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Friday, December 2, 2016


Dinner at a favorite spot
    Celebrating our 45 th wedding anniversary
         with favorite dessert 

If you can name the place, I will treat you to lunch there !

Thursday, December 1, 2016

it has been a long day

feels like a very long day..

it started at about 2:00 in the morning with a headache. A very painful headache.
So for a few hours I prayed, took my Tylenol, tossed and turned and then dozed off
About 7:00 I could say that the real pain was gone
but some discomfort had moved to my stomach.
About 7:30 little man arrived.  He loves Bible Study and that is where we go on Thursday mornings.
If it had not been for little man, I would have stayed home, but off we went at 7:55.

Little man marched into class
I meandered upstairs and spent some time chatting with the staff ( my old friends).
The youngest and perkiest staff person, OK, her name is Richelle, she took me over to the Atrium and made me some tea.
Sat there until time for the lecture, then moved up to the balcony ( to avoid sharing any germs)

Quite a view from up there. That was where I spotted Martha in her red jacket. I waved to her, but since she did not wave back, I have to assume she did not see me.  That is the only person I recognized from the balcony.

End of lecture.  By now, I feel like I have fully recovered, except a little tired.

 Took the elevator down to the lowest level. Picked up my little man and we went home.
Took a nice long nap. So did little man.

Started to pull out those December decorations.

Just the tree and a few stuffies so far.

Little man will help again next Thursday.

Lazy evening.

Words with friends  ( ugh  playing with 6 friends. I lead in one game  )


Sunday, November 27, 2016

you know it is going to be a grand evening when

Yes, you know it is going to be a grand evening when...

You swing through revolving doors...twice for some of us 

Huge lobster display 

Elegant ladies room 

The View  ...21 stories up and

 then it starts ....

 The food 

Warm bread 

The best filet ever ! 

His dessert 

Her dessert 

My dessert....shared you see it 

Now you don't 

Goodbye from  darling hostess
who just happens to live across the street !

Thank you and sweet dreams Ron and Tina
A night to remember.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving week, but...

Hard to write when your heart is breaking and your eyes are cloudy 

Hard to move on with your day with just the ordinary tasks that will either wait for you or you start to tackle them

What changed overnight?

My youngest daughter lost a friend, a co-worker, to suicide.  

Psalm 55:17King James Version (KJV)17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

It has been a long time

many years in fact, since we have seen each other face to face.

     but, as I closed the door on my car and started to the path, she was already out of the
          house, skipped the path and  headed right to me with her big smile and open arms.

     That is a good friend.

We talked a bit, then stepped inside, talked some more, then into the kitchen for coffee.
      Along with our hostess we chatted and then out to the sun porch.
      It was a glorious morning in the Northwest and the porch was so comfy cozy

The view was spectacular, the coffee great, but that was just the icing on the cake.
we talked about old times and today times and sad times and fun times.

That is a good friend, a very good friend.


Friday, November 11, 2016

out of the mouths of babes

while chatting with a customer/ friend I became more aware of her difficult situation.  I asked her if she was sleeping ok.   sometimes yes, sometimes no.
As our conversation was coming to a close, I told her that I hope she would sleep well tonight.

a little voice in my living room said " I will pray for her"

I made sure that my friend heard those words.

She was very touched.

Me too.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Once a year

If I was taking a vote, I am sure the top picture would win, for best outfits of the century!
One took hours of Grampy in the  shop  and Mom on line, etc. 
 The other took a trip to the closet and out for KFC dinner.   

But that was three years ago, maybe four  and this year that little mouse  helped me get ready for the group that comes to my door.    We can count on 100 to 150 guests.   

He did not eat a single piece.  He busied himself by finding all the taffy in green wrappers, pink wrappers, yellow wrappers and blue wrappers.  I usually put a couple in each bag, but little man was so serious with his task, I did not want to disturb him.   So I put at least 5 wrapped candies in each bag ....

and one  gospel tract.  This is my favorite. A true story by my friend Berwick Hyland 

With 106 treat bags ready, the evening begins. 

Yes, I am smiling, with my hot cider, but the thought of missing out on  treating my own grandchildren , just about made me cry.   Through the years I have always had special bags for the little people in the neighborhood that I know.   also, I take pictures and post them on the door ( not the internet ) .   It is fun to hear their voices before ringing the doorbell..."Oh, that is me"..."Look at that one".     BUT, the main treat, is knowing that each child is taking home the Good News, in an easy to read booklet.  As they say their greetings and thanks, I tell them to read the true story and then , as I did last night, after 103 visitors, I prayed for at least one to believe the true message !

Once a year I can share a real gift

and it is eagerly  received
And that is why I like Halloween