Saturday, June 30, 2012
Tonight is get ready for church time. They drive about 20 minutes to church, so we have to get up and hustle in the morning. I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend this time here! More time tomorrow and then I'll head to Gretta's house on Monday; another driving adventure, headed my way! Then Wednesday Garrett and I will head for home. Home is always sweet!
Friday, June 29, 2012
It's wonderful to be here, and I find myself thanking God for a safe trip and for finding Gina and the family in great shape! Their oldest son, Kyle is on a mission trip to Haiti, so I'm missing him, but hearing all about him! In tonight's picture is their youngest, Ethan and Gina when we went to watch a fireworks display tonight. Ethan is 9. (For some reason the spell checker isn't working on the blogger, so please pardon any mistakes I'm not catching.)
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I'm getting my 'stuff' ready to leave in the morning. I'll be heading to visit a few days with Gina and her family in Indiana. This will be another new trip for me; I've never been in this direction by myself. I guess I continue to 'grow up.' I feel like a kid who'd rather stay a kid and not grow up, but life's blessings don't go like that! God knows best and I trust Him and thank Him for the blessings.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
This pic was at the church building where Suzanne works as the secretary. She was getting some work done, so I set up in the conference room to catch up on my computing. I'm behind, again, but I'll catch up one day. Ruthie doesn't have WIFI, so I hitchhike on her computer and can't use mine.
I'm so pleased to be done with the moving. I had some sewing to do for Ruthie and her son saw my needle and thread and asked me to fix a shirt of his. I also hemmed my shirt that was about 5 inches too long. So, today I've gotten some things marked off my 'to do' list. I'm so happy that the computer is working in it's new location and that the picture would post. I can relax, now!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I don't know what the deal is with the blogger, but it won't load a pic for me. I didn't have a great pic to share, but I was going to put one on from when I was at Suzanne's house last week. It's out of date, anyway because I trimmed my hair the day I got here at Ruthie's. Maybe I'll get a pic tomorrow of us moving the rest of the furniture around in here. We took an off day today because we're waiting for the server guys to come and move some wires for the TV and computer. So, I got to go to the pool today. Ahhhhhh . . . . love the pool! Tomorrow we go back to work! I thank God for the ability to heal over night . . . and for an extra day of extra healing! Ruthie is doing really well since her fall, too. I sure thank God for her ability to rebound!
Monday, June 25, 2012
Today Phil and I moved my granddaddy's table into their house from the shed. We are hoping to make the house more user friendly for Ruthie. It's a wonderful old table, so I think it's a good move. We may be moving some more furniture around in here today, so I thought I'd post while I can get online.
I've walked and walked, but there is more walking to do. I thank God that I can walk. There was no chance to swim today; maybe tomorrow. It's probably good to let the sun I got yesterday sink in before I add more. It's plenty hot out there; perfect pool weather!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I got some good sunshine in the pool today. I love it. It was a very restful day. We had a fellowship dinner after church tonight, so it's been a good day except for the fall. It was 100 degrees when we left for church; that's pretty hot for here. It's 7 degrees hotter in Hobart right now than it is here, so it was probably really baking earlier today.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Today Ruthie and I played cribbage and I think she's hooked. Phil and I went over and took an afternoon swim and when we came back Ruthie was playing cribbage on the computer! I think she's hooked! After we came home I gave Phil a hair cut, so I sure feel right at home. Haircuts are my comfort zone.
I thank God for this precious time to spend with Ruthie and Phil! What a blessing!
Friday, June 22, 2012
Today was restful. I got my walking done and took a nap this afternoon. I never got to go to the pool because I'm afraid of David's dogs and there was nobody to go hold the dogs. Phil was busy all day, working around the place with his oldest grandson. Maybe tomorrow we'll get to swim, again. Ruthie and I played a game of Scrabble and we'll play some hearts if Phil ever comes in from mowing. Rest is good!
I thank God for a peaceful place to come and enjoy precious time with family!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
This picture was taken by his 5 year old brother! I thank God for generations of great family and fun, fun times!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
I won't post, again, tonight, but I'll be back tomorrow if at all possible. I'm blessed to get to visit lots of folks. The house is standing good, with Joan watching over it. I check in with Dorothy every day and she's doing well. It will be good to get home, but this running the road is fun, too. I thank God for this opportunity and for safe travels.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This afternoon Suzanne has been beating me at cribbage! We're going to eat supper and then get ready to watch the Thunder/Heat game tonight. Then we're going to bed at a reasonable time; not the 1 a.m. that we've made a bad habit of the last two nights!
I sure thank God for these wonderful visits. How blessed I am to have these wonderful people in my life and the opportunity to come and safely visit them.
Monday, June 18, 2012
We're at the church, now. She's working (she's the secretary) and I'm catching up on my cyber life. Tonight we're going to meet Fran Wolf and Charlie Akers for dinner at the Olive Garden; they are friends from school in Japan, so my visiting blessings continue!
I am so thankful for great friends and family! Suzanne and I grew up being best friends. We must have done 50 vacation Bible schools in our days, so setting up to work here in the church seems perfect! It's cold in here, though, so I'm going to go out in the parking lot and walk a few laps to warm up my old bones.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
This trip has been a blessing, as has been my life. I leave today to go to my cousin Suzanne's house and I think she doesn't have Internet access at home. I will go to McDonald's to post each day, but I won't get there in time tonight. I'll get there in time to watch the Thunder/Heat game and then go to bed.
Today will be another good visit with Linda and folks at church, lunch and then a beautiful drive to Nashville. God is seeing me through this trip and I thank Him for my safety.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Today I visited with a couple of ladies who were close, close friends of my mom's. One is 80 and the other is 100! I had my camera but forgot the memory card when I visited one, but I remembered the card and the camera and got a good picture of the lady who is 100! I'll post it tomorrow.
Tonight we went to a cook out where Linda goes to church and I found that the preacher and the guy who provided the meat for the cookout were little kids at the church where I worshiped when I was in high school. That was so cool to meet those guys as grown men. I really feel blessed with all the visits I've had the last couple of days. I thank God for the opportunities and safety of this trip.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I made it to visit with a teacher friend from years in Japan; we had a wonderful visit and lunch at her sweet aunt's home. Then I made it to Linda's home and she served me my favorite: quiche for supper! (This is the Linda who comments lots on this blog; my friend since high school.) We've had a good time visiting, as you see in the picture. Lucky me! Linda's mom is recuperating from a recent fall, but she is precious as ever! Linda's dog Prissy has accepted me for the time being. She may scare me to death if I get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom; we'll see. I'll bet I survive; she's all bark, I think.
I sure thank God for safe travels today. This was a bunch of firsts for me. I have never been this route without Don and we lived for years in Chattanooga, so it was kind of emotional. I guess that's just how this goes. God got me through it and I give thanks. It's been a good day and safe; what more could I ask?
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Gretta, Garrett and Elena have gone off to some amusement park tonight. I've loaded a lot of things into the car and packed up everything else. I've had my bath and I'm all ready to watch the Thunder take on the Heat, again. I really, really enjoy these NBA finals, especially when our Thunder is playing to win it all.
We check out tomorrow and I'll be going visiting. I'm happy to have this opportunity to visit folks I don't get to see enough, so I thank God and ask Him to keep me safe as I set of by myself. I can do it; I promised Don I could, so I will and I know God will help me.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Elena and I are headed to the playground. Fun times in Gatlinburg! I thank God for the precious times! That pulled chest muscle is nearly all better. I thank Him for that, too!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
We had sunshine today, so we went to the pool and colored up a bit. We also went to a bird show. I got pictures of that and will post one tomorrow.
The first day I came I pulled a muscle in my chest, but it's been getting better each day. Today it's about 50% better and I sure give thanks for that! It's a great reminder to me that some folks have pain every day and I'm so blessed that this will get better and better!
Tonight is the beginning of the series with the OKC Thunder and the Miami Heat. Woohoo! I'm so looking forward to these games. Let the Thunder ROLL!
Monday, June 11, 2012
Today has been a fun day. Gretta took Garrett into Gatlinburg just doing the touristy thing; walking around town. Elena and I stayed here and went to the pool for a couple of hours; it was cloudy and I nearly froze! She loved every minute of it and she's swimming better and better. Just yesterday she learned to swim without her floaties. Today she never wore them at all. I'm sure hoping to get some sunshine later this week! The best part of this trip is being with family, so the weather really doesn't matter.
Garrett is wanting to learn how to cook, so every night he and Gretta are making dinner. It's almost like being on a cruise. I just show up for dinner! Very nice.
It's really beautiful up here in these mountains. Even being cloudy, it's still gorgeous. The trees are lush and we're just nestled in the mountains here. It's very peaceful and the patio is a wonderful, quiet place to go. Ahhhhh; lucky me. I thank God for the opportunity to share this with family. We haven't seen bears, yet, but we have seen wild turkeys and a bunny. Most important we are seeing each other!
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Gretta and Garrett have gone off to the grocery store and Elena is taking a nap. She learned to swim without floaties today, so this has been a big day for all of us! I thank God for the opportunities to share time; indeed it is full of precious memories. God is great and His gifts to us are so awesome!
Saturday, June 9, 2012
This picture is Elena, riding on the luggage cart. She's having a great time. When they pulled up here, she said to Gretta, "This is Grammy and Poppy's house. Is Poppy here?" Gretta told her, "No, Poppy is in heaven." Elena said, "Is he coming?" It's so hard to explain to little kids; it's hard to get even for us grown ups! We come here every year and Elena is only 5. She's been here more than she's been to our house and to her, this is our house. Okay, so we've had lots of fun, but there have been tears, too. I guess there will always be these times and one day I'll be tough enough to meet them without tears.
Today I got so lost driving through Nashville to the reunion. Nashville is my hometown, but I haven't lived there since I was in college in the late 60's. Needless to say, they have made lots of changes. For the last many years Don did all the driving through Nashville. So, today, as I was so lost I kept reminding myself that I promised Don I could do this and I'd be fine. (When he was in the hospital and unconscious, but I kept talking to him and hoping that he could hear me.) I promised him that I needed him, but if he needed to go I'd make it. The memory that I had promised him I could make it got me through today, plus Garrett was in the car with me. I was real tempted to pull off and just cry, but that would never have pleased Don. Finally, after I got going the right direction I looked at the mile marker and it said 212. I thought I was supposed to take the 279 exit, so I thought I was surely on the wrong road because I knew it wasn't that far out of Nashville. I called Gretta and she set me straight that I was supposed to take exit 239B, so I was on the right road after all. Numbers; they mess with me! But, I made it . . . a little later than I meant to be, but I made it in plenty of time. I thank God for an awesome family and the opportunity to see them. This week will be good and then next week I get to go visit even more family and friends. God is so good!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Today Garrett and I have driven all day on our way to the reunion tomorrow. We made it in time to post. I'm addicted to this blog; I have to talk to you guys; I hope it means something to you, but it's sure therapy for me.
So many things in my life are tough because I always did them with Don. Now, I'm learning to do them by myself. Garrett has been such a gift! He's helping me to build new memories so that it helps me to get the past in the past and get it all sorted. He's so good to be compassionate and helpful. God is great and so is Garrett! Driving through Little Rock was a first for me, today. Now, I've done it. I've always been a passenger before today. Driving to Gatlinburg will be another first. Garrett and God see me through these things.
Today I was listening to a talk radio show and some guy reminded me to read Jeremiah 29:11, which says "I have a plan for you." The translation in the motel reads a little differently, but it's good for me, too. It was another blessing in a hard day. Part of what was hard was driving 11 1/2 hours. I think I'll get some driving gloves; it looks like I'm going to have blisters on my hands! Checking out these pictures of me climbing all over the mountains; now blisters on my hand? It's just hard for me to be very lady like! But, God has a plan for me! Maybe I'll grow up and be a tomboy!
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Our plan was to leave at 6 in the morning to pick up Gabe in OKC to take off for Jackson, TN. So, Gabe has to work until 2! That means we won't get to leave until 2:30 at the very best. That means it will be midnight when we go rolling into Jackson. That is so not a good plan. I do not drive at night. I start turning into a pumpkin around 10. I've got to get a good night's sleep tonight and then put my best foot forward tomorrow. I will never do this, again! I know the road and it's a doable thing, but it's not smart. I'd rather be smart. Instead I'm being emotional. My first reaction was, "Then Gabe can't go." I think that was harsh and I want him to go, so I'm caving. I just pray that we won't crash!
We are all packed and ready to go. I've got the car mostly loaded. I am working to get my old laptop set up for Gretta to use. That's a whole new project, so maybe it's a good thing I don't have to leave early in the morning. All things work out and I'm trusting God to level it all out and make this trip a success. I've just got to remember to trust Him and not expect to do it all myself. I won't post tomorrow night because I will be on the road and as soon as I get to Jackson I've got to go to sleep. Take a day off from this blog. I hope to be back online when I check into the condo in Gatlinburg, so watch for an update on Saturday night. God blesses and I thank Him for that!
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Time is really getting short before we leave Friday morning, so tomorrow we've got to get serious about loading the car. Woo hoo!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Yesterday the taxes came in the mail and I got them all signed and ready to go in tomorrow's mail today. Whew! FINALLY. It feels so good to be DONE with them. What an experience. Profuse thanks to Jerry, my brother-in-law for holding my hand all the way through it and for doing days of work toward getting all the figuring done. I thank God that it done and a thing of the past.
I'm starting to pack the car. I've been brewing colloidal silver water for the last 3 days to take to some family. I've got it all packed.and in the car. My suitcase is packed except for the last minute toiletries. All my meds and vitamins and herbs are packaged. Ah. It feels good to be as ready as possible Lucky me to have a couple of grandsons to travel with me!
Monday, June 4, 2012
Today I've done some work toward getting the car ready to make the trip this week. If I do a little bit here and there, then it won't be such a big job the day before we go. I also did some planning for other trips in the future.
I also had to do some repairs on the net on my basketball goal. Garrett was a big help. He brought the ladder out for me and held it while I climbed up there. Then he put the ladder away for me. Dragging that ladder around is much easier for him than it is for me, so he was a big help! I thank God for this time with him and his great help.
I don't usually watch America's Got Talent, but Garrett watches it, so we're watching it. Some guy just touched me; will I ever get past these tears? A song like "If Tomorrow Never Comes" will do it every time; throw in a precious Veteran and it's just time for the tissues!
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Sunday's seem to go by really quickly since we have the evening service at 5. I did get in about a 20 minute nap today, though. I thank God for the many rich blessings in my life. At the top of the list of blessings are family and friends and close behind are health and safety! Have you counted your blessings lately? I can't count that high!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Today we went out and spent some time visiting with Dorothy. I trimmed her hair, so she'll be good until I get back from Tennessee. Tomorrow she's buying our lunch at the Subway after church and we'll go out there and eat it with her. She wouldn't have it any other way. She said, "If you don't let me buy lunch then you'll just have to bring me home and I'll eat by myself." She reminds me of my Aunt Maie, who used to say, "There's nothing any better than helping a little old lady across the street, unless the little old lady doesn't want to go!" Dorothy is precious, but I sure don't want to make her mad. If she wants to buy lunch, I'm going to let her! Garrett thinks it's great, too. He's a pretty cool kid to hang out with a couple of little old ladies so peacefully! I must remember to get pics of all of us tomorrow! We get to having such a good time that I forget.
How about that Thunder! I'm so pleased they have come back and won the last two games! Now, I just hope they'll win it all!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Actually, we're doing pretty well after doing the 8 miles. Neither of us is very eager to do any walking, though. I managed to do my 2 miles every day, but my hip and leg and back are still mad about the big hike! I think that it's only a bite on my ankle rather than poison ivy. If it were poison ivy it would be driving me crazy. It's not spreading and I'm no closer to crazy than I was. What a relief that it's not poison ivy, AND that I'm not any crazier than I was! (I know, you think I'm crazy for going on an 8 mile hike; probably you're right!)
I've been doing laundry today. Laundry is a bigger deal when there is a 15 year old in the house. I'm willing to do the laundry, though. It's sure a blessing to have Garrett be here for a couple of weeks. The emptiness will hit hard when I come home to only 4 walls, again. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it and thank God that the walls are standing and belong to me.