Monday, June 25, 2012

Overloaded Woman's Daybook...Yeah Buddy Roy...Overloaded

Today Outside my Window? A very sunny day that just shouts summertime...I hear neat buzzing sounds from all of the trees, many trees! It whispers...summer...Very calming...

I am thinking... Oh wow. Do you really want to know? Thinking of a visit at my dad's yesterday. Thinking of my dad telling Lea just what he thought of JFK as Lea brought up the assassination. My dad still reels over the Bay of Pigs (understandably!). Don't mess with our boys when it comes to my dad. Dad went to a private military school in Biloxi Mississippi after his mother passed away when he was a little boy. Sad in some ways, such a little guy being sent away like that. But just don't mess with my dad on certain things. Let's just say when Mar heard Lea bring the JFK assassination up she looks at me and murmurs out of the side of her mouth...I need to go get my dessert now..she whispers...Lea's going to be sor-ry.... It was okay. Daddy was civil but real. Yes, we are very real people when it comes to what we think. He was nice about the assassination and he too believes there were other gunmen. Fascinating to learn about.

Here's a photo of my mom and dad when they were first married. They are both 82 now. Divorced unfortunately. Spent the day with both of them yesterday ...oh my. I'm an only child and it amazes me to see the same behaviors good and bad at times. Much to carry at times for me but God will help me, He always does. (written through watery eyes). They are both such, sweet, sweet people...So sweet. Life is hard to understand sometimes, it just is. It. Just. Is.

They were such a a handsome couple don't you think? I think this was probably taken around 1953 - 54? Classic time capsule.

I am thankful for... My husband and girls. A husband who doesn't curse or use off color language, who fears God. He doesn't watch garbage on t.v. and isn't going to allow anything worldly in this home. He is very particular on that and I am SO thankful! I also love his voice...(I know, it's random but true). Girls who walk uprightly; neat to see my youngest picking up on rebellion in others and telling me about it. God is faithful.

I am wearing... light stone colored capris, a cotton v-neck turquoise mini print modern paisley print shorter tunic... sleeveless. Very cool colors. I made it myself and this summer I chopped the sleeves off and hemmed it making it sleeveless but a teensy glimpse of a flattering perky cap sleeve. I used to do fashion illustrations and now in my middle age I am assembling stuff I like, easy stuff but stuff I like. I know who I am and what I like. My hair is growing longer (yay!) and I have it swept up in a messy bun with my new cat eye glasses on top of my head. It's so fun having longer hair and a newer style of eyeglasses.

In the learning room...Becs is starting on her photography assignment. I love the neat online course from the Institute of Photographic Study. Sounds fancy eh?

I am remembering...Sup, sup, supper time! The wash! I'm trying this cleaning schedule this week. We'll see if this or flylady works for me. You gotta love flylady...

I am going... Nowhere today.

I am currently reading... A neat new book, 'Main Street Vegan' by Victoria Moran. Outstanding book so far. And my Bible and devotional of course.

I am hoping... things will normalize?

On my mind... Hmmm... So much, just so much.

Noticing that...It's getting late.

Pondering these words...You can always recognize who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, and you know that you can go to him in your moment of trouble and find that he has plenty of time for you. But if a person has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, having no respect or time for you, only turning you away... ~Oswald Chambers.

I call it The Companionship of Brokeness!

Sometimes I would like to tell some of these women who don't seem to have that Companionship... Honey your looks are alright but somebody needs to put a bag over your're as cold as ice dearie!

From the kitchen... Hmmm. I have some ideas for supper...maybe just a simple pasta? Don't know. Becs will be making a pie crust in the next few minutes though...

From the working room...I would like to sew today but realistically, I'm not quite sure if I'll get to it, I have some awesome black crinkled taffeta that will make a gorgeous longer tea length crinkly skirt for the fall and winter, even now for dress-up...Love those crinkly skirts that crinkle when ya walk. Black hose and shoes. Beautiful. I also wouldn't mind making some more cloth dinner napkins. I'm noticing how many paper towels we've been going through. I make my napkins easy and a bit smaller than the norm. Just very usable, nothing fancy at all. But you have to have enough to make it cost effective.

Around the house...Dishwasher going, wash going, dryer going, Becs cracking eggs in the kitchen.

One of my favorite things...Peace of the Lord. Surprises He sends. Connecting with my girls on things...Love it.

A photo I would like to share..

My buddy at the nursing home, he is deaf, slightly mute. He is precious. He tries to talk so hard bless his heart. He can only use one of his arms it seems, he is all there I assure you. He's a saint I tell you. I say .."Hey!" He says... "Heayyyy"...I say "You doing okay?" He says: "Yeeeeaaaaahhhh!" The sweetest thing you ever did see. He is also partially blind, and has the best attitude ever. God bless and be with him and all of our nursing home friends. They are the best, what a forgotten treasure.

Take care All, love in Christ. Til the next time.... ~Amelia

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Writer's Block? What's Going On Around Here...

Thank you Carmen and Jana for the sweet comments and prayers for our sweet little friend, Howard. That is so sweet, and I appreciate you two taking the time to read this blog and comment. : ) That's what it's all about isn't it?

Just went to the nursing home yesterday. I've been praying and interceding for Howard all last month, not daring to call the home about Howard. I just couldn't take it. I just couldn't. I had found out though that Howard's sister had passed away just weeks before, they appear to be twins. She was married to a medical doctor and was a nurse when she was very young in the early 40s. She was in the gardening club and lived in an affluent old established neighborhood...Seemed just like a sweet little Howard in female form from her lovely picture. She looked neat. I like simple people who know who they are enough to not march to the world's tune in what to wear etc. We can be who we want to be. I've always admired people like that. Does it bother anyone else when you hear things like....

"What are they wearing this year?" "They are wearing skirts this length or that length" That bugs me. Who in the world are "they" anyhow?

I used to draw fashion illustrations in art class and they were usually matted and placed in our highschool showcase weekly, even my fashion illustrations were done in my own way....I would dare do them in plain #2 pencil and a black bic pen with pastels here and there.. : ) They looked fine. But my point is...I did Laura Ashley looks and 40s looks before anyone knew it would be trendy. I was me. Me was and is I.

But it's not about me, it's about Jesus. It's about me shining Jesus to others. Any good thing I have is from Jesus, it's sure not from me. I do suppose I have to mortify the flesh most often though... That is life as a Christian is it not?

Enough of that ramble. Please know this is an uncooked, unedited blog. So if you're looking for perfection you're in the wrong place.

I see this blog is most likely for my true friends to read those who will truly pray with me and get me on things, a place for encouragments hopefully. Kindred spirits. Yes indeedie.

So why should I stress over this thing we call a blog...It is more like picking up a phone to yack? : )

Yesterday was the nursing home as I was going on...

I walked down the last hall where we left Howard. I nod my head at the nurses station and the Pentecostal lady who works there as she smiles sweetly at me knowingly. I'm looking down at my feet as I approach his room...I look up and his name is still there on the door. I peep my head in and what do I see? It's Howard!!!! He was in a deep sleep with oxygen rosie cheeked! He barely opens his eyes and eeks out a smile....

We were able to comfort him once again, and I could tell he was looking better. Praise the name of Jesus Christ. So Carmen, Jana,...and anyone else who took the prayer request seriously? Howard is there in that home. My daughter saw the diagnosis, "pneumonia" and a few other things she couldn't make out on the folder. I also saw hard copy letters from a doctor, his brother, written to Howard by his side. Me thinks this is a book-smart family from the 1920s. Very interesting to me. Also I love hard copy letters, it seems so many people don't even know how to act with hard copy letters anymore.

Howard held Michelle's hand as if she were his one true grand-daughter. Darling. My oriental friend, Betty was there with her three precious guys. Betty's youngest, Josiah was very concerned for Howard's soul. We asked Howard if he knew Jesus. He roughly through oxygen answered, yes. Please keep praying. I have found that Howard answered the phone as a volunteer for his church in midtown. Interesting.

Michelle asked Howard if they could take a pic together, Howard says: "I'd rather not, but you better hurry if you want one"

That told me something too.

We sang "Jesus loves Me" We ask if he would like for us to sing another song? Howard says with sleep eyes..."Not really"... Oh my. *smiles* We laughed...It was so Howard...

So that's the wrap from a mom with writer's block.

Lot's going on here. We have two daughters getting ready to go to China to teach English and you would not believe what it entails! Oh. My. Speeches to deliver stuff to buy...vitamins, herbs and more, more more! If I were Dr. Suess I could compose a book on this trip! lol

Here are some pics I will share, I have more but this will do for now:

These two pics are on Father's Day, Li-Li and Dh set the table under these two beautiful old oaks ready for a Chinese dinner Li-Li fixed. You can't tell but there is a vintage tablecloth on the table. We played oldtime Louis Armstrong jazz in the background...Nice.

My old oak friends. : ) Aren't they beautiful?

Another one of my friends here in the country, he lives down the street in a very sweet and beautiful place with many other cows, donkeys and such. He is crippled and I just think he is precious. You can see his two hind legs, they are turned backwards in a way...I wish I could have him here but it looks like the owners are loving him and caring for him... Such a sweet little guy.

As for me? I'm okay just thoughts and prayers a-whirring. : )

I like what Mar-Mar says: Muffie keeps the best secrets.

Yes, Mar I agree.

Muffie is our littlest doglet...A sweet little shitzu. Love him dearly, love of all of our doglets, kitlet and all of God's creatures great and small.

Love to All, Jesus is Lord. Yes, Jesus is Lord. Love in Christ Jesus, Jesus loves me and He loves You! Oh how He loves me and you! (Do you remember that song?) ~Amelia
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