Hello, friends! It has been another beautiful day here. And the temperatures are going to be in the high 70s to low 80s for the foreseeable future. It's like summer is still here and I am loving it.
It was another lazy day for me. I really have so much to do around here and I just can't seem to get the ambition to do anything. Instead I ended up watching two Hallmark movies today: Winter in Vail and Christmas at Holly Lodge. I have so much recorded waiting to be watched and I am trying to whittle some of it down. Right now as I am typing this I have on Halloween Wars. I am fascinated with pumpkin carvers. They put so much work into these amazing pieces knowing that in a few days it will start to rot away. I don't think I could do that. Give me something that would last like clay or wood or stone.
The other day Brenda commented on this blog asking me some questions and I thought I would answer her. Maybe these are things you were wondering about me too.
1. Have I always lived in Pennsylvania?
Yes. I was born in Philadelphia, grew up in Philadelphia, bought my house in Philadelphia, worked in Philadelphia and got married in Philadelphia. I have traveled many places, but have never wanted to live anywhere else. I think Philly is a wonderful place to live.
2. Where did I work?
For 20 years I worked as a Library Assistant for the Free Library of Philadelphia. I was fortunate to be assigned to three different libraries all of which were close to home. The farthest I worked was a half-hour drive away. Before that, I worked for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for 8 years. I published journals, books and pamphlets. I loved that job so much but was downsized out of a job. But one week after I lost that job, I began working for the library. God has a way of working those things out. I was also an administrative secretary for a law firm for 13 months, a Church Secretary for Tenth Presbyterian Church for 4 years, and a secretary for the Department of Defense for 4 years.
3. How did I meet Joe and when?
In 1988 I broke up with my boyfriend whom I had been dating for 7 years. The next year my best friend asked me if I was dating anyone. There was a new guy at her church (my former church) and she thought we would be great together. His name was Ed and he happened to be exactly 2 weeks older than me. So we met on a blind date after talking to each other on the phone for about a month. We hit it off and started going out with each other. After a few months Ed asked if I wanted to go to Bible Study with him. I thought about it and even though I had left that particular church, I decided I liked him enough to try it out. It was much better than I thought it would be and everyone greeted me warmly. There were some new people there that I didn't know: John (whom Joe and I are still friends with), Andy and his brother Joe (both with the Lord now), and my Joe. But I was with Ed and Joe was married.
Joe and I became friends. As time went on, Ed moved to Michigan for his job and when the pastor passed away, Bible study just sort of fell apart. But Joe and I stayed friends. Joe and his wife separated in 2001 and she divorced him because she did not want to be married to a Christian. Three years later we became engaged and got married in 2006. We knew each other 16 years before we married and we think that has made a difference in how well we get along. We weren't marrying a stranger!
If you have time to go back in time with me and read the first couple of months, you will see that I started this blog because I was very sick. I almost died, in fact. I was so tired of telling everyone what was going on with me, that I thought if I just wrote it somewhere once it would save me repeating it over and over. It sometimes amazes me that I am still alive 10 years later. However, I am now having some of the same problems I did 10 years ago. My esophagus bangs against my chest wall causing my heart to skip beats and making it hard to breathe. And now I am having problems swallowing again. I have a new gastro doctor since the last one was not helping me at all and I am having tests done. I have hope that he will see what is wrong and be able to help me even if it is having more surgery which I definitely don't want.
I hope this answers your questions, Brenda. Thanks for asking. If any of you want to ask me things, feel free.
Hope you all have a great night and a wonderful Friday tomorrow. Another week down.