Wednesday, August 24, 2016


How is that possible?  Didn't I just retire a couple of months ago?  Is time speeding up?  And why can't I remember what day it is?

All week I've been off.  Are any of you like that?  Today is Wednesday, right?  I think.  But I thought yesterday was Wednesday also.  And last Friday I was sure it was Saturday.  I kept saying I had such a short time to get the bulletins done for Sunday morning.  I think this is what happens when you get senile.  Ha, ha!

Well, I'm glad I have another day in the week because time is just flying by.

Yesterday I had just two people at Bible study again.  And it was great.  It seems that a smaller group has more interaction and ideas and comments seem to fly across the table.  I just feel sorry for those who are missing out.  But Genny had a doctor appointment and Donna has decided to drop out of the group.  In just a couple of weeks though, Carolyn (the new pastor's wife) will be joining the group and I know she will be an asset to us.  I'll be finishing up the book of Philippians soon (4 more lessons to go) and then for the few weeks before we quit for the winter I want to do the seven churches of Revelation.  I think that will be an interesting study.

After the study Debbie and I went to Shop Rite and I did my week's worth of grocery shopping.  I hardly ever eat beef, but decided to get a pot roast for dinner.  It was expensive and we ate the whole thing.  I am not the best cook so doing a roast is not something I do often.  But it turned out OK.  I made mashed potatoes and had some fresh corn that I also bought today.  The corn was sweet and wonderful.  We are getting into good corn season now.

I bought something from Etsy for the first time ever.  I wanted a gold tassel to go with my silver one.  So I went searching and found a beautiful one at The Southern Elephant.

 Her things are so pretty.  So if you are looking for jewelry, check her out.  It wasn't very expensive either.

Well, since it's after 2 a.m. I had better go to bed.  I have to get up to drive Joe to the VA Hospital tomorrow for another doctor's appointment.  Then I want to attack my cleaning before I leave for evening Bible Study.  See you all later.  Hope you have a good day.



Sunday, August 21, 2016


And I am loving August.  I am having the best summer in a long time.  Even with the heat, I am loving being home from work.  Retirement is the best.  And people were asking me what in the world I would do to keep myself occupied.  I don't have time to breathe!

Yesterday Joe and I both had some energy and so we attacked the house.  We got three loads of wash done.  I cut most of the grass and when my back gave out, Joe finished it for me.  I straightened up the patio.  It has more work to be done on it, but it's a whole lot better than it was.  I even got a bit done on my messy living room.  Things are moving right along.

Today Joe preached his last message in Colossians.  Since our pianist was away, there was a worship team from our sister church Grace BFC who came to help us out.  They were great!  Such nice young people.

After church we went to Target so I could get printer ink and paper.  I go through ink so quickly and it's so expensive.  I found a good deal on black ink, though.

While we were there we went to the food section.  We were going to pick up only a few things, but saw a lot of good deals.  I picked up a box of Pumpkin Spice flavored Life cereal.  According to a review I read it is supposed to taste like a pumpkin pie.  I am going to taste it tomorrow and see if that is true.

I also found my Chobani Almond Coco Loco yogurt.  And it was cheaper than it was at Shop Rite so I was happy.  I gave a container to Joe yesterday and he loved it.  But he can't eat too much because it has a lot of sugar from the chocolate and he's diabetic.

We also got some bacon wrapped herbed chicken breasts for dinner.  I made them with some  roasted potatoes and peas.  They were really good, but I splurged on them so we won't be having them very often.  They were expensive.  I just wanted something different.

 So another busy week ahead.  Hopefully more yard work tomorrow, Bible study Tuesday, VA Hospital and evening Bible study on Wednesday, going to Cairn University to recruit students to help with the youth ministry on Thursday.  Busy, busy.  And I love it.

Here's another one of my necklaces.  I don't wear it very often because it's bulky and heavy.  But I like it.  I actually got it at a flea market a few years ago.

And now it's time to go to bed so I can get up and busy tomorrow.  Have a good one everyone.


Saturday, August 20, 2016


Notice it says "cooler" not "cold".  I am not ready for cold weather, but I could use it just a mite cooler.  It only got up to 89*F today so the heat wave is broken.  But it's going up in the 90s for the next two days and then the high 80s.  At least it's better than it has been.

I went back to my knitting a couple of days ago.  I had to stop about a month ago because the arthritis in my hands and arms got too bad for me to handle the needles.  When I am in severe pain and have to take pills to be able to sleep, the knitting is not worth it.  But I am better now and will try to finish up before the next attack happens.  I never know when that will be.

I'm hoping that the third time's the charm.  I was doing it with thicker cotton yarn and larger needles.  It was coming along good and then I lost count.  I started messing up and the side started waving in and out instead of being straight.  So I ripped that out, bought new yarn and needles and started over.

The second shawl was made with smaller needles and finer yarn.  I was doing good, but had a hard time seeing the stitches because the yarn was so fine.  Then the arthritis happened.  When I went back to it, I had no idea what row I was on or what I was doing.  So I ripped it all out and started over.

Now I am using a little thicker yarn but the same small needles.  It is something I had and I have to get rid of some of the yarn I have in the house.  I have so much!  This time it is coming along beautifully.  I have still made some mistakes.  Some I was able to correct, some I ripped out rows to get to it to correct it.  But most I just fixed in the next row as best as I could.  I took some pictures of it so you can see.  Last night I finished part 2 of the 5 parts to this shawl.  It is the 2016 mystery shawl where you get part of the pattern each week for 5 weeks with no pictures so you have no idea what you are knitting until it's finished.  Since it was finished the end of June it now has a name -- Thistle Rambles.

I will show you each step as I finish it.  It should be interesting to see how it changes each time.

A side note here.  My brother Larry is celebrating an anniversary on his blog.  Stop on over to and wish him well.  I know he would appreciate it.

Until later...