Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Canada

WOW it's July 1st.....Happy Birthday Canada...Love my Country

Hello my friends, can you believe June is gone and we are half way through our year. It's mind boggling to me how fast the time goes by. Our weather today was a little bit of everything, cool, cloudy and rain then warm and sunny.

My day was spent doing laundry, cleaning my house, buying groceries and going to Curves. I am happy to say when I was weighed and measured today.....drum roll please, I made my goal weight and have lost a total of 8 inches. I don't look much better but I really do feel better. I never thought I would work out a half hour a day five days a week and enjoy it as much as I do. No matter how stiff I am in the morning the exercise and stretches make me feel like a normal human being.

I have friends coming over for a BBQ tomorrow, so I am very much looking forward
to seeing everyone. Everyone is bringing something so it will be pot luck. I am making a potato salad, tossed salad and brownies. Should be fun, I'll take some pictures.

Can someone tell me the name of this bush I planted a few years ago out front. It has just begun to blossom but I'm not sure what kind of bush it is or when I should prune it into a better shape. Sure will appreciate any information you guys have.



I want to thank everyone for the awards I received these past two days, I received four yesterday and another one today. As much as I love everyone for giving them to me I am afraid I would have a hard time saying 35 things about myself. Trust me, I am just not that interesting. I love reading about each of you receiving awards and reading all your tags and lists. I sincerely do, I love hearing your laughter and feeling your joy as you participate in the awards, I'm just not that good at it. In fact I have had so much fun as we try and guess Marcy's job ("in another lifetime I'm sure") that I prefer playing games than receiving awards so before you start booing me please understand that I don't mean to be rude, I am just uncomfortable. I am going to say Thank You right now as I know as my fiends you are understanding....I hope.

Before I close tonight I want to acknowledge our friend Terri, who has decided to take a break from blogging right now. She is a lovely person and I know you are all praying for her and hopping she will soon return to us. We will all miss her but in my heart I know she will be back soon. She had told me a while back that she really enjoys blogging and I know she feels close to all of you. I will try and keep in touch with her but I don't want to intrude on her privacy, I am hoping she knows I am here for her. Terri, you really, really will be missed.

Am off to check blogs and read comments, Good Night my Friends and God Bless..Hugs

Monday, June 29, 2009

A Woman's Workshop

Hello my friends, hope you all have had happy and productive days. We are having a beautiful evening and sunset is absolutely gorgeous.

Several weeks ago I was invited to attend a workshop for women near Red Deer. It was for 2 days and 2 nights and I wanted to attend but the cost was $1000. I knew I was flying home for 2 weeks in July so felt I couldn't afford to do both within 2 weeks but as it happened one of the girls in the group who was going couldn't go, so for half the money I took her place, this included the cost of the hotel, 2 breakfast, and 1 dinner. We were responsible for our own transportation and other meals. ......I was so pleased and excited to go.

The workshop was hosted by Debbie an RN from Calgary AB, the main speakers were Dr. Joan Borysenko from Colorado, (Barb you may have heard of her as she lives in the Denver area with her husband Gordon)...He has a different last name, and a native Indian lady, Esther, from Phoenix, AZ who was amazing at weaving a story of every day life that taught each of us valuable lessons.

We shared sunsets, sunrises and took part in workshops that reinforced the true beauty of this world and the people in it. Dr. Joan shared many stories which included many of her patients and family members. They included histories of an HIV patient, a terminal Cancer patient, her mother and her uncle. She was convinced that by using the story method, would help us to remember what she was sharing with us.
The theme of her speeches was "The Power of the Mind to Heal". She was warm, funny and to me fascinating. Her stories, her words will be with me for the rest of my life. She also did a form of exercise with us in a dance like motion and together we greeted the mornings and gave our thanks as the sun set. She also did deep breathing and stretches showing us how to slow down, unwind and relax. I had the best 2 nights sleep ever and awoke each morning feeling energized and refreshed. Her stories about her patients and how she as well as them dealt with illness, stress anything that we all experience during every day life taught me so much and also gave me ideas on how to help our patients when our course resumes in the Fall.

Now Esther was a joy. The stories she told us were magical and she showed us how two people hearing the same exact words can understand them as something totally different from each other. Neither of these two woman were right or wrong but depending on their attitudes one would always manage an easier way to deal with their issue. She was so funny and could change the meaning of a sentence with one word showing how one should never quote anyone unless we were totally accurate, even then to represent someones words we would have to use the same expressions, the same mannerisms. Her presence was so wonderful and I have no words to express what an influence she had on me. Even at my age, I was the student, she was the teacher.

On Sunday all faiths were celebrated, we had a choice to participate or not and I attended and absolutely loved it. Women there were young, old, fat, thin, and of many different cultures and faith. I shared with the Jewish ladies, the native ladies, East Indian ladies and of course Christians which is what I am. Everyone respected each other's faith. This ceremony was absolutely wonderful, they wore the clothes of their cultures and they looked like beautiful flowers. Oh, I loved this and their prayers.

This morning we were up at 4:45 to be ready and outside to see the sun come up. We greeted the day and all four corners of the earth. We then had breakfast before we headed into the hall to take part in our final workshop. We all sat in a circle and whoever held the rock had to share a part of their life. Some shared of problems with their mothers, their children, their employer just about every problem out there was put on the floor. There were times of great laughter and times where tears poured down our cheeks. What an experience!

Driving home we were all so calm and happy. Happy that we had attended this workshop and happy that we were together sharing our friendship. If ever any of you have the opportunity to go to a workshop with Dr. Joan Borysenko as the main guest speaker I can assure you that her classes alone are well worth the fee. As we chatted on the the long drive home we all felt the same way, at least once a year all women should attend one of these workshops. It shares what being a woman is all about and shows us ways to nurture ourselves and reinforces how women can heal herself, her family and her life which will cause a ripple effect to reach so many others.

This past weekend was special and a blessing to me. It has filled my heart and soothed my spirit. It was where I was suppose to be.

I am blissfully exhausted tonight and am going to sleep soon. It will take me a couple of days to catch up on all your postings and comments, but I will.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.........:-) Hugs

Friday, June 26, 2009

Catching Up

Hello my friends, as always I hope you all have had a wonderful day. It was warm here today but ever so windy, my flowers have really taken a beating in this wind. After 3 days of high winds I'm not sure they will recover.

Here are a couple pictures of my favorite things, I love these hummels. Each one was a gift given to me by a special friend on a special occassion. They are really "special" to me as are the friends.



Now these eggs I treated myself too. I have just noticed I haven't included one other as I only have the four. I had planned on collecting more and I will.....when I win the lottery.



I watched Wimbledon this morning before going to Curves. I then drove into the city to meet friends and I got lost. I have absolutely no sense of direction and I vowed today the next car I buy is going to have a navigational system in it. Those cars were made with people like me in mind. I finally made it to my destination and was a half hour late, Thank God for cell phones. I did have a wonderful afternoon catchong up on news with the girls I use to work with. We had worked together for almost 4 years at GE. GE is closed now and many of the girls have had to find new employment and most of them are now with the government. Myself and one other retired and we both are enjoying being out of the rat race, especially on those cold wintry days. It was wonderful seeing the girls again and we had so many laughs going over some things that had happened when we worked together. (I was able to drive straight home......yea!)

I may be going to Red Deer tomorrow night until Monday, will know for sure in the morning. This is a long weekend in Canada....it's Canada's Birthday, July 1.....Happy Birthday Canada.
If there are no post for a couple of days this will be why.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend....Good Night and God Bless...:-) Hugs

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time Well Spent

Hello my friends, I do hope you all had a wonderful day. It seems forever since I talked with you, that's what happens when I am use to posting at night and yesterday was early morning....for me. Now Wanda has a full day's work done before I am even dressed for the day! Way to go Miss Wanda.

I went to Curves yesterday and was only home a short time when Terry arrived. She was so tired. She had been so busy with having her grandchildren and daughter for a week and all that driving. It was so good to see her. She had a 2 hour nap before we headed out for dinner and a movie. Now I wanted to cook supper and stay home so she could relax but she wanted to go out. We went out to the Olive Garden and had the most delicious pasta ever....then we went to see The Proposal. She loved it and I have to say I enjoyed it again as well, in fact I was more aware of the beautiful scenery than when I saw it the first time. I only told Terry I had seen it earlier when we were driving home. We both got a laugh out of that.

Terry was up, showered and had her breakfast before I even woke up. She had to be on her way home early as she had an appointment later this afternoon. It was a short visit but great timing and I really enjoyed having her. She had known my husband from when we were teenagers together so when we got home we recalled old memories and laughed so hard over some of the things he had done.....good memories, good friends equal a good time.

After Terry left I tidied up and headed for Curves, had a great workout and 3 of us exercise fanatics went to Tim's for coffee. It was a really warm day but very windy here today. This evening was calm and lovely outside and I sat on my front doorstep with neighbours and had an iced coffee. Thanks Diana, I didn't think I would like it but it was very good, mind you my neighbour made it not me....but she did tell me how, so that will be my cool down drink this summer.

We chatted about the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson, so sad really. One never knows what each day may bring that changes family's lives forever. I hope everyone gives their loved ones an extra hug tonight and tell them how much you love them...won't take much time and will mean so much.

Thank you all for your kind words yesterday and Sis I did get your telephone message, thank you, I love you..xoxo

Good Night my friends and as always ...God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Today Would of Been Woody's Birthday

Hello my friends, I am writing my blog early today as Terry will be visiting and we are going to a movie tonight, by the time we chat it will be too late to blog.

It is already sunny and warm so I know we are going to have a beautiful day and I am really looking forward to it.

As you all know I am a widow but today would of been my husband's birthday. Oh how I miss him, he use to tease me as his birthday fell 3 weeks after mine. He always reminded me I was older than he was. We met in Grade 10 and were only 15 years old. He was in the same home room as my best friend and when we first met I didn't think anything special about him except I thought he was cute, but he told my friend he had just met the girl he was going to marry. My best friend and I rolled on the snow banks laughing all the way home from school because of this guy saying he was going to marry me. Well guess who got the last laugh, and if you had known him you would realize he often got the last laugh. He was so handsome but then I feel we all think our husbands' are handsome, but mine really was. LOL. He was 6'1" and I am 5'2" so I'm sure we looked like Mutt and Jeff, but the height difference didn't bother either of us. We grew up together, learned together and loved together. He could fix or build anything and it's only now I realize I took all the wonderful things he did for granted. If anything happened I knew Woody would make it all right and he did. He was a wonderful husband and father. I was so blessed to be his wife and am so thankful that when he passed at only 42 we had been together 27 and 1/2 of those years. I was devastated when Woody died, it was hard for me even to breathe and at times I didn't even want too. I have since realized it was his death that taught me how to live and his love carried me on to become a better person than I ever thought I could be. Oh yes losing Woody was one of the darkest times of my life but now, looking back I am just so proud and happy thinking of all those wonderful years and the beautiful times we had together. Woody took care of me in life and continues to do so since his death. Yes, things could of maybe even should of been different but they are what they are. Times have changed, I have changed but I like to think that Woody would still love the person I have become. And like Garth Brooks says, I could of missed the pain but I would of had to missed the dance. I'm glad we danced together Woody, until we meet again, Happy Birthday.

Okay now I am off to shower and go to Curves before Terry arrives. Have a great day my friends and as always......God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Friends

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a Terrific Tuesday, I did. Our sun was out today, it was warm but very windy.

My best friend Terry is arriving tomorrow. She is bringing her daughter and grandchildren in to the airport as they are flying home to British Columbia tomorrow. It's too long a drive for her as it is 5 hours each way so she will break up the time by staying all night here and then drive back home on Thursday. She wants to go see The Proposal tomorrow night and I haven't told her I've seen it already. I will wait before I decide if I even will tell her, she is so good to me and helps me in so many ways that it won't bother me to see it twice. We talked for an hour today on the phone as one of our old friends back East is having a problem and we are worried about her. Now our friend has been through a lot and her attitude is causing people to stay away but as I said to Terry, "we don't have to change friends as long as we understand friends change." Terry and I are both going home this summer, I am going in July and she is going in August she thinks. Anyway she is glad I'm going home first so I can help our friend before she goes home. I had to laugh as they always put me in the "fix things" category. I'm not sure I can help but I do know I will always be her friend, now Terry isn't quite sure she can handle the new attitude but I know she will as she always does. She doesn't have a mean or hurtful bone in her body.

I went to Curves this morning and am feeling less pain each day. Thank you God. I then went and picked up a few groceries just in case we don't go out to Dinner.

I have a gold bracelet with a gold heart charm I wear all the time. It is a gift from a dear friend and this afternoon as I was shaking towels from the washer to put in the dryer, I head a cling and my bracelet had fallen into the washer. It didn't break just rolled off my wrist I guess. I put it back on without opening the Lobster clasp so I am taking it tomorrow to have it made a half an inch smaller as I don't want to loose it. I didn't think one could loose a size on their wrist.

I have had a lovely day, I did my half hour work out, got groceries and cleaned my house almost pain free. Gotta love those cortisone shots!

My outlook is not working tonight, I called my server and they said it could be 24 to 48 hours before they are done repairing the problem. So frustrating as I miss my e-mails. I still have the Internet service though which I am grateful for.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments.....Have a great Wednesday and as always Good Night and God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Hey .....Getting Better

Hello my friends, I do hope you all had a wonderful day. Diana I am praying and hoping you are feeling better my friend.

I had a much better day today, unable to tell you all my pain is gone. I am just trying to work my way through it.

Our weather was very cool this morning and it absolutely poured down rain all night. I watched an exciting US Open finish up this morning....My heart was so pulling for Phil Michelson.

When the golf was over I had a relaxing lavender bubble bath, dressed and drove to Curves. I had been riding my bike the end of last week, but today I drove the car. I was surprised as the only trouble I had with the machines were the handles I hold on to. My back, legs and feet were okay and I really enjoyed my workout.

I had 2 cortisone shots this afternoon and the doctor changed my RA medication so here's hoping all will be well soon. I met 2 of my friends for an early dinner when I went into the city this afternoon. We were chatting away when one of them said she wanted to see the movie, The Proposal with Sandra Bullock. My other friend called the Cineplex from the restaurant and the next show was starting in 20 minutes so off we went. I loved the movie......it was warm and funny....I think you would call it a chick flick but if you get the chance I highly recommend it.

Needless to say when I got home I was tired. I don't know if it was the needles, the exercise or just out most of the day but I fell asleep in my Lazy Boy Chair for over 4 hours. It will be awhile before I fall asleep tonight.

Oh just an update as all your wonderful prayers are working, Allan is doing quite well now and may be out of hospital next week and Kathy is right on schedule. I will be talking to her on Wednesday.

Take care my friends, I thank each of you for caring.....Good Night and God Bless

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Going to Be Sunny - Tomorrow

It was raining and cool here today, as you can see I had to light a fire to keep warm and cozy.



Here is the hanging basket at my front door, it has almost tripled in size since I hung it up...Wanda do you know what the name of the flower is?



Hello my friends, I do hope you all had better weather than I did today. I have charged batteries for my camera and took a couple of pictures. It was not a nice day to go outside for more and I didn't feel well enough too. I only puttered around today to say the least. It is suppose to warm up tomorrow and for that I am thankful.

I didn't even try to exercise today but I am going to Curves tomorrow, and looking forward to it. I did have a comfortable day though not nearly the pain I felt last night. I did enjoy the day by watching golf and started a romance novel by Nora Roberts. It's light reading, perfect for a day like today.

I hope you all enjoyed Father's Day with your families. I could smell in the air all the BBQ's cooking tonight and I smiled to myself. It was probably the fathers that were doing the cooking. That's okay as long as the families were together it doesn't matter does it?

Thank you Marcy for your hints on helping arthritis, I am going to go to the Health Food Store tomorrow as I will try anything right now.

Am off to read favorite blogs and comments.....Good Night my friends and as always,
God Bless.....:-) hugs

Happy Father's Day to All You Father's Out There

Hello my friends, I just know you all had a great day.....in spite of all the rain which seems to be covering all of North America these past couple of days.
This damp, humid weather is not helping my arthritis very much, I have had much pain in my hands, feet and back today. My hands are quite swollen tonight so this will be a short post. It will pass when rain and the threat of rain passes.

I managed to go grocery shopping this afternoon cleaned my three bedrooms and one bathroom this morning. I had 3 loads of laundry to do as well and though it's all folded I have yet to put any of it away. I also did 20 minutes on my glider early this morning, gave me so much energy. Actually it wasn't until late afternoon that I realized I was in a bit of trouble with my arthritis.

My friend, Helen called me today to go to Red Deer tomorrow. It's about 2 and half hours south west of here and I would of enjoyed the drive very much. Her brother is visiting his son and we were invited down for a BBQ. I had to call her tonight and felt really bad not being able to go with her. No one likes a long drive on their own so I felt like I let her down. I knew I needed a full day of the magic bag and unfortunately my medication to help control the inflammation.

Thank you all for the prayers for Kathy, I was talking to home this morning and she is doing well considering but is in much pain. She had reconstruction surgery the same time as her mastectomy. I, somehow feel good about her situation as I feel they caught it early, she is young and in time will be pain free and healed. God Willing all will be well and she will be with her beautiful children a very long time.

I have already read my favorite blogs and comments, so to all you father's out there I wish you a Happy Father's Day filled with family and love.....Good Night my friends and God Bless.....:-)

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fabulous Friday

Hello my friends, I do hope you all enjoyed your day....I really had a fun, lazy one. Our weather was warm but cloudy with sprinkles of rain but that was okay as I spent the better part of the morning reading my favorite bloggers honesty's list. WOW, I learned so much about all of you. They brought a great many smiles (and sometimes even belly laughs) to my face. You all are wonderful and as I said to Rebecca I can feel a thread flowing through each of us bringing us together, bonding in bloggerland friendship as we share all things we have in common. Blogging can be time consuming but I love how it connects us to one another.

Now I did manage to make it to Curves.....I am still at 6 lbs. lost but I have lost another 2 inches from my waist which made me feel great. I only go 5 days a week so I use my glider on the weekends as I am at the point that I feel sluggish when I don't do any exercise. Boy, I can't believe how my opinion of exercising has done a 180.

I spent 45 minutes outside on my flowers, dead heading, pruning and freshening up the earth around them. I must get batteries the next time I am out as I do want to show all of you, I realize they are not as great as some of the pictures I've seen of other blogger's gardens but they are mine and I think they are beautiful. Also tonight we had the most beautiful sunset ever, the sky was filled with streaks of pinks, oranges and greys. I don't think even I could of messed up a picture as it was so breathtaking. Yeah, I sure could of used my camera today.

Most of my day was spent watching the US Open, it was on for hours and I had to pull myself away to go to Curves and work on my flowers. My favorite is Tiger Woods but he is not doing so well, I wouldn't mind if Phil Michelson won either...I have a soft spot for him as his wife has just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer....and there is always my favorite Canadian Golfer, Mike Weir. He always does so well the first couple of days when playing the Majors but he can't seem to get it together on the weekends. He did win the green jacket once though and made us all very proud. So you see I can't loose as I don't mind who wins, I just enjoy good golfing.

For those of you who are inclined I would like to ask you to put my ex-niece, Kathy on your prayer list. She was married to my nephew and we have always remained good friends and today she had both breast removed due to Cancer. They have caught it early but it had travelled from the left breast to the right. She is only young, and has two beautiful kids, well they are in University but that is still young to me. Her daughter is my god child. I love the family very much and only wish I lived closer so that I could lend a hand. I will see them in a few weeks when I go home.

My Internet and e-mail were down today for several hours this afternoon and early evening as they were doing some repairs in my area, it's funny how you take these things for granted then when they are down you realize how much you use them.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments...Good Night my friends, have a great weekend and as always.....God Bless...,:-) Hugs

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Everything Happens In Threes

Hello everyone, I do hope you all enjoyed your day, I did, well most of it anyway. Our weather started out really nice. I got back from Curves, as usual I went out to play with my flowers and plants. I loosened the dirt, watered and tidied up their little pots. I then swept the deck and dusted the deck furniture (yes, I even dust out there) when the wind suddenly came up and the sky turned so very dark. I immediately put my cushions in the deck box and just in time as oh did we have a storm. At first it was just wind, thunder and lightening but then the hail came down, they were huge and bounced off my deck, and oh my poor flowers. As soon as the hail stopped the rain started and it absolutely poured down. Now as horrid as this storm was it only lasted for twenty minutes or so. I went out to check and every plant and flower were spread and lying flat, I was devastated. I tried to help them but to no avail. When I went out to light the BBQ, a couple of hours later, I couldn't believe my eyes. Now the sun had come out immediately after the storm, the deck and furniture were completely dry and my flowers were fine. Everything about them was as they were before almost. My deck was covered in petals and greenery and I am still amazed at how well everything survived. Thank you God for this blessing. I then had to sweep and dust all over again but I did so happily as my flowers looked and smelled fresh and wonderful. Our power went out just long enough for me to have to reset all the clocks, stove, microwave and anything else electrical but the rain was badly needed for the farmers and I know they could use more but the ground must of got a good soaking as it rained so hard for a short time and then lightly for a while longer. Let's pray it helped them some.

Now, for the best part of my day... I want to thank Eddie from Clouds and Silvery Linings for the Uplifting Blogger award he presented me today. If any of you love story telling poems I highly recommend you read all about the Ramsbottom's on his other blog Plato's Procrastinations, Thank you Eddie so very much. I am so blessed as I have received 2 more awards tonight,The Honest Scrap Award. It is presented for plesant, inspiring, full of facts and funny. Now, for me, it's not just the awards, it's the people who have passed them on to me that makes them so special. I have grown to know and love them as if we met and had coffee each day. Every morning I wake up I reach for my computer to read their comments and check to see if they have recently posted. So to Eileen of Umma's World and Wanda of Moments of Mine I thank you both from the bottom of my heart, I am so humbled by these awards today. It's wonderful to have you both and Eddie in my blogger's world which I enjoy so very much.

You all know me well enough so I will follow "most" of the rules and I will post 10 honest things about myself....this may be hard but here goes:

1) I am a night person...I enjoy the evenings as I find them so quiet, calm and peaceful. I love reflecting on my day and as a journal I blog about it.

2) I am addicted to almost all sports on TV. (I was so disappointed when the US Open was rained out today.) The only sports I don't like are boxing and wrestling.

3) When I go out I like to dress for the occasion and everything has to match (one day when a group of girlfriends and I went golfing I asked if anyone had a Kleenex and one of them said "I do, but it doesn't match your outfit" We still laugh about that.

4) My family calls me by my nickname, "Babe". I had this name long before it became over used as it is today. I am the youngest of six but we are like Irish Twins, just add 10 or 11 months on to the next one's age and you will know how old we all are.

5) I love storms, be it snow, rain, thunder/lightening. I have been known to sit in the car with a cup of coffee and watch the lightening. Okay so I'm a bit weird.

6) I am outgoing, love people and don't believe I have a shy bone in my body, I truly love meeting new people and my volunteer work gives me this opportunity.

7) I am an optimist, I have always been able to see the glass half full and can find something good in any situation. I have to admit I have to look very deep sometimes but the good always shows through.

8) I tell the truth, sometimes this gets me into trouble but if I didn't not only would my heart know but my face would show it. I have never been good at being dishonest.(nor do I want to be)

9) I sometimes get frustrated when I see people do the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. I pray each day on this one as I make mistakes like anyone else.

10) I do not like the "word verification" when I post comments on my favorite blogs. Sometimes it takes me longer to type those little letters than type my comment...could be I need reading glasses...ya think?

Have you noticed I have put my faults last....LOL

Okay now I have told you all my secrets I wish you all a Good Night, a wonderful Friday and as always God Bless......:-) Hugs

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Beautiful and Peaceful Wednesday

Well I downloaded the pictures tonight and had only three pictures, my batteries must of died without either Terry or I noticing it. Terry is talking on the phone to our best friend Annie. I'm sure she will appreciate my posting this. LOL

June 16/09...now this basket looks so much better than....

May 30/09... this one, I was so happy when I bought this and thought it was so pretty. What a difference a couple of weeks make eh!

I am sorry Marcy, but when I get to Costco I will buy a big bag of batteries and will show you everything I planted as each day I am so pleased when I see them. It seams the past few days they have just taken off. I have several shoots up now where I planted my gladiolas. I am blessed to have such a calming and comfortable (although small) space just to sit and enjoy nature's beauty. There are more birds each day but I can't promise you a picture of them at my feeder, they fly away as soon as I open my patio doors. Once I have been sitting out there for awhile though the chirping starts and they are back. I will keep trying. I would like a picture of them for myself as well as one to show my friends.

When I left today for favorite patients funeral I had decided not to blog about it. I have attended far to many funerals in my lifetime and have always felt a great sadness. Oh but I just have to tell you all that this was one of the most beautiful funerals I have ever been too. (if there is such a thing) The church was full, it was as though everyone loved favorite patient as I did. I was so glad I didn't talk myself out of attending. I was so pleased and proud to have known this wonderful man. His funeral was traditional, old hymns were sung and old friends and former co-workers gave loving and even humorous eulogy's. Favorite Patients daughter sang Amazing Grace, (Acapulco). Her dad had asked her to do this for him and although it must of been very hard for her in her sadness she had the voice of an angel and it was beautiful. I don't think there was a dry eye in the church when she finished. We had not planned on going to the reception but his son asked us to stay and have a cup of coffee. As we were introduced something amazing happened. His friends and family who we had never met, knew about us and the course we teach. They also knew I had spent Saturday at the hospital. They said lovely things to us and I knew that somehow in our small way we had helped this family. Our course is a pleasure to teach as it enables us to give the tools to those who are troubled, it also allows us to meet many wonderful people. Yes I felt sadness and shed tears but I also felt this celebration of my favorite patients life was a beautiful memorial. I almost felt him there among us. I bet he would of loved it. I didn't get a chance to say much to his wife, we hugged each other and I told her to call me if she ever wanted to chat or just have a coffee. We didn't stay very long but I was glad that we were a part of this special day.

Terry left around eleven this morning and I went out the door with her on my way to Curves. Honestly I think I am getting addicted to my work outs. I am enjoying them so much. I then came home, showered and dressed for this afternoon. Danielle picked me up at 1:15 and we drove into the city for the 2 o'clock service. It was cloudy today but warm and I enjoyed the drive as I was the passenger. We didn't say too much on our drive in but we chatted on our way home about how lovely everything was.
I got home around 4:30 and wasn't really hungry. I made a sandwich just before I came up to bed at 10. I knew I had to eat something as I take insulin twice a day and I had only yogurt for breakfast. I am happy to say I am feeling fine tonight and I wasn't sure I would be. I will continue teaching our course, caring for our patients and appreciate each one of them. They are very special to me.

Am off to catch up on my favorite blogs and comments......Good Night my friends, have a wonderful Thursday and as always God Bless......:-) Hugs

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunny, Fun Tuesday

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a wonderful day, I had so much fun but I'm afraid the diet went by the wayside.....Oh well back on it tomorrow. We had the most beautiful weather today, sunny and warm.

When I awoke this morning I noticed it had rained sometime through the night as the driveway had deep puddles throughout, I reached for my paper I and couldn't help but deep breath the air as it had a beautiful fresh clean smell and of course I could smell the flowers, they looked so beautiful after the rain and now were enjoying the sunshine.... perfection!

After breakfast I dressed and went to Curves then came home to sit on the deck with my Tim's coffee waiting for my friend Terry. She wasn't long and it was so good to see her. I enjoyed my coffee as she grabbed bottled water from the fridge and relaxed after her 2 and a half hour drive. She loved my flowers and couldn't believe how everything had grown especially the hanging baskets.

We then left to go into the city as she had to pick up some parts for her husband and also wanted to buy a few things for the grandchildren. Now this lady has everything imaginable for these kids from cribs, car seats, highchairs, swings,and playpens there is absolutely nothing her daughter needs to bring when she visits her mother, not even diapers, I am serious she only has to bring the kids. I enjoy watching my friends face light up as she speaks about the kids visit. Her kids and her grandchildren are her life. This weekend is Father's day so their 3 children and their spouses will be home. Terry's husband, Rick, and the boys are all going golfing on Saturday, and Terry has all the meals planned, every breakfast and each supper. She is the most organized person I know, and I know they will all have a wonderful time together. They play many board games during the evenings and everyone will enjoy the only 2 grandchildren. Terry has one son and one daughter who has yet to start a family of their own so all attention goes to beautiful Sierra and Brody. They are such a beautiful family and I am blessed to have them in my life.

Terry leaves at eleven tomorrow morning for the airport, it is a 2 hour drive from Morinville. Danielle is picking me up at 1 o'clock to attend our favorite patients funeral. I am going to try to go to Cures when Terry leaves and make it home to shower and be ready when Danielle arrives. I should be okay, as I can complete my work out in half an hour.

Terry and I went to East Side Mario's for dinner and it was so good. We had garlic shrimp for an appetizer, and Cesar Salad with a toasted chicken sandwich on a different kind of bread. I am not sure what the name of it was but it was so delicious. I didn't have dessert but I did have a bite (or 2) of Terry's, it was so good I can still feel the melting ice cream and whip cream in my mouth. Like I really needed that eh! They weigh me again on Thursday, wish me luck though I really don't deserve it. I knew better but felt it was okay to celebrate "the joy of food". It's okay I will work it off, it will take just an extra couple of days.

We called our best friend Annie in Nova Scotia tonight. I will see her next month when I am home, and she is coming here the first of October. We are travelling to Terry's to celebrate her birthday. It should be lots of fun as Terry has many brothers and sisters coming from NB. and there are 4 of us "old school friends" who will sleep in their 5th wheel and just keep the party going. Now I am not boasting but we have been known to put together pretty keen skits by time.

I bought new sneakers today to wear at Curves. They don't like us to wear anything off the street into the gym area and I don't blame them. Anyway I was able to get a pair of Nike's for $50. I will just keep them in the car and carry them in with me and change there.

Terry is in the guest room reading as I am typing on the computer. We are talking back and forth to each other but I can tell she is getting sleepy and it won't be long before she is off to dreamland. I don't think I will long following her as I have had a busy day as well.

All in all a wonderful day my friends and I am so thankful to have shared it with one of my best friend's in the world. Thank you Terry, you are one of my many blessings.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments........Good Night and God Bless

Monday, June 15, 2009

Back On Track

Hello friends, I hope you all had a wonderful day....I absolutely did and our weather was cloudy but very warm.....loved it.

After a solid night's sleep I woke up early to the sound of birds chirping through my open window. I rushed to look out and sure enough there were 2 little birds eating from the feeder. Wish I could tell you what kind they were but I honestly don't know. It they aren't a blue jay, robin or sparrow I'm afraid I'm out of luck. Anyway I stumbled my way to my camera and rushed downstairs to the patio doors to get a picture but as soon as they heard the doors open they were gone, flew away. I now have my camera on my night table just in case they are back in the morning.

I dressed and went to Curves, I felt really good about going today, it's still unbelievable to me that I am enjoying exercising. I loved it. There were 5 other girls there and we chatted throughout our session. They told me that the members don't attend as often during the summer months but that's okay I will continue even if I am there by myself. I do understand why though, the kids are home from school, people go on vacation and of course they have family and friends visiting. I hope to be able to go to Curves as a guest when I am home for 2 weeks in July. Diana, do you know if I can do this?

I then went and picked up a few groceries, I don't know why I do this as Terry will only be here one day and overnight and she won't eat all this stuff. I will send it home for her to treat her grandchildren. Terry loves sweets but I never did eat many of them, then we always go out for dinner when she is here.

When I got home I tidied the house and paid special attention to the guest room. Again, a waste of time really as she doesn't visit to see my house. I am looking forward to seeing her as we have so many laughs together. We will go shopping during the afternoon and then out to eat, I think we are going to a Chinese Buffet in Edmonton. It's been awhile since I have had Chinese food. I don't mind cooking for her at all but she always likes to try different restaurants when she is in the city. Her daughter and grandchildren are arriving at 4pm Wednesday. They are visiting her for a week so she will be back in next week when she takes them to the airport to fly back home.

I swept and hosed down my deck as I am excited for Terry to see how well my flowers are doing as she was with me when I bought them and helped me plant some of them. I am happy to say I have a couple of more new gladiola shoots popping up. Honestly I am like a little girl going outside to play when I am outside working on my flowers. One of the girls was telling me today that every one's flowers and gardens are slow growing this year due to all the snow and cold weather we have had. Our weather has been pure heaven these past few days. We did have a sprinkle of rain this afternoon for about 5 minutes. I am not going to be upset at all when a rainy day arrives as our farmers are begging for it, and we have over a hundred forest fires burning due to lightning strikes over the weekend. I just want everyone happy...like that is going to happen....right!

I will be going to my favorite patients funeral Wednesday afternoon, the RN who teaches the course with me is going to pick me up and we will go together. She was shocked yesterday when I called her to tell her what happened, she, like me was not expecting this so soon.

I am feeling much better today and looking forward to tomorrow. All is right with the world again....I get it.....these things always throw me for a loop when they happen but I am able to see the good within a few days especially after a good night's sleep. I know my friend no longer has any pain and he has only gone through what we all must go through some day.

I am off to read my favorite blogs and comments.....Good Night my friends and as always May God Bless you all with a wonderful Tuesday......:-) Hugs

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Quiet Sunday

Hello everyone, I do hope you all had a super Sunday....mine was as it should be "quiet" The temperature on my deck was 43.....unbelievable I know but oh so soothing.

First I want to thank everyone for their kind comments. They were so warm, uplifting and soothing. I was thankful that I was able to journal last night as it was too late to call anyone when I got home, it was nice to be able to write about it. I didn't last night nor did I today read over last night's blog. I just got it all out, now I will now let the words just "be".

I wasn't able to fall asleep until after 4am this morning. My mind was full of chatter and my heart was heavy with sadness. Today, I realize that I did all I could and am at peace with the world again but still feel the sadness. My sister, Sheila called me at 7:30 am. So good to hear her voice, she said, Babe, "you wanted to help that woman and you did." Thanks Sis your words mean so much to me. We talked, for an hour and I wish I could remember all of our conversation but I was so tired and went back to sleep right away. I did manage to go to church at noon and lit a candle for my favorite patient and his family. This family will need many prayers in the days ahead.

The day has passed and I slept through it off and on. I just couldn't keep my eyes open. It was very hot today, I needed to wear crocs when walking on my deck as the wood was too hot to the touch. This evening I watered my flowers and plants, and wouldn't you know there are a couple of shoots coming up where I planted my gladiolas. I had to smile because to me it was a sign of life. I love it and I am excited to see how far they will grow through the soil as I am still not sure if I planted them in the right amount of it. My hanging baskets are beautiful, I couldn't believe how full and pretty they were today. The flowers smell so good when watered as I get to smell the earth as well.

I managed to use my glider for 20 minutes tonight and I am really looking forward to Curves tomorrow. Funny isn't it, as just after 2 weeks I feel sluggish when I don't exercise. I look forward to the girls and laughing along side of them. I know that I am the happiest and content when I am smiling, enjoying life when I can, not only help people but their happy, caring personalities help me to be the best person I can be. We all need each other.

I BBQ'd kish kabobs tonight for supper, beef chunks, peppers, onions and mushrooms. I BBQ'd two but after eating one I was full. It was delicious and I will have the other one tomorrow for my supper.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments......Good Night my friends and God Bless you for each and every one of you are special, especially to me.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Day......Surreal

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a wonderful day. Our weather here was absolutely beautiful.

I was talking to my sister, Sheila this morning and she told me that I had two words spelt wrong in last night's post. I do apologize. She is now my official editor. She doesn't follow on my blog but reads it every day, then e-mails me. She loves my music and we feel closer to each other by sharing my blog. I love her for that.

Okay now for the surreal part of my day. The only way to explain it is tell you all how my day unfolded. I was having coffee on my deck this morning chatting with my neighbor (who informed me my flowers had frost bite, and 2 have to be replaced) when the telephone rang just before noon, and it was my favorite patients wife. She explained that he was in hospital. I asked about him and then I asked how she was and she started crying, I was really concerned. I then asked if she had anyone with her and her reply was no, so I said I could be there within an hour if she would like some company.
I immediately rushed around doing my make up and changed my clothes, and as I was driving out of Morinville I realized I had forgotten to ask what hospital he was in, so came back and called the number on my phone she had called me from. Of course, I got an voice saying this number is not for incoming calls. What to do? I remembered my favorite patient and I exchanged phone numbers so I had to go through my course papers which I had put away until the Fall session praying I hadn't thrown out the paper I had wrote it on. Thank God I found it, I knew they weren't home but it was all I had to go on so took a chance and dialed hoping someone would be there. As luck would have it his daughter in law was and she told me he was at The Royal Alex in Edmonton, a 45 minute drive from here. I was late, but just before the hospital was a Tim Horton's and I stopped and picked up 3 coffees and 3 doughnuts.
I asked at the reception desk what room he was in and she asked me if I was family, and when I said no she said only family members were allowed to see him. I don't know why but I never once thought he might be in serious condition, I just thought he was not feeling well and was probably being checked out and having medications. Even with what the receptionist had said, no bells of alarm went off. I explained to her that his wife had called and asked me to come in to see her....she then called the floor and after what seemed like an hour but actually it was only 10 minutes she told me I was allowed to go up to his room.
When I arrived one look at my favorite patient told me he was in serious condition. He had no IV's or tubes except the one in his nose for oxygen. I bent down to speak to him and realized he was not aware of who I was or that I was there, in short he was in a coma. As I stroked the back of his hand I looked at his wife, she had not told me the seriousness of his condition, and I realized it was because she honestly didn't know herself. As she sat on a chair I passed her a coffee which she appreciated but turned her head away from the doughnut. I asked her what the doctor was saying and she said she had been told he was in no pain and that it wouldn't be long now. I was in shock, she said everything so calmly. I thought this lovely lady is still in denial, yet why wouldn't she be as I had seen him myself on Tuesday, we had a picnic and went for coffee together. I knew he was ill but I didn't think he was going to leave us this soon. As we quietly chatted his breathing became more labored. The nurse came in to suction out his lungs (at least I think that's what she was doing) and we both stopped and watched her. She covered him with a warm blanket and turned a fan on him at the same time. After checking everything she turned to his wife and asked if she would like her to call her son but she immediately shook her head and said no. The nurse and I both looked at each other and I excused myself and followed her out of the room. She asked me how I was related and I explained again that I wasn't, I was only there to show support to his wife. The nurse said that his kidneys and organs were shutting down and that his wife had been informed of this last night. She thought I should speak to her again about calling their children. I was in uncharted waters here, it was my favorite patient and I that were friends, I had only met his wife once really and then briefly when she had picked him up on Tuesday. Silently I said a prayer as I walked back in the room, my heart was heavy and oh did I need guidance. I went over to my favorite patient and while squeezing his hand I whispered it's time to rest my friend, have a safe journey and we will meet again. With tears in my eyes I sat down beside his wife and took her hand. I asked if she would like me to call her pastor or her children. She again said no, so as gently as I possibly could I asked her if she realized that her husband would be going to heaven soon. Her eyes filled with tears as she gazed at him struggling for every breath. I know I should she said, but I'm afraid if I do he will know he is dying, I don't want him to be afraid. In my mind it was her who was afraid and I don't mean this in an unkind way. I think it was her way of handling this situation. Then two nurses came in to turn him over and I could see the pained expression on his face, his cancer was in his bones as well as other places so even in coma I was sure he felt them turn him. They were so gentle, so kind with my favorite patient, his wife and even me. They also gave him morphine. His eyes were half open and he gazed to the ceiling in the corner of the room. I knew in my heart he was ready to go and I didn't want him to suffer anymore, but I still didn't know how to let his wife know that it was very important that she call her family. I knew only one call had to be made and that whoever was called would inform the others. Again I said another prayer and asked God to give me whatever I needed to help her see it was time for his immediate family to visit one last time. I sat down again and she began telling me about what had happened, why she had brought him to hospital, she talked about everything except that her husband was in the final stages of his life. This poor beautiful soul I thought, she thinks if she doesn't acknowledge his dying then it won't happen. I looked over at him and I just knew he would want her to do whatever was easier for her. He had told me a couple of times that she couldn't accept his illness and that they hadn't really discussed it very much since he was diagnosed. It was like an elephant in the room but he wanted her happy and so they had lived their lives as normally as they could. He was pleased that he could do that for her. When I realized this I decided I would do what I thought he would of wanted me to do. In my mind my favorite patient was being treated with medication, care and love from hospital staff, now I was going to treat his wife with care and support. We sat for over 2 hours and all the while she spoke of him. How they met, their life together, his likes, dislikes, their children everything except his illness and pending death. Every once in awhile she would get up and straighten his blankets and cover his hand with hers. I could feel her love for her husband. It was real and so was her fear of losing him. I left to heat up the extra coffee in the kitchen micro wave and when I returned her pastor was there. What a lovely man. I could see he wanted to talk with her so I slowly made my way out of the room to the sitting area. I prayed again for everything that was happening in that room. About an hour later a nurse came and told me that they would like me to go back in, and when I did it was because the pastor had to leave and my favorite patients wife didn't want to be alone. I waited by the door and as he was leaving I asked him how well he knew their children. He knew one of them quite well and he agreed that it was time to call him. Thank you God I thought but again as from the beginning I wasn't thinking clearly as I didn't ask him if he was going to call. I was totally disgusted with myself when I realized I hadn't but I didn't want my anxiety to show as I approached the bed and the wife. I was unable to get her to eat anything and she didn't want me to leave her alone so we sat, sometimes chatting, sometimes in silence. All the while nurses were going back and forth checking blood pressure, adjusting the oxygen and blankets, putting the fan so that the air flowed gently on my favorite patients face and keeping him medicated. He was cold to the touch, and I could tell his time was short. Then about 7:30 his son arrived, oh I was so thankful. He looked at his dad then at me and I knew that he also knew his father was leaving this earth. I thought he may be angry at his mother or even me for not calling him but he was so like his dad. He hugged his mother and said he was just going outside to call the others, to my surprise she only nodded. For the first time since I had entered that hospital room I was relieved. When Junior returned I said, I should go and his mom said oh please don't, stay awhile longer. So I got another chair and sat closer to the door to give the two of them room around the bed. As each of the children arrived I moved myself closer and closer to the door. I felt this was a time for family, although it was a very sad situation, they were there all together, supporting each other as they should be. I quietly observed how wonderful they were to their mother. They were looking out for her and I was honored to be able to see this. I know my patient would of been very proud of his children. At 9:10 tonight, my favorite patient completed his journey to heaven. I hugged each one good bye and as I looked for one last time at my favorite patient, his face was relaxed, he was pain free and he was home. The family had invited me to their mother's but I just wanted to come home. I hugged my favorite patients wife and she clung to me as a child does to his mother when he needs comfort. My heart went out to her. The transition from we, us, I'll check with....now becomes I, me, I'll have to see...it is a painful transition, an emotional roller coaster but somehow this lovely lady will make it through. Her faith will get her there. I know this journey all too well.

It was almost dark as my tears gave way while driving home. I had done nothing all day but every part of my body ached and I felt exhausted. I was and still am in shock of how fast my favorite patient passed but I know he is in a better place tonight.....So long my favorite patient, God Bless xoxo

Friday, June 12, 2009

Finally I'm Rested

Hello my friends I hope you all had a wonderful day, it was a lovely day here in Alberta, for which I am so very thankful.

I think, I am caught up on my rest. I slept 11 hours straight through last night. When I woke up this morning I knew it was going to be a great day and it was. A lazy but leisurely day for sure, and I loved every moment of it.

I had my coffee, cereal and toast on the deck. The sun was shining on my face and it felt so good I decided to read my paper out there as well. It was 11 o'clock before I had my bath and dressed for the day. I dressed and went to Curves for my work out and was weighed. I have now lost 6 lbs. with only 9 left to go. I am sure I will meet my goal before I go home for 2 weeks in July. I also have lost an inch off my waist, and 2 off my hips. I really don't want to loose on my hips as my shape is so much like the cartoon caricature, Leghorn. You know, skinny legs and bum but big around the middle....that's me. Oh well it comes off where it wants too I guess. I will try and do more exercise to reduce my middle and not work quite so hard on the leg and hip area. I only wanted to tone those areas.

When I finished my work out I went for groceries, came home and put them away. I then had a tomato sandwich for my lunch. It was too nice to stay inside so out I went to the deck and played with my flowers. I gave them a good drink of water mixed with Miracle Grow. I want them to grow faster but they are coming quite nice. My tomato plants and herbs are really growing well. I have a small strip of grass between the deck and my baby barn. I cut the grass with a whipper sniper as I don't think a lawn mover could even fit in most places there. When I finished snipping (there really isn't much grass, mostly weeds, I pulled the weeds and sprayed with round up. It usually is an ugly strip but looks pretty good now that I pulled the weeds and cut the grass. I would love to plant seeds and have a strip of wild flowers in that spot. I am going to check the Internet and see what I can do so that maybe next year I will have wild flowers growing. Just an idea.
Oh yes I wanted to ask you all, I planted gladiola bulbs on the 28th of May but I don't see anything coming up yet, is it too soon to look for some kind of stem/leaf or did I do something wrong when I planted them? If anyone knows and can advise me on this I would so appreciate it.

Tonight I watched the hockey game, congratulations to Pittsburgh Penguins and all their fans (I was pulling for Detroit) but the best team won tonight's game.

Tonight on the news I watch the elder President Bush, sky dive from a plane, from over 10,000 feet to celebrate his 85th birthday. Now I was not a fan of his son but I was very proud of the father today. He is still having fun and enjoying life at the age of 85. I think he gives seniors renewed hope, I also think seniors are our most untapped resource, we could learn so much from them. I think there should be a way to bring the young and the old together. Just think what experience and energy together could produce for our beautiful planet. My gosh I am talking as if I weren't a senior but my mind doesn't feel 62, oh but the body tells a different story.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments........Good Night my friends and
God Bless........:-) Hugs

What a Day

Hello my friends, I do hope you all had a great day. It was really nice here today, then of course any day the sun shines it's nice here.

My day started early as I wanted to go to Curves before the girls came in to clean. I usually have one girl cleaning but today there were two of them. Now my house is pretty clean so when they arrived at 10:15 they looked around and asked if there was anything special I would like done. I said definitely the floors but they felt it wouldn't take long to do them so they helped me to do other things that cleaning ladies don't normally do. We first went upstairs and they turned the mattresses on both beds, I gave them the linens and they made my beds up fresh, they also cleaned the wooden blinds before they started their normal routine and cleaned everything else. I was so pleased as I find it hard to turn the mattresses on my own and I had planned on wiping down my blinds next week. As they vacuumed and dusted their way downstairs I started doing laundry, it was mainly bedding but had to be done.

When they got to the main floor, one was in the half bath and the other was in the kitchen, they were just flying around. I took a cup of coffee and sat outside on my deck. Jenn, asked me if I wanted anything special done downstairs like inside the fridge, well I had just cleaned the fridge last week but I said let's change the living room around. I couldn't believe it they had everything placed where I wanted it in five minutes. Then they proceeded to give everything a good cleaning. They even cleaned the pictures on my walls, the mirror which had been over the couch, the wooden blinds in that room. They vacuumed everything, everywhere including the furniture.
They did a wonderful job and as I lay here tonight the house smells of Vim and furniture polish....it's a clean smell and I love it. What a nice day and I am so thankful to have won the draw! The house is spotless, I wanted to give each of them $20.00 as I wasn't paying for the clean and they normally charge $37.00 an hour for each girl, I thought the least I could do was give them something to buy a sandwich or something, but they wouldn't take it. I only knew Jenn as she is the one that comes to my home to clean for 2 hours each month and I always give her a nice gift at Christmas but I won't see this other cleaner. I was so pleased and just wanted to show my appreciation. I will mail a thank you card to the company next week. I am the only 2 hour clean they do and they are not taking on any more customers unless it's for the full 4 hours. I just don't need them here that long and it is quite expensive, now that I am looking at all they did maybe I do need them. Oh well, thank you Lord for the pleasant surprise of a free house cleaning day.

I did go to Curves this morning, honestly I was so tired I could of fallen to sleep during the drive there. It wasn't long before I was wide awake working those machines, I think of Diana every time I am there. The girls I work out with are funny and full of life. They are happy and it is infective, you know I started for the benefits of exercising, I think I'll stay for the great company. It doesn't matter what time of day you go there are always nice ladies around but I am used to going later, anytime between 11 and 1 o'clock and usually work out with the same people, it was a whole new group this morning.....still fun.

I really am tired tonight as every day has been busy for me lately except today. All I did was laundry, and a bit of ironing but I started the day tired so I am looking forward to a good night's sleep tonight.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments......Good Night my friends and God Bless......:-) Hugs

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I Messed Up

Hi friends, this is just a quick post to let you know I messed up. My written blog is just beneath the pictures, it will help you to understand the pictures. Sorry guys.....only me eh.....:-) Hugs

Pictures as Promised

Gifts from my friends
Bernie and Kathy
Bernie, OK I'm still fat but showing off anyway
Kathy, so proud to call her my friend

Now you can click on each picture to enlarge it....as I am large enough clicking on me is not necessay.......Love you all, xo

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

An Exciting 24 Hours

Hello my friends, I have had a wonderful 24 hours......the weather has been beautiful, perhaps that has added to my happiness. I hope you all enjoyed your day as I have mine.

Yesterday was a special day for me full of mixed emotions. My good byes were sad but I also had much happiness and many surprises. It started with a phone call in the morning telling me I had won a free cleaning day (4 hours) from the company who clean my home for two hours every month. They had put all their customers names in a draw and pulled out my name. Now they were here last week but as part of rules they are coming in tomorrow to clean through for me. I am not complaining, I am so grateful. As I told you I had received blue topaz earrings from my wonderful patients, then when I checked my mail I received a $20. gift certificate in the mail from The Shopping Channel, for a survey I had filled out, again another draw. I always was told everything happenes in 3's but for me it was 4, as my friend Kathy gave me 2 beautiful blue agate bracelets for my birthday. I am not used to winning anything but have been blessed with many heart felt gifts over the years. I left my camera in the car but will go get it later and post a few pictures of my friend Kathy, my gifts and me who as of today have lost almost 5 lbs. only 10 more to go. So excited and even more pleased with my weight loss as I work towards my goal.

Today was another great day for me. Our weather has turned for the better and is suppose to stay sunny and warm for the weekend... yoo hoo!

My friend Terry called this morning and is coming into Morinville on Tuesday as she has to pick her daughter and grandchildren up at the airport on Wednesday. Her and I are going shopping and then out to dinner Tuesday evening. I always enjoy her company and I am so looking forward to seeing her. As I always do, I have started my list of places to go and things to shop for.

Today I was weighed and have lost 5 lbs. well really 4 and 3/4 lbs but I'm rounding it off of course. LOL Curves has been a blessing and for the first time I am enjoying exercising. It has not only been the exercising, I have been eating properly and my portions have been much smaller than I normally have. I do eat the foods I like only not as much. I left Curves and went to my doctor's appointment. He was really pleased with my weight as well as the improvement in the range I have with my left arm. He was amazed how quickly my arm has improved. I am sure it's the stretching machine I use at Curves as when I started, under my arm was very tight and felt like I was wearing a wet bathing suit, the past two days that feeling is going away. If I don't stretch the muscles in that arm they will continue to deteriorate and I will suffer atrophy. Now that I know what to do to prevent this I won't allow that to happen and will continue my stretching and exercising. Just the relief of it all is motivating.

At 5 o'clock I met with one of my special friends, Kathy. She is one of the RN's I teach our course with. In fact, she trained me so that I could teach it and out of 20 I am the only non medical person on the team. Originally I had taken the course as a patient and Kathy taught it, that is how we met. It was her who approached me about teaching the course and I will be forever thankful to her as I find this volunteer position very rewarding.

We also share the same birthday (she is much younger than I am) so for the past 3 years, a week after our birthdays, we meet and celebrate together over dinner. To spend a few hours with her you realize you are sharing time with one of earth's angels. She has so much empathy and compassion for her patients and their care givers. These people are so fortunate to have her as their primary care nurse as she works so hard to inform and aid them with everything they are dealing with, but more important she cares about each and every one of them. I love her for her commitment to her patients and her heart which is full of love not only for her patients but for her family, she has a wonderful husband and 4 beautiful daughters. Her first grandchild is due in September. She doesn't know it but we (her team) are planning a grandmother shower for her. She just beams when speaking of her grandbaby, her first.
We shared a craft of red wine (glad I had been weighed first) and then we each had the most delicious Greek salad. I so love olives, feta cheese, tomatoes, and onions served on a bed of lettuce. Kathy also had a warm bread which she dipped in a special sauce. It looked so good, but I no longer eat white bread so I just enjoyed watching her enjoy this tasty appetizer. We chatted for 3 hours over a beautiful meal and a glass of red wine. I limited myself to one glass, Kathy enjoyed 2. She said "Hey I am the beneficiary of your losing weight." She is happy I am taking control of my weight and knowing I am diabetic she passed on the cake and ice cream we normally have. She is one of these fortunate people who can basically eat anything and not gain weight, but she enjoys good health by working out every day and never indulges more than she should. We exchanged gifts (we have never done this before, and didn't know the other one's plan to do so) and chuckled as we had given each other almost identical gifts, stretch bracelets. Mine were 2 beautiful deep blue agate, and I gave her 2 made of jade. I was so pleased as they will go with the lovely earrings I received yesterday.

On a sadder note, I want to offer up prayers to the family who lost their family member, a security guard, at the Holocaust Memorial in Washington today. So sad, a young man in the prime of his life died doing his job, protecting some adults but mostly children who were in the museum at the time. My heart and prayers are with all of his family, friends and co-workers. In my opinion, what is even sadder was the man who killed him. This man is almost 90 years old and he killed because of his deep and evil beliefs. To think a man has lived all these years full of hate, anger and blame bothers me very much. He could of chosen a life of love, kindness and honor but he didn't. Unbelievable really, to carry a heart full of so much hatred for so many years based on lies, ignorance and hatred. For that young security guard to die while he still lives is just so unfair. I think only God is able to show mercy on this poor, pathetic soul, God forgive me tonight as right now I am unable to.

I am going to go to the car to get my camera so that I share with you pictures of my beautiful friend Kathy and my wonderful gifts, again I humbly feel so blessed, then I will be off to read my favorite blogs and comments. Good night everyone and God Bless....:-) Hugs

We are having a thunder storm, will post pictures when it's over OK

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I Don't Like Good Byes

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a great day....Sunshine today my friends, priceless!

My day started early, very early. Just before I was to close my computer last night I received an e-mail from my sister, in Scotland. I could tell by her words something wasn't quite right, it was pretty late so I e-mailed her back and mentally made a note to call her this morning. Well I turned the light out and tried to go to sleep but I just kept thinking about her so I called. It was 8 am in Scotland but it was 1 am here. Anyway I called and was so glad I did. She is having some health issues right now and after we talked about them we started chatting, you know what sisters are like. Well we discussed our first memories and we both were laughing so hard at each other's memory, I am sure if someone were outside my window he would of thought I had lost it. There were six kids in my family and Sheila was #4 where I was #6. Her birthday was Jan. 8th and mine is in May. Well after Christmas at our house there was no money so Sheila didn't get many birthday gifts (always a cake though) and mine being in May and being the youngest, seem to have a good celebration compared to her. I wish she could tell you the stories she told me about what she did to my dolls, etc. Oh how we laughed. I, now have to apologize to my brother as I always blamed him for doing those things. We talked for 2 hours, at least and really we laughed more than talked. It's great to have sisters, I wish she didn't live so far away. She reads my blog everyday, so hi Sis, hope your feeling better. You said I was a real tonic for you well you are a real blessing to me. I love you and wish we lived closer together.

Now today was the last day of our course. It was a lovely sunny afternoon and we took our pot luck picnic to the park by the church. We had so much food, mostly snacks and finger foods. My contribution was a tray of 5 different cheese(s), crackers and pickles, others brought rolls, sausage, pepperoni, peanuts, chips and the other leader had picked up a lovely cake with our course number on it. We put the two picnic tables close together and enjoyed each other's company. We all spoke about what, if any and they had a choice to say, we received from our course. Needless to say my eyes were misty through most of this. We tidied up the park and headed back to the clinic (just across the street) as we had made up packets for each of the patients to take home with them and as I was passing them out my favorite patient said, now do you have time for a cup of coffee or have you had enough already. What could I say, I had planned on going to Curves right after the course but I knew it would be open whenever I had finished, so I said of course we'll go for coffee, I always have time for you. Remember I told you I didn't like clowns, well I dislike "goodbyes" even more. After hugs and good byes to everyone "favorite patient" and I went across the street to The Tea House for coffee. He thanked me and told me that he was going to miss the course and that no matter how badly he felt he always looked forward to Tuesday's. We had given him something each week to feel good about, and the assignments each week helped him to forget for a few minutes that his life wasn't normal. I told him I was glad we were able to help and only wished we could of done more. He encouraged me to continue and keep the courses going, they were very helpful he said. Now this made me feel proud of our course and happy that we were helping people, that was our main goal. The class had bought us each a gift and I was given a lovely pair of blue topaz earrings, and Danielle was given a stretch pearl bracelet. Such beautiful gifts, now we usually do receive a gift each course by these were by far the most expensive gifts we received. Danielle and I just looked at each other in amazement and we both had tears in our eyes. I wanted to be able to tell you that saying good bye to "favorite patient" went well but as his eyes misted over and he gave me a hug the tears were rolling down my cheeks. His wife had arrived to pick him up and as I walked him to the car I asked God to keep me strong not only for me but for him. I never did say good bye, I just kissed his cheek as I closed the car door. I returned to the clinic and both Danielle and I cried over his situation. It's the classic, why do bad things happen to good people. Tonight as I go over the day, I know in my heart he will be fine whether it's here or in heaven. He has a wife and family who will love and care for him, a wonderful doctor, nurses to help him until God takes him home. He will always have a special place in my heart.

When I left the clinic I went to Curves and it was good timing as I needed the exercise to lift my spirits. It worked and I arrived home feeling energized and happy. I had a couple of happy surprises today as well, I will tell you about them in tomorrow's blog.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments......hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday.....Good Night and God Bless

Expressing Myself

Hello my friends, I do hope you all have had a great day. We had rain this morning and it was really cold, but this afternoon the sun came out. It is suppose to be really sunny and warm for the next few days. Ahhh we have made peace with Mother Nature and all is balanced between us.

When I woke this morning, I was so sore from hitting golf balls yesterday. (It still was worth it) I sat in my bath to try and get rid of the chill, thank you God for my towel warmer as I used 2 large heated bath towels before I stopped shivering. As much as I wanted to crawl back into bed, I put my sweats on and went to Curves. WOW I couldn't believe how those machines got the kinks out and I was sweating when I finished. I felt so much better.

When I got home I was full of energy so I stripped my bed, did laundry, vacuumed upstairs, dusted, cleaned bathrooms and even tidied my basement. I baked a chicken and made rice and steamed vegetables for supper. When I finally sat down with a cup of green tea I was really pleased with everything I had accomplished, I think the word contented would be more suitable for how I felt.

When I was at Curves today one of the girls asked me if I was always so happy, I said most of the time. She then said doesn't anything upset you, oh yes I said there are many things that upset me and if I can do something about it, turn it around then I do, if it's not possible for me to do anything about it then I look for something good in the situation and accept it. I realized I usually can see the good or an opportunity of change when I see a challenge. (I didn't tell her this part) She went on to ask me, is there anything you don't like and without hesitating I said, "clowns". We all started laughing, of all things she didn't expect me to say clowns. I have never liked clowns, to me they are eerie, not funny. I have been this way since I was a child. She said so what do you find good about clowns and I responded not much but I see joy on some children's faces when they give a balloon to a child, which is true. I didn't tell her I also saw the fear in some children's eyes when a clown made his way towards him. I thought of our conversation tonight. I don't know why some people find joy and other's find sorrow, as we all have known sorrow and sadness. I absolutely do not judge anyone as I know those who are touched by sorrow are feeling great sadness and it's real. I do know that whatever I am, I am so blessed to cling to the joyful side of life. Now I am not a Pollyanna, though I have been called that, I do know that I can honestly see the good and feel the joy and happiness in everything in my life. I am able to let go of negativity, and I move forward quite easy through situations I have no control over. I so thank God for letting me be me, an old lady who is very happy in her own skin. Life is good people and one may have to dig deep to find the goodness when we are deep in life's many challenges but from the bottom of my heart, the good is there....one only has too look.

Thank you for letting me share my day with you all, it means so very much to me. Blogging has been a wonderful experience for me, I have met the most wonderful people and love all of you. In some way blogging connects us all. We share families, recipe's, photo's, weather, and these are just a few of our favorite things.

Oh life is so good, am off to read my favorite blogs and comments. Good Night my friends and God Bless

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Golf Anyone

Hello my friends, hope you all had a great day. I know your all wondering about the weather.....cool and rain this morning, sunny and cool this afternoon. The good news is temperatures are on the way up in the next couple of days, so looking forward to that.

Up early again today to watch the Men's final of the French Open, I really enjoyed it as Roger Federar won.....Yeah! I had an extra hour between the tennis match and church so I spent it on the computer answering e-mails.

Church today was lovely, the children adorable and their parents proud. We prayed for the children in Mexico who lost their lives in a day home fire. Over forty have died already with many more in hospital. So sad, the innocents, and their grieving families.

After church friends and I went for lunch then one of my girlfriends asked if I felt like hitting a bucket of golf balls. It sounded good to me so I came home and changed (warm clothing) and grabbed my 3 wood, and 3 and 7 irons. She was out front waiting when I went out the door and off we went to Cardiff Driving Range. It was so much fun, we had some real good belly laughs. I hadn't hit a golf ball in years and enjoyed it immensely. Now she is a member and plays often. She has been encouraging me to join the club but golfing hasn't been the same to me since my husband passed away, but it was fun today. I hit the backhoe used my a guy picking up golf balls more than I hit anything. Thank God there was a cage around him to protect him. I am sure if I had been trying to hit that backhoe I wouldn't of in a million years. I'm sure he thought I was doing it on purpose. There was a tournament going on and when we finished hitting golf balls we went into the club house for a cold drink and were invited to stay for supper. They were serving surf and turf, lobster and steak, baked potato, salads, coleslaw and rolls. We pushed tables together so that there were 10 of us sitting at the table. Soon someone brought out a guitar, someone else played the spoons and the singing began. It was sooooooo much fun and I came home tired, cold, full and happy around 7:15. It was something I haven't done in a long time and wasn't planning on doing it today even but sometimes when we have an unplanned day it turns out to be better anyway.

I had my bubble bath to rid myself of the chill, which I still have I might add. I came to bed and watched the Tony Awards. They are the closest I'll get to a broadway show in New York, although that is on my list of things to do.

I am off to sleep, will read my favorite blogs and comments tomorrow, have a wonderful Monday my friends.....I'm back to Curves ....Yeah

Good Night my friends and God Bless...:-) Hugs

Saturday, June 6, 2009

No Point In Complaining

Hello my friends, I really, really hope wherever you are reading this from that you are enjoying sunshine and warm weather. My little corner of the planet is freezing. I think we have made Mother Nature mad at us, so now she is getting even. They are calling for frost again tonight, we did escape it last night so I am keeping my fingers crossed again, my poor flowers and tomato plants have been battling the elements for two days now.

I set my alarm to get up early this morning as I wanted to watch the Women's final at the French Open. It started at 7am so I was up at 6:30 to take my insulin and have my breakfast before it started. By the time it came on I had a fire going in my fireplace, drinking a cup of coffee, feeling so cozy and I know this is not a nice thing to say but it was a horrible match. I felt so sorry for Safrina who completely lost control of her nerves. I think even I could of beat the number one seed today. Oh well, I get to do it all over again tomorrow to watch the men play. Looking forward to a better game.

It wasn't a complete waste of time really as I did 20 minutes of exercise on my gazelle then spent time on my computer which I normally don't do during the mornings.
Curves is only open on Saturday until noon and closed on Sunday's. It was raining and cold so thought it best to stay home, but not for very long as it turned out.

My friend called and we decided to go shopping this afternoon in St. Albert. Every where we went people were grumbling and complaining about the weather. They were to say the least cranky. I made a silent promise to myself not to complain anymore about our weather, it doesn't do anyone any good and I didn't enjoy seeing or hearing how miserable everyone was. It's strange how we let the weather decide if we are going to be happy or if we are to have a nice day....Way to much power to give away to the weather my friends, I know I will tell you about the kind of weather we are having, but you all have my permission too tell me to be quiet if I start complaining instead of sharing OK. (I wonder if I can keep the promise to myself)LOL

I picked up a couple of Christmas gifts when I was out, The Gap had a sale on and I have a couple of little ones I buy for each year. I have put them in gift bags and wrote the tags, they are tucked away in my gift cupboard. This is early even for me but I usually do start in September. I am not a fan of the last minute rush.

We went out for supper and I had the most delicious salmon dinner with brown rice. Oh it was good and so were the steamed mixed vegetables. I worked too hard last week to loose 2 lbs., so stayed within my available calories. I enjoyed the meal and conversation with my friend, it helped to make a lovely day even better.

This evening I watched the hockey game and finished my novel. Now I have just had my lavender bubble bath and am tucked in for the night. I am looking forward to church tomorrow at noon service as the little children are receiving their first communion.
It is so special to me to watch their little faces in awe and see them so excited, dressed in their finest clothes. I always enjoy this day every year. It will be fun.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments.....Have a great Sunday my friends.

Good Night and God Bless......:-) Hugs

Brrrrrrrr..........It's So Cold

Hello my friends, hope you all had a good day. (Sorry Joan, I read what you went through) but I know you made the best of it my friend. It is very cold here and it rained most of the day. Great for the farmers but is really playing havoc with my arthritis. I am a bit concerned we may get frost tonight, I had to turn my furnace on today as the house felt really cold.

Thank you all for your prayers for Allan and Peg. They worked, Allan is still in ICU but they have taken him off the respirator and he is breathing really well on his own. I do believe prayers work!

I watched the French Open Tennis Semi-finals this morning and oh what a great match. Anyway Roger Federar won in 5 sets. I really enjoyed this and was so involved watching it that I forgot about my aches and pains. Love it.

As soon as the Tennis was over I headed for Curves and my workout. I am catching on to the machines and how to work them so I enjoyed my work out even more today. The supervisor who has corrected me throughout the week when I was doing an exercise wrong was even impressed with my work out today. Sometimes "things" just click as it did for me today

When I finished at Curves I went to Tim's drive through I got a coffee and bagel to bring home to enjoy. It was raining very hard, so as soon as I came in I lit a fire in my over used fireplace (sound familiar Barb) and enjoyed my coffee and toasted bagel gazing at my fire.

I then read my newspaper and talked to Terry for half an hour when she called to inform me about Allan. I could feel her relief and could tell she was feeling more positive about the situation today.

Did any of you see on the news today the story of a 4th grader attending her last day of school and looked up to see her Dad at the door, who had just arrived home from Iraq? The little girl started crying and shaking as she made her way to her dad and he was crying as he held out his arms to her. I sat here with tears streaming down my face, happy tears to see a family united again. I pray he will not have to go back so he can stay with the family who loves him so much.

My flowers look so bright and fresh as I checked them today, the rain has done them good......hopefully no frost

For supper I had salad, and heated up the rest of my meatloaf. I have set a goal to loose 2 pounds a week and I made my goal for this week today. I am very pleased, but I never did have a problem losing weight it's keeping it off that has always been my downfall. I find it easy when I set a goal and am motivated knowing I am going home mid July to see family and old friends.

Just a quiet relaxing day for me, a day I have used to recharge and enjoy the luxurly of having the choice to sit home by the fire with a good book. I am truly blessed.

Off to read favorite bolgs and comments..........Have a great weekend my friends,
Good Night and God Bless.....:-)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Yikes The Weather Has Changed

Hello my friends, another good day today in the life of Bernie....the arthritis is acting up a bit but not bad enough to start complaining ...... yet! I think it has something to do with our weather as it has really cooled down with a few showers tonight and rain on the way for tomorrow.

I slept in again this morning, got up at 9 and had my breakfast. As I was reading my paper and drinking coffee my neighbour called to see if I wanted to go out for lunch. Of course, I love going out to share a meal with a friend. We stayed in town and it was fun as we hadn't seen each other for awhile. We talk on the phone quite regularly but it's better visiting in person. The new Tea House in town is beginning to use my first name when I walk in as I am there so often. I do enjoy going there very much, they use china and silver cutlery, some patterns are really old and many times the settings do not even match but with their starched linen tablecloths and lacy doilies it all seems to fit so nicely with their old fashion decor. ...not luxurious just cozy and the food is really good.

After lunch I went to Curves. I am beginning to enjoy exercising each day and for me that is something. I am down 2 pounds, perhaps that is where the motivation is coming from. Anyway I am getting faster on the machines and the stretching machine is still my favorite. I still cannot believe the energy it creates, that may come from being with the other ladies who are always telling stories about their lives and so full of life and laughter. I seem to get so much more done when I get home.

Terry had called and left a message to call her, her brother in law is back in ICU and is not doing very well. I could tell she is really worried about her sister. I am going to ask you all to say a prayer for them, Terry's sister's name is Peg and she is exhausted from spending so much time at the hospital these past few weeks, her husband's name is Allan and he has been through so much, fighting so hard to live. He has had 2 surgeries already and may need another one. So prayers for Allan and Peg will be greatly appreciated.

This afternoon I did a load of laundry, cleaned my bathrooms and polished living room furniture. I also made a meatloaf for supper and had fresh green beans and salad with it. Oh it tasted good, I enjoy eating out but prefer home cooked meals, (sounds like I like my own cooking) but after going out to dinner last night and lunch today I was ready for something from my kitchen.

After supper I put my deck cushions away before the showers began. I also vacuumed downstairs. My feet and back were beginning to ache a bit so I put off vacuuming upstairs until tomorrow. It will wait and the cleaning lady is coming in on Tuesday anyway. She only comes in for a couple of hours every 3 weeks but it makes such a difference just having her do my floors as I don't have a problem doing other things. I know I am a bit fussy but I like my home to be clean especially when I never know who might stop in for a coffee.

I tried to upload a picture my sister sent me from Scotland (of the two of us) to my home page. It uploads okay but it is too big for the page and it only shows a piece of the room we are in. I have to find a way to crop it, I'll figure it out somehow.

I had another full day today, one of good food, laughing with friends and cleaning my home. Life is good people......I truly am blessed and you, my blogging friends are one of my blessings I am so thankful for.

Am off to read post and comments......Good Night and God Bless

.....:-) Hugs

Just came back in to say I was finally able to upload my sister's and my picture. It feels good to have both of my sisters on my blog with me. Sheila is from Scotland and I get really lonesome for her at times. Night...

Not So Busy Today

Hello my friends, I pray a good day was had by all.....I had a quiet day, calm and not nearly as busy as yesterday.....I loved it! Really hot today, especially on my deck, 37.5 but I think it was only 24 at the airport. (Marcy that's Celsius not Fahrenheit)


I slept in this morning until almost 9:30 and I still didn't feel like getting up. I went downstairs made my coffee and got my daily newspaper from my mailbox then headed back to my bed. As I read the news, drank my coffee I watched the French Open Tennis quarter finals on TV and as I was laying here enjoying the moment I had to smile to myself, it kept going through my mind, life doesn't get any better than this.


I finally forced myself up and hit the shower at 11, as I wanted to make it to Curves before noon. Not that I worry what anyone might think about what time I arrive, no that doesn't bother me a bit but I wanted to phone my sister in Scotland and knew she would be home if I called her around 2 pm my time as it would be 9 pm her time. Last night I was lonesome to hear her voice but didn't want to call in the middle of the night. So call her I did and it was wonderful to hear her voice. She is so funny and always makes me laugh. She is doing well and like me is working to take off some weight. She has already lost 6 pounds where I have only lost 1 1/2 pounds but then I have only been trying since Sunday. I also spoke to her husband for a minute and he is doing really well. He keeps himself in good shape as he walks and cycles almost everyday.


I worked out at Curves today for 45 minutes. I have met so many ladies since I started and we chat as we use the machines so the time just flies by. I have always disliked exercising but I am really enjoying Curves, I cannot believe how much energy I have when I am finished. I wish I had discovered this a few years ago. Curves is very clean, well managed and the girls are terrific.


As I said earlier I called my sister when I got home then had my lunch, well I should say brunch as I didn't eat breakfast this morning like I always do. Then I headed outside to play with my flowers. I am so enjoying playing in the dirt. After tending to them, I swept my deck and hosed it down. I then wiped the dust off the furniture and as I looked around I felt so thankful to have such a lovely place to sit, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It was a good feeling.


I only came inside when the phone rang, it was a friend of mine who wanted to know if I would like to go for dinner and a movie. Since I had no plans anyway I gladly agreed as it was nice not to have to cook supper.


Anyway it was a lovely dinner, we went to East Side Mario's in St. Albert and I had salad, pasta and my glass of white wine. I know, I know that isn't going to help me loose weight....ummmm I wonder how many calories in 2 glasses of wine in a week. Doesn't matter, it was worth it.


We saw Star Trek at the movies, not I am not a big trekki fan but it wasn't too bad. It was hot today so it was nice sitting in an air conditioned theatre.


I got back home around 10:30 and had 3 phone calls to return. I don't usually call anyone after 9 pm at night but these people ask that I call when I got home so I did. It was all good news and now I have plans for another busy time next week. That's what I like about summer, I get to see and visit with friends I haven't seen in months. Sooooo love the summer.


It was a lovely day, very relaxing and filled with love, laughter and good friends. Life is good!


Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments, tomorrow is going to be another beautiful day, for all of us to enjoy, Good Night my friends and God Bless.......:-) Hugs