Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Busy, Procrastinating, Prayers, Give



I am doing more. I had a second outing this weekend. We walked around Super Wal*Mart early Sunday morning. They were a little busy in there, but it wasn't too bad. It was a pretty good walk around the perimeter of the store... so I was a bit tired by time we got home. Later in the day I did our regular walk. Frank measured it on the way home and it is 8/10 of a mile.

Yesterday I was very busy. I manage to do a small load of laundry by myself. I helped cook dinner. Dinner was very good. I got some butter beans going with a smidgeon of a piece of hog jowl and some ham flavoring and a bit of salt & pepper. When Frank cooked a Boston Button the other week I had him freeze the left over juices. I took the juices and mixed them with a can of cream of mushroom soup (the healthier variety). I added a small amount of Kitchen Bouquet and I thickened the gravy with corn starch. The gravy was awesome! ... this is coming from a gal who is not fond of gravy. We had some already cooked pork loin slices in the freezer and I simmered the slices in the gravy. Frank cooked rice and reheated leftover biscuits. I washed dishes twice, which Frank thanked me for... it felt good to be able to accomplish a little bit.

Frank and I did a longer walk yesterday. We walked around the block which is right at a mile. It took 30 minutes which is about twice as long as it used to, but that is okay with me. I'm moving and getting stronger.


I printed out the Christmas card address labels on Saturday. For some reason I can't seem to get in the mood to get the cards sent out.... maybe later this week :-)


Our daughter and her boyfriend still don't have jobs. Continued prayers for them and others in their positions are much appreciated.

This afternoon my Mama is having back surgery. I would appreciate prayers for her too. Mama is 80... 81 next March. She had back surgery last June and had a hard time. When she did her pre-op physical a couple of weeks ago and they found she was anemic and put her on iron pills. They checked her again yesterday and her red blood count was 10. I can't remember the good range for red blood count... I know it varies from lab to lab. The surgery is still a go, so I assume that 10 is good enough for the surgery. The reason this part of the surgery wasn't done in June is because the surgeon didn't think Mama was strong enough to stay under anesthesia long enough to do it all. Bad backs run in my family. My eldest brother will undergo surgery in January... he said if he lasted through the pain that long. He had his first surgery back in 1993.. the same year as my first back surgery.

I need your prayers to help me get through all this stress. I used to handle stress a lot better.


I know most of you are tightening your pocket books. Please don't forget those that are less fortunate than you. Give what you can to your favorite charities.... especially those in your own communities. If you can donate food and clothing do so. If you can't give money give time. Help out at the food bank. Visit residents in nursing homes. Donate old blankets to your local animal shelters.

When our children were at home we would make bread and cookies and take them to members of our church. These members had husbands at sea and were strapped for money... so bread and cookies made the holidays a bit special. We did it anonymously. Our children loved it. We did this other times of the year too.

Our Children also went caroling with their friends in the local nursing homes. They and their friends put together personal hygiene packages for the residents of the nursing homes. It was wonderful seeing smiling faces in the nursing homes.

It will probably take me a few days to catch up on blogs and Flickr. Do know I think of y'all and have y'all in my prayers.

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. -- Seneca


  1. You are coming along great. I will keep prayers open for your daughter and her boyfriend as well as your Mama. I pray all goes well for her surgery. I've been procrastinating on our Christmas cards this year and I don't know why.
    Have a good day.

  2. Good to hear you are improving so well. It is a very stressful time of the year. I have another friend who's mother is a little older than yours and she will be having extensive back surgery next week or the week following. I for sure will keep your mama in my prayers. As well as your children who need jobs. Lots of folks who need jobs in this old bad economy. My youngest son and his wife are separated this year and it looks like divorce is on the way so we could use a little prayer for them as well. Problems at this time of year always seems much heavier to bear. My mother has been gone five years Dec. 11 (Thursday). This season of the year which once was such a happy time for us has become very depressing and difficult to handle. The ultimate relief for me is knowing the God loves me and God is in control. Amen and Halleluiah!

  3. Glad to hear you're still improving! :)

    I'll keep everyone you mentioned in my thoughts. Boy, as you said, your family sure has bad luck with their backs! I hope they all recover as well as you have so far.

    How are you not fond of gravy?! gravy is amazing! :P I gotta say though that sounds like a delicious dinner!

  4. Sounds like you are feeling better. Getting out there and walking is great for you.
    i am sorry to hear that your mother is having back surgery!! WOW!! You guys do have bad backs..
    Take care and your strength will come back in time..

  5. I am so glad to here you are doing a bit better. Any thing new is a major step forward. It takes me 3 tries to load the dish washer. I do as much as I can then sit a while and stat again. I feel really accomplished with the sock monkeys I am making for the kids. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.


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