Friday, April 21, 2017

A BUSY WEEK



I am so enjoying my Spring this year.  The weather has been so nice.

This has been such a busy week.  Well, the last three weeks have been busy.  When I look at my planner there are no white spaces on any day.  I need a break!

So let me continue from yesterday and tell you about my week.

Monday:  Early in the morning... well, early for me... I was scheduled for a stress test.  I knew there was nothing wrong with my heart but my cardiologist wanted to explore every angle and so scheduled one.  My appointment was for 8:00 a.m. and I was the third one there.  Every 15 to 30 minutes another person would come in.  By the afternoon (yes, afternoon) there were 12 people and the nurses were bringing out folding chairs because we had run out of places to sit.  I was there for 5 hours.  I had taken some catalogs that had come in the mail with me to look at.  I knew I couldn't concentrate enough to read a book.  As I'm sitting there I hear a man and woman behind me introduce themselves to each other (Jim and Sue) and start talking.  I'm not really listening until I hear him say he works for the city and he's about to retire.  Wait a minute!  I turned around and told him I had worked for the city and I had just retired.  So I joined in their conversation.  More and more people came in.  Everyone was so nice and friendly and we ended up having a "party" of sorts.  We laughed.  We kidded each other.  There was one test that had to be done both before and after the actual stress test where you sat in a chair that moved slowly in a circle while a machine took pictures of your heart.  Sue started saying that everyone should have their tickets ready for the ride.  Sue and I talked a lot.  She is a really nice person.  You couldn't eat or drink until after the stress test and so as each person came out they were allowed to get lunch.  The rest of us were saying, "What are you eating?  Oh, that looks so good."  When I went back for my test the nurse asked what was going on out in the waiting room.  I said, "We're having a party."  She said, "I can tell.  I've never heard so much laughter going on.  I want to be invited."  All in all it made the experience so much better.  Everyone went back for their test relaxed and happy.

I was supposed to get the chemical stress test but the doctor insisted I get onto the treadmill.  I told him about my knees and he said he would take it easy on me and not incline it.  OK.  So I started.  At first it was OK but then they made it go faster and I couldn't keep up.  Then I heard a "pop" and my knee went out.  I cried out, "Ow!  My knee!" and I had to stop walking.  I almost fell off of the machine.  The nurse quickly stopped it.  So they made me sit down and do the chemical test.  I asked if they could make it slower.  Much slower.  And was told that was the slowest it went.  Believe me, I would much rather have walked then have the chemicals, but you can only do what you can do.

I got out of there around 1:00 p.m. and went to Wawa which is a block away.  I got something to eat and an iced tea.  The technician told me to drink caffeine to make me feel better after having had the chemicals in me.  Then I headed to the garage to put my car in.  I ended up sitting in the shop for about an hour eating my food and looking at the rest of my catalogs.  (6 more in the recycling.  Whoo hoo!)

It turned out that the sensor in the tire had gotten bent and fell off when I started driving fast on the highway.  The extra weight in the tire made them unbalanced which is why the car was shaking.  And then when I really got up speed and it was bouncing around inside the tire that was when the check tire light went on.  They gave me another type of sensor which is attached to the valve stem and won't come off.  It now drives like a new car.  I'm very happy.

I spent the rest of the day sleeping because I really didn't feel good.  So Joe called out for dinner and got me a fried chicken platter that I like from Old English Pizza around the corner from us.  What a guy.

Tuesday:  I woke up around 2 a.m. as I usually do, but instead of going back to bed I realized I had never finished studying for my Bible study lesson that morning.  I hadn't printed my handouts either.  Oops!  I was just so out of it on Monday.  So guess what I was doing from 2-4 a.m.  And it turned out great.  We had a really good Bible Study with lots of interaction which I really like.  I think that's a sign of a good study.  I don't want to lecture them.  I think everyone should be able to think about it and make it their own.

The flowers in the church yard are gorgeous and all blooming now.  Here's some pictures I took for you.



The dogwood in the church yard is starting to bloom too.  It's such a pretty tree.
 

Here's one of the neighbor's in full bloom.  I love dogwoods.
 

I also forgot to show you the flowers I got for Easter last Saturday.  They are so pretty and I have to get them into the yard soon.




And Joe and I went to the farm.  Here's what I got:

 Red cabbage, a rutabaga, 4 shallots, asparagus and 2 baguettes.

I knew I had forgotten something last time.

Tuesday afternoon I had an appointment with my gastroenterologist.  I went to where I thought the office was and I was in the wrong place.  So I had to call Joe and ask him where I was going.  When I got there, I couldn't figure out how to get into the parking lot, made a wrong turn and almost got hit.  God was really looking out for me.  I got there only 5 minutes late.  Everything is good with me.  Just need to see him sometime next year.

Wednesday:  Joe had Physical Therapy but his allergies are still bothering him so much that he cancelled.  He'll just do the exercises at home and go today.  We did go to Bible study though.  He slept most of the day and so was up to teaching.  And he did a good job too.

Thursday:  I just couldn't get myself together in the morning.  I watched TV, read blogs and generally just napped off and on.  Too much running around I guess.  I did get a phone call from the cardiologist that everything was great with my echo tests and with the stress test.  I knew it would be.

There was an Elders' Meeting last night at the parsonage.  I took Joe and brought my knitting.  I get a lot done when all I can do is sit there waiting.

And that brings us up to today.  Carolyn's uncle died and the funeral is today.  So Pastor and Carolyn won't be at church.  Both Carol and I have keys so whoever gets there first will open up for the Crafter's meeting.  More knitting, chatting and enjoying.  

Then in the afternoon I will take Joe for his Physical Therapy.  I think this may be the last one. He is supposed to have one more week, but we are going away to the Annual Conference of the Bible Fellowship Church next week which is being held in the Pocono Mountains.  It's two hours away and Joe is a delegate so he will be in meetings all day.

I am so tired, but am looking forward to getting away.  The worship at the Conference is incredible.  And this year instead of staying at Pinebrook we got a hotel room nearby for the three nights we are there.  Joe and I really need the handicapped bars in the bathroom and the hard mattresses made it so painful for me that I couldn't sleep much last year.  Of course Joe loves a hard mattress and actually can sleep on anything.  The hotel is only 5 minutes from the Conference Center so we will easily be able to go back and forth as needed.  We are taking our meals at Pinebrook so we will be able to interact with all of our friends there.  

I am hoping that during some of the sessions that I can't participate in I can go shopping.  I found a store online that is nearby that I really want to check out.  They have novelty gifts and I have a bunch of friends having birthdays soon.  I thought it would be fun to give them something they wouldn't get in a regular store.  

Also, there is a Japanese/Chinese restaurant that we want to go to the last night for dinner.  It's called Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse.  They serve sushi, hibachi dishes and Chinese food.  Joe and I love sushi and hibachi so it sounds perfect.  It got really good reviews too. 

Of course you know I will be taking you all along with me.  What fun would a trip be without having all of my friends join in?

And now I have to run and get myself ready for today.  Hope you all have a great day.

Kathy

 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CATCHING UP ON THE WEEKEND


It has been really nice weather.  Spring is definitely here.  And maybe a bit of Summer since it's been in the 80s a few days.  Wait until you see my temperature afghan this month.  There's some pink in it!  And not a bit of the 40 degree blues.

And with all the nice weather has come another very busy week.  Oh my you should see my planner.  Every day is chock full of stuff.  I'm having trouble finding time to breathe!  And forget about the yard and the house.  Although I have to get on that today.

Let me get you caught up on what's been going on.

Friday:  I finally finished decorating for Easter.  I don't know why but I really wasn't up to it this year.  I put almost nothing out.  Well, at least now it will be easier to undecorate.


I found this cute gold bunny at Family Dollar.  And I took a little mason jar to put some chocolate speckled eggs into.
 
 It's not Easter unless I put out at least one of the Easter eggs Joe has bought me.  The bunny on the left came from Rite Aid last year and the one on the right I found at One Dollarzone a few weeks ago.

We went to the Good Friday Service.  Several people got up to read scripture (me included) and we sang some hymns.  Pastor gave a meditation and then we left.   That brings us to...

Saturday:  In the morning I was at the Cardiologist's office to have an echo cardiogram and a scan of my carotid arteries.  It took a lot longer than I thought it would (about 45 minutes) but at least it's not painful.  Waiting for the results now.

Believe it or not it was back to church in the afternoon.  I had the bulletins for the Sunrise Service and the Morning Worship Service along with some brochures I had made up to give out to any visitors.  The church was beautifully decorated.













I didn't get much sleep that night because I was working on getting together a Sunday School lesson and making a French toast casserole for the next day.  I got about 2 1/2 to 3 hours sleep.  Not good.

Sunday:  It's Easter!  The day began with Sunrise Service.  What a lovely service sitting in the open worshiping God.  I was late getting there.  I dropped Joe off and then went to find parking.  I also had the French toast casserole with me for the breakfast we had afterwards so I had to take that into the church before I walked back to the lot we have.  But I was there for most of it and it was wonderful.

After the service we had breakfast at church.  I left Joe there and ran home to print out the Sunday School lesson in case any kids showed up and get my Bible and other things I had left at home.  Then I went back to church to have something to eat.

The morning worship service saw more people show up.  It was very nice.  And since it started a half hour earlier than usual, we got out earlier.  That was good because I was headed to my sister Elaine's house.  We had made reservations for a restaurant called The Black River Barn near her house which was having a fantastic Easter brunch.


Carole and Walt came with me for the dinner.  Joe wasn't feeling well and stayed home.  It was a nice drive.  Even though it was still 2 hours, it seemed really short because I had someone to talk to.  Usually Joe sleeps on the way up.

The restaurant was right near Elaine's house so we went there first and then she drove us over for dinner.


It was very crowded.  Very.  Fortunately we had reservations because we would never have gotten in otherwise.  They gave us a table by the outdoor deck.  It was nice because we could see the Black River out of the window.  It was beautiful.  Too bad it was raining.




It was a huge buffet with everything imaginable.  I had roasted chicken, barbecued spare ribs, herbed roasted potatoes, salad, cheese tortellini and penne pasta in marinara.  For dessert I had a mini apple turnover, a piece of lemon pound cake and two almond cookies.  I also had a tiny piece of salmon for dessert.  Elaine was raving about it and I had to try it.  I was sorry I was so full because I would have gone back and gotten a whole piece.  It was wonderful!

The rain had let up by the time we were finished eating, so I got a few pictures before we left.




 There are so many pretty mountains where Elaine lives.  You sure don't see those in Philly.

We went back to Elaine's house for a little bit before we left to go home.  I wanted to let the food settle.  And believe me by this time I was ready to go to sleep.  But I couldn't.  I had a 2 hour drive in front of me.

Elaine always decorates her house so nicely.  It has been years since I've seen her Easter decorations because she usually comes down here for Easter.  She couldn't this year because of her work obligations, so that is why we went up there.


This is one of the cutest things I have seen in awhile.  She had a whole shelf of stuffed bunnies on her hutch.  I gave her a cute little purple bunny this year so she can add it to the collection.
 

This is her dining room table.
 

I know this must be Lenox.  So pretty.
 

I absolutely loved the wreath on her front door!

We left around 5:30 p.m. so it was still light to drive home.  I hate doing that long drive in the dark.  It was a pleasant drive home also.  I'm sorry Joe didn't get to go, but I was so glad I did.  I really needed this and was happy to spend time with my sister.

The only problem the entire day was that every time I got any kind of speed on my car the front began to shake.  Hard.  I had just had the tires changed and the rear end aligned.  Carole and Walt said it felt as if the front tires weren't balanced.  So I knew I had to call the garage the next morning.

And with that I think I will end this post.  It's getting kind of long.  I'll continue with the rest of the week tomorrow.  I apologize for not getting to read your blogs this week.  Life happens.  I hope to get some reading done today.

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Kathy
 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

HAPPY EASTER


“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! 
Luke 24:5-6

Saturday, April 15, 2017

GOOD FRIDAY


AND CAN IT BE
by Charles Wesley
published 1738

  1. And can it be that I should gain
    An int’rest in the Savior’s blood?
    Died He for me, who caused His pain—
    For me, who Him to death pursued?
    Amazing love! How can it be,
    That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me? 
  2.  
    • Refrain:
      Amazing love! How can it be,
      That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?
    •  
  3. ’Tis myst’ry all: th’ Immortal dies:
    Who can explore His strange design?
    In vain the firstborn seraph tries
    To sound the depths of love divine.
    ’Tis mercy all! Let earth adore,
    Let angel minds inquire no more.
  4.  
  5. He left His Father’s throne above—
    So free, so infinite His grace—
    Emptied Himself of all but love,
    And bled for Adam’s helpless race:
    ’Tis mercy all, immense and free,
    For, O my God, it found out me!
  6.  
  7. Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
    Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
    Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray—
    I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
    My chains fell off, my heart was free,
    I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
  8.  
  9. No condemnation now I dread;
    Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
    Alive in Him, my living Head,
    And clothed in righteousness divine,
    Bold I approach th’ eternal throne,
    And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

We had a beautiful and meaningful Good Friday service last night.  And now we wait for Easter.


Friday, April 14, 2017

MAUNDY THURSDAY

Last evening we celebrated Maundy Thursday -- the evening Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover before He went to be crucified.  We had a special service where Joe presented a Seder showing how it displayed Christ (Christ in the Passover).  He did such a good job.  Yesterday was the first day he actually felt like himself again.  He is still blowing his nose a lot, but he is so much better.

I did not film it, but I took some pictures of what was going on.  I lit the candles and said the Jewish prayer but no one got a shot of that.


Joe reading the opening prayer and telling about the Seder plate.
 

And here's the plate.  It has six elements:  bitter herbs (parsley dipped in salt water to represent hardship and tears), horseradish, romaine lettuce, charoset (made with chopped apples, dates, apricots, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon) which represents the mortar used with the bricks the enslaved Jews made, a shank bone for the Passover lamb, and a roasted egg.
 

Joe did a really good job of explaining things to us.
 
 This is what the matzah was in.  I forget what it is called.  I know there is another silk envelope inside with a broken piece of matzah in it.  It represents the broken body of Christ.  It is hidden and then we had to look for it.



Carolyn was the youngest person there so she had to play the role of the child and ask the four questions.
 

Another shot of Joe.  He had lost his yamaka so at the last minute I quickly crocheted one for him.  And I do mean the last minute.
 
 Carolyn found the hidden matzah and Joe gave her money to redeem it.  He had to pay a price as Christ paid a price to redeem us.

It was all so fascinating.  After Joe explained the four cups of wine (grape juice in our case), he said this is where Jesus would have said, "This is my body...this is my blood" and we had communion service.

It was such a beautiful service and so meaningful.  I'm so glad Joe was up to doing it.  Now we are getting ready to go to church for our Good Friday Service.  I'll be telling you about that tomorrow.

Kathy