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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Carol on Today at 12:12:00 PM »
I will choose purple today - all the family cheers for the Minnesota Vikings football team - they never forget their years in Minnesota and remain loyal.  Football and Hockey and lots of smorgasbord. 

Just taking a break from cleaning and washing stuff - I have been under the weather for half a week and this morning was a wee turning point for the better.  It does take a few days to set things up just to drive home.  Children and neighbors are awaiting us with lots of ideas - wishing we could sneak in for a couple of days without them knowing..Love all of them.

Here, I intended to work a lot more on genealogy but it didn't happen.  My grade would have been a D minus for sure.  Just a lack of inertia so there is no excuse. 

Jackie:  A boy for the royals - how wonderful for everyone. 

Larry:  It is almost overwhelming when funerals in the family are so close.  Peace for all.

Don is back from mailing a change of address to the VA - they are very poor in communication as to when meds are to be delivered so we have to double check the front porch and even have neighbors to help. 

Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Larry Hanna on Today at 06:18:31 AM »
Hi Everyone.  The morning starts out very rainy after rain last night and it is suppose to continue all day long and then into this evening as well.  They indicate we may expect as much as two inches of rain.  It is the nice slow rain this morning that really soaks into the ground.  The main thing I will do today is attend another funeral.  This is for the son of the man who lost his wife just a few weeks ago.  He had been suffering from cancer and suddenly took a turn for the worse. 

Pat had a good day yesterday and felt like attending Sunday School and Church with me.  After Church we went to Zaxby's for their chicken salad.  It is a delicious salad and I had grilled chicken pieces on mine and Pat had the fried chicken on hers.  It is served with a slice of buttered toast and is a full meal.  We then had a quiet afternoon.  I did visit on FaceTime for quite awhile with my good friend and then watched the conclusion of the golf match.  Another young player won his first tournament.   

Janet, our young people at Church put on a nice Valentine Day dinner for the older folks in the church and treat us royally.  It is a nice event although we didn't attend this year.  It sounds like both you and Darrel met very nice and considerate young people and that you have made a new friend. You are wise to get a second opinion on the leg situation. 

Jackie, I watched the video link you posted of the singing priest.  He has a very nice voice and you could understand the words.  Thanks for sharing that with us. 
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Jacqueline on April 22, 2018, 09:57:19 AM »
If you haven't heard this, you must...I have only this minute watched it on Simon Cowells Britain's got Talent auditioning show...Father Ray Kelly...Everybody Hurts...
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Janet on April 22, 2018, 06:57:40 AM »
Good Sunday morning to everyone on CP!

Thank you, Larry--we did have a lovely time at the Senior Prom.  It's so refreshing to be around lovely young people!  The girls all wore their Prom formals, and the boys were dressed up, too; and they were so friendly and fun!  They seemed to enjoy us Grandmas and Grandpas as much as we did them!  One of the girls wanted Darrel to teach her how to dance--it seems nobody teaches the kids to dance any more; they only know line dances and just shuffling their feet!  He danced with her several times, but had trouble avoiding stepping on her very long dress!  It dragged on the floor, especially after she took off her high heels!  ;)  Anyway, she asked him to have a Prom photo taken with her--sweet!

And one of the boys asked me to dance, but he didn't know how, either, so asked me to teach him to two-step.  That's easy, and he learned really quickly!  When we left, he offered me his arm, asking me to please allow him the honor of walking me out.  He walked me to the car, Darrel following, opened the door for me, then handed me a folded paper, saying, "this is for you."  He had put his name and phone number on it, and said he would love to buy me coffee some day and hear the rest of my story, and to please contact him soon.   :)  If he wants to hear the rest of my story, that will be a really long coffee date!  ;)  We had chatted briefly about traveling,
something he passionately wants to do.  (I will contact him.)

Thank you Larry, for telling me about Pat's similar experience.  Darrel wants me to see a surgeon in Garden City, just for advice.  Yesterday, I discovered a hard lump about the size of a marble in that bulge on my leg.  Won't hurt to get it checked out, anyway.

Time to wake my sweet husband!  Have a great day, everyone!
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Larry Hanna on April 22, 2018, 06:10:19 AM »
Hi Everyone.  We have a cloudy morning but mild temperatures.  We could have a little rain later today but less than 50% chance at this point.  I am going to go to Sunday School and then come home and pick up Pat and we will go back to Church and out to lunch.  I plan on watching the end of the golf tournament and resting this afternoon. 

Yesterday I decided I didn't have the energy to get out and attend my meeting so just stayed home all day. Yesterday afternoon Pat made some delicious banana nut bread.  I just finished a slice of it with my breakfast.  A few days ago I ordered a new white shirt from Costco and am wearing it for the first time this morning.  I am very pleased with the quality of the fabric and construction.  The price was very reasonable at $20 and free shipping. 

Janet, glad you finally got a little rain out your way.  Pat had a fitty tissue situation on the outer hip and did have it removed several years ago.  I am sure you will make the right decision on whether or not to have it removed.  Most people would probably never notice the problem and if they did so what.  I think I mislead in my comments as have only the one appointment in July and canceled the other with the doctor that will be gone after next Monday.  I also made the assumption if was your vehicles that could have burned.  Glad that didn't happen with the tenets things either.  I hope you enjoyed the Senior Prom. 

Jackie, you make a good point about the surgery.  Were you able to enjoy some more time in your garden yesterday. 
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Jacqueline on April 21, 2018, 11:04:16 AM »
...take it from me...your legs are too precious to go having unnecessary surgery if it isn't really needed...what is more important is that you can walk on them...My choice at my age would be to stay with " ugly.." but at the end of the day, this is your choice...just hang onto that " good strong and healthy leg " of yours...
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Janet on April 21, 2018, 10:16:20 AM »
I love Saturdays!  This is the one day of the week when I don't (usually) have to go anywhere in the morning hours.  So I can take my time with the Lord, not have to get dressed and hurry to the gym or get ready for church, and I really enjoy not feeling hurried.  :)


I have a big bulge just below my right knee which doesn't hurt or cause me any noticeable problems. It is unsightly and prevents me from wearing dresses, unless I wear leggings too.  I have asked doctors over the past several years about it, and was told it's water retention from my blood pressure medicine.  It's soft and "jiggly".  Anyway, when we saw our primary doctor, he said he thought it was from a leaking bursa in my knee.  ???  So I asked the Urologist about it, and he thought it was a fatty tumor.  He used a medical term, which I don't remember.  Anyway, he said I could get a CT scan or an ultrasound to determine if it's fluid or fatty tissue.  Since his assistant had just done an ultrasound on my bladder, I asked if they could do one on my leg?  He looked at me, a bit startled, and said, "For YOU.... "  and then did one.  If there is fluid, it shows as black on the ultrasound, and there was no black.  So the conclusion is that it is fatty tissue.  It can be removed surgically; but it doesn't bother me except for being ugly, so do I want to have surgery on my otherwise good, strong and healthy leg??  I will be praying a lot before making that decision!

Larry, glad you got your appointment so you can do them both in one trip.
So nice of the young girl to come out and help you.  We do appreciate those young ones who are willing to help us.  Curtis has helped us several times,
and Abby was great about driving me to see Darrel in rehab at Garden (following the car wreck) and she drove me to bring him home, too.  God bless them!

It wasn't our vehicles that were endangered by the fire.  They all belong to the renter, but I'm so grateful they didn't burn!  Only God!!

Jackie, good to have you back with us.  Glad you have a pleasant place with a beautiful view where you can sit outdoors and enjoy nature.  I won't likely be blessed with those things until I get to heaven!  But it makes me appreciate the times I get to travel to such places!  I'm quite sure you wouldn't be impressed with the view we have!  ;)

I really want to work on the book some today.  I tried yesterday, but seemed to be stymied and stalled out.  Today is a new day!!

The Junior Leadership Class from the High School is giving us a Senior Prom tonight--yes, for Senior citizens.  It's so nice of them, and they are such fun to interact with; really special kids.  Darrel and I have missed the last two years, as we were away traveling, but we plan to attend tonight.:thumbsup:
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Larry Hanna on April 21, 2018, 06:41:22 AM »
Hi Everyone.  It is another beautiful and sunny morning and we headed to the mid-70's this afternoon although we are now only in the mid-40's.  I don't have too much on the schedule for today.  I have emptied the ice bin and letting the container thaw out and lose all the shavings frost that seem to build up.  I made Pat's breakfast.  I will decide a little later whether I will attend a meeting this morning or not depending on my strength level at the time.  Yesterday I did go downtown and picked up Elizabeth at Scott's house and brought her out here for a couple of hours.  She cleaned up the attic and brought down a lot of boxes that I had saved up there and generally rearranged and straighten up things.  She did the same in the garage and took a few things up to the attic that have been in the garage since we moved but which I didn't want to discard.  I also had her trim off the top of the three small shrubs on either side of the walkway and on the other side of the driveway.  She did all the work but I was the one ending up tired as stayed with her as she worked.  I was glad to get these things done.  A 19 year old has a lot of energy. 

Janet, that is pretty amazing that the fire didn't get your vehicles, rototiller, mower and anything else.  The advantage of moving occasionally is that it does cause one to do some de-cluttering but it doesn't take long to re-clutter.  Abby should be fine on the mission trip since she won't be along and there is safety in numbers.  Nice that Abby is getting the financial support for her trip.  I did get an appointment with a new cardiologist yesterday and was able to schedule it on the same day that I had the appointment in July with the doctor I have been using. 

Judy, that is a beautiful hymn and an interesting story.  I have just listened to the song and don't think I had heard it before. 

Jackie, so happy to see your posting.  Unfortunately we don't get to choose diseases that affect our lives.  You will find permanent healing when you are called home and in the meantime you can ask Jesus to help bear you up through the hard days.  None of us know what others are enduring because we do not walk in their shoes nor share their suffering.  Glad you are having some nice weather.  Do you have much humidity where you live?  It sounds like you have a beautiful place to sit outside and enjoy the beauty of nature. 

Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Jacqueline on April 20, 2018, 01:21:36 PM »
I am here...thank you for thinking of me and missing me....I am ok, just wish at times I could be granted one wish, and that wish would be to take my MS away from my body but...I know that would be one wish that will never happen...

Anyway, as much as I " hate " and I do mean " hate " I know it is here to stay.... Just wish I could control my body, instead of my body controlling me...

I hope no one judges me as until one has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, they dont know what its like living with it..( living in the body..)

Our weather these last few days has really been nice but is due for a change in temps again, temps going down and showers and thunderstorm is predicted for this weekend...not that the weather makes much difference to me...but it has been pleasant sitting outside and looking up at those green valleys-hills and watching and listening to the birds for a change...just the sheer peace and quiet where I can reflect on life...

... I had to come back and edit as I have only just this minute seen your video clip link and have to say this has come at the right moment for me...thank you, this is just what I was needing...Very soothing and comforting, I shall be playing this whenever I feel its need... 
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts of the Month~April
« Last post by Janet on April 20, 2018, 11:48:46 AM »
Thanks, Judy!  I hadn't heard that beautiful song before!
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