Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 3-24-17

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My parents at Andrew's wedding 6/3/16
1. Today my parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.  That is quite an accomplishment in this era when longevity in marriage is not common.  The celebration is much quieter than originally planned, due to my dad's recent health issues, but it's still a cause for great acclaim.

2. Last Sunday we went to our son and his wife's church in Georgia for a special speaker and then a church dinner.  We really enjoyed seeing our friends there once again, and hearing the speaker, who is the head of the mission group that our son went to China with.  It was a great morning.

 3. Please see the previous post titled "Wear White for William."  (William was our great nephew.)  This cause is not for raising money, or anything of the sort; it's only for raising awareness about meningitis and organ donation.  Word about this is spreading rapidly.   If you would like to help spread awareness about this, please consider wearing white for William on April 5 - and letting people know about it through any form of social media or any other way.
4. Last night I went to sleep at 10:30 and didn't hear another thing until 5:40 the next morning when the alarm went off.  Maybe that sounds odd.  However, it has not happened in quite a few years.  I awakened with a wonderful, rested feeling!

5. Our Gamecocks are headed to the Sweet Sixteen!!  A great accomplishment for a team/school that is not known for its basketball accomplishments!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wear White for William

Our great-nephew, William, age 12, died in late January of spinal meningitis.  He got sick very quickly and was gone surprisingly fast - in a matter of a couple of days.

William loved golf, especially the Masters.  In an effort to bring awareness to the issue of bacterial meningitis, and how quickly it can happen; and also to bring awareness to the issue of organ donation - William's dad has started "Wear White for William" on April 5, Wednesday of Masters week.

Word is spreading rapidly.  News stations, schools, organizations, are picking up the drumbeat.  This is not an attempt to make money, or raise money - just to bring awareness to meningitis and organ donation.

If you read this, no matter where in the country you live, please consider encouraging people to Wear White for William on Wednesday, April 5!

Please use the hashtag #wearwhiteforwilliam, and if you do wear white on April 5, please post a picture to the FB page wearwhiteforwilliam!  Thank you!

And please feel free to put a link to this blog post as well.  We want to spread the word far and wide.

So - I'm old-fashioned.  It may not spread the word the way the internet will, but a bulletin board will at least spread the word at our school:

Close-ups of the information on the bulletin board:

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday's Fave Five 3-10-17

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I hesitated on which picture to put at the top of this post.  The week has been beautiful - temps around 70, some rain but a lot of sunshine.  But by Sunday we are to have cold rains and temps no higher than the 40s.  I told someone today that springtime is a great time - it would just be nice if it would follow winter this year.

1. After about ten days of sickness, I am finally at about 85%.  After writing last week's FFF, I was back down for the count for the entire weekend.  No fever, just debilitating cough and the accompanying exhaustion.  It is a slow process, but we are getting there.

2. Dad is a lot better.  He is home from the 2nd hospital stay.  He has a ways to go to get energy back, but he is doing well.

3. Mike has been off.  This week, he took Dad & Mom to an appointment, blew out their garage, cooked breakfast four mornings out of five, did laundry, dusted, and just generally kept up with things around here.  He is a keeper.

4. Hats. For whatever reason, I've gotten crazy about making loom hats.  I especially like doing them now that I've figured out how to make a nice brim with a purl stitch along with a regular knitted stitch (see red hat at left and hat in the single picture).  Mike asks what all these hats are for - I don't know but know that the reason will be clear at the right time.  For now, it's just fun to make hats.

5. These little goodies.  I am notorious for throwing out wildflower seed every spring and then doing absolutely nothing to nurture anything.  And usually nothing happens.  However, an entire bed is filling up right now with these little beauties, which must be left over from a previous year of seed-throwing.  They'll be doing well to survive our cold weather this weekend.  But it's kinda fun to see something happen after all those years of just tossing seed out.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 3/3/17

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1. Finally appear to be on the mend after a week's worth of bronchitis and head stuff.  "On the mend" does not mean "mended."  It takes a L-O-N-G time to get over this.  But it's a far cry from how I felt last Sunday morning when I went to an urgent care, because Monday was too long to wait.  Now if my husband can just get to feeling better also.  He has a 100 fever, which for him means he is really sick, because he rarely runs a fever.

2. My dad's surgery this week appears to have been successful, and he will probably be getting out of the hospital this weekend.  Now maybe we can get him on the mend as well!!

3. Thankful for a supportive job situation and a boss that said "Stay out all week if you need it."  I did go back today (but probably shouldn't have).

4. Soup and muffins from my mom, a chicken salad sandwich picked up by my daughter, and a breakfast sandwich brought home by Mike - so nice not to have to figure out much food this week.
M&Ms from my sister (inside joke), plus her being here for two weeks to stay with my folks - plus her tag-teaming with my other sister who is here for the weekend.

5. Our little house is gone.  It rode away yesterday in all its glory to a new home.  17 years of memories, but it was time to have it gone!


I am thankful that February is over with and March is here!  Hopefully March will bring better things than February did!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The End of an Era

The little house in our back yard is no more, at least not for us.

When I think of the little pool house, I remember ML and her friend Alicia spending many hours in there doing all the fun things young girls do when they have a little house like that to play in.  I remember children of all ages running in to change clothes before jumping into the pool.  I remember little boys whose moms told them to "hurry!!!" to get to the restroom in time.  I remember sneaking out there to nap on the couch when just a few minutes of privacy were a desperate need.  I remember most of all long Friday evenings when our teenage children and their friends would watch movies on the little TV out there, free from the parents hanging over their shoulders all the time, but with me bringing food out about every half hour, which was my sneaky way of making sure everything was OK.

The pool is gone.  There was really no more need for the little house.  It might have made a nice "she-shack" for me and all my little projects, but we really wanted it out of the way because it neatly blocked any good view of the back yard.  And with the fence around the pool no longer an issue, we really did want it out of the way.  Moving it into another place on our property, then re-plumbing and re-wiring, would have been quite a job.

So we sold it on Craigslist.  It took the buyer a couple of months to get down here (a several hour ride) to get it.  He and his workers got it onto a trailer, but discovered that it was not stable enough to take it up the highway.  So - they re-sold it to a man at a crane company that they had contacted about stabilizing it.

Those people came this morning.  They knew exactly what they were doing, and had the house strapped down and ready to go in a couple of hours.  And they rolled away.  
So it's goodbye, little house.  The end of an era.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Goodbye February!!

This has not been a good month.

A good friend of Mike's from his single days, one of his old hunting buddies, died of lung cancer at the first of the month.

Then our great-nephew died of bacterial meningitis at age 12.

Then my dad has been seriously ill and is still recuperating.

Then a good acquaintance, mother of three boys I taught, died of a brain tumor.

Now I am sick with bronchitis.

Bring on March.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 2/10/17

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I prefer having other posts between the FFF posts, but maybe if we would have a regular week around here, that would be possible.  Right now I am doing my best just to keep everyday things going around here.


1. My father is doing some better after being hospitalized early yesterday morning with pancreatitis.  It's been a rather long week what with doctor visits, doctor phone calls, waiting on MRIs, waiting on MRIs to be read, and on and on.  Just glad he is doing better.

2. I am thankful for modern medicine, which provides for serious conditions to be treated successfully.

3. I am thankful for ambulances, which get people to the hospital quickly, with proper care, and straight to the emergency treatment rooms without doing the sit-out-in-the-waiting room routine.

4. I am thankful for school administration that has been very understanding of my need to be absent, last week for the situation with our nephew who passed away, and this week for the situation with my father who has been very sick.

5. Finally - a little levity.  I'm teaching pronouns right now.  This would be a great bulletin board.  Maybe I can find time to put it up (with corrections for the bad grammar).

Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday's Fave Five, 2/3/17

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I am going to go ahead and do a FFF, but it will be different than usual, because this was a very different than usual week.  A great-nephew on my husband's side passed away this past Sunday, and it was especially sad because he was only twelve years old.  We did not know him well, but were with him from time to time at family functions - most recently on Christmas Eve.  His father was a fixture in our home when a young boy (kindergarten age) himself.

So here are my FFFs:

--My daughter and her boyfriend took platters of Chick Fil A up to the hospital last weekend, and according to family who were there, they couldn't have come at a better time or with a better gift.  No one wanted to leave to get food, but when they saw the chicken platters, they all realized how hungry they were.  I am grateful for my daughter's and friend's sensitivity to the situation and their generosity in going the extra mile.

--All of my husband's siblings were able to come from around the state to be a support to their sister and family, and many of them were able to stay for several days.

--The boy's organs were donated.

--I was able to take a personal day off due to the circumstances.

--Prayer and the peace of God are invaluable in such situations.

So if you are reading this, and you know the Lord, please say a prayer for William's family.  Thank you.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Friday's Fave Five - 1-27-17

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1. Mike has gone back to work today after a 7-day break.  He wasn't on vacation; this kind of break just happens from time to time when he works weekdays one week, and weekends the next.  So he was home all week.  He cooked breakfast most mornings and was generally a big help.  We had a nice week all around, and that is always nice.

2. We're reading Cyrano de Bergerac in my sophomore English class, and having the best time.  They do very well at such things, and reading plays aloud is great fun if the group is enthusiastic.  I rarely have to prompt anyone, and the students are reading with a lot of feeling.  They're also seeming to get the lessons from the play.  That makes teaching so fun!

3. I am so glad to have some cold weather back.  I don't like warm Januarys.  If it's winter - let's have winter.

4. Last Sunday I made dinner for my dad's birthday (it's actually this week, but Mike will be working, so we celebrated early) and daughter and her friend and said friend's dad all came.  I don't feel like it was my best attempt (don't tell Dad, but I accidentally left the oatmeal out of his favorite meatloaf), but the brownies at the end with icing and cool whip were killer.  I've been thinking about them all week long and resisting making more.  :-)

5. We have new neighbors down the street, and they happen to be the new youth pastor at our church and his family.  Their children ride bikes on their driveway and yard in the late afternoons, and often see me driving home.  They are always happy to see me, and run up the driveway, waving.  Our street is not busy, so I sometimes stop and talk with them.  Amazing how children can brighten one's day.

Happy Friday!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Little Nostalgia

Yesterday Mike cleaned out his closet, and came across a box of nostalgia, mostly things from the kids when they were younger.  

Andrew painted this football player as a kid and gave it to his dad.  No idea why he picked the Green Bay Packers as we have never been particularly great fans.

ML:  "When I grow up I want to be a beatiful young artist."

In 1999, ML made her own "calander."  This is just one page.  She actually used it all year and checked off the days as they occurred.  As you can tell, each month was appropriately decorated.  June was very important!  Birthday month!!

And finally, this.  Probably also around 1999.  Typed out below for ease of reading.  My kids!!!

Dear Dad,

You are the best dad in the whole world!!  (Even if you are my only one.)
You have done so many things for me, that you deserve a note, and a poem:

Thank You

Thank you for when you have made my bed,
And thank you for the money that buys us bread.
Thank you for teaching me God's holy power,
Even when sometimes, you seem sour.
Thank you for spending time with me;
Instead of being a drunk, you see.
These and more, have all you done;
Especially in God's eyes, you have won!

Happy birthday!

Love, Andrew