For Today… November 1, 2016
I can’t believe it’s November already!!! It seems like just yesterday was the first day of October. Only three more weeks until Thanksgiving, too.
Looking out my window… I can see some fog, and lots of damage to our lawn, caused by another infestation of moles AND an armadillo! Our yard looks Ed’s been using the tiller in it! We’ve tried everything to get rid of these critters, and nothing works (except killing them).
I am thinking… it’s kind of sad that our granddaughter is growing up. Time slow down! This Halloween, she chose to give out candy, instead of going trick-or-treating. No more “tooth fairy”, “Santa”, or “Easter Bunny” for her either.
I am thankful… that my health has been better, lately. I’ve actually had enough energy to tackle a couple of home projects. I spent one day working in my kitchen, and another in my bedroom.
One of my favorite things… has always been having our grandchildren stop by our house to go “trick-or-treating”. I always look forward to seeing what kind of costumes they’ll be wearing. We live in the country, so they are the only “trick-or-treaters” we get to see.
I am wearing… a pair of pajama pants, with ducks on them, and a yellow t-shirt.
I am going… to ‘early vote’, today. We’re trying to avoid the long lines of election day! We are also going to the doctor, on Wednesday, and we have an appointment to have our car serviced, later this week. We’ll be doing a lot of “going”.
I am creating… nothing, yet, but I’m about to try my hand at crocheting a couple of Christmas throw pillow covers. Wish me luck, because I haven’t crocheted in a very long time!!!
I am reading… a couple of devotional books that I recently purchased. My favorite one is entitled Wisdom for Each Day written by Billy Graham.
I am watching… the shows Designated Survivor, Bull, The Black List, and Survivor on television.
I am listening… to Bradley Walker’s new cd, Call Me Old Fashioned. Bradley Walker is a budding country music artist, with a nice voice. Bradley also has muscular dystrophy, but he hasn’t let it hold him back. Bradley is friends with Rory Feek (formerly of the country duo, Joey & Rory) and was friends with Joey, as well. After Joey passed away, earlier this year, Rory got busy producing this album for Bradley. I like it! Here’s the title cut from the cd:
I am hoping… these blasted mosquitoes will hurry up and die! It’s 86 degrees, and we’re having to wear long sleeves and slacks, outside, to keep from being eaten alive. The little ‘buggers’ just seem to scoff at our insect repellent.
I am learning… to trust and rely on God. I’ve always been a born worrier, when things get a little crazy, but I’m trying to change my ways, and give it to God.
In my kitchen… I made a pot of homemade chili for supper, last night, even though it was 86 degrees outside! October 31 just seemed like a good time for chili, so I turned on the second a/c unit and made some. It was good.
In my garden… some carrots, radishes, cabbage, mustard greens, and turnip greens are growing. So far, only the radishes are ready for consumption. We ate a few in our grilled chicken salad, on Sunday.
Shared Quote: Be the wind, O Lord, that blows away all troubles from my path, and clears the way for me as I walk. Be the sun, O Lord, that warms me when life’s storms surround me. Be the light, O Lord, that guides my way when all around me the fog of doubt hangs low and thick. Be the stars, O Lord, that keep me looking upward in hope, joy, and expectation of a better tomorrow. ( From the book entitled This Too Shall Pass. Author unknown)
A moment from my day:
Last year’s trick-or-treaters:
This year’s trick-or-treaters:
The boys’ interests change from year to year. Last year they wanted to dress up like old wrestlers (Hulk Hogan & The Ultimate Warrior). This year they wanted to be old NBA stars. (Larry Byrd & Michael Jordan) Their mom always does a great job of making their costumes. This year, we missed having Madison in our Halloween picture (she was giving out candy in town).
As you may know, our daughter’s house flooded, last Tuesday. It’s all dried out, now, but the place is in shambles. The kitchen cabinets have been removed, as well as the floor covering in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and part of the bedroom. They’re waiting on estimates and ‘red tape’ before they can proceed with putting their home back together again. They’ve been staying with our daughter’s in-laws.
I’m in the process of trying to sort out some issues concerning my health care insurance for 2017. Unfortunately, my previous carrier, Humana, won’t be participating in the “Healthcare Marketplace”, next year. Since Ed and I are on a fixed income, I have to rely on “The Marketplace” for affordable insurance. Unfortunately, only Blue Cross/Blue Shield still remains in ‘The Marketplace’, and two of my [four] physicians are not providers in their network. I’m not sure my prescriptions will be covered, either. It’s one of those problems I’m trying to give to God.
Many thanks to Peggy Hostetler for hosing The Simple Woman’s Daybook!