Saturday, May 14, 2011


For some reason, my post decided to end before I had intended. I am on my "new" refurbished laptop and am not real comfortable with it yet.

Back to the storm. I pray that people will take the events of April 27 and make their lives better and make their lives count for more. We need to be more aware of our friend's and neighbor's needs without having a natural disaster to spur us on.

I had meant to post more, but I think it is about time for me to get in bed. I am reading a series of Guidepost books and I have to find out what is happening on Heather Creek Farms. These are easy reading and very good. I find myself getting involved with the family and they are fictional. But the situations could be happening to anyone.

Everyone have a good week. It is supposed to be on the cool side, but then warm up later. Alabama weather is something else. You never know what you are getting this time of the year, especially this time of the year. It doesn't want to quite give up the cooler temps, but then it hits with a very warm humid day. Only in the south. And I wouldn't live anywhere else.

She liveth, I think

Hello, world. Yes, I am still among the living. I have been without a computer since a week before the tornadoes and I have been so aggravated. HP is now on my list of companies to avoid. My advice is too avoid them. Their tech department is located somewhere in INDIA!!

We were so fortunate to have no damage due to the weather. Actually, we hardly had even any leaves in the yard; however, my sister was not so lucky. Her car was hit by a tree and she only had two payments left. Her house was hit but not a direct hit. She was so upset. She nor anyone else was injured, so that was good.

I know the storms were awful and people are probably wondering why God lets things like this happen. But things of this sort have happened since time began and God doesn't "cause" them and he could stop them, but that would not be letting nature do as it was designed. I know that sounds goofy, but I know what I want to say, I just don't know how.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 - A Better Blogging Year (I hope)

So far 2011 has been a good year. Joe and I are concentrating on each other for a change. We have decided that we are alone for the first time in our entire marriage. That only took 42 years. Joe has definitely became a "new creature" since his baptism. He is the kindest, sweetest, most considerate person in the world. Now, Trina, please do not faint, but it is true. He is not the daddy you grew up with. God is so good.

Today is so pretty, cool, but pretty. I have just fiddled around today. It is almost time to get ready for work, my last night this week, but I have volunteer duty tomorrow. I love my hospital work. Three weeks from today I will become the president for this year. I am excited about it, but a little apprehensive, especially when I walk past the wall of past presidents and I see the people I have to follow. I will try my best and that is all I can promise.

One of my favorite ladies from church, Jane Cleveland, is leaving tomorrow to move to Palestine, Texas. One of her sons and his family live there and since Roger, her husband, is not in the best of health I guess they decided to move where Jane could have help. She will be sorely missed. You talk about somebody that can give a hug, Jane was the BEST. I will miss her "Jane Hugs."

I will try my best to be a better blogger this year. I know I have said that before. I think if I ever break down and get a laptop I will do better. I really am not real crazy about coming to the basement at night when Joe is upstairs and during the day it seems I am always doing something else. We will see.

Trina and Karen, have a great week and beginning of your new term. I address you two, because of my lack of blogging involvement, you are my only followers. Who could ask for better?

Have a good day and don't forget to spread a little sunshine as you go along.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Things happen in God's time, not ours.

I have always heard that and I believe it to be true, but after 42 years of praying for Joe, I was beginning to think this was a prayer that was destined to be answered in the negative. Was I ever happily surprised on Friday afternoon when I found out that prayer was answered. When I got home Joe was here, of course, and he seemed kind of different in a good sort of way. Anyway, he told me he wa going to tell me something, but I COULD NOT tell anybody else. He said that over several times. I could not even begin to imagine what he was going to say next. And when he did tell me, I almost fell into his arms. He told me that he was going to have George, our minister, baptize him this week. I have loved this man for a long time and he has never told me anything that made me love him more than those words. Well, today at 11:00 AM the deed was done. Joe is a private person, so he chose to go this route. He only wanted one other couple to be there and that was the couple that basically were the first (outside of me) to ask him to attend church. I am sure the angels in heaven are still rejoicing. I am and will forever more.

This is a short post, but I can think of nothing else to even begin to compare. Praise to God our Father for His grace, mercy and love.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

How Blessed I Am

Today has been relatively quiet. Joe and I had what I considered a good Thanksgiving lunch. I cook so much less than I once did, that I surprised myself when it all came together. Of course, I cooked more than enough, so I guess it will be The Left-Over Diner for a few days.

I really have so much to be thankful for this year. First of all I am thankful that God has blessed me as He has. He allowed me to be born to a family that believed in Him and brought me up to do the same. They taught me to work and be honest, traits too many of the younger generation does not exhibit. When our nation realizes that belief in God and His ways are what it was founded on things will begin to get better. He has blessed this country and for a large part the country has thumbed their noses at Him. How sad our ancestors would be!!

I am so thankful that I have Joe. I know there have been times that I could have put him on the proverbial slow boat to China, but I would have been swimming after it before it got too far from port. Pretty gutsy stuff for a girl that can't swim to be saying. That is just how much he means to me. I guess as we have aged together we have become more tolerant of each other.

My children are most precious to me. Trina has always made us proud, not that she was perfect. Sorry, Trina, perfect children are just a myth. Seriously, Trina has made her niche in life and a very good one at that. She married the most wonderful gift from God and we love him dearly. She has been mother to Katy and Jessi and a very proud Granna to Sam. Phillip and Lance are just a dear to her as are the girls. She has succeeded in becoming a great teacher and loves her job. She was fortunate to have had two of the best English teachers ever. I never forget to remind Jane Mullinax of her influence and were Ms. Smith still alive I would also remind her.

Our Eddy is another story. I love him with all my heart, but he is a very troubled soul. All his life he had great ambitions, but for some reason he never was able to capitalize on them. It could be that his particular ambitions changed so readily. I realized early on that Eddy seemed to have some kind of attention problems (this was pre-ADD/ADHD), but everyone kept saying that he would outgrow it. You the reasoning: Limit his sugar intake, don't let him drink caffeine drinks, etc. Guess what he did not outgrow it and hence, we have been burdened with many problems. His self-esteem is minus 100 at the best. I tried to get some counseling when he was around 9 years old, but was unsuccessful . All I can do now is let God have him and pray for the best.

Over the last ten years, I have become so involved with so many things. And I love all of it. When I retired, I began going to the ladies' Tuesday Morning Class. Loved every minute of it. We have grown since then and do a lot of service projects. My thing has always been that if Jesus came to earth to be a servant for us, how can we expect to be like him if we don't become servants too?

Now that I am volunteering at the hospital I feel my life has become even better. I work with people that are true God believing people and don't care for talking about Him to anyone that will listen. I feel that my faith has grown so much for this experience. I know I am where I am supposed to be and I love it. The little twelve hours a week I work is just icing on the cake. I would do it just to get volunteer hours, but the extra pay is good.

My friends through the years are some of the most wonderful people. There have been times when they were just what I needed. Our "bunch" from school still get together about every 2-3 months and have a girl's night out. We would probably do it more often, but some of them have become grandmothers and they have to coordinate their goings with the grandchildren's activities. Oh happy days!!

My plans for my days off this week were to do some much needed sewing. Have I? No. Why? Too much other stuff to do. I HAVE GOT TO GET SOME SEWING DONE. MY FABRIC IS GOING TO DRY ROT IF I DON'T!!

Hope everyone has had a great day and that the upcoming holiday season will be just as blessed. Try not to stress out. Just spread some sunshine and everything will be fine.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Today was Up and Down

Today did not start off in such a happy way. Eddy was here overnight and it seems lately when he is here, it never is a happy way. I am at my wit's end on what to do and even wonder at times if there is anything to do except to just exist. Oh well, brighter days are surely not too far off.

Things improved greatly when I got to our ladies class. Always does. It is so refreshing to be around my "sisters." We had a wonderful discussion on several things before we ever got to discussing some of the things from the Beth Moore study book. The study series was so great, even the second time around. After class several of us went out for lunch. We always have a good time then and usually end up staying much longer than the waitress prefers. We always tip well.

Then, I had my six month check up with my hemotologist and I don't go back for six more months. She was so excited about my lab work. Numbers on my blood count were high, which was very good. Numbers on my kidney lab was low, which was very good. After nine years it is about time.

Then I got to go to work. Yea!! I love my job at the gift shop, but I think you all have probably already figured that one out. My manager (I'm old enough to be her mother and she actually calls me Mama Marty sometimes.) is a sweet young lady and anytime I put a display out she always will compliment it and is always thanking me for coming to work. She is a pure joy to be around. I think this satisfying that urge I once had to have my own business, but I don't have to worry with any of that boring stuff like payroll, taxes, ordering, etc. I think that is called the best of both worlds.

Time to call it a day and go snuggle with my little four legged boys. And they are excellent snugglers and on these cold nights I really appreciate them.

Have a great day tomorrow and don't forget o spread a little sunshine along the way.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

looking forward to a new week

Yes, I am definitely looking forward to a new week. The last couple have been hard, but after hard times, the good times seem even better. And there will be better.

I am so sorry the Tide did not roll today, but I still love them and think they are the best. They always show class and that is just as important (well, almost) as a win. You know what I mean.

The last three days have been absolutely beautiful even though the temp today was just a wee bit too cool. If the wind had not been blowing, even the temp would not have been so bad. The skies were so pretty - just a few wispy clouds around. My God is so awesome when he paints His canvas so full of beauty.

Our gift shop is beginning to look like a Christmas wonderland. I don't know where Melissa got all the ornaments, but we have got them, everything from angels or all kiinds to fishing Santas. We even have some shoes and purses for all the girly girls out there. I am having a blast with all the decorating and seeing what else will pop out of the stock room.

We plan to have an open house this next Friday. One of the companies we order from has sent some samples that we can prepare to offer to customers in hopes they will then buy the product. Sounds like fun to me. The foods of the holidays are one of my favorite things.

Our younger Chi has been shaking for several days now so I dug out his sweater and he is much better. He is our funny boy whereas Mule is our more sedate laid-back fellow. These two boys have given us some very enjoyable times. You should see them get after animals on the TV. You would think a war had broken out and they were our only line of defense. It is even funnier when Dingo turns and gets onto Mule because he is also barking. It is a hoot.

OK, I have had my shower, got my flannel jammies on, lotioned up my feet and put on my sleep socks and then put on Snuggle slippers on, so dear blogging friends I will bid each of you a pleasant nights rest until the next time. Have a wonderful day with God tomorrow and spread some sunshine wherever you go.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Just some thoughts

It appears that arrangements for Elizabeth's funeral have been made. Joe talked to the oldest son this afternoon and he has almost convinced them to have the visitation and service all on the same day. Their dad, Joe's brother, just does not handle death well at all. When his dad died and again when his mother died, he totally collapsed, so I can not imagine what it is going to be like with his daughter. Right now it will be on Wednesday mid-day. Please keep the whole family in your prayers. They are going to need all the support that can be gathered during this difficult time.

In addition to this already tragic event, Joe comes in and tells me that his younger brother, Cordell, says that his son, Chris, is not doing well at all. Chris was born with heart problems and at age four had open heart surgery. He has since had several other surgeries. Now it seems that his body has begun to retain too much fluid. It seems his heart is doing fine, but the veins are the problem now. I really don't know what would happen to Cordell if anything happened to Chris. Chris is his only son, his only child. He is 37 years old. Please pray for this family as well.

Our family is making it, but times are still tough. Eddy has lost all interest in life. My son has been through a lot, most of it from his own undoing, but a lot from a system that is all wrong. He no longer cares much about what he looks like - wears sloppy clothes and doesn't get all done up nice anymore. He has gained so much weight, too much actually and his blood pressure is out of sight and I doubt very seriously that he is taking his medicine. He has even said he didn't see any reason to even try anymore. I pray that he will come around and get better.

I am going to get ready for bed and see if I can sleep and maybe things will be better by morning.

I will try to spread some sunshine tomorrow.