Thursday, February 14, 2019

THE CREEPING CRUD


First Joe got sick on Saturday.  Then on Sunday afternoon I began feeling unwell.  By Sunday evening it was a full blown cold with scratchy throat, fever, chills, stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.  Joe is getting better.  I am not.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday and got some medication.  It works for some hours after I take it, but for several hours before my next dose I am feeling awful again.

Today I see a slight improvement.  This is the first day I actually got out of bed and into the shower.  Boy did I need it.  I feel like a human again, but a sick human.

It has been a nice Valentine's Day and Joe totally spoiled me, but I am too sick to tell you about it.  Give me a couple of days and I will be visiting you again and catching you up on things.

In the meantime I hope you all have a wonderful day today.

Kathy


Monday, February 11, 2019

THE FLOWERS HAVE OPENED!


I knew it was happening soon.  And yesterday it did.  The amaryllis opened.  This first picture is sort of dark.


I took the above picture last night, but wanted to get better pictures this morning.  And I did.  How pretty it is!




What's more, there are two more buds on the plant.


My hyacinth is beginning to turn brown.  It's life span is over.


But surprise!  There is another bud on the plant.  I have never seen a hyacinth bulb do this.  It's so exciting!


I'll keep you updated with these new blooms coming.

It is very cold today and we got some snow.  Not a lot, but it's supposed to be substantial tonight into tomorrow with some icing.  I was going to take the car into the garage, but I think it will wait until Wednesday.  I hope this is winter's last hurrah.

Stay warm!

Kathy





Sunday, February 10, 2019

SUNDAY PRAISE -- BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD ABOVE


Happy Sunday, friends.  Hope you are doing well on this cold Sunday morning.  As you go your way today, please pray for Joe who is very sick with a nasty cold.  At least that is what we think it is at the moment.  He is too sick to get to church this morning and I know he misses when he can't get there.

Today's opening hymn is "Before the Throne of God Above."  The words were written in 1863 by Charitie Less Bancroft (1841-1923).  She was born in Bloomfield, Merrion, County Dublin, and was the daughter of Rev. Sidney Smith of Drumragh County, Tyrone, Ireland.  In 1869 she married Arthur E. Bancroft.  She died in Oakland, California at the age of 82.

These words were originally set to the tune of "Sweet Hour of Prayer" but in 1997 Vikki Cook of Sovereign Grace Ministries wrote the music we use today and it became popular.

This beautiful hymn was to be used for communion and when studying I Peter 1 both of which were true for our service this morning.  I hope you listen to the words which are so meaningful.


Have a wonderful Sunday.



Saturday, February 9, 2019

AMARYLLIS



I thought I would show you how my amaryllis are doing.  The one that Joe gave me never did get a flower bulb.  It just has lots of leaves.


But the one Elaine gave me for Christmas is getting more beautiful each day.







Either later today or tomorrow the flowers should be opened completely.  I am so excited to see them.  I love these flowers.

I also bought a white hyacinth last week.  It was completely closed but now is so beautiful opened.






I'll be planting it outside as soon as it gets warmer.

Hope you enjoy seeing these little bits of spring.  Only 39 more days until it is officially here.  I can't wait for the warmer temperatures.  It has gone back into the 30s here this weekend.  I'm so tired of it being below freezing.

Kathy







Tuesday, February 5, 2019

WHAT I'M READING 2019/01 - THE FORGOTTEN DOOR BY ALEXANDER KEY



Welcome to the first book of 2019.  This book is one my sister and I both read as a child.  We were talking about books a few months back and this one came up.  I looked it up on Amazon and bought it for my Kindle.  I don't remember how much I paid for it, but it was ridiculously low.

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Alexander Key also wrote "Escape to Witch Mountain" which I'm sure some of you have read or at least heard of.

"The Forgotten Door" was published in 1965 and was a very popular book.  At least among our friends.  Everyone was reading it.  The story is about Little Jon, a boy who is watching shooting stars with his family on top of a hill.  He steps back and falls through a "door" to another planet (earth).  He hits his head and when he wakes up he doesn't remember what happened.  All he can remember is his name and that he fell through a door.  He is in a forest and doesn't see any doors around there.  He finds he is able to communicate telepathically with a doe and fawn and follows them to a farm where the farmer shoots at the doe and tries to capture the "wild boy" Jon.  He escapes and makes his way to a road where he is picked up by a wonderful family.  Thomas Bean is the father.  His wife is Mary and they have two children:  Brooks and Sally.

After a few days Jon is able to teach himself English by reading the minds of the family and begins talking to them.  What he tells them only makes the mystery deepen.  The first farmer who tried to capture Jon wants to take him away to be studied.  The town becomes fearful of the "wild boy" and tries to put him in captivity.  Even the military gets involved.  Only the Bean family and a few of their friends see him as a child that needs help.  But helping him puts the Beans and their friends in danger.  Jon is definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time and it frightens the community.  It has a very exciting ending.

The book is fairly short and a quick read.  Once you start reading it, you get caught up in Little Jon's adventures and want to see what happens next.  The book is a product of its time with references to the Cold War and attacks from Communist countries, but it is easy to overlook this because the story reads so well.  If you get a chance to read this,  it is definitely worth it even though it is a children's book.  You won't be sorry.

Monday, February 4, 2019

CHINESE NEW YEAR -- THE YEAR OF THE EARTH PIG


Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Happy New Year!  And welcome to the Year of the Pig.  This is in fact the year of the Earth Pig.  People born in this year (1959, 2019) are good at socializing and maintaining relationships.

The pig is the 12th in the 12 year Chinese Zodiac cycle.  It is a sign that signifies wealth.  People who are born in the year of the pig tend to be considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic.  They show generosity and mercy to others.  However, they are lazy at times.

This Year of the Pig is a year of fortune and luck.  It is a great year to make money and to invest.

Having said all of that the people who know me know that I take this all in fun and don't believe any of it.  But having a Chinese heritage I always celebrate.

And we did today.  Joe was the speaker at the nursing home today.  We picked up Rick and went together.    After the service, we headed to the Chinese buffet for dinner.  I haven't been there in so long and it was great to get some of their good food.  I had sushi (even though that is Japanese), chicken and broccoli, and glass noodles (rice noodles).  I had one dumpling but it wasn't very good.  The dough was too thick.  We got there in time to have the lunch special and saved some money.

Needless to say, we were too full for dinner.  But that was fine.  I will have what I planned for today for tomorrow's dinner.

I didn't get to see the Lion Parade in person, but here's some pictures I got from google of this year's celebrations.  You can see the Peace Gate which straddles 10th Street in the second picture.  I love that gate!






The parade is always very colorful and very loud!  Lots of firecrackers going off all over the place.

And now I have to get going and do some things before I go to bed.  It's been a long day.  Hope you have a good evening.

Kathy




Saturday, February 2, 2019

HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY




Hello, friends!  Our friend Punxsutawney Phil was pulled from his burrow in Gobbler's Knob this morning.


Poor Phil.  I always feel sorry for our little groundhog.  He was sound asleep and suddenly some man grabs him and pulls him out of his bed.  I wouldn't like it if someone did that to me!


Most of the time Phil sees his shadow.  How can he not with all the lights and cameras flashing at him.


But our boy Phil was on our side this year.  He didn't see his shadow and told us there will be an early spring.  After all this cold weather we've had the past week this is good news!  Thanks, Phil!



Kathy








Friday, February 1, 2019

WELCOME FEBRUARY



Welcome to February!  The long cold January is a thing of the past.  I hope February treats us better.  It began with a temperature of 6*F (-14*C).  Joe asked me to drive him to pick up some packages.  When we went out it was snowing.  And it snowed all day.  A nice light snow, but it accumulated about one inch.  So much better than so many places in the U.S. and Canada.  

I was bundled up and in the car and still felt as if I wasn't wearing anything.  The cold went right through all my clothing.  Even though I was wearing thick thermal gloves, when I got into the house and pulled them off my hands were freezing cold.

We had a snow squall the other day and I took a picture of that.  It went from clear to white out conditions in a matter of minutes.  So glad I wasn't driving and so sad my sister was.





But now the worst of it is over.  It is going up to 38*F (3*C) tomorrow and by next Tuesday it is predicted to be 61*F (16*C).  It's crazy weather for sure!

I had fried flounder, tater tots and salad for dinner tonight.  It was really good.

And now I have to go finish the dishes and do a few more things before I go to bed.  I'm really tired.  I think the cold takes a lot out of a person.  Hope you all have a good night.

Kathy