Friday, November 30, 2007

I have just a few minutes before I go to bed.. I wanted to blog a bit.
Wendell saw the cardiac surgeon today.. he says all is well, no changes on his echocardiogram.
That's good. His next appointment is in 12 months.
I saw my dentist today and she filled a tooth that seemed to have developed a cavity.. it was painless- what a dentist! Today is actually Friday and I'm going back today to have the preliminary work done for a crown on a tooth that I've been wanting to do this to for a long time. It's so discolored and chipped inside. I have to baby it all the time so I don't lose it.
By the time I retire (63 days, incidently).. I'll have my mouth in pretty good shape.

It's cold.. so what else is new? 28 degrees at the moment.. but no snow, so I'm not going to go into a tirade about the weather.

Gotta get to bed.. good night all...
and.............MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Good morning bloggers! It's nearly afternoon... it's my day off and I slept in till 10am! Wow!
I don't get that privilege too often. Today starts a 6 day stretch of non gainful employment. Kathy is covering the office this week, and I don't have to return to the hospital till next Tuesday. There is much to do here.
Today I'm going to attack my bedroom- again. It's such a difficult room to clean, but I'm in a pitching mood, and so it should be profitable. And , after several low days, I'm feeling much better physically and mentally. I have pictures to sort through and scan the ones I want to keep, as well as a closet of old clothes that are bogging me down. I've been very blessed in every way.
So I'll set the timer for 15 minutes and go about my chores methodically. But first I need to get dressed and have my 2nd cup of coffee and finish my emails..
I wish for all of you a very beautiful day. God is good and has blessed us so richly.

Merry Christmas.. it's on it's way, ya know? We have most of our shopping done now..just a few small things to get yet. We are being so careful about our shopping this year especially. We don't have a huge income, so we have to be frugal along the way.
I'm scheduled to work both Christmas eve and day... I don't care for that decision but I'll go along with it one more time. 65 days to go!
One of the other girls at work was figuring out how many days she had left to work.. 140,440 or some such depressing figure. We laughed. I told her she could put her sign on her desk like I do on mine.. I'm counting them down every day I go in.
I'm off NY day and eve.. I'd sooner be off one day of each of the holidays like we used to do. It always worked well. At least you got a day with your family. This schedule is really nasty- it's very busy, but then, as I said, this is the last time I'll have to be scheduled to work a holiday.
Not that we have any big bash for either holiday.. but we do like a good reason to get together as a family and share a meal..

It was quiet the last half of work tonite.. I came home a little early . I was just so tired and had trouble staying awake. There were 2 secretaries tonite, so no problem.
My bed seems to be calling my name.. guess I'll answer.."I'm on my way...!!"
I'm going to sleep in tomorrow.. and Kathy has the office duties this week- both days- so I have 6 glorious days off before going back. WOOHOO!!
Off to bed with me..

Monday, November 26, 2007

*Twas the month before Christmas*
*When all through our land,*
*Not a Christian was praying*
*Nor taking a stand.*
*See the PC Police had taken away,*
*The reason for Christmas - no one could say.*
*The children were told by their schools not to sing,*
*About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.*
*It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say*
* December 25th is just a 'Holiday'.*
*Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit*
*Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!*
*CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod*
*Something was changing, something quite odd! *
*Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa*
*In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.*
*As Targets were hanging their trees upside down*
* At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.*
*At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears*
*You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.*
*Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty*
*Are words that were used to intimidate me.*
*Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen*
*On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!*
*At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter*
*To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.*
*And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith*;
* Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace*
*The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded*
*The reason for the season, stopped before it started.*
*So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'*
*Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.*
*Choose your words carefully, choose what you say*
not Happy Holiday!*


What is a Conservative?
By Tom Barrett

I was talking with a friend this week about one of the Republican candidates. He said, “He’s a conservative, but he’s not my kind of conservative.” That got me thinking, “Just what IS a conservative?” And, “Who is conservative enough to get conservatives excited about supporting him in this election?”
In my opinion, Ronald Reagan was the ultimate conservative. If there was a candidate, whether Republican or from a third party, who was half the conservative President Reagan was, he would have my vote. Unfortunately, there is no declared candidate today who could fill even one of The Gipper’s shoes.
So, what is a conservative to do? I have decided who I feel would be the best choice for the Office of the President. But I won’t be discussing that today. Rather, I would like to lay a philosophical foundation for a discussion among conservatives about what it means to be a conservative.
If Ronald Reagan walked among us today, this article would not be necessary. He was conservative in all ways that are important. But it seems today that conservatives have become like doctors. There are few general practitioners. Everyone is a specialist.
A true conservative is conservative in three areas. Not just in his talk, but in his actions. These areas are fiscal, social, and defense.

Fiscal conservatives believe that government is far too involved in every area of our lives, and that the best way to limit government intrusion is to close the purse. Fiscal conservatives want to lower taxes. Reagan never met a tax cut he didn’t like. He saved America from the largest confiscatory abuse by the IRS in history. He forced Congress to lower the highest income tax bracket by over 60%! He was a hero.
Liberals, on the other hand, never met a tax cut they wouldn’t get in bed with. Liberals believe that government should control every aspect of our lives. And they know the best way to do that is to steal our money (liberals call it “fair” taxation) and then give part of it back to us in ways that Big Brother knows will force citizens to behave in ways liberals feel are appropriate. They use money to enslave what used to be a free citizenry.

Social conservatives believe in supporting the great ideas and ideals on which this country was founded. The most important of these are support of the traditional family and respect for life. They support state and federal laws that define marriage as a union between two people, one man and one woman. And they believe in the sanctity of life, including unborn citizens and the elderly.
Liberals want, as a start, full marriage benefits for homosexuals and lesbians. This means that we will all pay higher taxes and insurance rates to support lifestyles that most Americans believe are perverted. But it won’t stop there. Once they get rid of the “man and woman” part of the definition, they will go after the “one” part. They will say, “Who says marriage is only between two people? Why can’t three or four of us marry?” So we will see the government and corporations forced to pay health benefits for three “partners” of one working homosexual. And all of us will pay higher insurance rates and taxes.
And of course, liberals love death. They have preached for decades that the earth is overpopulated. What better way to fix that than to kill babies and old people who are no longer “productive”? Have you ever heard a Democrat or liberal protest China’s “One Child” policy? They love it. A couple has to have a government license to have a child. If they have a second child, it is killed. Liberals are more efficient here. They kill the babies before they are born – hundreds of thousands of them each year. And of course it was liberals who supported “Doctor” Jack Kevorkian, the famous purveyor of “euthanasia” (another practice popular in totalitarian regimes). Their idea is that if they’re too old or sick to be productive, kill ‘em. Right now, the person to be “euthanized” (that sounds so much nicer than “murdered”, doesn’t it?) has to agree. But mark my words. If the liberals get the laws they want, “euthanasia” will be expanded to include people who don’t want to be dead.

Finally, there are defense conservatives. These are the people who have for decades fought the Democrats’ attempts to weaken our national defense and cut the defense budget. They understand that as the world’s sole remaining Super Power, we are the target of the hatred of terrorists from abroad and liberals from within. (Yes, the liberals hate America. Don’t listen to their words – watch their actions.) Defense conservatives understand that without a strong military this country will quickly become a place that none of us would want to live in (if we are even allowed to live). They also understand that we must have strong immigration and homeland security laws or we will be destroyed from within.
Liberals believe in one-world government. “We are the world, we are the children.” If we are all one people, why do we need all those noisy guns and airplanes? They are actually stupid enough to believe that if we lay down our weapons, all the maniacs in the world will do the same. They can’t grasp the concept that there are hundreds of thousands of people in the world that would do anything in their power (including blowing themselves up) to ensure that every American dies. I heard America’s Number One Liberal, Rosie O’Donnell, say, “Christian fundamentalists are just as dangerous as Muslim fundamentalists.” (Hillary used to hold this title, but she moved to America’s Number Two Liberal with this idiotic statement by Rosie.) I would like to think that this is the way just one total lunatic thinks, but unfortunately she speaks for thousands of liberals.

So, we have fiscal, social, and defense conservatives. Unfortunately, we have one candidate who is conservative fiscally, but is just as liberal as Obama socially. We have another who is socially conservative, but wants to tax and spend like Hillary.
What’s a real conservative to do?
I am praying that another candidate, a true conservative in all the areas that matter, will emerge. There is still plenty of time before the election. There must be a Reagan out there somewhere.If we are forced to choose from the existing field, we must decide which areas are most important to us. I don’t see anyone who is conservative in all three areas. Hopefully we can find a candidate that is conservative in at least two areas.
I’ll tell you what the deal-breaker is for me. I will vote for a third-party candidate who is socially conservative before I will vote for Rudy. He is pretty conservative in two areas, but the fact that he supports homosexual marriage and baby murder means that he cannot be my candidate.
The most pressing issue in this nation is its moral decline. Yes, defense and taxes are important. But if we have a moral president, he can be convinced to defend the nation and save us from the taxes that are destroying our nation economically and causing the once-strong dollar to decline against world currencies. If we have a president without morals (as we did with Bill Clinton), we can look forward to four years of America losing itself even further.

Saturday, November 24, 2007



Yeah.. we had a rather uneventful trip home today.. Lots of talking time for Wendell and me.
We agreed our week was wonderful and relaxing..
Thanks to the Valentines for having us all week long.. and to Cory's folks who invited us to Thanksgiving dinner too.. Wonderful food.. even more wonderful the hospitality!
It was all too fast. We did a lot in our days together.. and the kids were wonderful.
Back to earth now and tomorrow back to work.. gainful employment awaits for the next 3 days.

Creeping ever so close to my final days.. 69 today and today is nearly over! woo hoo!! I hear the train coming!
Off to bed with me! I've been up since 5:30am and I'm a very tired cookie..

At the park..

Kids rode their bikes.. even Gaylie rode her trike..
then they played on the swings, etc..
Wendy and I walked twice around the park..She pushed
Wendell in the wheel chair and I pushed Eli in the stroller

Wendy and Eli

Being the one who normally takes all the pictures.. I dont'
usually have MINE taken.. but here I am..

Who is giving my Essie Bunny ears? Papa and Isaac both
have that guilty look written all over their faces!

Isaac's new telescope.. We took a look at the
full moon last night

Isaac joined the Cub Scouts.. He got his uniform shirt this week

Cory took Isaac out hunting for the first time

Some of Isaac's artwork

We were at the park one afternoon and afterward went
for ice cream- Papa's treat

Isaac the alien.. more face art..

Gayle and Gramma.. she surprised me one morning when
she tapped me on the arm and said "Hi Granny".. and
then giggled.

Esther and Gramma .. I was working on Annabelle's blanket

At Thanksgiving dinner.. Gramma Valentine and Eli

Busy, busy, busy.. all the time.. Gayle likes to help too.

Gayle wanted to be a Jack-o-Lantern..
so Mom obliged..

A quiet moment with Gaylie

Eli, Wendy, Esther

Essie wanted to be a cute kitty.. so Wendy painted
her face to look like one. Meow?

Always the helper.. Esther washed dishes.. and did a great job!

Eli wasn't afraid of either of us this trip.. Here he is on my lap..
He's a load!

Isaac decided he wanted to look like an alien.. so Wendy let him use
liquid mascara to paint his face.. and then she painted everyone else's too..
Here's Eli with a moustache..hehehe

The pictures are kind of mixed up..sorry..
Here's Papa with Eli

I thought this one was amusing.. the look..

Eli is tgeething.. he'll chew on anything.. including
a big cold hunk of celery

He is the only 8 month old I know of who watches
football and cheers when the teams score..


We are home. Lots of pictures to share.. Here are a few..
and then I'll add more as I go. No telling what order they'll be in..
just fun stuff.
Cory with daughters Esther and Gayle..
Nice one of everyone!

Cory and son Elijah

After Thanksgiving dinner, Cory and Eli sat down
to read the daily news..

Monday, November 19, 2007


We are here.. it was a good trip north, though we met with a lot of snow. Wendy assured us that they had none, so we proceeded with the hope of getting through the nasty roads (I-80;I-81).. We saw several cars that were off the road- one heading the opposite direction and up against the side of a mountain
We had supper with the Valentines when we got into town. . Just a few flurries in the air..but by bedtime it was coming down pretty hard. This morning there was about 4-5" on the ground. Heavy wet snow that is melting fast.

All is well.. more later.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Today is our big day. In a little while I'll be packing the car for our trip north and we'll be heading for church first and then to Valentines.
There is so much to pack, I wonder how I'll ever get it all in my little car.

I found this while looking for clip art this morning.. it made me laugh..

We always see a lot of these along the way..on the interstates. There should be no delays today, but one never knows.
Snow is in the forecast along with rain.. but we aren't in a big rush- we'll take our time.

JJ and Keith are headed south this week to share Thanksgiving with Keith's family. Travel safely.

I'll be keeping up with the blog while we are away if possible. There is usually a lull daily where I can check my email.. so I'll make a few notes.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


Wendell and I are busy bees today getting ready for our trip to the NY border to visit the Valentines. It's slow going, but progress is being made.
We still have to vacuum out the car and pack. We aren't taking a lot of luggage, but we have Christmas gifts, and these should fill the trunk to capacity.
We need a few more things and we'll be ready to settle down here.

It's a beautiful cool day.. 41 degrees... and so mild. I've already been outside. 76 more days to go. Now if I can just get my back (the SI joint) to cooperate.. we'll be in fine shape.

It's nearly 2pm.. gotta get going.
Merry Thanksgiving to you all
What Thanksgiving should be

"How wonderful it is, how pleasant when brothers live together in harmony!
Psalm 133:1 NLT"

Fighting historical vandalism

" In an article in Focus on the Family's Citizen magazine, Douglas Phillips describes how he took his family to Plymouth, Massachusetts, a few years ago and was shocked at what he found.
Atop Cole's Hill, the burial ground for Pilgrims who died that first hard winter, Phillips was startled to see a city truck pull up and men pile out carrying shovels.
They told Phillips the city was placing a new monument.
"Most revolutions are staged at night," Phillips wrote, so he wasn't surprised the next day to find stone markers all over Plymouth designating Thanksgiving as a day of mourning—a day to recall how the Pilgrims murdered and stole from their Indian neighbors.
That afternoon, demonstrators—mostly white college kids—celebrated their victory by defacing the traditional monuments.
Plymouth had transformed a tale of religious freedom into a story of genocide.
The historical reality is totally different. While it's true that later settlers abused the Native Americans, the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians lived together in peace for 50 years.
They signed covenants, bought and sold property, and fought against mutual enemies.
The modern obsession with group identity and victimhood encourages us to see those assigned to other groups as our enemies. When we interact with them, we ought to recall the relationship between the Pilgrims and the Indians and model not hostility and hatred but brotherly love.
As the psalmist notes, a willingness to get along with others makes for a pleasant and peaceful life.

adapted from How Now Shall We Live? Devotional by Charles Colson (Tyndale) pp 631-32 "
Content is derived from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation and other publications of

Tyndale Publishing House

Friday, November 16, 2007


Good morning Bloggers.. It's snowing in WPA this morning, and there is a light dusting sticking to the ground. It likely will be gone after noon, but it is a reminder that winter has arrived. After all, it's mid November. I can remember lot's of Octobers when we had snow on the ground.
I'm thankful.

Today I'm gainfully employed one more day before my vacation week begins. I pray it goes quickly, but there is so much to do and get ready before we can leave for Valentines. My car is a mess and has so much 'junk' in it. I need to go to the carwash to vacuum it out really good. And then it's dusty inside.. needs a good wipe down to make it more pleasant to drive.
A few items to shop for before we leave.. gifts to wrap for Christmas .. clothes to pack.. and other essentials. Oil change on Saturday.. lots to do yet.
We are still planning to be in church on Sabbath, and then just keep on driving north and east afterward. The weather should be sunny and comfortable. My car gets great mileage, so we aren't too concerned about the high gas prices... yet.

Today is the day I'm taking 2 letters with me to work. One for my boss and one for personnel. They are letters of resignation. 77 days to go.. this is it.. I feel like I'm rounding 3rd base!

The diet is going well.. haven't hit the scales, but other than that one piece of cake on Wednesday afternoon, I've been good. I feel better when I'm not overloaded on carbs.
Today I'll bake the mock apple pie again for Wendell and one for me. It was so delicious! No crust, but all very within the diet. It counts for 2 fruits out of the 3 we are alloted for the day.
The nice thing is that it's so healthy... cinnamon for the diabetic, and just all the good nutrients in apples.

I'm off to do some baking before work.. apples, of course... and pack a lunch for me for tonite.
Stay warm.. pray for us- I had a back flare up yesterday pretty bad. It's not so bad today, but I know it's there and I'll be careful.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


Good evening all.. it's been quite the day and I'm winding down and preparing for bed.
The funeral today was very good~ Sharon's pastor delivered a fine message.
Following the service, we all went to their church for a grand luncheon prepared by the ladies of the church there. Ham, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and coleslaw were the main entree. I was careful to watch what I'm eating since I've been trying to follow the diet with Wendell again. The doctor says he HAS to lose some weight. Me too. My downfall today was the carrot cake. I have absolutely NO resistance to the stuff and won't even bring it into my home because I'd eat it all myself before anyone could even swipe their finger through the cream cheese frosting. I'm like all dieters.. I announced that I've eaten well, but I'm going to have that cake. It's sort of like a threat except I don't finish my statement. What I am really saying is 'I've eaten well, but I'm going to have that cake and if you try to stop me I may have to cause you bodily harm'. Hah! Typical dieter.
I must say it was the best carrot cake I've had in a long long time. Or maybe I just haven't done enough sweets lately and it just hit the spot. I ate every crumb.

We got back home today and I made my reminder calls to the 9 patients that will be coming for their treatments tomorrow. It was after that when I decided my eyes were so heavy and my body felt so weary. Wendell was fast asleep as were the Z's upstairs (they work night shift).
So I popped on my handy-dandy CPAP , set the clock for 1 hour and layed down.. it took about 15 seconds before I remembered nothing ..and woke up to the alarm clock insisting I'd had enough nap.

I have worked on the babies' blankets for Christmas today. Annabelle's is coming along fine and I may take it with me to Valentines next week to complete it. Might as well have something to do in the car for the long drive. I'll start Eli's tomorrow night.. trimming the edges and then sewing the blanket stitch all around.

I warmed up some super left overs tonite.. pork roast, mashed potatoes, California blend veggies.. and some angel hair spaghetti. Wendell asked if I could slice up some apples and season them like apple pie for him for a snack tonite.. Jane had put the idea in his head, and , well... it DID sound delicious. So in about 2 minutes, we shall indulge. This time it's a 'legal' snack and healthy.

Coffee is on.. and I've got a cup in front of me.. mmmm
It's 7am- I've been up since 6:30am.. today Wendell and I are planning to attend Amy's dad's funeral. Weather-wise, the day should be a nice one. The high is to be 63, and the rain is to arrive later today.

Yesterday was a rather frightful one for me~ one of "those" days when I couldn't seem to get anything quite right. Odd things kept happening. I think my ADD was out of control. I seemed to be tripping over my own 2 feet, and at one point I foolishly reached directly over the flame of a scented candle reaching for an item just beyond it. I didn't get burned, but I now know just how hot that little candle is close to the wick.
At work, I felt it was needful to warn the charge person to really watch my orders carefully, as I was not functioning at full tilt. She laughed .. I didn't. Just 79 days to go- did I mention that I'm so thrilled to be retiring soon? I did?.. well.. it's true.
Next week I'll be sending my letter of resignation/retirement. I feel like celebrating just that.
Next week we will be visiting with the Valentines for Thanksgiving too.. woohoo!

Prayer items of the day ...
*John's Gramma Z has been in the hospital and is looking at surgery in the near future. The whole situation is very serious. Pray for the doctors and staff who care for her.. for great skill to do what is needed to provide a healthy outcome for her. Pray for God's healing hand to rest on her.
*Today is the funeral for Amy's dad. Pray for comfort and peace for her and for Paul and for her sister also.
Remember the children too who also grieve the loss of a grandfather.
*Pray for healing and God's will to be complete with Nicki, Dave, UBob, Aunt MaryJane, and for Barb. So many in need of prayer.
*Pray for us also..
*For world leaders, national and local leaders- those in positions of power- for hearts turned to Jesus.
*For Sandi who has to be in the dentist's office today

God bless you for holding us all up before God's great throne.
Have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 12, 2007

David Dietrich

This past weekend we noted the passing of our daughter in law's father, David Dietrich on Saturday afternoon. Our entire Blair family would like to offer our condolences to Amy, Paul and Joyce, P3, Daniel, David, and Annabelle, as well as Sharon, Jeff and Jeffrey.
Our prayers go with you. Know that God will comfort you.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

God's guidance

"I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.I know the Lord is always with me, I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:7-8 NLT

The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Psalm 37:23-24"

Giving thanks that God is near

"Sometimes we try to "ride out the storms" in our lives—doing this the best we can.
We think, If I can just hang on and be strong, I can get through this.
David knew he couldn't make it on his own. In the past, he had found help in the Lord God.
And in this prayer, David again sought the Lord's protection:
"Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge" (v. 1).
He rejoiced in the guidance and assistance the Lord had given him.
Though his enemies were trying to shake and topple him, David stood firm because God was "right beside" him.

In prayer today, acknowledge that God is right beside you—upholding and guiding you.
Thank him that he helps you and does not leave you to struggle on your own.

A prayer for today…Dear Lord, I will not be shaken, for you are right beside me…

from The One Year® Book of Bible Prayers edited by Bruce Barton(Tyndale) entry for November 4 "


Today is the day.. November 11..
we celebrate and honor the men and women
of this country who have secured our freedoms.
Many have paid the ultimate price for us.

So how did you sleep last night?
Fear of attack from another country?
NO? Thank a vet.

There are many who bash our precious nation
for one reason or another
without fear.. and openly we can disagree..
who secured this freedom?
This is a land where you can speak out..
Thank a vet.

Going to church today?
Thank the Lord first, and then..
Thank a vet.

Did you vote last week?
Thank a vet.

Our freedoms are what make this nation
the great land that it is.
Freedom is not free.. there is a price to pay for it.
Thank a vet.

Do you know a veteran?
Pick up your phone today and
Thank a vet.

Friday, November 09, 2007

I didn't do any blogging yesterday.. it was an off day for me.. in the office, I didn't meet my own standard of excellence as far as I'm concerned. UGH.

Wendell and JJ arrived safely last evening at Valentines.. JJ sounded like she was really enjoying the kids.. Wendell says Eli has Annabelle-itis.. and cries when he looks at him. Poor Wendell.. sounds like he had an off day too.
Wendell and I are headed to Valentines for Thanksgiving week this year provided all is stable here.
That's just about next weekend.. hoping to attend worship and then head on up north.

Today begins my weekend of gainful employment.. the good news is that as of today, there are only 84 days left to be gainfully employed at the hospital. I'm really looking forward to my retirement... did I mention that before?

* Please remember Amy and Sharon's dad in the hospital yet. Pray for the families and for the doctors and nursing staff who care for him.
*Pray for traveling mercy this weekend as Wendell and JJ return home on Saturday
* And for Nicki and Dave as they get their treatments regularly- for healing if it is God's will.
*Give thanks for the good results from Jane's procedure

I'm off to get myself ready for work..