Tuesday, November 14, 2023


 Hello, everyone.  So nice to see you again.  I hope you are having a great day.  Here the sun is shining and in the morning it comes right in the front window and into my eyes where I am sitting on the sofa.  That is a good thing since it lifts my spirits and makes me feel better.

I am off to Bible Study this morning.  Last night I wrote up the handout I am giving today.  It is from the YouTube channel The Bible Recap.  Although I am teaching from Matthew 11 today, I just began handing out these recaps and so today I am giving them Matthew 2.  What an interesting chapter about the wise men!  I learned some things and was reminded of others.  I hope my class finds it as interesting as I did.

When I went to print my handout and notes for the class, it wouldn't print.  It kept telling me my printer was offline.  But it wasn't.  And I couldn't find out where to fix it even if it was.  I had it on my new laptop, so I emailed it to myself and then opened the email on my old laptop that I knew would print it.  I finally got it done, but what a time!  When Joe gets up today, I will get him to help me add the printer app to the new laptop.  I'm no good with things like that.

I went to Shoprite yesterday to pick up my order that I had put in.  Because of how painful my legs are, I can no longer walk around a store and get my groceries.  But I don't want to pay the $10 charge to have them delivered, so I go to pick them up.  Usually Joe goes with me and actually goes into the store to get them.  But he isn't feeling well these days so I went by myself.  When the girl rolled out the cart with a case of water and three cloth bags (we are not allowed to have plastic bags in Philadelphia) I was surprised.  Is that my entire order? I asked her.  She said yes, so I said thank you and took it.

When I got to the car and tried to put the bags into the car I understood why it looked like such a small order.  Those bags hold a lot and she had packed them full.  They were so heavy!  They were so heavy that I actually couldn't lift them.  One was light so that went in right away.  But the other two!  I got one of them slid onto the back seat and went for the second one.  But I couldn't do it.  The cart turned on its side and I dropped the bag.  Of course that was the one with the eggs in.  Fortunately only one cracked and I was able to save it and eat it for lunch yesterday.  But I pulled my shoulder and my back.  And I still had to put the case of water into the trunk!

When I got home, I got some tote bags out of the trunk of the car and split up the order.  I would put some things in one of the bags and then lift it to see if it was too heavy.  Those three bags turned into eight bags.  But at least I was able to get them into the house.  It took me over an hour to get them all in, but I just took my time.  Fortunately my back and shoulder aren't hurting today.  Yet.  I just got up so who knows.

I need to stop at Rite Aid on my way home today.  I forgot to get bread.  I thought I had it on my list, but I must have forgotten to add it.  Well, only one thing.  I might get a few other things while I am there.  I have a coupon for 50% off hand soap.  We don't need it, but it won't go bad if I don't use it until January.

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?  How did it come so quickly?  I have to get my kitchen cleaned up this week so I can make my pumpkin pies.  We are going out to eat with some friends on Thanksgiving, but we want to get a rotisserie chicken the next day and have a little thing with just us.  But we have two friends who will be alone that day.  So we invited them to go to a diner with us.  I am just not well enough to cook a big meal or I would.

And now it is getting late and I have to be off to church.  Hope you all have a great day and I will talk to you later.


Monday, November 13, 2023



Hello, friends!  Hope you are having a wonderful day.  It is very early as I write this.  Not quite 6:00 a.m.  I am going to do my best to have a good and productive day today.  I haven't been very productive lately.  I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder which has been very bad this year.  But I am fighting it.  It gets worse and worse as the sunlight gets shorter and shorter until December 21st when we have only 5 1/2 hours of daylight.  And then it slowly gets better.  I could never live in Maine where my brother, sister and niece and her husband live.  They have even less sunlight than I do.  Now you know why I love summer so much.  Today there is 10 hours and 3 minutes of sunlight.

I am a fighter and I am fighting this by trying my best to get my home ready for the holidays.  Do any of you watch Diane in Denmark on YouTube?  I have watched her for several years.  She uses the FlyLady system to keep her home clean.  FlyLady doesn't really work for me.  Believe me, I've tried.  But I take the parts of it that do work and use them.  It does help.  So I have made myself a list for the next week of what I want to accomplish.  I think as I cross things off of that list, I will feel better.

What have I done so far?  Taken my first round of medicine (there are three in the morning and one in the evening), looked at my online advent calendar, and now I'm writing this.  But then I've only been awake for an hour.

So off to get something done.  Like getting a shower and dressed perhaps?  And picking up my groceries from the store.  Thanks for listening to me and see you all soon.  I'll let you know how I do.

Until later...


Wednesday, November 1, 2023



Hello, friends!  Happy day after Halloween.  I'm always sort of glad when Halloween is over.  I feel as if this is the beginning of the holiday season now. 

Halloween is not my favorite day.  Not like when I was little and it was a fun day of dressing up and trick or treating.  I am bothered by all the demonic themes attached to it.  Skeletons.  Demons.  Witches. Ghosts.  And each year it seems to get more and more evil.  I'm glad the little kids are still able to enjoy it as a fun time.

But now it is on to Thanksgiving.  While a lot of people don't celebrate the true meaning of the season (thanking God for all His blessings), it still is a lighter holiday than Halloween.

As usual we didn't get many kids around our way.  In fact, there weren't many kids out at all.  Maybe it was the freezing (and I do mean freezing) cold weather.  Maybe it was because we live on a one block long street tucked in an out of the way spot.  Last year we didn't get anyone.

This year Joe sat out on the step for about an hour or so.  At first there was no one around.  He looked so cold even with his jacket, hat and gloves.  He wouldn't let me go out because he didn't want me gettng cold.

Finally some kids came by.  Then another long wait and a few more.  We never did get a lot of kids, but I totaled them up and there were 16 kids.  Last year we got no one so this was better.

When he came in, we called and got pizza delivered.  A treat for the day.

I had stopped at the bakery after Bible Study that morning and bought some butter cookies so that was dessert.

And now on to my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving.  It makes me remember to thank God.  It has my favorite colors -- brown, orange, red and gold.  I love the traditions, the food, the decorations and the beautiful colors on the trees and the flowers.

Hope you all had a good evening last night.  I'll be back soon with another post.

Until later,