3 hours now. I told him he didn't have to go into work tomorrow if he was still aching and feeling weak. They would certainly understand. He's back to work 6 weeks earlier than projected at first.
Keep us all in prayer if you would. We are still trying to muddle through.


"Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8 NLT

You are what you eat. Garbage in- garbage out... simple. I think that's why I don't watch TV- it seems like there isn't ANYTHING worth my time and that is edifying. It wears me down trying to evade the everyday smut I happen to catch while walking through a room with the television on. It offends me.
On a rare occasion I will sit down and view part of a program, but usually I get up before it's over. Others handle this a lot better than I do- I just prefer to hear and do things that are 'true, honorable, and right'. Even the news is hard to swallow, and so I avoid watching that too.
You may think I'm an oddball, but I prefer things this way.
I've been reading the General Minutes of the North Union Reformed Presbyterian Church. The funny thing is that though the year is 1898, you would think it was today. Descriptions of "signs of the times" are so much like our news. It would appear that nothing has changed.

It's a soggy day- my first day off in a week, and I'm planning to do some cleaning. Where to begin? I don't seem to be able to walk into the living room except on one path- and no one can sit down there. We are in a transition here with John and Mandy "redoing" upstairs, so things kind of have to settle somewhere for the moment- till they can find a permanent place. They have been working hard on the upstairs clean-up. Good job! so far, so good.

Wendell has gone to work at the park- his second week beginning today. He seems so happy to be a part of the workforce again. He's still on light duty restrictions, and the guys there watch out for him making sure he complies.

That's about all for today. Stay dry, smile, and keep praying!

Sunday, May 14, 2006


"So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Psalm 90:12
Today is a very special day. Not only is it the Sabbath and Mother's Day, but it is my sister in law's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAROL!!! And many many more!!

Saturday, May 13, 2006


"And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in His salvation." Psalm 35:9

Good morning all you happy bloggers! It's a beautiful day- the rain that soaked us all day yesterday and the day before is now passed and a new day has dawned! I'm feeling mighty joyful and thankful for it all.
It's been a busy week here with working extra for me, Wendell back to work and doing so well, and the honeymooners back and starting to clean out the upstairs.
We have a new friend too- a cat named Spiderman. He's black with white socks and a stripe of white on his belly. He belongs to John and Mandy. He's friendly, but as with all cats, remains somewhat aloof. I'll post some pictures of him later.
Have a great day all, ........keep praying!

Friday, May 12, 2006


"You water its ridges abundantly, You settle its furrows; You make it soft with showers, You bless its growth. " Psalm 65 :10

Wow! We seem to have had a lot of rain since yesterday- long needed and very appreciated.
Even though it's a bit chilly, I notice more green in the woods and the grass seems to be taking off growing- time to mow soon.
Yesterday, though a soggy one, was very enjoyable. I spent the day in the office and then came home more relaxed than usual. Wendell had a good day too. We were both tired from being up so early in the mornng, so we both went to bed with the chickens. (Actually, before the chickens).
I found it necessary to have my foot injected twice yesterday for something called Morton's neuroma- very painful. The injection on the top of my foot wasn't too bad, and I felt immediate relief; the injection on the ball of my foot was like a giant bee sting! OUCH! I've had ice on it since, and it's still pretty painful to walk, but then it will take 3 days for the cortisone to be effective.
{A neuroma is a noncancerous (benign) growth of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. Morton's neuroma occurs in a digital nerve in your foot, often between your third and fourth toes. The condition isn't a true tumor, but instead involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the digital nerves leading to your toes. It causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your toes may also sting, burn or feel numb.Also called plantar neuroma or intermetatarsal neuroma, Morton's neuroma may occur in response to irritation, injury or pressure — such as from wearing tightfitting shoes. But it may also occur for unknown reasons.Treatments commonly involve changing footwear, resting your feet, and using arch supports or pads to help take pressure off the area. In some cases, your doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory drugs, a cortisone injection or even surgery.}
That's about it for today. Keep praying!!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


No, it's not an error, it is the DNA testing I had done this past February and thought I'd post the report on this blog. It's important to my family to have this information, and I was encouraged to 'spread the word' in case YOU might be afflicted.

MTHFR, DNA analysis
Result: A1298C/A1298C
Two copies of the same mutation identified.
Interpretation: (Methyltetrahydrofolate Reductase)
This patient's sample was analyzed for the MTHFR mutations C677T and A1298C. Two copies of the A1298C mutation were identified. Results for the C677T mutation were negative. Elevated homocysteine levels have not been reported when two copies of the A1298C mutation have been found. The diagnosis of hyperhomocysteinemia can not rely on DNA testing alone but should take into consideration clinical findings and other studies, such as homocysteine levels. Because MTHFR mutations and their associated risks are inherited, genetic counseling and testing of at-risk family members should be considered.
The MTHFR enzyme is responsible for creating the circulating form of folate. Folate is important in homocysteine regulation. Defects in the MTHFR enzyme can indirectly cause elevated homocysteine levels. The C677T mutation in the MTHFR gene can cause elevated homocysteine levels in individuals with insufficient folate, particularly when there are two mutations present. The A1298C mutation has not been associated with elevated homocysteine levels unless a C677T mutation is also present. Elevated serum homocysteine levels have been associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction and venous thrombosis. In women, pregnancy complications and an increased risk of fetal open neural tube defects have also been reported. The relationship between these conditions and MTHFR mutations is controversial.
Additional information:
Dietary folic acid, B6 and B12 supplementation has been suggested to lower homocysteine levels in some people. Folic acid supplementation has been shown to reduce the recurrence of neural tube defects.


It certainly has been an eventful day. I heard from my relief nurse at the office that she will be happy to work for me on June 1 so that I can visit with my Valentines and the Schneiders. Oh, I'm so delighted !!!!!!
About 1pm, someone came into the office and reported that there were police all over the courthouse just up the street from us. I went by as I came home, but there was nothing to see- just a policeman on each corner of the building standing as if on guard. So I tuned into the Butler radio station to hear what was happening- apparently a bomb threat was made, and they evacuated the court house and all the offices for the day at least. I wonder if these evacuees get paid for the afternoon when they had to leave? Hmmmm.. just a thought.
It's quite the beautiful day today. I'm going outside and enjoy some of it before I get supper started. I suggest you all do the same if you can.
Later gator!!


"May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers. May He not leave us nor forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers."
I Kings 8:57-58

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


"Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. " Romans 5:1-5

What a delightful day I had at work. I'm covering for Nell in the office while she has to be away. I love the girls I work with and Dr Mitra is probably the best employer anyone could ever have. I'm glad I have these few extra days to help out.
After 2 days of not even seeing Wendell, I got home tonite and he was resting in the recliner. He's in good spirits and says he's had a couple of good days too. He doesn't look haggard or stressed out- but more relaxed than anything. The guys at the park are truly looking out for him- urging him to rest and helping him do the things that are required.
Everyone understands the limitations and they seem happy to have him back.
I brought home grilled chicken salad for supper. It was supplied to me by a drug rep at the office today, but I'd eaten before I left, so I saved it for supper tonite. It was sooooo good!
Way too much for one person- Wendell and I split it and were quite satisfied.
He still doesn't have a schedule, but was told he'd be off this weekend. I will be working every day- Wednesday again for Nell, then Thursday for Remicade, and Fri, Sat, and Sunday at the hospital. I'll be ready for a day off on Monday. I've offered to fill in then too, but I think Nell will perhaps return by then.
Lots to do here..... I best get busy. Keep praying for us.. we appreciate it!

Monday, May 08, 2006


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17

We are off to a slow start this morning. Wendell's alarm failed to go off when it was supposed to, and so at 6:45am, he came to the bedroom frantically trying to get ready for his first day back at the park. I got up and made his lunch for him, and he was out the door by 7am. No breakfast, no insulin, and I don't believe he took it with him either. Oh, dear.....
I also have work scheduled for this morning, and haven't heard yet whether I'll be needed or not. I'm praying they won't need me so that I can get things in order here today. Let's hope things improve as the day goes on.

Not much else happening.. I should get myself ready to go.
Have a fabulous day everyone.. Keep praying- especially for Wendell

Sunday, May 07, 2006

10:50 pm

What a lovely day it has been today. No glitches to keep us from worship, and though it was a tad chilly, the sun shown brightly. We were able to attend church this morning finally. It felt like being back home again.

I took a short walk today up to the garden to check the asparagus- the frost last night got them pretty good. All the stalks were a funny color and when I tried to snap them, they went to mush in my hand. There was a lot there to lose, but more will come in its place in a few days.

JJ and Keith dropped by for a visit, and to drop off our laundry. It's hard to know how to say thank you when someone looks out for you in this way.. but ..... thanks... you are so appreciated... and I'm glad we have time to chat.
Keep up the great work, Keith.. we are proud of you! You'll be a manager one day of your own shop- I feel sure of it.

I stopped over to see Becky the office manager and also a cousin today too. We had such a lovely visit. Lots to talk about.

Besides the normal chores that have to be done, I took the big trash can to the road for the first time tonite. It's heavy !! But it's done. I got Wendell's work clothes out for him and got little jars of fruit and sugar free pudding ready for his lunch tomorrow. It'll be his first day back.
I pray he'll do all right.

I am also scheduled to work tomorrow, but the odd shift 11am-7:30pm. It takes such a chunk out of the day. I asked to be downsized for that day or half a shift. They may not need me, and I'd be 'on call' for them, making time for me to get more done here. Spring cleaning has just begun, and already I'm looking for time to do it. With Nell going to Mississippi for the funeral, I am hoping to fill in for her on Tuesday and/or Wednesday this week + my Remicade day in the office. It'll be a crazy busy week.

Wendell is already in bed and probably sleeping.. I should do the same. So I 'll say goodnight to all my blogger buddies.. sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite!
Keep us in prayer please.......


When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee and through the rivers they shall not overflow thee.
Isaiah 43:2

Yesterday I received word of the death of a dear friend's husband. It was quite sudden. My heart aches and reaches out to her in this time of sorrow.
May God comfort you and be with you and give you peace, Nell.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


We all look a little fuzzy??


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 1:1-4

I'm up early- it's a new day- you might say the first day of the rest of my life. These verses from John keep running through my head this morning.
We have a lot of 'beginnings' in our lives. Learning to walk, speak, drive, etc.. then new births, marriages, friends, and jobs.. All of these have one thing in common- in the beginning, they were the start of something new and special. God certainly is weaving a beautiful tapestry with our lives. He has given us so many new beginnings, and all things come from his wonderful hands.
Today I'll be at the hospital again- gainfully employed. It's my regular weekend off, but one of my co-workers was so kind to change days with me so I could be off yesterday to be with Mandy and John on their special new beginning. So I am fulfilling my obligation to my co-worker, and then be off again on the Sabbath.
We plan to be in church then, so ask that you all would uphold us in prayer again - that we would both be healthy and able to make the trip down to New Kensington. God has already provided new tires for my car, and a full tank of gas.
All is cleared on all sides for Wendell to return to work on Monday- 6 weeks post operatively.
He will be on light duty for 4 more weeks, and his boss says he'll have him do some painting for a while. He still has to be very careful- his sternum is just beginning to heal, and could snap easily if he isn't. He's moving around pretty well, and able to do some little things- like mowing grass on the lawn tractor.
I guess you could say it's a new beginning for him- new coronary vessels, and returning to work anew for this season.
New beginnings tend to make my heart joyful.. that's the way it should be.
Have a glorious new day, everyone... be thankful and pray without ceasing!

Friday, May 05, 2006


I guess everyone wants a perfect day when they get married... or when their children get married. It doesn't matter really whether it rains, snows or whether the sun is shining.
Today started out to be Mandy and John's perfect day- a new beginning for them.
I figured I had lots of time to leisurely get myself ready for the ceremony, but when Wendell went outside, he discovered that my front driver side tire was flat- really flat.. sitting on the rim flat. He's not allowed to lift, so it was my job to get the tire changed. I put my old jeans and shirt on and went outside to survey the damages. Mandy followed me out, and between the 2 of us, we had almost half a brain. I opened my trunk and dug out the little donut to replace the damaged tire till I could get to Sam's Club to buy new ones. We searched for about 15 minutes for the jack and finally located it stuffed up into the trunk so obscured, I really don't know HOW we ever found it. I brought it out and then started looking for the rest of the equipment.. Uh- huh...... oh.. that WAS the equipment. We struggled to find just where to place it under the car and actually did. Now to get the car jacked up so we could remove the tire. Well, the tire kept turning while we turned the tool.. so we had to set the car back down onto the ground to make it more secure. Ugh! After all that work getting it up!
Finally we got the tool on that removes the lug nuts. Neither of us could manage to even budge one. Oh.. we needed a pipe for leverage. So I went looking for a pipe to put on the end of the tool. Meanwhile, Mandy called John and he said "well, if they were put on by a machine, you will have to put all your weight on the bar and it should move." Not so good.. when Mandy stood on the bar, the jack collapsed and the car came crashing down. John's next statement " I really don't know what to tell you.. I have Triple A and they always come and fix it for me" .... opened my eyes.. "HEY! I have triple A!!" So we decided to go inside and give them a call to see if they could change the front tire.
Yes, they could and a service person would be there within the hour. Wendell was so upset that I'd called them. He said they'll put the donut on the front and you can't drive the car with the donut there. My reply was simply that no one could drive the car without it, and besides, that's what the donut is for- to get you to a service station to repair a tire.
I'd lost my Sam's Club membership card, so Mandy took me there to get a new one and then we picked up the cake for this afternoon. Wendell called a little later and said he would drive my car to Sams if we'd meet him there and I could get the tires. We agreed. Meantime, JJ was on her way from Altoona and would be planning to arrive in Butler at 1:15 or so, and would need a ride home. That meant someone would go back to Butler to pick her up.
I got my new tires on- nice! It drives better and doesn't make all the noise the other tires did.
As I came out of the parking area, JJ again called and said she was about 20 minutes from Butler if someone would meet her. I pulled into Scheetz and waited for her to arrive. Everything worked out well. We got back home with just enough time for me to get ready for the wedding.
Well, it was an ALMOST perfect day!



Hi John, Welcome to our family..........
Mandy's co-workers made her this veil to wear at the wedding. She always wears a ballcap to work.. this was a fancy one!!!

2 happy sisters


Showing off their wedding bands


We were in the Magistrate's waiting area.. all of us.. early... and anxious to get started.. The boys were counting trucks with trailers that went down the street- there were over 117 last I heard P3 say. Mandy asked me to hold her bouquet. I got an idea..

John's brother Jason with Daniel and Paul3..
I asked everyone to hold the bouquet, and then took their picture.....

John's mom

John's grampa

and his Gramma