Thought you might enjoy these photos of the storm that passed through about 3:10 this afternoon.
I was wondering what I should call this post as it will quite “longish.” So Christy suggested I call it “Longish.” Then she thought maybe "Catch-Up" sounded better. :-) Actually, it will probably end up being more than one post. Lots has happened in the past 10 days. Here is just a brief update of events.
Visit to the doctor.
The Lord gave a good day. There was no snow and not even much rain, so traveling wasn’t bad.
The visit to the doctor started out a little stressful, but the Lord worked out the initial problem, and the rest of the visit went smoothly. The Lord was with me through all of it. The doctor thinks there is a possibility I have MS and wants an MRI done right away. She wants to see me as soon as the results of the MRI come in.
The doctor helped me to apply to an organization for help for funding for the MRI. However, I was not able to get these papers back to her until this Monday. Not sure how long it takes to process the paperwork. Please be in prayer that things will go quickly and that the MRI will be scheduled soon. Please also pray that whatever is the problem will show up well in the MRI.
“17The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. 18The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. 19He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. 20The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. 21My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.” (Psalm 145:17-21)
The Lord painted a beautiful sunset in the sky last night. It was all yellow and fiery in the west. The clouds floating across the sky were shades of yellow, gray, and blue gray, and looked like rippling waves of the sea.
It was fun to watch the birds go to bed. That is one of the most fascinating things one could ever watch, especially when too many birds choose one tree. How do they know which “couple” has to leave? They always seem to settle in the uppermost branches. I assume this is for protection from danger. There is one bird perched in the very top of each tree. Truly, God does care about birds. Does He not then care much more about us?
While these birds were going to bed and singing their “good night” song, another bird was singing its “wake-up” song, “Who, Who who who, Who!” :-)
Another cheery thing about the 15th was that Christy’s forsythia is just starting to bloom.
This day started out at 40 degrees and was quite foggy.
After a busy morning, we headed to Gastonia. There we went to Hobby Lobby, then Michael’s, then Ollie’s. Ollie’s is a really neat store. It is just a little far away to go often. Ollie’s is a discount store with all sorts of things – Bibles, books, household items, kitchen items, craft items, yard and garden items, and so forth. It reminds me a little of Big Lots but has a lot more variety.
At Hobby Lobby I got some cute green ribbon, with lady bugs on it, to use in a craft. Christy also got some things, including a puzzle with tea cups on it.
At Michaels we got enough door knobs to finish the cupboards in the kitchen. I plan to try to paint the knobs on the drawers. We also got some pretty yarn and some plain green yarn. It took a while, but we eventually found the ribbon that was on sale for 3 for $1.00, and I got 3 green ribbon to match the lady bug ones.
A really funny thing happened while we were in Michael’s. I bent down next to Christy to look at some yarn on one of the lower shelves. When I stood up, one of my bobby pins got hooked to Christy’s sweater sleeve. There I was, bent over, with an armload of yarn and other items, and my head pinned to Christy’s sweater sleeve. For a moment, neither of us could move. Finally I worked both arms up, without dropping anything, got the bobby pin between my fingers, and finally managed to get the bobby pin out of Christy’s sweater and my hair. It was so funny, I laughed so hard that tears ran out of my eyes.
Well, this sums up this post. Will write “Catch-Up, part 2” later. Have a happy day!
Life’s been busy here but mostly fun. Tonight for supper we had tortilla chip omelet. However, I can’t have corn, so that made real tortilla chips out of the question. Instead I made some mock tortilla chips with barley flour, spread them with oil and taco seasoning, used a knife to divide them in tiny pieces like crackers, and baked until crispy. After they cooled I broke them up into their tiny pieces and put them in the egg mix to soften. However, they never did get really soft. The omelet tasted OK though and was quite filling. There is enough left over for another meal tomorrow.
During the times I relax in the afternoon, I’ve been learning something new – crochet. I’ve tried a few projects before – some small bags and a couple of afghans. The afghans were all plain double crochet, so I just went back and forth until it was long enough, or around in a square until it was big enough. However, I tend to give up before those are done. Smaller projects are more my thing.
So first I learned how to make a heart. Here are the three I’ve made so far (from patterns at favecrafts.com). The first heart pictured here is one larger heart made of yarn and a smaller heart in the center crocheted from narrow ribbon. These were sewed together to make one heart. The pink heart was made with light pink, slightly sparkly yarn for the inside and bordered by a little bit darker light-pink yarn. The red and pink heart was made entirely of ribbon. It took about 25 yards of ribbon for the red and pink heart.
Another fun, short project to crochet is hats. My friend, Allison, is teaching me how to make one kind of hat. I’ve not had too much success doing that one on my own. But later she’ll help me fix it up. The other hats I’ve made use a simple pattern – all half double crochet and single crochet, except for a few slip stitches (this pattern is also at favecrafts.com). It takes about 2 ½ to 3 hours to finish one. Here are a few pictures.
Speaking of Allison, please be in prayer for her. She just had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and learned that she might have a condition called dystonia as well as the Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that she currently struggles with. Pray that God will encourage her and meet her needs, and that He will heal her if that is His will. Please pray for God to give her grace and strength for every day.
And, speaking of doctor’s appointments, I have a doctor’s appointment with a neurologist on Tuesday the 14th, at 10:00 a.m. The reason given for the referral is “bilateral foot pain and numbness” (neuropathy), but there is a lot more going on than that. Please pray that I will be able to think clearly and be able to explain clearly to the doctor what is going on. Pray that the doctor will have wisdom and be thorough and know just what to do. Thank you so much.
Also, please be in prayer for my cousin’s wife, Linda. Her cancer continues to spread, and doctors are trying a “third tier” chemo for her. The cancer in her lungs is now growing to the point that she is having some shortness of breath. Here is an excerpt of a recent entry on her CaringBridge site, “Linda and I were at Duke for her scheduled 3 month CT scan and the news was not good. Linda has numerous lesions on her lung that were seen on the CT scan and lymph nodes in her abdomen were further enlarged, An immediate change in chemo is determined to be the next course of action, Linda will begin this new treatment tomorrow at AMC where she has been getting her chemo which is close to our home. This will be the third change in the chemo medications and is considered the "third tier" and only considered when other chemo has not been effective. No previously known lesions showed shrinking and in fact had grown larger, Linda has been experiencing some shortness of breath lately and this is likely the cause.”
You can visit her site to read more. Be sure to leave a note in her guestbook to let her know you are praying. Thanks so much.
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