April 13, 2021

Currently...

The weather...is back to normal for this time of year. Gray, chilly, a bit of rain. No rain today but no sunshine, either. A high temperature of 66 is forecast.

I'm reading...nothing, book-wise, at the moment. I finished up another cozy mystery from Guideposts yesterday and I haven't chosen my next read. I am reading Judges during my morning devotions.

I'm listening to...whatever is on in the car when I'm in it. Otherwise, I haven't really been listening to any music.

I'm watching...a lot of movies on PureFlix, the Christian streaming service. I signed up last weekend, but didn't really start watching anything until yesterday. Now I'm hooked. I've watched four! It is wonderful having so many clean, Christian themed movies at my fingertips. It's also been a surprise (a good one) how many well-known actors and actresses are showing up in Christian movies.

Feeling...a lot better today. I was feeling a bit off yesterday. I'm not sure what it was, but I suspect it was allergies. Everything is beginning to pop out and bloom here.

Thankful...for a new lawn tractor. We have a 15 year old John Deere. The tractor is in good working order, but the mower deck has rusted through. That results in a grass shower every time we mow. We wanted to just get a new mower deck, but our hunt on Saturday proved that John Deere has discontinued the one for our tractor. They have a newer one that can be used...if you buy all the parts to retro-fit it. It is not an inexpensive proposition. We ended up looking around and found a brand new Husqvarna for just a bit more than the parts would be. It's not a John Deere, which may cause my hubby to have a twitch, but since all we actually use it for is mowing grass it isn't really necessary to pay the extra for the Deere name.

Thinking...about covid vaccines. We have not been particularly onboard with them. I don't believe, as some do, that the vaccines are the mark of the beast. Our reservations have been over the safety. You hear so much about side effects and I don't see how they could possibly have been tested long term. Will there be any residual effects that won't show up until sometime in the future?

The company Tim works for is forcing the issue. They have offered a $250 bonus as an incentive for employees to get the shot. As further incentive they will give 2 days paid vacation time to any employee whose spouse/family also gets the vaccine. The amount isn't an incentive to Tim, but the men believe that after June 30 when the offer expires the company will make it mandatory for employment.

Now the thinking is that they may as well get the vaccine while they'll get paid for it rather than get it for nothing later on. Several men got their first dose yesterday or today. Tim scheduled his for tomorrow. He wants me to get one, too. There are openings where he is going. I can't go tomorrow. I have a dentist appointment in the morning and I have to take Mom to her physical therapy appointment in the afternoon. Saved by a full schedule. I am still really torn about the whole thing.

Something funny...

You know we're giving Jesus a headache.





If you believe, copy and paste!




THIS is some serious truth.













Haha! So me when I explained "Prison Ball"
to the youth group. 






And now I am off to babysit those grandkids for a little while. Happy Tuesday, y'all!

April 9, 2021

Saturday 9: The Bones

The Bones (2019)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.


1) They lyrics compare a relationship to a house, saying that despite superficial problems like peeling paint or broken glass, the foundation can still be solid and strong. What home improvement project is next on your list?  I'm still waiting for Tim to be able to take some vacation time so we can remodel our master bath and turn it into a powder room/laundry room. We are going to buy the beadboard for the walls today. With that, we will have all the major bits and pieces to do it. We just need time.

2) Maren Morris sings that she knows she and her lover can face any storm. Are you afraid of thunder and lightening?  Not usually, but I'm not stupid, either. I know when it's safe to enjoy it and when to seek shelter.

3) The video for this song shows Maren and her husband, singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd, on the beach in Maui. Would you rather go for a long walk along a beach or a hike in the woods?  Definitely, the beach!
 
4) "The Bones" won Morris and her collaborators (Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz) the 2020 CMA "Song of the Year" Award. Here's your chance to pat yourself on the back. What's something you have done well lately? (Go ahead. We want to hear about it!)  I think the thing I've done the best at this year is being there for everyone else. There's been a lot asked of me with all of our daughter's health issues, watching the grands a lot of the time, Mom having her knee replaced, Tim having a kidney stone...for a while there I felt like it was never going to end, but things are starting to move toward normal. 

5) The song was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song. For the awards show last month, Maren put a lot of work into her look, including lightening her hair and lipstick and reshaping her brows. She was surprised when saw on social media that people confused her with reality star Khloe Kardashian. How long does it take you to prepare to face the world (on an average day, not for an internationally telecast awards show)?  About 5 minutes. I'm not working so some soap and water, brushing and flossing, and a brush through my hair pretty much covers it.
 
6) Experimenting with hair and makeup comes naturally to Maren. Her parents have owned the same hair salon for decades. She and her sister played there as children and took turns working the reception desk when they were in high school. Do you have a hair appointment scheduled?  No. I just got my hair colored a couple of weeks ago.
 
7) Mom and Dad do not go out of their way to play Maren's songs in their salon. They don't want to "bombard" clients with her music, just because she's their daughter. But, if one of Maren's songs happens to come on, they are naturally very proud. Where were you the last time you had to listen to someone else's choice of music? (Bank, doctor's office, friend's car, etc.) Did you enjoy it, or did you wish you could change the station?  That's easy...anywhere our daughter and her kids are. She has felt the music choices are all hers for as long as I can remember. The only concession she makes to anyone else's tastes (without a bit of grumbling) is to play what the kiddos like. I usually like her choices, the problem comes in that she always has the volume cranked pretty high or that sometimes she changes what I'm listening to or turns off what I'm watching without asking.
 
8) Maren says her favorite foods are tacos and tortillas. When did you most recently eat Mexican food?  A couple of weeks ago when my Bible study group had a taco bar before we looked at the lesson.

9) Random question: What do you call that thing in your living room? Is it a sofa, couch, or a davenport?  I don't live that far from Pittsburgh and some Pittsburghese makes it into our vocabulary. Around here, we sit on the "caach."


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April 8, 2021

Thankful Thurday

 I'm linking up with Rebecca Jo @ Knit By God's Hand

for a little Thankful Thursday goodness.


This week I am thankful...

** for beautiful blue skies, sunshine, and temperatures more fitting for June than April.

** my mom's recovery from knee replacement surgery continues to go well. She sees the surgeon today so we will find out where she goes from here.

On a side note, it is just so weird when it hits you for the first time that your mom is getting...old. I stopped up to visit yesterday and found her in her recliner wearing long slacks with surgical hose under them and fuzzy slipper socks, a long sleeve sweater, and covered up with 2 afghans. That could be normal, but it was 80 degrees outside and her house was closed up tight as a drum with no windows open or fans running so it was like 85 or more in there. That's when it hit me that she was like the residents at the nursing home who were never warm no matter how hot it was. Old.

** for a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends.

** Colton and I had an afternoon out yesterday, just the two of us.

** my new exercise machine came yesterday. I got it because my doctor says strengthening my core muscles will help with my back pain, but I can do a lot more on it than that. It isn't very big or heavy, but it can be used for sit ups, push ups (yeah...), crunches, curls and presses (no, that doesn't have anything to do with hair), pedaling, lunges. I can even use it to do some of the exercises physical therapy gave me for my hips. I can't wait to try it out today.


** Tim and Colton took the plastic eggs off the tree in the yard last night. I had to put them up. Twice. (Thank you big wind storm.) It seems fair.

** Megan seems to be handling her anxiety and depression a lot better now that she's been taking Cymbalta for a while. Between that and her hubby changing to afternoon shift from midnight shift, life is almost back to normal around here.

Now we need to find her a hobby. She gets bored so easily. Always has. She's never been able to amuse herself and always wants someone to fill that need. So now she's here with the kids nearly every evening from around supper time until she takes them home for baths and bed. We love seeing them, but sometimes you just want to relax. That's especially true for Tim at the end of a long work day. 

Still, I'm very thankful she is doing so much better. I have to keep reminding myself...baby steps...baby steps.

** I have hardly been on social media at all in the past week. And I haven't missed it. God is breaking that hold. Hallelujah! 

** for a big container of the garlic hummus in the frig. My Bible study group makes it every year as part of our middle eastern meal at Passover. I love the stuff and this year I took some extra ingredients and mixed it up right along with the rest.

And guess what? Leah likes it! She sat and ate a bunch of it with flat bread while she watched a movie the other day. It's nice to have one not-picky eater in the family!

** I signed us up to try out the PureFlix streaming service. I knew there were some Christian films on there that I wanted to watch, but there is so much more. It's going to keep me busy!

** that every day is one day closer to Mom's constantly barking dog going home!

** we are all healthy, safe, and happy.

** as I always am, for each one of you!




April 6, 2021

Tuesday 4 & Currently

Today is a two-fer. First up, I'm linking up with Anne for the Tuesday 4

This week the topic is lunch..


1. Lunch can be either glorious or bland, hard to choose or easy. Which is it for you and why?  Um, I guess it's somewhere between glorious and bland. I mean, it's lunch, not dinner in a 5-star restaurant, so it's hardly going to be glorious. It's not going to be bland, either. Unless I've been sick and am easing my way back into food.

2. What are your choices for a nice lunch?  Last night's leftovers are a popular choice. If not, then I'll probably choose soup, a salad, or a sandwich.

3. Is lunch a big meal or a light meal for you?  It's somewhere in the middle. I don't eat breakfast, because of doing the whole 16-hour fast thing. That means I'm actually hungry by lunchtime, but I still try to keep it in check and then have my main (big) meal for dinner.

4. "Let's do lunch" has become a funny phrase used in movies and jokes and usually just a throw away kind of thing to say.   Do you organize lunch with friends or family often? Do you eat out or in? If you eat out what is your favorite place to go?  No, I don't "do lunch" very often. I maybe meet up with friends once a month and less than that with family members. With the friends we often go to a local place called "Sharky's." It has something for every taste. With family, it could be anywhere, but Olive Garden is probably the favorite.

And now for, Currently...

The weather...is cool this morning, but we're expecting to see sunshine and a high of 74 degrees this afternoon.

Reading...The Bounty by Janet Evanovich

Listening to...the grandkids love Disney's Moana and the Trolls, World Tour movies. I have to admit both have great music and it's good that I think that because they watch the movies and ask Alexa to play the music ALL.THE.TIME.

Watching...I just added the Peacock streaming service to our Roku lineup and we've been having some fun exploring it. We've been watching The Carol Burnett Show, Columbo, and I started watching The Chosen.

Feeling...pretty good, though a little tired. My mom's dog is still staying with us, though Mom's recovery from knee replacement surgery is going well. Her dog isn't being that much trouble, but she does get up with Tim every morning then refuses to let him put her outside. She comes and sits by the bed, which wakes up Daisy and then I have to get up and take both of them out. Most of the time I can't go back to sleep. 

Celebrating...a month of big birthdays. Our son-in-law turns 30 this coming weekend and a week or so after that my stepdad turns 80! 

Looking forward to...Mom's dog going home, the grands spending the night this coming Saturday, and a whole week of nice WARM weather!

April 2, 2021

Good Friday

 


The most horrible day in human history is also one of the most blessed. The events of that day had to happen. They were ordained from before the world began.

God came down. Blameless, perfect God. In the person of His Son, He took on all the sin that ever was and ever will be and He took the punishment and the death that we deserve. He loved us, loved you, loved me so much that He knelt in humbleness for us. The Creator of the universe, God Almighty, the great I AM...knelt for us. Can you imagine the depths of His love? 

Watch this for a deeper revelation of what He did.


As you go through your day, remember that today was not the end.



March 30, 2021

Tuesday 4: Whatcha Reading & Watching?


Linking up with Anne for the Tuesday 4.

This week let's talk about books and TV programs you enjoy.

1. Are you enjoying a book right now and would you tell us about it?  I'm about to finish reading Dust Between My Toes: An Amish Boy's Journey by Wayne M. Weaver. I picked it up at a used book sale or Goodwill and never read it. I lent it to my stepdad to read this winter and then my mom read it. They both raved about it. So, when I got it back I decided to give it a go. It's been an interesting read. Weaver isn't a professional writer, but he's smart and educated (a medical doctor) so the writing is clear. He jumps around a bit in his stories, but since the original purpose of the book was to leave something for his grandchildren to know about their legacy...it serves its purpose. While I have enjoyed it, I can't see that Weaver's life is terribly Amish sounding to me. He also switches back and forth from Amish to Mennonite churches pretty easily throughout his life. He says his parents were Old Order, but a lot of the things in his childhood seem to not match up with that. Maybe I've just had a skewed idea of what Amish life is like?

2. Do you have a list of books you are looking forward to reading in the near future?  The next book I plan to read is Janet Evanovich's newest in the Fox & O'hare series, The Bounty. Beyond that, I have stacks of books waiting to be read. I'd guess somewhere between 50-100. I also have unread books sitting in my Kindle. Maybe another 20 or so there?

3. What's on television (or YouTube, etc.) at your house?  Nothing. I rarely have the television on during the day.

4.What series have you followed religiously and why? (can be TV or book series) 

Television:

  • The Big Bang Theory because it's the funniest show ever!
  • Longmire because it's a well written, gritty crime show with characters you can care about and the humor keeps it from being overbearing.
  • NCIS because...Mark Harmon. Also because I enjoy the stories, the continuing plot lines and the characters.
  • Criminal Minds because I just like that kind of show. Plus, the characters were great and I think it gave a decent peek at what it would be like to have a job that asked you to put yourself in the criminal's mind on a daily basis.
  • Schitt's Creek because it was well written, had great characters, and the complete absurdity of it made it hilarious.
  • Virgin River and Sweet Magnolias because they have good stories and decent acting. What they need is MORE EPISODES! Are you listening Netflix?
Books:
  • The Stephanie Plum and Fox & O'hare series by Janet Evanovich. Both are fast-paced, funny, and a little sexy.
  • The Sigma Force Series by James Rollins. Rollins is a master of adventure stories who blends science fact with science possiblility to create fast-paced, edge of your seat stories that could and should be on the big screen.
  • Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series. These are the books the show Bones was based on. The books are a bit grittier and probably not for the squeamish. I love them.
  • The Body Farm series by Jefferson Bass. The Body Farm is a real place housed at the University of Tennessee. It is where donated bodies are set out and allowed to decay under different circumstances. The processes are documented in detail. It is all done to aid in forensic investigation. It's fascinating to learn how science figures out this stuff. The main character, based on the real director of the Body Farm (and one half of the writing team that is Jefferson Bass) is a really likeable, but unlikely hero. He's a late-middle-aged, slightly out of shape, unassuming looking man who has no illusions about his looks or abilities.
  • Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn series. I've spent time on the Navajo reservation and enjoy reading about things I know and learning more about the culture.
  • The Cork O'Connor series by William Kent Krueger. O'Connor is the sheriff of Tamarak County, MN. Then he's not. Then he is again. He's a likeable guy and pretty smart in a not-quite-Columbo-like sort of way. He tries to do his best by his family and by both of the cultures he represents...the whites and the Natives. A task complicated by the fact that Cork, himself, is half Irish and half Native. A lot of local Native culture and lore is woven into the stories.
  • The Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Even better than the show and with a lot more detail!

March 29, 2021

Let's Visit the Dentist! Said No One. Ever.

It's Monday, for sure. I know this because I went to the dentist this morning, right before lunch. It was going to be a quick and easy appointment...just getting fitted with a temporary crown while I wait for the permanent one to come.

My tooth, or what was left of it, had to be reshaped. My dentist is thorough and enthusiastic. It's a good thing you get those bib thingies to wear and sunglasses, because I'm telling you...when he gets going there is water, spit, pieces of filling, tooth dust, and heaven only knows what else flying everywhere! 


Appropriate protective gear for dental work.


Today, just for fun, a piece of the filling got wedged on my tonsil. It wouldn't rinse off with his assistant's hose. No matter how much she blasted it. Have you ever had your tonsils vacuumed? I can now say I have. But, hey, no more chunk of dental goop stuck there.

We did this other fun thing today, something new for me because the assistant said I wasn't in the system before. Hmm...I've been seeing my dentist for at least 10 years. Why am I not in the system? Anyway, this fun new thing was some kind of digital imaging scan. I guess it's supposed to be an improvement over x-rays, but I'm not feeling the love. The lovely assistant puts this wand-thingy in your mouth and rolls it around and over and under and back and forth and up and down and roughly 23,000 other directions to produce a "quick" in the moment of your tooth or teeth. It's big and invasive and involves a massive amount of lip stretching to accommodate it. We did it three different times. I feel something like this...


And then you'd think we'd be done. But, nope. When the dentist looked at the digital picture thingies...he didn't like what he saw. So, off came the temporary crown and it was back to grinding and stuff flying. 

Finally satisfied, he pronounced me done. His lovely assistant stuck the temporary back on, dried me off, and out the door I went. It was only an hour and 15 minutes after I first sat down in the chair.

Rebecca Jo, how did your appointment go? I didn't forget we were in the dental chair together (so to speak) today. I said a prayer for both of us. And maybe a mild cuss word or two.




There's not much else going on for a Monday. Or for Holy Week, for that matter. The sun is shining, but we're back to chilly weather. Only 50 for a high today. Tomorrow they say we'll see 74, but then...winter is coming back for a few days with temps only in the 30s. Yay.

My Bible study meets for class tomorrow night and Friday evening we are having our traditional middle eastern meal (we used to always have it on Maundy Thursday) and a night of games and fellowship. In years past we opened it up to any friends and family we wanted to invite, but since Covid came along we've limited it to the group and spouses if they want to come. Since a few can't be there, we'll only number about 15, I think. We've decided we like it smaller. The preparations and clean up are not so back-breaking and we can relax and enjoy the time.

We will have Easter dinner at our daughter's house, though I will be doing the cooking. I think my mom and stepdad will be there. Mom thinks she will be up to riding around the block in the car and walking into the house. We will see, I guess.



Currently...

The weather... is back to normal for this time of year. Gray, chilly, a bit of rain. No rain today but no sunshine, either. A high temperatu...