Monday, June 27, 2016


Another busy day yesterday.  I went to bed around 4:00 a.m. and woke up around 6:30 a.m.  Not a lot of sleep.  I was cleaning and I was on a roll.  But I should have gone to bed.

I got up and immediately got my pork roast in the oven so I could get it partially cooked before I went to church.  I got showered and dressed and went to pick up my friend Donna to take her to church.  She brought a strawberry shortcake and corn.  I went back home and got the roast and a four-bean salad.

Joe had an asthma attack that morning.  I think it was aggravated by the grass cutting he did on Saturday.  So he wasn't able to go to church.  He was very disappointed because he had been looking forward to this all week.  But after he took his medication, he had to go to sleep.

We had a crowd at church -- well, for us.  Pastor Ralph gave the message.  He is a candidate to be our pastor.  I always enjoy his messages.

I didn't get to hear all of the message, however, because I was running downstairs to see how the meal was going.  Dorothea and Genny spent most of the service down there.  I didn't because I tape the services and had to keep an eye on the camera.  When I went downstairs there was a big commotion around the stove.  Here the oven was on "keep warm" and only 120*.  They had just pushed it up to 375* and bake.  My roast wasn't finished cooking so we didn't know if there would be enough time for it to finish.  (When Genny did cut it, the outside was done, but not the inside.  We put the slices into the microwave for 2 minutes and finished cooking the pinker parts and put the roast back into the oven.  By the time I went to refill the plate, the rest of the meat had finished cooking.)

The luncheon in our Fellowship Hall was really nice.  There was lots of good food and everything tasted wonderful.  Genny brought green beans that were so delicious.  I got her recipe from her and am going to try to recreate them.

It was nice to get to know the pastor and his wife better.  If they don't get called, I will be very surprised.  Everyone likes them.

My other friend, Donna A., was there also.  She loaned me three books by Francine Rivers.  Wow.  I will be reading for a long time.  They are all very thick.  She said there was no hurry getting them back to her.  That's good because it's going to take me awhile to read them.

You know what I did when I went home.  I laid down for "a few minutes" and woke up hours later.  *sigh*  But I guess I needed it.

We just had sandwiches for dinner.  But now I'm hungry.  So even though it's about 4:30 a.m. I am going to take my thyroid medicine early.  I have to have two hours before and at least one hour after the medicine with no food.  So if I take it now, I will be able to eat by 6:00 a.m.  It's tough working around that dose, but it's only once a day.  It's especially tough when you are hungry as I am now.

I'm going to go.  Lots of cleaning to do today and I'm hoping to get to the library.

Until later...



Saturday, June 25, 2016


The last few days have not been very good for me.  It began with a recurring dream I have where I am in a doctor's office waiting room.  I look around and see all these people I know who are now dead.  Then my former doctor (who is retired) walks in.  I try to talk to him but he doesn't answer me.  I then ask him if I am dead.  He turns to me and smiles and I then wake up.  I have had this same dream about five times now -- each time with different people in the waiting room.  It's very disturbing and unnerving.  So after that, I didn't want to go back to sleep even though it was very early in the morning.

A lot of things happened to me on Friday including hurting my back while food shopping and having to sit in the store's restaurant for 15-20 minutes and then banging my head on the freezer door at home while putting the food away.  It was in the same spot that the window fell on me at church two weeks ago and this time I drew blood.  Yuck.

Today Joe went over to church to cut the grass.  Jim, one of our friends from church, came also.  They got the worst of it done but it was so hot that they couldn't do all of it.  I had dropped Joe off and when I came back to pick him up I found him in Fellowship Hall drinking lemonade.  Jim was out cutting grass, but there was a big cup of lemonade for him too.  I finally got them to finish and took Joe home.  He was really wiped out.  I'm glad he doesn't have to preach tomorrow.

I was in a hurry to get home because I was going to a birthday party for my former supervisor at the library, Donna.  As I'm getting ready to leave I get a phone call from my friend Carol who is Jim's wife.  Joe had taken Jim's keys home and he couldn't drive his car -- he had to walk and leave the car in the church's parking lot.  So on my way to the restaurant for the party I dropped the keys off to Carol.

I'm not sure exactly where Carol lives, so I'm looking at the house numbers as I drive up the street.  All of a sudden I hear a pop and then a car alarm goes off.  My car's mirror had hit the mirror of a parked car.  What else can happen?  It turned out to be Carol and Jim's next-door neighbor.  We looked at the cars and there wasn't even a scratch.  The mirror on her car had just folded in.  So everything seemed to be OK.  I hope.

I then went to pick up the birthday girl, Donna.  I tried to get down the street where I was to meet her and the street was blocked by police cars and vans.  I drove around the block and they had moved so I was able to get Donna and we went to the China Buffet.

We were the first ones there.  Then Diane showed up.  I was so happy to see everyone again.  We had invited Lucille who used to be the head librarian at the Richmond Library where I used to work.  She was before my time, although I do know her.  We didn't tell Donna because we wanted to surprise her.  Wouldn't you know she started asking if anyone had heard from Lucille and what was happening with her.  Uh....  She was really surprised and so happy when Lucille showed up!

We took only a couple of pictures.  We were too busy talking and eating.  We even stayed over an hour after we finished eating and had paid our bill.  We were having such a lovely conversation and didn't want it to end.

Donna the birthday girl, Diane and Lucille.

 Donna, me and Lucille.

It was so much fun and I really needed this break.  I am enjoying retirement but miss my friends so much.

I drove Donna and Diane home and then went to ShopRite to get lemonade for the covered dish luncheon tomorrow.  It was on sale so I got that and fruit punch along with iced tea for here at home.

And now it is late and I have to get some sleep before it is time to get up and go to church.  Busy day tomorrow.  We have the candidate for our new pastor and his wife coming to speak, a covered dish luncheon and a question and answer session.  Then another friend of our is being ordained into the denomination in Quakertown in the evening.  That's over an hour drive away.  I'll be ready for a break on Monday. 

Before I go, here's the link to Joe's message from last Sunday.  It's 35 minutes in length and probably his best message to date.

Have a good Sunday.


Friday, June 24, 2016


Here we are again with another glimpse of Philly.

Who else would you call when you want to buy or sell a house?  You get a realitter.

The Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.  Tacony is a neighborhood in Philly.  Palmyra is a town in New Jersey.  And here you see the beautiful Delaware River.  The bridge is so close to me that I can see it from my house.

But we in Philadelphia know what a Wawa is.  Named after Wawa, Pennsylvania, it is the best convenience store in the country.  It's logo is the wawa goose.

Name and logo. The chain's name comes from the site of the company's first milk plant and corporate headquarters in the Wawa, Pennsylvania area. The name of the town Wawa is in turn derived from the Ojibwe word for the Canada goose (taken from The Song of Hiawatha).

Have a good day!