Monday, July 31, 2006

A BIT SOGGY THIS MORNING

"Be still and know that I am God; among the nations I will be exalted; I on earth will be exalted high."
Psalm 46:10

Yesterday was stressful. My plans for attending worship seemed to go down the tubes at 5am when I awoke with a 'cracking' headache. Every move of my head was excruciating. I had to get it under control, for I'd promised another secretary that I'd work for her yesterday in return for this Saturday off. 3 cups of strong coffee and 2 Tylenol XS, and 3 hours later, I could move again, but not in time to get ready for church and work.
It was painfully slow at work last evening. The lack of 'something to do' makes me so weary, and by 9pm, I wanted ..... make that 'longed'.... to go home and crawl into my comfy bed.

This morning, I got up without the headache and the general swelling over my body seems to be subsided. That was probably a major contributor to the headache anyway. My joints which have been so tender in the past few days are also some relieved ..... it rained yesterday and last night.
Wendell has gone to see the cardiologist this morning, and as I write this, he should be about ready to see my boss, the rheumatologist. Hopefully, he'll inject Wendell's knees which have caused him to take more powerful medications to relieve them in the past few days. Poor guy has become a member of my 'Aching Joints Society' that can forecast the weather with more precision than anyone with a doctorate in Meteorology. UGH.

I seem to be whining again. I don't really mean to do that, but there just isn't much else to say. And.... since this is MY blog, I guess if I want to whine here, I can do that. Anyone have a little cheese?? I could use some with my whine.

Today is July 31. It would have been Wendell's Uncle Keith White's 94th birthday. Uncle Keith was probably the only person in the world who could say to me "Marilyn, you've gained some weight. You need to do something about it now." Hehehe. I was not insulted.. just aware that others noticed my weight gain. That was a few years ago. I still need to lose those pounds.

Today is also Cotton Candy day. I don't particularly like it, but once in a while it's nice to taste something of pure sugar. Son in law Keith rented a cotton candy machine for Joyce's birthday a few years back. I suppose I'd call that memorable since I do remember it..
My schedule is very busy this week. I'll be gainfully employed Today, tomorrow and Thursday with a dental appointment on Wednesday to check the progress of that ailing tooth I have. It's much better.. no swelling or pain now.

Okay bloggers...... have a fabulous day....... and pray for us.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

ANNIVERSARY TODAY


HAPPY 6TH ANNIVERSARY
ANDREW AND CAROL !

COUNTRY MUSIC DAY

I'm out-numbered. My whole entire family loves country music. I don't. I have a broad love for most music, but for country, rap, and heavy metal. I just can't call them music.. at least not to my ears.
Even the grandchildren love Toby Keith , Johnny Cash, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, and a host of others that cause my ears to go into spasm.
Today is Country Music Day........ I'm sorry I just can't get excited about this one. It ranks right up there with tripping over my own feet in the dark or perhaps just below shoving a pencil up my nostrils.....

Friday, July 28, 2006

CHEESE LOVERS DAY

It's cheese lovers day today....... what's your favorite cheese?
I'm not that fond of cheese, but I do like cottage cheese and colby. I like provolone too...
Mac and cheese, pizza with cheese, and grilled cheese sandwiches...

Thursday, July 27, 2006

WHAT'S UP, DOC?


IT'S BUGS BUNNY DAY !!!

REMICADE DAY

" I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. " I Timothy 2:1-2

Today would be Thursday, Remicade Day. My relief nurse is doing the office today which gives me a break. I can't remember when I had a Thursday at home to do what I wanted.
I am praying for productivity.

Last night we had grilled chicken salad for supper. You can't buy that at a restaurant like we make them at home. Mmmmmmmm Light and refreshing. (low calorie too!)

I may run out today to look for the clogs that the doctor suggested. He says no more regular slippers. Oh, well.... we'll see.
Gotta get moving here. Lots to do.

Pray for us. It's been hot and muggy about every day, and makes difficulty in breathing for Wendell. His energy is sapped every day when he comes home from work.
Pray for our leaders and persons in authority that they would turn from their wicked ways and ask God for guidance.
Pray for our pastor who faithfully leads us weekly with much preparation. Remember your own pastor too.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

AND THE VERDICT IS.......

I saw the podiatrist today.. he tells me what I have is not fatal. It's called plantar fasciitis and rather than go into another long explanation of what it is and why, suffice it to say it is great pain in the feet which is not relieved by over the counter medication.
So....... the treatment is conservative. First I have to see the folks who will make the orthotics for my shoes.. This is done by professionals and the supports will be made to fit my feet. Next, he suggested New Balance shoes. I own 2 pairs already. Then lose weight..
I have to wear shoes constantly..... no more stocking feet or bare feet. And my slippers will be clogs with a heel. All these things don't cure the problem, but should make ambulation a tad simpler. I'll still have pain off and on, but not the intensity of the recent past.

SUGAR CANE DAY

Well, I didn't do any blogging yesterday. I seemed to have a slow start on the day and finally called off and didn't go to work.
I saw the dentist the day before, and she assured me that I don't have a full blown abscess, though I was well on the way. The inflammation seems to be at gum level. I'd lost the filling over the root canal at some point, and the tooth was okay yet. So she anesthetized the jaw, and then proceeded to debride the area around the tooth. It was swollen and tender. By yesterday morning, it was feeling tight with more swelling and painful. I used the warm salt water rinses, but needed something much stronger than Tylenol for the pain that remained. I don't tolerate the powerful narcotics for pain, so I don't use anything but Tylenol. Yesterday was different. I needed something more, but if I took the Vicodin, I couldn't drive and even if I had a ride to work, I wouldn't have been able to concentrate on work- more likely fall asleep at my desk. So I called the hospital and related my dilemma and took the day off. I slept till about 2pm. I was groggy most of the day and went to bed early having accomplished nearly nothing for the day other than making supper for Wendell and me.
This morning there is minor swelling and the pain is reduced to tolerable tenderness. I'll be taking antibiotics for the next 5 days.
I have an appointment with the foot doctor today. Hopefully he'll have some ideas for my sore feet.
Funny how you reach a point in your life when everything seems to be wearing out. We shall deal with each problem as it comes and leave it all in the Lord's healing hands.

Today is SUGAR CANE DAY.
I really don't know why someone would give sugar a day of it's own, but it is so.
Sugar comes from such a variety of sources. When we lived in Texas, there were fields upon fields of sugar beets.. and the factories that made sugar out of the beets. Cane sugar is a little different with the same basic results.

Monday, July 24, 2006

GOTTA SEE THE DENTIST

For the past few days ? weeks? I've been experiencing something unusual in my mouth. There is an odd taste, and I wonder about my breath. I've been using gum to 'cover' it, but that acidic taste is there continuously. Yesterday I noticed my jaw was sore. In November last year I had a root canal done in preparation for a crown. Actually, though time consuming, my endodontist makes it relatively painless. Before I could have the crown made, I had a stroke, and couldn't tolerate anything in my mouth (like a toothbrush, toothpaste, or floss). Indeed, it was tricky to swallow food, but found if I ate slow with small bites, I could do it without gagging or choking. Then came Wendell's heart surgery, and I put off the crown again, but planning to get it done when our finances were more stable. In the mean time, I am wondering if the temporary filling has come out? I'm not even sure what it looks like. So the tooth itself doesn't hurt, but the gum and jaw under and around it are somewhat uncomfortable. I keep looking at it and wondering if I'm seeing swelling too? I really can't tell. Today I've called the dentist to take a look at what I'm dealing with and to help me get it under control so we can finish the work from November.
I live in a wonderful time. In the 1800s, it would have been much more difficult to deal with my dental problems.
I started looking into dentistry back in that time, and here's what I found:

"The fearsome instruments designed to extract teeth usually wrenched them out sideways, once they had been loosened by careful hammering. Pulling perpendicularly without damaging the surrounding teeth and gums seems to have been beyond an eighteenth-century dentist, even when he flexed his muscles, put the patient on the floor, and took his – the patient’s – head between his – the dentist’s – knees."
Now, I haven't had any extractions since I was in high school, but this certainly sounds barbaric, and nothing akin to going into Dr Kim's office and being seated in an ergonomically correct chair with a cushion under my legs to help support my back while being handed the TV remote so I can amuse myself while she operates painlessly on my oral cavity.

"Anaesthesia was not established as a major tool of dentistry at this time. General anaesthesia was introduced to medical practice in the 1840s, and it was from there extended to dental practice. I suppose a man of this time might have resorted to strong drink if he knew he was to have an extraction, but a lady could never do this."
Though as a child I have a memory of receiving Ether for an extraction, and too, as a teen having my jaw injected with a LOT of pain involved, my current dentist has made life more simple. She applies a topical anesthetic before inserting the needle, and she is a master at giving the injection so I feel no pain whatsoever as she delivers the dose. The thought of a shot of whiskey beforehand~ medicinally, of course~ has never crossed my mind.

"an interesting light is thrown on the subject by one of Lord Chesterfield’s letters to his son, in which he urges him to wash his teeth first thing every morning with a soft sponge and warm water for 4 or 5 minutes. He does not recommend the use of any hard substance such as sticks or even a dentifrice since they damage the gums and destroy the ‘varnish of the teeth’."

"Chesterfield was referring to the fact that there were in this period dentifrices on the market, which – just as today – made extravagant claims as to brilliance and whiteness. They also however (unlike today) contained substances which destroyed the enamel. Dentifrices of this era also, indeed, claimed to fasten in loose teeth, an improbable but seductive claim in an era of rampant scurvy and pyorrhoea. Fouchard, the contemporary French dentist renowned for his skill in fashioning false teeth, recommended one’s own urine for cleaning the teeth. Others recommended a touch of gunpowder every now and then, and Horace Walpole put his faith in a lump of alum dissolved in the mouth as a sure expedient to keep teeth strong – as indeed his were. For a toothbrush, it was common practice to bash the end of a wooden stick and scour the teeth with this, although it had the disadvantage of leaving behind splinters. The wealthy had delicate little gold-handled toothbrushes, sometimes with replaceable heads. The nearest thing to dental floss in the 18th century was toothpicks made of quills."
I am so thankful for my ORAL-B and my waxed dental tape!

"When teeth decayed, the decayed part was scraped away with scalpels and files, and any exposed nerve cauterised with a red-hot wire before the filling was inserted.... Gold was certainly superior to other filling materials used then, such as lead, pitch and beeswax. Beeswax presumably would be useless in the long run, and both pitch and particularly lead, while not only tasting quite horrible, must have been quite dangerous to the system – although this may not have been known at the time. There was also a type of porcelain filling used, which appeared quite effective but which had an unfortunate side-effect. It was so acidic that it killed the nerve of the tooth on impact, so that the wearer eventually ended up with a lovely white filling embedded in a black tooth. Teeth were filed then, as now, presumably to improve the bite – or perhaps to effect a regularity of appearance."
Well, I have to say again.. I'm thankful to be living in this century of advancements in dentistry.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

BELATED BIRTHDAY TO SANDY L


A BELATED BIRTHDAY WISH
TO
SANDY L
SORRY IT'S LATE
I MEANT WELL.. BUT DIDN'T GET THIS POSTED IN GOOD TIME
HOPE YOUR DAY WAS A HAPPY ONE!!
MANY MORE!!!

PRAY FOR OUR NATION & LEADERS

"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God." Romans 13:1

'In so far as they carry out the will of God, civil officers are the ministers of God. Their function is to punish those who do evil and secure the protection of those who do well.'
'Since the state is a creature of God, it is the duty of the creature to acknowledge it's Creator.'

Each night before going to sleep, I've been reading a portion of "The Communicant's Class" by J Boyd Tweed.
The above is a few exerpts from that booklet.
How far we have come from honoring our Creator. Man seems to think that he is the creator these days, and that he has full authority to recklessly endanger anyone who gets in his path. Our government seems to be coming undone. Our leaders for the most part seem to be denying that God even exists. Our laws that were formulated under God by Christian men of authority in the very beginning of our nation.. are being torn apart and twisted, and even being denied existance in some cases. It would seem that we are living in chaos.
There are factions who would deny us and our children the knowledge of God's existance in our history- removing crosses, the 10 Commandments from public buildings, and removing the Bible as a rule of authority in public schools, and actually rewriting history books to eliminate any reference to our Christian heritage .. I could go on. Suffice it to say, the more we deny God, the more chaos reigns in our land. Truth seems to be covered in a cloud of smoke.
Dismal? I guess. For those who do not know Christ, it is VERY dismal. But I have to step back and look at the world and say.. My God is in control .. it is MAN who is out of control and has no idea how to correct things because he refuses to go back to the Lord and ask for help and guidance. It is MAN who seems to be acting like a 2 year old, having tantrums and being obstinate before God the Father. I think back to my own children saying "I can do it myself!!!!".. and this is what our world leaders seem to be saying as they shake their fists at the One who has created them and placed them in the positions of authority.
I read about Sodom and Gomorrah.. we seem to be far worse than those 2 wicked cities.. how much longer will God tolerate our wickedness?
Pray for our nation and world leaders- it's something every Christian can do, and God does hear us.

MAPLE SYRUP DAY

Well, whaddya know? Maple Syrup has it's own day! Mmmmmm.. great on pancakes or waffles!!
A maple tree has to be about 45 years old and about 12 inches in diameter for it to be tapped. A single tap will produce about 10 gallons of sap, but it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.
Now, don't you feel smart?
We live among hundreds of maple trees. I can remember Wendell's dad wanting to tap the trees here. We never did, but he considered it.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

ABOUT 100% HUMIDITY..

Another hot and soggy day..... It gets oppressive with the humidity so high... in fact, it seems to be drizzling rain again. Hmmmmmmm.. I'm not really complaining~ I'd rather this than ice and snow. But even Wendell is feeling the drag.. we both are sleepy today. It's the weather.
He's off today, but it's MY weekend to be gainfully employed, and so I will be doing so later this afternoon.
I got good news yesterday. One of the other secretaries has agreed to work for me on Aug 5- that's the annual IMM family reunion. I wanted to go, and left it all up to the Lord whether he'd provide the way for me. I was looking for someone to do so, but hated to ask anyone to work part of their weekend off. As things happened, another secretary approached me and asked to switch.. WOOHOO!!! Thank you Lord! So I will be attending after all. I have to update the family history again, and get it printed for the reunion. Lots to do yet.

Gotta get moving here.. I have to get something to eat and then finish getting ready for work. Have a fabulous day everyone.. Pray for us.. and Pray for our President, Mr Bush.

Friday, July 21, 2006

SENT TO ME IN AN EMAIL

SIGN IN A STORE WINDOW:
"WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 AL QAEDA TERRORISTS THAN WITH ONE SINGLE AMERICAN"
This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Philadelphia. You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement. One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business. And that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back. But, perhaps in these stressful times one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement . . We are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty. And after all, it is just a sign.
You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign?

Answer: A Funeral Home (Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)
You gotta love it!!! God Bless America!

DIFFICULT PROBLEM~SIMPLE ANSWER

"Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sins and heal their land."
2Chronicles 7:14

We seem to really need this in our present day as we face WWIII or WWIV or whatever WW it is now. It's a simple answer to a difficult problem. And the only way.

It's quiet here today. I can't imagine what it would be like to live in the Middle East.. I tend to complain about the heat/humidity here too, but again, I can't imagine 100+ degrees as a regular diet. Our heat index hit 95 yesterday- hot. But the heat is one thing.. the humidity is another.. hard to breathe in such dense air.
Wendell is getting by at the park- they don't require him to do too much real physical activity in this weather.

Pray for us. Pray for our representatives in congress.... that they will acknowledge our saviour Jesus Christ as Lord of all... that they would bow before Him and our nation can begin healing.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

TIRED AND WEARY TOO


Yesterday I read JJ's blog and as I read how hard she's been working and the long hours she's been putting in lately.. I wondered how that all came about.. How could one get so tired?
And yet, today I feel the same way.. tired. weary.. and needing rest.





I haven't put in the hours she has, but enough for me and my aging body. I've been spending too much time here at the computer trying to 'fix' all the bugs that are causing me problems.. Today I fixed the printer actually. It ended up an installation problem, and once I discovered the error of my way, it was a 'piece of cake'. This past week I got the digital camera to cooperate too. For a while I couldn't upload anything.. It takes patience and a little bit of knowledge interspersed.
But I'm tired. I got up before 5am to get ready for work today at the office.. It was a little too early considering I'd been up all night with an aching back.
Sorry for all the whining.. I'll do better tomorrow. Pray for us.

"And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:19

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

REMEMBERING

"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you."
Psalm 5:11
As I see things, there is no other choice here but to be faithful and to trust the Lord in all facets of our lives.

Another hot day coming up.. muggy too. It tends to make joints ache like it does just before a rain. I thank the Lord that he put me in this century. I'm a wimp at the very base of me.. and dislike pain. He has provided Tylenol to ease my aching.
I was thinking this morning about all the things that didn't exist when I was a child.. but that were invented since my children were born. Hmmm.. It occurred to me that IBM produced the first computer disk the year my first child was born. Staggering thought. My mother mentioned one time about when they got electricity for the first time.. another staggering thought. We do take a lot for granted. I've always had running water and indoor bathroom facilities, but Mother remembered a time when she didn't. It wasn't common.
Enough ..
Have a great day and keep praying..

FRY AN EGG ON THE SIDEWALK DAY

IT'S FRY AN EGG ON THE SIDEWALK DAY !


I didn't check the temperature here yesterday.. but it felt like the 90s.. How hot was it at YOUR house?
Now, every time I catch myself beginning to grumble about the heat..I remember how thankful I am that it isn't snowing or icy out..

Monday, July 17, 2006

NATHAN AND JAIME


I am impressed....... ask and you shall receive.. On July 14 below, I hinted that I needed a newer picture of Nathan, and here it is. Handsome guy.. beautiful friend Jaime.
Thanks!! Hope you had a great birthday!

SUNNY MONDAY

Jeremiah 9:23-26
"This is what the Lord says: "Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the Lord. "

It's Monday. Yesterday I fulfilled an obligation to a co-worker for working for me on Friday.
It was a very quiet evening. My department was full, and with no admissions, I was the lone
secretary. It was okay. Today I hope to repeat that scenario. We'll see.

It is bright and beautiful today. Sunny and likely hot later on. Not much happening here- perhaps later...... Have a great day, enjoy the sunshine.. and pray for us if you would.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

THANKS, JJ.....MORE FLOOD PHOTOS




We noted that the Red Cross is active
in Conklin.. these signs were on the
main street.

























This is a Presbyterian Church offering
free lunches














I enlarged this photo.. it could
be better.. but it shows how each
home was marked










HAPPY BIRTHDAY GAYLIE

Saturday was also Gaylie's birthday.. and the party was for Esther AND Gayle.. JJ will be posting photos also, so I'll just pass these couple along..



New dresses and new ear rings!!! We had a couple of very happy little girls..

FLOOD PHOTOS

The cleanup has begun up in NY where our family lives. JJ and I went for a drive in the morning and took pictures.. the worst aren't seen here- they are still on JJ's camera. We'll both be blogging our trip.
This first photo is the yard beside Valentine's home. When they got home, Esther told me there was "water everywhere".. By the looks of this scene.. she's right. This swing set is now set low to the ground in sludge, rocks and whatever.. The rocks come right up to the edge of Valentine's driveway. There were other play things in the yard, but either they are buried in the rocks or washed away.


This was on our way home Saturday afternoon.. a little town between Conklin NY and Hallstead PA..
The streets are lined with trash and furniture items, and all sorts of belongings..now ruined by the floods.
We noted a stench as we drove through Conklin.. even with the windows up. The entire city of Conklin was evacuated during the flooding, and the evidence of it was present on every house.. each had a red/orange mark on it.. like a tic tac toe board.. We thought at first it was graffitti, but Terri, a flood victim, told us about these marks. The first number was any occupants of that house during the evacuation. The next was dangerous situations in that house..like possible gas leaks..and the third identified the persons checking the house.
They also had a green board on many doors noting that these homes were rechecked after the floods and safe to return to. Then we noticed so many homes also had a big huge red X on them.. these are the ones that are condemed. There were way too many of these.
We stopped along the roadside in various places we saw of interest.. here is an RV washed up on a small islet in the river. It was a huge RV..
We both looked at this car.. it was totally covered in mud.. the picture doesn't do it justice.
This was a common sight everywhere.... dumpsters full to capacity. This one was in a plaza in Hallstead where Valentines like to shop..
Rob's Market was totally covered in water.. Many of the businesses were destroyed totally.. you could see in the front door through to the back.. mud, gluck, and just trash everywhere..
This is our favorite Italian restaurant in Hallstead....I ate there in May when I was up to visit. It's washed out..
Lots more to tell..... more pictures to share.......
Our Owego RP Church was damaged for the 2nd time by flooding. My home church, Manchester RPC sent flood relief money to help out. I'm turning the check over to Matt in this picture.

Friday, July 14, 2006

GUESS WHOSE BIRTHDAY TODAY???


HEY HEY HEY

WHADYA SAY?

NATHAN P IS

(OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW BETTER)

TODAY!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!

(I COULD USE SOME NEWER PICTURES..HINT HINT)

Thursday, July 13, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESTHER !!!
















HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY ESSIE
WHO IS 4 YEARS OLD TODAY !!!



IT'S LOVE YOUR BISON DAY !!


WOO HOO !! Can't say as I've been waiting all year for this one, but I suppose it's worthy of note.
What's the difference between a bison and a buffalo, you ask? Well, simply put, they are the same beast. Our forefathers didn't know what to call them and the closest thing that they could come to was the Asian Water Buffalo, so .. the bison got dubbed 'buffalo'. Well, now, don't you feel smart? The next time you are at a party and someone walks up to you and says.."Say..just what IS the difference between a bison and a buffalo".. YOU will know the answer!

IT'S A RAINY DAY

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." II Corinthians 4:16-18


It's another soggy day here. It's so early in the morning.. today I'll be at the office.
Wendell is up and moving and getting ready for a day at the park, though I don't know how much they really accomplish in the rain.
Tomorrow is the day.... JJ and I will leave for Valentines on our "rescue mission". It's been such a blessing to us to be able to do this. Pray for our safety as we travel if you would.
Have a fabulous day bloggers!!! Stay dry !

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

2005 IMM REUNION

Yes, it was a sweltering hot day, but it was well worth the effort to connect with family again- at least as many as could be there. Great food.. great reunion with everyone! Great Aunts and Uncles.. Some Great grandparents!
Don't miss it this year......

2006 IMM FAMILY REUNION

2006 Imm Family Reunion
Saturday, August 5, 2006

At LOGAN’S FERRY PICNIC GROUNDS

From 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM
Contact me for specific directions.

ANSWERED PRAYER

Yes, Fred will work for me on Friday. I will be joining JJ for the trip to Valentines, feeling certain this is what God wants for me. Everything has fallen into place perfectly.
Yesterday I stopped at the thrift store and found a toaster and an iron. WOOHOO!!
The list of things collected keeps growing and growing. There is still more promised from friends and family. At this point, we are thinking we'll have to lay the back seat down in JJ's car to be able to fit everything in and pack it tight. God is so awesome!!! He'll provide the space we need or a U-Haul if necessary- I wonder if they'd donate one in lieu of the fact that this is a mission of mercy in a devastated area? It's just a thought.
I hope to get some good pictures to share, but the main thing is to get the job accomplished.
I'll be posting more later as we get things gathered together and get our preparations finalized...

PATAS TAKE TO THE RAILS.....

I received this in my email tonite and was quite impressed. Thanks for the info, Nathan.

On July 3, 2006 the three California Pata's were invited to "drive" a real, full sized diesel locomotive for a few miles up and down the main line of the original transcontinental railroad. Here a few highlights.


Bob dashing to WP 713, the locomotive he has been invited to drive. Now, I couldn't tell you what that is.. but I bet if I asked my grandson Paul........

Engineer Bob at the helm (or is that just for boats?) No matter.. he's the one in control of the whistle.. TOOOOOOT!!! TOOOOOOOOT! Ahhhh.. to be a kid again ! Blow the whistle again, Bob !!!!!!!

The co-pilot....... er.. co-engineer..... Nicki, seems to be enjoying the job. If only all jobs were that much fun! This is actually the main line of the original Transcontinental Railroad

Nathan's job? Why the photographer, of course! Say, how do you take such a great picture of yourself on a moving train??

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

AND HERE IT IS...........

I have wanted to put music on my blog for a while and have been researching how to do it.. I finally did it!!!!
This song is by MERCYME and is called "I CAN ONLY IMAGINE".. one of my favorites.
If you don't care to listen, scroll down the sidebar and click the off button. It's as easy as that!

CAVIAR TASTING DAY

Today is Caviar Tasting Day........I don't think so.... I've never had the desire to eat fish eggs...

JUST THIS AND THAT

"How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings."
Psalm 36:7

It is very early morning..I've been awake since 4am with a blistering headache. I suppose having only one cup of coffee yesterday had something to do with it, as it's lifting now with a strong cup of coffee as I write.
Today I'm gainfully employed, so I'll have to return to bed when I'm done journaling here.
I need enough sleep to get me through to midnight tonite.
Yesterday afternoon I had a most wonderful phone call from Nicki. She is returning to Chicago for her chemo this week. She's doing well for all that she's been through. As we talked, I strolled outside and up into the garden where the red raspberries are ripe and ready for picking. I ate quite a few as I walked through the rows. With the ripening of the berries also comes the Japanese beetles of which, there are gazillions.. but we have our own pest control with Charlie's chickens who are scarfing them down about as they come up out of the ground.
I watched the chickens yesterday.. I thought at first they were going for the berries, and some did..they have to jump up to get them, so they opt for what is on the ground around them, and that's the beetles. Smart birds!
I've been reading "The Communicant's Class" by J Boyd Tweed, MA, DD. Every so often I feel the need to review what and why we believe what we do.
Friday is the day set for making a trip to Valentines with JJ. I will find out tonite likely whether I'll be going or not. I'm scheduled to work at the hospital, but have asked another secretary to switch days with me. I've prayed about this, and now will leave it up to the Lord.
We have collected a car load of things to help replace that which was lost in the flood in late June. The Valentine's have a friend who lost literally EVERYTHING but the clothes she was wearing. She lives alone and is a teacher's aide in the school where Cory taught. She's staying with friends for the moment.. there just is so much devastation up there, there is nowhere to rent at this point. JJ has organized a rescue for her in a fashion, and will be delivering these things in person. I want to look for a toaster, mixer, and some flatware for her. I'll check out the thrift stores around here to see if there are any available.
Well, the coffee seems to have relieved my headache, and I do need a bit more rest before going to work today.
Have a glorious day and pray for us... pray that I'll be able to make this trip on Friday if you would. God bless you all.

Monday, July 10, 2006

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROOKE

Today is Wendell's nephew's daughter's birthday..
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROOKE!!!

SMILE DAY

Hey! Today is SMILE DAY !!! So turn up the corners of your mouth and S M I L E
at everyone you meet today.

I got home a bit early last evening. It was so quiet, and then I had something for supper that didn't agree with me. OUCH!

It is so beautiful today, but my aching joints and muscles tell me that rain is in the forecast, though I haven't seen the weather report yet.

JJ and I are planning to make a trip to NY this weekend.. a whirlwind visit to deliver the donations we've received for one of the Valentine's friends there who lost everything but the clothes on her back during recent flooding. We will be collecting the rest of the week and leave Friday. We have gotten together a carload of things, but there is much more promised this week.
I've asked someone to work for me, but haven't heard yet.. so keep that in prayer.. I need Friday off. It would mean I'd have to work another Sabbath possibly to relieve him if he works the day for me. Though that doesn't make me happy, God will provide where necessary.
We seem to have more than one could mail in a box, so the way to go is by personal delivery.
Well, that makes me SMILE.

Today I'm not gainfully employed, so I'll be working here around the house trying to clean up some. It's going to be a great day..
Pray for us and keep us in thought today.

JOY IN THE MORNING

"It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.
For you make me glad by your deeds, O Lord; I sing for joy at the works of your hands. How great are your works, O Lord, how profound your thoughts!
The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be forever destroyed.
But you, O Lord, are exalted forever."
Psalm 92:1-8

Sunday, July 09, 2006

A DAY OF REST

"It is a sabbath of rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance."
Leviticus 16:31

According to scripture, today is a day of rest- one where you cease doing the work of the week, attend worship to 'recharge' and then to 'rest in Him'. Of course, there are some of us who are required to work today, and God has made provision for us.. in acts of mercy and necessity. I work in a hospital- you can't close the doors.
Growing up, we had the tv on in the evening when we got home from evening our youth programs at church. Ed Sullivan. Anyone remember him? It was a variety show. Singers, dancers, jugglers, mimes, .. you name it. When we moved to Butler, we did not have the tv on at all on the Sabbath. It was a quiet day where after the cows were tended, and we'd been to church, we had a big meal and then took a long afternoon nap. Ahhhhhhh........ pleasant! Of course, when we had children, we spent Sabbath afternoons at my Mom and Dad's home in Logan's Ferry. This was Dad's day to cook, and that is exactly what he did. He was a very good one too. Mashed potatoes with gravy, roast beef (sometimes chicken), and mostly fresh veggies and salad, rolls, and sometimes even dessert! Good memories.. Dad made sliced cucumbers and added mint to the vinegar dressing. It was always a refreshing day.

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Well, did you know that today is Sugar Cookie Day? Not my favorite, but I'll eat them if there aren't any chocolate chip cookies available. Quite frankly, I'd rather have a nice chewy chocolate brownie with chocolate chips..... hmmmmmm I sound like my dad .. he was a chocoholic too.

It's gonna be a great day today.... pray for us.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

DONATIONS

"Peace to the brothers, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. "
Ephesians 6:23-24

Good morning bloggers. What a beautiful day it is today.. Sun shining and the temperature
is perfect! I'm gainfully employed and pleased to be able to work.

Wendy has been filling us all in on what is happening in her area with the flooding. A dear lady friend has lost everything she had.. she has no home to call her own, and will have to start from scratch again to be able to live. Wendy reports that they were able to salvage one small table and a couple chairs. She needs clothes.
JJ has begun to collect items/money for her, and will either send them via mail or if she gets a lot of bulky donations, will take them out in her car possibly next week.. the 15th. She won't be taking furniture, but mostly things she can fit in her car.. but who knows? If need be, she says she'll rent a UHaul. We'll see. In the mean time, pray for all those who lost everything. There are many. Wendy's neighbors sustained severe damage as did her church; but Wendy's home was spared. Amazing Grace! We will be passing this information on to everyone we can. Contact me or JJ if you have something you can spare for someone in real need.
If nothing else, pray that donations will come and God's rich blessing will be evident.

Have a fabulous day.. Thank the Lord for keeping you safe and blessing you richly.

Friday, July 07, 2006

COMPUTER TRIALS

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise."
James 5:13

Today I am happy and thank the Lord for answering my prayers. I have struggled over the computer problems and have been praying over just what He wants me to do about it if anything. As many know, this poor old machine was on it's last legs and trying hard to crash. I couldn't seem to do anything that would heal the problems, and I'd lost the Recovery Disks. The problem is that I pay bills with the computer, keep in touch daily with friends and family via computer.. it seems like my whole life tends to revolve around the computer. So not having it seemed like a real mountain I was going to have to climb. A new computer is not within our budget.
Two nights ago, I decided to turn it off and just get some cleaning done in my bedroom... and there were the Recovery Disks.. the first thing I put my hands on as I began to go through boxes of stuff from upstairs.
JJ had so kindly made copies of all the items, pictures, etc I had on this computer. I had to send attached files to her and she quickly made the CDs for me. So, when I decided I'd saved everything possible..... I took a deep breath and put the Recovery Disk into the CD drive, and the PC erased EVERYTHING .. all my files gone forever... This is the 3rd time I've purged this machine.
To make a long story short, I had priced new hard drives at about $300..... I just couldn't spend that much on a computer right now. But with the recovery, the PC is now running much smoother.. but not without one more expense.. a new mouse... all of $15 for a new optical mouse. So the computer is running smoothly and I'm delighted. I did have one other expense to repair this PC.... a 3" Floppy drive (external) that Mandy and John got for me last evening.. I believe about $30. Now I can transfer the data I have on the little disks to the hard drive and JJ will burn CDs for me again. So, for $45, the computer is almost like new, and it's a far sight from the $300 units I'd priced. God is good .. He has led me through and I did get the best deal.. it was hard to have patience and wait, but in His time.. He has made things right again.

ICE CREAM CONE DAY


Well, this should make a lot of people very happy.. it's Ice Cream Cone Day!! WooHoo !!!! So, what is your favorite flavor? Mine is double chocolate.. mmmmmmm....





























Thursday, July 06, 2006

WELCOME TO BLOGDOM !

Welcome to the world of blogging , Sandi.. I'm so glad you decided to do this.
Sandi has formed a knit/crochet group where she lives in Maryland.
These dedicated women meet weekly and make scarves/hats, etc
for the homeless and for the Linus Project. Please visit her blogsite
called Hugs & Stitches.
You can also click on the Hugs & Stitches in the column on the right hand of this page.

HAPPY BLOGGING!!!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY JIM & MARYLOU


HAS IT BEEN 52 YEARS??? ALREADY?
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
JIM AND MIMI
GOD BLESS YOU WITH MANY MORE