Just Me On Monday…

The weekend has come and gone, and once again, it’s just me on Monday.  Once again, it was a nice weekend in our neck of the woods.

Since I gave Ed his Valentine’s Day gift (the metal detector) a few days early, he returned the kindness and did the same for me.  He spent most of Saturday getting my gift set up.  In case you may be wondering what my gift was, it was a green house!

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I’ve been wanting a green house for a while, so I’m thrilled.  I can’t wait to fill it with lots of sprouting seeds and plants.  I asked Ed to figure out some way to “pet proof” the bottom of the green house, and I think he did a pretty good job, by putting lattice trim around the bottom.  The front piece is removable, for easy access to the inside of the house.  (On a side note here, Ed and I don’t usually exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day, but this year we both wanted/needed something special, so we did.  We also exchanged gifts early, for the same reason.)

Of course, Sunday was “Superbowl Sunday”, and our daughter and her husband hosted a “Superbowl Party” for the family.  Some came for the football game, others came for the food.  Nobody left disappointed.  Go Ravens!

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Brad and Jennifer came in Sunday, from out-of-town, and it was so good to have the entire family together, once again.  I miss having our weekend get-togethers!

Everyone made their favorite finger foods for the party, and of course,  I cheated on my diet.  I hadn’t had a hot dog in over two months–and see those chocolate cupcakes in the photo, they were my weakness!  I couldn’t pass up chocolate with whipped topping.

I felt a bit guilty, but at least I didn’t cheat alone.  Almost everyone in the family has been eating healthier since the new year began, and all have lost weight.  I guess you could say “the family that diets together, also cheats together!”  Today it’s back to business for all of us!  It will take several days to undo last night’s damage.

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Before moving on, I’d like to remember several individuals in prayer today.  The six-year-old son of one of Ed’s co-workers, has just been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of lymphoma.  This family has traveled to Atlanta (four hours from home) for treatment, beginning this week.  Yet another co-worker has a premature infant daughter, who was recently flown to Ohio, for surgery to repair two holes in her heart.  Also, Walter, hubby to a long-time blog friend of mine,Linda @ Retirement Daze, is having surgery today.  Walter has taken excellent care of Linda since her stroke, nearly two years ago.  Now it’s Walter’s turn to be cared for–hopefully for just a short while.  In addition, I recently found out that the husband of a friend and former co-worker is now battling cancer–on the heels of by-pass surgery.  All will have my continued prayers…

Last, but not least, it’s time to get down to the Monday business of joining Heather and Wayne for their fun Monday meme.  If you’d like to play along, simply click the button below.

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Here are the Questions:

1. Are you good about going to the doctor?

For years, I wasn’t very good about going to the doctor, I once went for 14 years without having a pap smear or breast exam.  However, after two cancer scares, and being diagnosed with  two chronic conditions–this is no longer the case.    These days, I always have a standing appointment with my primary care physician, and I see my gynechologist regularly.
2. What do you think about the practice of restaurants adding automatic tips for large groups or specific events?

Personally, I don’t like it.  A “tip” should be optional, not required–for any reason.  When a tip is required, it’s takes the pleasure out of giving it.
3. When was the last time you went out for dinner?

It’s been a while since I went out for dinner, but I went out to lunch with a friend on Thursday.  We ate at Cracker Barrel, and it was delicious!
4. What is your best budget saving tip for recovering from an unexpected expense or planning for one?

It’s fairly easy to save some money in the food department, if you take your lunch to work, don’t go out for dinner, plan only inexpensive meals, clip and use coupons, and eat lots of left-overs!  Use the money you save on food for that unexpected expense!

My question:

5.  Did you watch the Superbowl Game?  If so, what was your favorite commercial? 

(Being the animal lover that I am, I liked the Budweiser commercial featuring the baby Clydesdale.  The sight of that horse running down the street, after his former owner, tugged at my heart strings!)

If you missed it, here it is:

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Published in: on February 4, 2013 at 10:49 am  Comments (14)  
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So Many Answered Prayers…

Fifty years ago found my brother and me growing up in a less than desireable home environment.  Our parents were struggling  with a multitude of problems brought on by alcohol abuse.  I think back to those times, and I know that scores of prayers must’ve been sent up on behalf of my parents, my brother, and me.  I also know that many of those prayers were answered.  We both grew up to be healthy, happy individuals with no desire to partake in alcohol.  Our parents even  took a six-year hiatus from drinking, and got their lives somewhat in order, not an easy task since they’d  lost nearly everything that they owned.

I remember back to the late sixties, when my parents were sober and doing good, I was halfway through school, and  my brother was happily married.  Unfortunately the Vietnam War was going on.  Like so many others during that time, my brother was drafted to go and fight in the war.  He served his time in the army and got sent to Vietnam, but returned safely and unharmed to his loving wife…more answered prayers!

By the late eighties my parents health had declined rapidly.  The years of alcohol abuse and prescription medication abuse finally took its toll.  They were in their late 50’s at the time.  I was 35 years old, happily married, and had three children aged 3, 6, and 9.  Suddenly I found myself being forced to deal with both of my parents being hospitalized– for four long months. 

My father was in ICU for over 2 months and wasn’t expected to live.  When he beat the odds and survived, he had to go through rehab.  My mother had a complete mental breakdown, and was in the mental ward the entire 4 months.  The hospital was a 125 mile round trip drive from my house.   I can honestly say those were the most difficult and trying months of my entire life.  I had to try to be everything to everyone and there were times when I didn’t know how much more I could endure…then I would pick myself up and go again.  I know that many, many prayers went up for me, my family, and my parents during those months, and they were answered. 

I believe because of those answered prayers, I never had an accident or any car trouble on those many trips driving alone to the hospital–once I drove home in the middle of the night after being up for two days and nights.  Usually,  I managed to drive to and from the hospital, visit both parents, and still be home when the children arrived home from school.  My parents survived, but were forced to enter a nursing home facility at the end of four months.  It was not what they preferred, but for the first time in my life, I didn’t have to worry about them.  I knew they’d be taken care of, and wouldn’t have access to things that weren’t good for their health.  So many answered prayers…

Ten years later, both of my parents were deceased, two of our children had graduated from high school, and the last one was just three years away from graduation.  Life was fairly calm…just before the next storm when I discovered that I had two masses on my ovary.  I wasn’t overly concerned–at first.  That was before I had a CA 125 test that came back elevated(possible indicator of cancer).  Suddenly my life was turned upside down again, as I faced my own mortality.  Many prayers went up again…and once again God heard and answered.  The test was wrong!  My ovarian masses weren’t cancer, but were by-products of a massive case of endometriosis.  Not only were the masses not malignant, but the hysterectomy cured many of the health issues that I’d suffered from for several years!  God answers prayers!

Flash forward six more years…our daughter had been married for 5 years, and  desperately wanted to be a mother.  After a year of trying, Brandy finally became pregnant–just before a scheduled appointment to a fertility specialist!  The pregnancy wasn’t an easy one though.  It was nine long months of ups and downs, tears and prayers, bed rest and hospitalizations.  Almost anything that could go wrong, did go wrong–and it was like that for the entire pregnancy and delivery!  Despite all of the ups and downs, trials and tribulations, God answered our prayers when little Madison Elizabeth was born healthy.

 I’m so grateful for all of those answered prayers–and for the ones who prayed those prayers.  In the midst of all of the mentioned situations, I always felt God’s strength and presence.  Although I didn’t know how each situation would turn out, I had faith that God would see us though, and He did. 

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