Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Saturday was Joe's birthday.  I wanted to make it a special day for him.  I was going to take him out for breakfast, but it was also the day of the Ladies Brunch.  So I ended up giving him breakfast in bed before I hurried off.

I had given Joe his gift earlier in the month.  I got him an air purifier.  He was suffering with his allergies and I thought this would help him.  What a difference it has made!   He is breathing so much better.

Joe got a lot of cards and phone calls all day.  It really made him feel good.


In the evening our friends Carole and Walt took us to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  They even got him a Cracker Barrel gift card for a gift so the dinner was really on them.

Here's the birthday boy!

Cracker Barrel is one of Joe's favorites. 

It was hard to decide what to have.

I was looking at some things in the store after we ate, but everyone was in a hurry to leave, so I didn't get anything.  I do like their clothes though.

I haven't felt all that well today.  I'm so tired.  I fell asleep around 5 p.m. and woke up at 10:30 p.m.  No dinner for me tonight.  I just had a snack so I could take my medicine and I'm going back to sleep.  Hope I feel better tomorrow.

See you then.



Monday, May 22, 2017


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On Saturday we had our second annual Ladies Brunch at church.  Last year when Genny and I decided to do something fun with the ladies of the church we were hoping this brunch would become an annual thing.  So I was very happy that we had our second brunch this year.

I had gone to church on Friday afternoon to decorate.  It was very simple, but I thought looked very nice.

I was a little late getting to the brunch.  It was the same day as Joe's birthday and I had made him breakfast in bed.  But I was only about 7 minutes late so it wasn't too bad.  Everyone had begun to eat by the time I got there though.

 Our very talented Dorothea made all of the food.  There were scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, fried potatoes with cheese and french toast casserole.  On the other table there were the beverages, a fruit salad and rice pudding she had made along with lemon blueberry bread that I had made.  Everything was delicious!

All the ladies enjoyed it and we all enjoyed each other's company too.

After we finished eating I introduced our guest speaker, Vonnie Allen.  She is the wife of one of our denomination's pastors and a great speaker.  She spoke on finding peace in the midst of life's storms.  It was a great message.  I was so glad she was able to come.

It was a wonderful day.  Don't worry about the guys being left out, though.  Next month there's the Men's Breakfast.


Sunday, May 21, 2017


Or at least it has been this week.  We had a mini heatwave here.  For three days it was above 90* (32*C.)... 91*on Wednesday and then 93* the next two days.  Saturday it was only 76* (24*C.) so it felt cold in comparison.  We don't have our air conditioner set up yet so you know those fans were going.  At least the humidity wasn't too bad.

I know I've been missing in action lately but I have just not had the time for blogging.  Or even vlogging although I did try at one point.  But all I got was 30 seconds of me saying "Hi" so I gave it up as a lost cause.  I will show you what I've been up to though.

Tuesday I had my Ladies Bible Study in the morning.  We are still in the book of Colossians.  I had studied and read and studied some more.  I wrote out my lesson and ended up not even getting to bed on Monday night because I was typing it up and I fell asleep sitting up with my hands on the keys of the computer.  When I woke up some hours later, I finished it and printed it out.  Then I got myself together to go to Bible Study.  It turned out to be a really good lesson.  But you know I ended up sleeping the entire afternoon.

So as a result I did not get out to take care of my garden as I planned to do.  I wanted to do it before it got too hot.  The best laid plans and all...

But it is looking nice and I took some pictures for you.

The patio and the yard.  I really have to get out there and clean up.

My chives are flowering.  I always think they are so pretty.  I've been told I can eat chive flowers but I never have.

My irises are blooming.

The pink roses.

The red roses.

 This is Joe's favorite.  It's sort of peachy.

I am looking forward to getting this all cleaned up and being able to spend some time in the yard.

Wednesday began our heat wave and let me tell you I was HOT.  I seldom am bothered by the heat, but this was bad.  When it came to dinner, I told Joe I just couldn't do it.  So we went to Hibachi Grill for dinner.  Joe wanted American food so he had roast pork, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob.  But I wanted Asian food so I had sushi, sweet and sour chicken, chicken wings, chicken on a stick and spring rolls.  That's why we like this place.  You can get anything you want.  They even have spaghetti and lasagna there.  And then there's the desserts.  And the fruit!  And ice cream! 

Thursday and Friday we spent with Joe's doctors at the VA Hospital.  He is doing much better so that's a good thing!

Thursday I heard from my doctor who had the results of my MRI.  A slight abnormality was found in the back of my brain.  Clot?  Tumor?  Shadow?  They don't know.  But it's very tiny and if they thought it was something life threatening, it would be taken care of immediately.  So they will do another scan in three months (August).  And here I thought I was done with it.  My doctor is the best, though, so I know if she thought it was serious she would be all over the techs and sending me somewhere else.  She told me not to stress over it but if anything changes with how I feel I'm to tell her immediately.  So here you go my praying friends.  You now have something to pray about for me.  I'm praying that when they do the second scan they will not find anything there.  I've seen it happen with other people, and I know God can do the same for me.

Friday afternoon I went to church and decorated the tables for the Ladies Brunch that was held yesterday.  I think it all turned out very nice.  I will be doing a separate post on that.  And on Joe's birthday which was also yesterday.

And now I think I had better go to bed or I will not be able to get up for church in another 7 hours.  I'm very tired so I know I will go right to sleep.

Take care, everyone and have a wonderful Sunday.



Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I am still experiencing episodes of dizziness so my doctor suggested I get an MRI of my brain to see if anything showed up.  We don't expect to find anything, but she is a very cautious doctor.  First she sent me to get my esophagus checked, then my heart.  Now this is the next step.

I have had MRIs before.  I had two on my lower back, one on my knees and one on my breast.  I am not a fan of going into a tube where I feel as if I am being buried alive.  At one point when I was having my back done, I told the tech to take me out NOW! and I had to go to an open one where I could look out the side and see a way of escape.

Needless to say I was not looking forward to this test.  My doctor gave me a very mild sedative to take, but it turned out that I had to drive myself so I couldn't take it.  That made me even more nervous.

But I didn't have anything to worry about.  The receptionist and tech were so nice and kind to me.  They put me at ease.  And when I saw the machine, I was fine.  I have not had an MRI for about 15 years and things have definitely changed for the better.  Instead of being put in a coffin like tube, this looked more like a CT scan machine, a fat doughnut.  It was called an "open door" MRI.  And the tech was no longer in another room, she was at a desk in the same room just behind a pane of glass and was able to talk to me and I to her in between the scans.

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Although this picture shows someone getting their leg done, it gives you an idea of how much shorter the tube is and how much wider the hole.  Before the machine was almost touching me.  

I found I wasn't nervous at all.  The tech told me it was 20 minutes, but it didn't seem that long.  I was counting when she would say, "This test is 4 1/2 minutes." or "Now this is 50 seconds."  I counted 15 minutes so I guess I was off.

Now it's just the waiting for the results.  I am to call the doctor on Friday to see what is going on.

Sometimes I just get myself all upset over nothing.  I need to trust God more to get me through things.

On the way home I stopped into Royal Farms and got chicken for lunch.  I figured after going through that I would treat myself.  Oh that chicken is so good!

MAY @ 8 P.M.
Here it is the middle of May and I haven't showed you any pictures.  I have not been very good about getting them, but I do have some to show you.

 May 2

May 5

 May 8

May 11

As you can tell, a lot of May has been overcast and rainy.  But this week we are having beautiful weather with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.  Ah....!

Have a nice evening everyone.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017


I haven't been on here much this week.  I've been very busy running to doctor appointments and church and just generally living life.  And I haven't been all that creative.  But I didn't want you to think I had disappeared, so I did the lazy thing and made a vlog for you today as I ran my errands.  I hope you enjoy it.

After I got home I put all my things out and made this video to show you my haul.

That was fun.  I hope you didn't mind my lazy way of doing a blog post.  Have a good day everyone.



Monday, May 8, 2017


I was going through my pictures the other day looking for something new and wonderful to show you and I came across my flower show pictures.  This happened in March and I never got them posted.  Oh well, I have something for today.

Joe and I love the Flower Show.  It is an annual event put on by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.  When the Flower Show comes to town you know that Spring can't be far behind.

It is always HUGE and can take hours to walk around it.  The last time we went the theme was Paris.  You can see those pictures here. 

 I had taken so many pictures that I posted it in four parts.  This year I knew with my bad back and knees that I couldn't make it all the way around so there aren't that many shots. If you click on the picture, you can see it larger.  The theme this year was Holland.

This was the bridge that formed the entrance to the exhibits.  Notice the flowers along the top of it.  Since Holland is full of canals, it is also full of bridges and the exhibitors took full advantage of this.  There were lots of bridges shown.

This was in the side of the bridge at the entrance.  Yes, there was lots of water too.

And when you entered, there were flowers hanging from the ceiling.

There were lots of windmills too.  Of course.

These trees changed color -- red, blue, green and yellow.

 There were wildflowers...

And, of course, tulips.  All kinds of tulips.  I didn't realize there were so many varieties.

This was a cool exhibit.  It had a huge nest in it with pillows where you could sit.

It also had this kind of basket weaving which wound all over the place.

And ended up with another seating area.

This brick bridge had bicycles on it.  You know the Dutch love to bicycle everywhere.

A courtyard with another bicycle.

Isn't this a pretty tablescape?  I can see me sitting down there for a nice afternoon tea break.  Or even lunch.

This is our friend, Bill Schaeffer.  He did the flowers for our wedding.  He's so good and always wins awards for his work.

 Can you tell his exhibit gave homage to the bicycle?  I don't know how he balanced them like that.

Beautiful roses.

I loved this water feature.

Another exhibit which was strange, but beautiful.  These flowers are inside of a metal basket hanging in the air.

There was some art work made entirely out of flowers or grasses.  It reminded me of the Rose Bowl Parade.
 This "painting" had a carved bird in it.

And these were all bicycle gears.

I loved this pretty little walkway.
 This bridge was made out of bicycle parts.

A metal flower.

The waterfall was just beautiful.

 Another shot of the metal flower.

Such a peaceful little garden.  I think I could have spent a lot of time there.

I hope you enjoyed going along with me to the show.  Now I have to go out and work on my garden.  I think I've gotten some ideas from these pictures.

Have a great day everyone.