Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The Heart Of The Matter

When I first heard Phil's diagnosis of severe coronary disease, I got so upset that my own heart went out of rhythm!! I was told to get an E.K.G., which showed this. The doctor circled the abnormal sections.                                                                                 

But after a few days, as the shock wore off, my heart began to normalize. That was when I had the post office incident. So in a week, I was in the E.R., three emergency clinic visits, and Phil had his catherazation!

Phil's catherazation went well! He has a 50% blockage in one artery, not severe enough for a stent. We are so thankful to God, and to YOU for your prayers and warm wishes! Here is the picture the doctor drew of Phil's heart and where the blockage is.

“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Heart Catheterization

Tomorrow morning (10:00) Phil will be having a heart catheterization . I have a small bag packed, as we don't know long long he will have to stay. So I will not be visiting Monday or Tuesday...maybe longer, depending on what happens. I will let you know when we are back home and well rested.

This is on a neighbor's porch. Can you see what is out of place?

Saturday, December 9, 2017

It's Snowing!

It is snowing today! The first snow of the winter. Taken from my window, this is across the street.

Is it snowing where you are? These are some snowy things I have around the house. This is my calendar page.

Hanging on my kitchen wall.

Sitting on my kitchen counter.

On the end table.

On top of our audio rack.

“He orders the snow, ‘Blanket the earth!’ and the rain, ‘Soak the whole countryside!’ No one can escape the weather—it’s there. And no one can escape from God.” 

Job 37

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Passed Out In The Post Office

Hi! This is me before the incident.

You see, yesterday at the post office, I had to stand too long. Sometimes when this happens, my blood pressure gets too low and I pass out. This can be stopped by sitting or laying down.  Phil begged them for a chair for me, and they would not get one. Something like this would have been nice, ha ha!

Shortly, everything looked like this.

Then I passed out totally (I blame the post office for no chair). Phil and another man who was there caught me and lowered me to the floor. Then these people were called, plus an ambulance.

Even when I regained consciousness, I could not move. So after a brief exam, they took me to the E.R..

Turns out I have a cracked or bruised tailbone, which will take months to heal. Plus a messed up knee. All from the fainting. So here is where I will be spending most of my time, on a donut cushion.

Oh, and Phil is having a heart catheterazation on Monday morning. It's been a rough week.

“In old age, your body no longer serves you so well.
Muscles slacken, grip weakens, joints stiffen…
Hikes to the mountains are a thing of the past.
Even a stroll down the road has its terrors.”
Ecclesiastes 12

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

K-Mart Parking Lot

Last night, this is what we saw in the K-Mart parking lot.

“The desolate, deserted trees, the faded earth, the heavy sky...Not yesterday I learned to know.
The love of bare November days. Before the coming of the snow”
 ~Robert Frost,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Day Into Night

Can you guess what this picture is? I snapped it in front of our house this afternoon.

It is our mailman wearing a miner's cap. This is because it is pitch dark in the afternoon. He has to wear a lighted cap to even see the mail! I guess this is why this house nearby has a lamp on a table, with a nice picture for him to look at.

It's just not right, making the day into the night. Even the birds are confused.

“Jesus once again addressed them: “I am the world’s Light. No one who follows me stumbles around in the darkness. I provide plenty of light to live in.”
John 8

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Into The Heart Of The Sunset

The sunset was beautiful last night.

And then something appeared in the sky. Can you see it?

It is the jet stream of a plane. And it is flying right into the heart of the sunset. 

“…God’s Word vaults across the skies
    from sunrise to sunset,
Melting ice, scorching deserts,
    warming hearts to faith.”

Psalm 19

Friday, December 1, 2017

My Lips Are Sealed.

How many of you remember the Christmas classic "The Christmas Story". It centers around 9 year old Ralphie. One freezing day, he made a deal with another kid that he could lick a metal pole. And he DID, but not without getting his tongue stuck to it and needing emergency treatment. Here are some Christmas lights I found showing the scene!

My header was made out of paper mache' by a 12th grader.

“Regarding angels he says, The messengers are winds, the servants are tongues of fire.”
Hebrews 1

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Weird Scarecrows

Technically, it is still fall. So that means I can post scarecrows! These are some of the strangest ones I have seen. This one has no legs! Scary indeed.

This one is a wooden headed girl.

This one is empty headed...he has a head made of wire.

This one has been on his tractor, and is plum tuckered out.

This one is a skull! He scares people as well as crows.
 The next two are made by children. One is made of popsicle sticks, and the other is a collage.

And finally, meet Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein and their pet crow.

“Every hand hangs limp, every knee turns to rubber. They dress in rough burlap— sorry scarecrows, Shifty and shamefaced.”

Ezekiel 7

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Weird Pumpkins

Here are some of the weird pumpkins I have encountered. First, the white ones. What's up with that? Can you even eat them? I have never seen a white pumpkin pie.

This one is made from a bale of hay.

This man lives a couple blocks away, and grows award winning pumpkins for the largest in the state.

Here is Anne Marie sitting on one.

Last year, I had the girls make a spider and web on their pumpkins. Kind of fun for all their ages.

This pumpkin has been hollowed out and used as a vase.

Little Jazz didn't know that she had it upside down.

We saw this in a store window. A crone pumpkin.

So there is the lot. Weird, wild, and wonderful.

“Our chair a broad pumpkin, our lantern the moon,
Telling tales of the fairy who travelled like steam,
In a pumpkin-shell coach, with two rats for her team!
~John G. Whittier