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Stormy Weather

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The wind really took it’s liberties with our place last night. The rain was great, but the accompanying storm was something else! It was quite a light show and it appears that there were microbursts along with it. The storm caused the lights to flicker a few times, the dogs were cowering (bless their hearts), and we lost TV picture off and on. But even with the storms there are Heavenly blessings. The usually scary dirt road has been keeping packed down so that riding hasn’t been difficult. Because of the storms the temperatures overall have been pleasant, for July in Southeast Georgia, that is. 🙂 If all our Summers were like this it wouldn’t be so gosh awful. Thank you LORD for your blessings!

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Our Church has been adding on. Way in the back, see the structure there? That will be our new Youth Activities Center. But it will also be used for our FAITH Riders meetings and other activities centered around the Church or in any way to serve the community. I’m so blessed to be around all these wonderful folks that are teaching me to love others more than myself. It’s one of Christ’s most important teachings: love others, live at peace with your neighbors. Sure makes my life a lot better too.

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Been visiting the Mother-In-Law at the Home as much as physically possible. Steve had noticed that she had suddenly been acting sad. I think he may have figured out why. Her vision has become noticeably hazy. She says that everything appears dark. She had had lens replacement surgery for cataracts awhile back but had not had the follow-up visit, for whatever reason. We’re thinking that maybe she has that PCO (Posterior capsule opacification occurs because lens epithelial cells remaining after cataract surgery have grown on the capsule). I had that growth on the capsule after my lens surgery and got it lasered off. Steve didn’t need to. Not everyone has this problem after surgery. So, tomorrow he takes Mom to our local eye specialist to see what’s going on. I pray that is the situation and they can help her. It must be awful to lose one’s sight.

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Amen to that, huh?! He knows all our problems because He has already been to this day and He cares. Well, that’s about it around here. Nothing exciting. I pray that all is well in everyone else’s part of the world.

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Mum’s The Word

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That’s me in the Blogsphere, isn’t it?! Silent. Didn’t mean to let so much time elapse.

Last Christmas, I won a beautiful, fully bloomed Chrysanthemum [incriminating evidence above] at one of the many doin’s we have at our Church. Not being very good with house plants, I let it run it’s course. After it quit blooming, I unceremoniously tossed it out down by the gate thinking it was dead. (My work is done here. lol) Well, it sure showed me! Didn’t it!? This set me to thinking, how so often life is like that. I think that, “Well, that’s over with. I really screwed up this time. It can’t be fixed.” And, hey, bingo, the LORD goes and shows me I’m wrong. Again. I’m so grateful.  🙂

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Speaking of God’s goodness: the MIL is safely ensconced at Baptist Village. She still has the bladder fistula, of course, it can’t be healed in a woman her age, but she is so pleasant now! She’s put on weight, her skin has a nice hue, and she’s making friends for the first time in many, many years. That has made us so very happy that she is happy. God has lifted that burden off of us so generously. Prayers really matter. Never give up because HE never gives up.

The only “sad” thing at the moment is that Steve’s 90 year old father is now in Hospice. He is dying of COPD and renal failure. Poor man. He’s been a lousy father (just keeping real, as my dear friend Linda so rightly says) but I’m so thankful he believes in Jesus Christ as his personal LORD and Saviour. He is saved. He is forgiven. Dad will be more alive with God than he is now once he’s worshiping at the beautiful feet of Jesus. It’s just a waiting game for now. Please pray he has an easy transition to Glory. Since he’s living with his daughter, my sister-in-law, and her family, it must be very stressful for them. She is handicapped and has mental issues from all the abuse. And that’s another story …  😉

Have a happy 4th of July my friends! God loves you and so do I.

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Silence Isn’t Always Golden

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I’ve been silent for over a week because it’s been a bit chaotic in my corner. Found and rescued a 7 month old puppy someone dumped on our country road. I couldn’t keep her for various reasons, so, I gave her a name “Socks”, and after a trip to the Vet, a good bath and lots of hugs, I found her a good home with a lovely couple that have other dogs and kids not too far distant. Socks is now Lucy, and, I hear, very content. But now, I’m blue because I miss her. I’m so fickle. lol It’ll pass. She was a sweetie though.

My husband’s 88 year old mother is in a bad way. She’s in the hospital fighting for her life. She had been suffering from one bladder infection after another for, I think, almost a year now. Her doc couldn’t figure out why. He, quite rightly, kept giving her antibiotics to fight the infection. A few days ago, she noticed blood in the urine and rushed herself to the Emergency Room. The diagnoses is Bladder Fistula. She met with a Specialist on Sunday and that doctor recommended she not have surgery because he’s concerned she will not survive the surgery. I’m confused though. I don’t know how she can live with this horrible condition!? If he was to ask me, I would opt for the surgery and take my chances. Mother-In-Law believes in the LORD Jesus Christ as her Saviour. She is ready for the transition. But living with this condition would be … well, hellish, if you’ll pardon the word. I dunno. Maybe I’m wrong in thinking that way. Wouldn’t be the first time (that I’m wrong, that is.) 🙂 Anyway, she’s on several prayer lists. I feel so helpless though.

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Sunday was my birthday. Yeah, I know, I should have posted about that. Just wasn’t in the mood, I suppose. After Church, many of our Sunday School class went to Olive Garden in Waycross. Their food has improved or something because it was very tasty and there was so much of it. I definitely took some home for another meal. Now I feel fat and wanna go on a diet … again. That’s another post. lol

Our stick built home turned 25 years old last March. For the past year or so our allergies have been epic with the sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and general discomfort. I called a local A/C Contractor and last week they sent out a nice fellow. He did an air induction test and we were shocked at the results! The tests showed that we have a 38% heat/cooling loss. The ducting is picking up dust and other not-so-lovely things from the attic and scattering it all through our house. Plus, during the summer, the ducting “sweats” through the wrapping and down onto the floor which eventually finds it’s way onto our ceiling. So, today there’s scheduled an Aeroseal for the air conditioning ducting. We’ve prepped the house (and our check book) in anticipation of this. sigh It’s only money. rolling my eyes

So, that’s what’s been going on in our neck of the woods. I gotta go get ready for our “guests”. I hope everyone has a happy, loving and cheaper day.

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