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oldandancient

Erika, I think what you have is Reynaud's phenomenon syndrome. It does cause very cold fingers and some numbness, due to constriction of the blood vessels. I didn't know it caused breast pain, but I could see how it would. So glad you are feeling better. Been praying for you, so am thanking our Lord for some answered prayer. Yippee. I knew you would come back when you felt better. It's ok to go away if you have to. I think we all do that, but so glad you are back with us. I really wish we could all be together for a much needed group hug and some really down to earth soul sister time together. Wouldn't that be something? Puts a smile on my face just thinking about hugging y'all. Into the blessing jar you go, Erika along with the rest of my soul sisters. I know I will get sucked in as well. LOL.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....doing much, way better...the doctors found out what was wrong with my breast pain...it isn’t phantom milk ....it is Raymond’s phoenomenal pain of the breasts....it isn’t serious , but not much they can do....some people get it in their tips of fingers and or toes....it is excruciatingly painful, but a warm water bottle , does wonders!!!

Praying for all....my depression is way better right now!!!!! Many several, oodles of oodles of endless , Erika hugs to allxxxxx Hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Praise our dear Lord in Heaven for Tea's good news. Melissa I have been thinking of you and your family situation. Sending a huge hug. Donna I once had a neighbor with bad corneas back in the 70s. He had a cornea transplant in each eye. It worked wonders even back in dark ages of medicine. I'm sure there are much better options to help your eyes now. Big hugs to Brighty and Gina. I just got home from supper and a grocery shopping trip with my cousins. Those gals have to go in blessing jar.

teamac

We Have a praise report. Dad went to both the bladder doc and the oncologist.
The Bladder doc cannot find a trace of cancer in the bladder at this time...so the last surgery must of been a blessing. As for the prostrate cancer, it so far has not spread and we are doing good for now.
So...Praises and thanks...keep us in your prayers...they are working my dear, dear sisters ☺♥♥♥♥

oldandancient

Melissa Joy, I always found Mondays to be the slowest days to shop before the holidays. Everybody is out of money from shopping all weekend. We went last weekend to get some new lights and thought I'd get a new wreath at Lowes. They were almost out of Christmas stuff. Guinn got 3 sets of lights. Nothing else to be had. We still don't have any Christmas stuff up.

Went to the eye dr. today. I have cataracts and also corneal scarring on both eyes. So she is sending me to a corneal specialist before any surgery is done. She said they were really backed up due to the hurricane Florence, but the receptionist found a cancellation on Tuesday so got me that appt. The technician said I should not be driving due to my vision. Guinn has a colonoscopy on Wed, so I have to drive home.

I've been freezing for several days now with temps in the 40's. got down in the 20's yesterday morning. We are bracing for a storm of some sort this weekend. Our children's program at church is Sunday. Sure hope it does not snow.

Glad your kids enjoy the warm blankets, Melissa. Those crowns are expensive. I know. I've got a mouth full of gold ones. Maybe they will be worth something when I die....most likely not.

We just got a phone call that Guinn's friend Mike from work, passed away this morning. They are having a Memorial Service on Dec. 27th. His son is stationed in Guam in the Navy. He's a water rescue guy. He was just home for Thanksgiving and had to go back. He will be home for Christmas so they are having it then. Guinn was talking to his wife a week ago and she said he slept a lot and would talk about Guinn in his sleep. He was telling other guys at work to "go see Guinn." Mike and Guinn were the only 2 who knew how to fix everything in the plant. So sad.

Cindi said the closing on Cathy's house is Monday. Finally!!! She is not happy that I did not drive up and get 5 boxes of stuff she saved for me. Now I don't know when I will get up there.

Michelle, so glad you can finally see. Praise God for answered prayer.

My brother's sister Christine fell down the stairs while getting Christmas decorations out from upstairs. Ended up in the ER. Lots of bruises and hurting. This was a few days ago. Yesterday my brother had to take her back to hospital. They did an MRI and found a hairline fracture in her back. Cindi's husband fell down the stairs about a month or so ago and has the same thing. They both had bad backs to begin with. Keep them in your prayers.
Praying for Erika, Tea and her dad, Vicki and her Mom, Gina, Ray and the family. Hugs to all.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Hope you are all smiling today! Didn't watch the funeral...too depressing! Life is sad enough with my parents being alive yet won't have anything to do with us. The holidays are getting harder for me. Told Tim last night I was seriously thinking of packing up and heading somewhere for the holidays.

Today is cold but dry and the sun is shining. Ventured out shopping. Had to get a gift for a baby shower tomorrow. It was insane in town! Thinking next time I go shopping I will make sure it's in the middle of the week when the weather is bad! Less people will be in line and on the roads! Of course after I checked out at one store I remembered other things I needed. Was not going back today! Need to go through the gifts I've collected through the year and see what I still need to buy. Kids are so hard to shop for!

Zach plays basketball tonight about an hour from home! Grrr! Love when games are at home! Originally he wasn't required to go but the coach decided to put him in. It's a two day tournament so we will go tonight but not tomorrow.

Yesterday morning Zach came in and smiled at me and half of his front tooth was missing. The filling broke off! Dentist was able to squeeze him in but it looks like it's time for a permanent crown! Merry Christmas Zach! Hoping insurance will cover the majority of it! $875 for a crown! Crazy!

Donna....it warms my heart every night I walk into Zach's room and find him snuggled under his afghan! Makes my heart want to hug you so tight!

Love and hugs to all today!

MacTea

When Mom died...I wrote a poem for her...but could not get through it so the Pastor had to read it.
I cry with songs and music and movies...sometime the commercials will make me tear up...I think it is a release valve God gave us to let our emotions out ...so God Bless you and let them flow...I think it helps the soul not to hold it in. ♥♥

irisriver

I am a cry my eyes out type too. George W. did an amazing job getting through it. Men need to see other men crying. It is crazy that so many think a good cry is way too unmanly.

oldandancient

Watching news last night. They showed George W. saying the eulogy for his dad and breaking up. There is no way I could get up and say a eulogy without breaking down. I see people cry in movies and I'm in tears.

MacTea

Glad to hear Brightie's eye surgery went well♥♥♥
The last funeral I watched was Regan's, I also cry at the drop of a hat any more....Hugs to all and pray God lifts each of you up in your spirit and health . ☺♥♥♥

oldandancient

Vicki, you will thoroughly enjoy your little lending library. They are the coolest things. Guinn was watching the funeral as well. I heard Michael W. Smith singing "Friends," and had to go see what he was watching. I couldn't sit there and watch a funeral. I just did not have it in me. I cry at the drop of a hat and the holidays aren't any easier.

irisriver

Yay for Brighty's eye surgery going well. Prayers that Donna finds a good solution for her eyes. It is in the blustery 30s here. Been watching the presidential funeral today on TV. I heard that a mini lending library was set up in on of the villages near me recently. I plan on donating a few books to it.

oldandancient

Melissa, I haven't even started decorating. It was in the 70's and now it's in the 40's. We walked down to the Little Lending Library down around the block and donated some books and got some books. Like I need more books. Have trouble reading as it is. I was dressed in layers with a scarf and gloves as well. it sure was windy and cold out.
Toodles!

So good to hear Michelle got her eye surgery done. I go to the eye dr on Friday. Oh, boy!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Hope this message finds you all doing well! Just jumping on to let you know that Michelle had her second eye surgery today and everything went well! Praise God! I'm sure she would appreciate all of your prayers for the healing process!

We are doing fine at our end of the world! Everyone crazy busy! House is finally decorated for the holidays! Now to get some shopping done!

Sending you all love and hugs! Melissa

irisriver

Praying all turns out well for you dear sparkly soul sister. Tea is right follow doctors orders. Not easy but the healing will be worth it. A rare warm sunny day here though the winds would blow you away. I forgot to mention that information was wrong on my elderly church friend dying. You know how gossip can be full of errors. She is alive but it is still just a matter of time. We had a cool Christmas concert at my church last night that all of you would have enjoyed. It was a mix of country and Christmas music.

sparklightie

thx my dearest soul sisters - today eyes were really bad so frustrating i was almost in tears xx going to dr tomorrow cannot wait !!!!!!!!!!!! will see what he says about op on wednesday xx pray pray pray - which i am doing all the time xx god bless you all ♥♥♥♥♥

MacTea

Hang in there Brightie… just behave and do what the doc says....much Love to you

oldandancient

Oh, Michelle. Sorry to hear about your eye. Maybe you took the patch off too soon or maybe you are trying to read to much too early. I know it will drive me crazy as well. Hope it all straightens itself out ok.

Erika, please don't stay away. Pop in now and then. I know when you feel bad, you just want to quit doing everything you are doing. So take a break and come back when you can. We will miss you but will keep praying for you, Sweetie. Hugs and love.

sparklightie

Sweet melissa I am so happy we can drop each other a few lines each and every day xx god bless and hope u get to take it easy sometime soon xxxx hugs

sparklightie

Gina so grateful young guy helped you out an angel in disguise... praying you get your reflux tabs soonest ... can u get something over the counter in the meantime? Oh my goodness I bought a huge boxliad of xmas cards last year ... after xmas ... firstly lou has to find where he put them ... over 200 .. then i have to write them out .. how when i am not seeing properly xxx oh dear and need to send them out within 20 days latest ... wish you could all help me ... louis writing way to bad cos of his arthritis .. i been taking an anti inflammatory every day .. not good for me!! I am seeing with my undone eye to type this on my ph ... new eye too blurry close up grrr ... okay for bless and have to leave as headache starting xxx hugs

sparklightie

Vicki xx amazing how different the weather is on all your states xxx heatwave expected tomorrow til wednesday about 35degrees. Nice that you and mom can cosy up in winter and colour read and jigidi. Cannot swim for about 4 weeks and also cannot shower probably for another 2 weeks which is drastic as I hate bathing. And no washing hair for a week after each op.. yeuch . I usually wash mine every 2/3 day. Do you have sales before Christmas... here usually only afterwards xx hugs

brightspark

Donna good luck for guinn and the diabetes, I also had to go through it with louis .. good on you both playing tennis .. now I could not see the ball and would hurt or pull or break donething... played it at school and when my girls were young xx hugs

brightspark

Erica sweetie god bless you dearest ... you will always be our soul sister and we are here for you .. anytime you feel like popping in ... we will always be around. Hugs and kisses strength and much love

brightspark

Quick in and out ... my eye is still not right ...blue comes and goes and also itches now and then and CANNOT RUB OR SCRATCH OR TOUCH. 2 types drops 4x a day. Been doing nothing much except sleeping and lying on my bed ... tv bugs me. Listened to a gazillion vds ... seriously need something to keep me busy .. but then hands sore too ... have serious cabin fever. Were supposed to go to our best friends daughters engagement tonight but cancelled at last minute .. decided better not to mix with people who may be sick or smoke or whatever and been windy today too. Lou not been well either(probably tired of doing everything too ... I am not allowed to.lift anything or bend ... grrrr.) Seeing dr Monday and he will let me know if he can do other eye on wednesday ... just need to get it over and done with. Okay thx for letting me vent!!! Just praying all okay seems like my near vision that i had for reading without glasses a bit screwed up now and new lens could be too strong ....

PuzzleG

More great news, I got all of my meds refills from the pharmacy yesterday, except the controlled pain one. Ray went to pick up his scripts, & they gave him mine too. I think maybe the young man at the clinic is helping to get things done a bit faster. Still won't get pain meds till I see the Dr, which may not be til March or so, but this is still wonderful. Hoping I can get to Dr. sooner, but we will see. Rainy, rainy, & more expected, so thankful but glad to be inside. Got our Christmas card list updated & printed, waiting for Rachel to add her names to it. She & Joey are making us photo cards this year, with a photo collage. They put it up onto the big screen in the theater room for me last night, & it is very nice. We also hope to put our Christmas tree up & decorate it today.

Erika, I hope you won't leave us, if you are having problems we are all here to pray for & support you. If you do leave, know that you will remain in our hearts & our prayers. Sending you much love, & comfy hugs. XXXXX

Vicki, that is so awesome that you make doodle Christmas cards for your friends! So few these days even take time to mail cards, much less decorate them. I used to type up letters about our previous year's activities, but haven't done that in a couple of years. Maybe I will re-start that this year.

Donna that is great about Guinn's classes. They can be very helpful for understanding & managing diabetes.

We should have a good skiing season this year, lots of snow on Mt. Ashland, a favorite local skiing spot. It is snowing there now, & at Mt. Sexton Pass, so it is below 4,000 feet now & expected to go down to 2,500 feet today. This means I can probably see the snow on the higher hills from the window here in front of my desk. I need to go make my breakfast, so saying bye-bye for now & sending you all (((((BIG HUGS))))) & loads of love!

MacTea

Good News Gina, what a blessing for you ...Hugs ☺♥
Have not done any holiday decorating nor my cards...guess I really should.
Hope all goes well for Guinn to manage his diabetes.
Hope all is going well with the eye surgery for our dear Brightie ☺♥
Hope you find peace and happiness Erika♥
Love to all ☺♥

irisriver

A huge hug and prayer to you Erika!♥

irisriver

Hugs to everyone. Things are warmer but soggy around here. I got my Christmas card drawings finished this week for the old school friends and co workers that I keep up with. Just 7 folks but it takes time when everything is done by hand. I take time to draw all over the envelopes too. Now the rest of season my drawings can be for myself and Jigidi. I'm reading a good Love Inspired Christian Fiction Christmas story called Mistletoe Kiss.

gardening205

Hi sisters....I have decided to not be in Jigidi anymore...no one did anything wrong...I’m not well...I wish you all of the best in life...xxxhugs Erikaxx

oldandancient

Haven't been on in several days. Busy going to Wilmington for diabetic classes with Guinn. Long way to drive for 2 days, but that's done. It was in the 40's those 2 days and today was in the 60's. The weekend is supposed to be in the 70's but may rain. We went out to the park and Guinn threw discs (for disc golf...looks like frisbees.) Then we played a little tennis. Hope I'm not hurting tomorrow.

Been watching Hallmark movies, trying to get in the Christmas mood. Have not done any Christmas decorating yet. Hugs.

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sisters! After several visits to various government places in Grants Pass, & filling out a bunch of forms, I finally have a new Dr., & know that I am still insured, & will hopefully get my tummy medicine (gastric reflux) soon. I sleep with head & shoulders elevated, & my tummy is still hurting a lot, so will be very glad to get those pills. One very nice office worker at our clinic has done extra work to help me get the Dr & the pills sooner. Into the Blessing Jar he goes! It is 46F (7.77C) here right now, & raining, & rain is to continue thorugh SAT night. So we are finally getting some good rain ~ YAAAY! Snow isn't predicted yet, but I'm sure we will get some this year.

Melissa, hooray for your mistletoe "kissing" ball! I've wanted one for years too, might get one this year. At our farm we used real mistletoe from our many oak trees. I put some up one year, & have a pic of Rachel & Joey smooching under it.

Michelle, PRAYING your eye surgery went great, & that you are doing well! So nice that Zach is old enough to have a really good chat with Lou, & that they love sports. Our family has never been into sports that much, except one year (or 2?) when Ray's company in San Diego had a team & Ray was on it. We have watched some games, like when the Padres won the pennant, but lost the World Series back in the '80's, & when the Chargers went to the Super Bowl in the '90's. That was about it, LOL! I have been to several pro football games, but know very little about it, so wasn't that interested, except for the fun family time. I brought a big pan of chicken burritos to one Padres game, & we were passing some out to others around us. That was a fun time. Now the only time we see sports is when we go to Sizzler & they have them on their TVs, LOL!

Donna, I totally agree about saving more money by not shopping Black Fridays. The insane way people act, you might also be saving your life! I hope you can get your eyes fixed soon too. Thankfully my eyes are one body part of mine that are still working fairly well!

Hugs & Blessings to you, dear Vicki, & to our Sweet Tea too!

Praying that none of us get too much snow this year, at least not to where it causes any serious problems. Ray has a Dr's appt today, & I am home alone, a very rare experience for me & I am enjoying it ~ Oops! I spoke too soon, forgot about Joey, who just got up & is getting ready for work. I am finally nearly done crocheting a back scrubber. It is just a long strip with handles at each end, but will help me reach my whole back. Regular long handled back scrubbers aren't curved enough & this scrubber will help me reach all of my back without help. I kept forgetting to buy some fleece cloth at Walmart, to line the insoles of my chicken house slippers. They are my favorites, but their insoles have gotten all "fuzzed up" & feels like walking on sand paper when I don't wear socks. The crowds are just crazy & we have been avoiding Walmart, so I asked Rachel & she bought me some while she was grocery shopping. I was thinking of the fake sheep's wool, but she found a remnant of pretty sky blue fleece that is even softer. I was surprised to see it was only $1.29, they usually charge nearly full price for their remnants, & of course Rachel would not let me repay her. We are so blessed by our sweet girls.
Wishing each of you a super happy & blessed day!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Busy morning here! Freezing cold, only 28 degrees! Had to go to orthodontist and run errands in town! Should be painting my living room! I agree with you Iris....winter stinks!!

Had a bit of fun in town today. Went to a Christmas store. Could have gotten into a ton of trouble with all the pretty things but only bought one thing. Been wanting a mistletoe ball for years. Found not only a pretty one but the last one in stock!

Boys had a good scrimmage yesterday! Zach made a basket and I think he had fun. Hard to tell with that boy! Back to school today. Vacation over!

Hope you are all doing well today! Sending hugs! Melissa

MacTea

Prayers going Brightie...Hugs ♥♥

irisriver

All the best to you Brighty. Take care in all you are doing joyful Mellissa! Prayers to all the medical things in your family Donna. Hugs to Gina and Tea too. It feels like winter here. We had snow flurries yesterday. So glad I got the outdoor decorating done early. Winter is not my season, do not like being out in the cold one bit.

brightspark

Good morning xx please pray for my eye op and for the surgeon to have a steady hand and for all to go well ... waiting for my turn xx god bless and hugs xxxx

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Hope today finds you all well! Did my cleaning job today! Sometimes I actually enjoy getting out of the house....even to clean! No one there so it's nice and peaceful! Sometimes I sing while I clean! LOL!

Donna...I didn't go out on black Friday but Tim and Zach went in town on Thanksgiving! Zach said it was insane! Gianna likes to go and sit in the mall and people watch but we didn't go this year! She'll have to be satisfied with people watching closer to Christmas!

Crazy busy week here as I'm trying to get the entire living room painted in between my cleaning jobs, chorus practices, a basketball scrimmage and various sports practices! Not decorating a bit until it's all painted! Got the entire room taped off yesterday...except behind the china cabinet. Tim moved it out (carefully) and now I have room to tape and paint! Lucky me! I will do all the lower edging and rolling and he will do the edging around the ceiling and the new built-ins! Hoping to decorate the beginning of next week! We shall see!

Hugs and love to all today! Melissa

oldandancient

I saw on tv the black Friday crowds. They were like mobs looting. I told Guinn you have to be in for a fist fight to go out and get in that mentality. We saved even more than they did by not shopping at all. So good that you will be having your eyes done, Michelle. I hate going out because I can't see. I feel like I forgot my glasses and am walking through a fog. I have to have Guinn tell me what we are getting. It's so annoying. I see the eye dr. on Dec. 7. Guinn goes for a colonoscopy on the 12th. I will have to drive home. That will be interesting. I hope they can get me in to get my eyes fixed soon.

brightspark

Hi my sweet soul sisters xx been doing a real spring clean - ahve big bags for the charity shops,,, pur all my winter clothing in 2 big containers and need someone to put it up top of my cupboard. ha ha been chilly here today - murphys law ☻☻ had zac and tyler sleep over saturday night - was such fun and they kept us laughing between the cricket the soccer and the rugby - i did the cooking and niblbles ☺☺ saturday morning we had an end of the year breakfast at a golf coure -was very nice and after that bookclub at sheila who resigned (after 24 years!!) along with her friend hazel - only 7 of us now so have to get more members - got home at 3,15 aaaand boys arrived at 3,40 - close shave!! Sunday morning zac and i slept until 8.30 and ty and lou were up at 6 watching wrestling and having chat time. then at 12 bi and dave fetched us and we went to a greek Restaurant for lunch - was wonderful all being together. zac turns 14 on the the 6 jan xx where on earth does the time fly? Cleaning and made a huge pot of soup split into 3 flavours : curried, tomato and beef - got 10 containers for the freezer xx Right cataract op on wednesday morning - have to be at hospital at 6.30 xxxxxxxx i also collect4d stamps for a few years and then gave it up as reading was my passion !!!!!!! my nose was always in at least two books at a time. Gina I love d the same books xxxxxx praying you get an appt with the dr soonest - nothing worse than reflux xx i take tablets every morning for it ☺ BNianca and Dalia had cabbage patch dolls too - they pretended they were their very own babies - was such fun to see them caring for them - disappeared in one of our moves.We shopped the day before black friday - what is it with people that they forget their manners and turn into animals - ARGHHHHHHHHHHH and stayed home and saved 100% ☺☺☺ downloaded my pics and things to post xx watch out xx to late now and i am off to bed zzzzzzzzzzzzz HOW I WISH YOU COULD ALL COME VISIT xx that would be a miracle!! Imagine us all hugging for real - we would probable need a week just to chat xxxxxxxxxxxx god bless each one of you ♥♥♥♥♥

oldandancient

Gina, your memories of stamp collecting were exactly like mine. It was fun, soaking the stamps and drying them, etc. I went on line to see if the stamp collection was worth anything and all the answers I got were they were not. Neither was baseball card collections, unless you had really old cards. Greg had boxes and boxes of cards from the 80's and 90's. Guinn could not get any card or hobby shops to buy them. We tried selling them for pennies on line We saw people trying to give theirs away. So we ended up donating them to Goodwill and let them deal with them. So much worthless stuff. I suggested to Guinn we burn them in a fire pit. But we actually got a lady to buy my stamp collection on Craig's list. We sold them for really cheap. She probably got a bargain or maybe she just wanted something to do that was fun. I don't miss them.

PuzzleG

Donna, I had forgotten all about those cute bears! I would have bought them for the girls but couldn't really afford them. I should check for them at thrift shops when Sarah & I visit them. On the other hand, I have way too much stuff now, LOL! My stamp collection started just like Jen's did, I got a "Statesman" album one Christmas, when I was about 12. Then Aunt Thelma (Mom's Sis-in-law) mailed me some very old US stamps from Toledo, & I was hooked. The Statesman was only US, so later I got a worldwide album. I was stunned by all of the beautiful stamps from all over the world, in various shapes & sizes. I even bought a remarkable set of embossed stamps made of steel from Bhutan. As I got too old for Barbies & too young for dating I would "hole up in my room" as Mom said, & work on my stamp albums. Soaking them off the paper & laying them on paper towels to dry, tucking duplicates into the little pocketed album for them, examining them with magnifying glass, researching to learn what country some were from, I really enjoyed my stamps. It was like reading books, but more real. I collected stamps even after I was married, & it helped fill those empty hours when Ray was at sea. Then Rachel came along & no more time for stamps, but she was much more fun & entertaining. I would read to her & soon I could start the sentences of her books & she would finish them, & she wasn't even 1 year old yet. In our favorite book I would read "My name is Dede", & Rachel wold say "& I am a mouse" ~ 5 words! I didn't know how remarkable that was until I told our pediatrician a couple of years later. He had 4 children & said none of them nor any he knew of could do that. Impressive!
Sorry for the long ramble "down Memory Lane", LOL! XOXOXO

oldandancient

Gina, we still have the Cabbage patch dolls, real and fake. I did not have the heart to get rid of them when we packed everything up to move. We also have a couple Furskin Bears. I think they were made by the same company. They look like bears from the backwoods, with boots on and plaid shirts, and a goofy hat. If I can remember what tote they are in, I'll try and take a picture of them. They are so cute. Jen started to collect stamps one year when she got a stamp collection kit for Christmas. After a couple years, I took it over. She hated it. But I collected stamps for years and before we moved, I sold all the books and stamps. I really didn't do anything with them for a good many years except to save stamps from envelopes. So the person who bought them got a big manila envelope full of stamps and several notebooks as well. As for Jen being prepared for motherhood, I don't think that's going to happen. She's too content being single. But who knows what the future holds. I keep telling her a good looking marine will happen to come in the library and be smitten with her. She just gives me a smirky look as if to say, "Yeah, Right."

PuzzleG

Oh Sweet Tea, that was a terrible experience for you at Kmart, I'm so sorry that happened to you! If that happened to Joey he probably have started swinging back & got fired, LOL! I have never shopped Black Fridays, I've heard too many horror stories like yours! My Mom made fake Cabbage Patch dolls. Her first ones came as a kit, I don't recall the brand name or where she bought them from, but they were mail order. Then she started making them without the kits, because so many people wanted her to make them & it's cheaper to buy the supplies over the kits. Our girls all still have their "Cabbies", & love them still, even though they are stained & a bit tatty now. I bought a real one later at a thrift shop, but the girls loved those made by Grammy much better. I loved my dollies best over other toys too, then later my Barbies. My cousin & I played with them together sometimes, so we had a whole Barbie "gang", hee hee. I also loved to read, & spent many of my allowances on books. My favorites were the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Lassie, Little Women, & Heidi. My Dad gave me a very old book he read as a child called Allspice, by Bertha B. Ernest Cobb. It was very cute & imaginative, much like Wind in the Willows. I also collected worldwide stamps, just got rid of them a few years ago to another collector who also bought Ray's coin collection. He had many from countries he visited in the Navy, as well as ones he bought through stamp clubs. Then while working at the gas station he collected lots of old & interesting ones, & 1 or 2 regular customers brought him special ones. I was never afraid of Santa, probably because I saw pics & knew my Uncle Jack played Santa every year for his VFW & American Legion back in Toledo. My parents let me know that the store Santas were not the "real" one, & I was ok with that, til my big mouth Sis spilled the beans that there was no real Santa.

Donna, Jen was so smart to prefer books over dolls. They have a lot more meaning & build more character, though dolls are a good way to help prepare us for motherhood.

Since I don't have a new Dr yet, I can't get my pain med script refilled as it requires Dr's orders. So I am taking 5 pills in place of the 1, & chewing Tums in place of my Zantak, & other adjustments. PRAYING I can get my new Dr tomorrow! Still probably won't have an appt till around March, but maybe they will help me get some things taken care of sooner. I probably won't do as much puzzling for awhile, but will still pop in to say Hi & visit with you my dearest Soul Sisters. XXXXXXX

irisriver

Jen was much like me as a child. I was a Barbie fan but preferred robots and stuffed animals to dolls. Books were a dire must along with drawing and paint stuff. Puzzles were a tradition too. I was afraid of Santa too but endured a couple times to get the balloon toy.

oldandancient

Jen never asked for a cabbage patch doll, but ended up with a couple of them. My sister had a co-worker that made them and she bought one from her. It wasn't the "real" thing, but Jen didn't care. Then another year, someone bought her one. Greg got a cabbage patch boy doll one year as well. Fortunately my kids never asked for the latest gismo, gadget or doll. Actually we gave Jen a doll for her 2nd birthday and she pushed it aside and just wanted the books she got. It was then I realized she really wanted books more than anything. Me, when I was little, I got dolls and loved them. Oh, how I loved playing house and taking care of my babies. Jen did play with Barbies, but she preferred My Little Ponies instead. The last time I went shopping on Black Friday was when Jen was 2. We were in Chicago for Thanksgiving and my older sister who never had kids wanted to go to the mall and have a picture of Jen taken with Satna. We stood in line for what seemed like hours and when she got near Santa, Jen started screaming and I had to take her away. Never got the picture. My sister was like, "What happened? I wanted a picture of Jennifer with Santa." Well, Marge, you didn't get one. And I never shopped on Black Friday again. That mall parking lot was so full, we drove around for a long time trying to find a spot. It was cold out, and I was drained after that. Of course, I found out I was pregnant with Greg shortly after. I remember on that Thanksgiving, my breasts were hurting and I thought I might be pregnant. I was a little late as well. Maybe that was why I was exhausted.

teamac

Gina. I worked at Kmart for 20 years and I hate to shop now. I will never forget when the cabbage patch kids came out...I took them out to the floor and was mobbed...they pulled my hair out and actually scratched my arms and drew blood to get at them. This was not even black Friday.
The next time ….I opened the stock room door and just pushed the cart out to them....People can get evil real quick.

oldandancient

Praying for you and your church family and little town, Vicki. I know these sweet people will be sorely missed. Life seems to be getting shorter as we get older. So many people passing on. Hugs.

PuzzleG

Hello Dearies! I feel so blessed & even spoiled, to have both my immediate family right here, & to have our precious Soul Sisters circle here on Jigidi too. Poor Joey had to work at Walmart yesterday, which he calls "Thankless Thursday", & today, Black Friday. It is very upsetting how greedy & selfish people act at these sales, & it is also very hectic & stressful for him. Right now I am listening to my bible reading, then I plan to play my YouTube Christmas music mix. We don't have our tree up yet, will probably do that next weekend since this one has been so busy.

Vicki, your church friend & her family are on my prayer list, & you too as always. Sending extra love & hugs along too.

Donna, thanks for the pumpkin pie, I ate mine for breakfast with whipped cream & eggnog! :)

It is really raining here ~ YAAAAY! More rain in our forecast too, so our "drought" is finally broken. I need to get my sweater on, so bye for now. XOXOXOXOXOXO

teamac

Hope you all had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving ☺♥
I am grateful for our sisterhood and support...so much love sent all over the world ...just from this little group.
Love to all ☺♥♥

irisriver

Thanksgiving hugs to all. I have been listening to Christmas music too. Our Christmas tree is up and decorated now. A lady from my church in her 90s lost her fight with cancer today. My heart goes to her family. That is 2 huge losses for my town now. What a beautiful time to go home to meet Jesus though.

oldandancient

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. We surely are blessed with our sweet soul sisterhood, to help us through each and every day. I am so thankful because I am so uplifted by all of your love, hugs, prayers and just being here.

Gina, my knees are better. Old age does crazy things. One minute you are hurting somewhere and can't figure out what you did to make this body part hurt. It can go away in a few minutes, hours, the next day or last for months. It's a guessing game on how you will feel from day to day.

Guinn had Christmas music on today and for some reason. I am getting really nostalgic and missing family, ones still alive and ones gone to be with our Lord. I may have to not listen to the music this year. Sending big old hugs and pumpkin pie, and coconut crème pie you way.

spaklies

Many Loving hugs and Blessings for each one of you on your Thanksgiving Celebration. We do not celebrate it here... Yet I am so thankful and grateful to God for blessing us with our special soul sister circle - that sees us through thick and thin, day in and day out, Year in and Year out - no matter how far apart we are - we are all so close spiritually with our love and friendship and we are truly blessed! Hot here again today ............. ☼ I wish you could all join me in my beautiful country as I have Oodles of Love and Hugs for each of you xxxxxxxxxxxx have to chat tomorrow as it is almost pumpkin time. We did most of our shopping today - do not want to venture any where near the malls with black friday tomorrow. Have to get bookclub books - we meeting for brunch on saturday and then last bookclub for the year afterwards xxxxMwah, hugs and kissies ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Good morning dear Sisters, wishing you all a HAPPY & SUPER BLESSED THANKSGIVING! We are blessed beyond words here in our little Sisterhood, & I am so thankful for each of you. It is FINALLY really raining here! We got a whopping 3/4 of an inch of rain yesterday, much more than we have gotten at one time in ages!

Donna dear, praying for your knee pains. I find a heating pad really helps, & also ibuprofen. I prefer my "wheat bear" (wheat-filled cloth sack) to heat pad as it is cordless, just heat in microwave. For pain rubs I favor Aspercreme with Lidocaine, it works best for me. Rachel's "Scentsy" (?) herbal oil mixture for joint pain also works very well, but I think the Aspercreme is a bit better. Just some suggestions to think about. Poor you, getting lost in such bad weather! The weather issue that I dreaded living in SC was FREEZING RAIN! I think I told before how our car was nearly torn apart while driving home from Connecticut when we suddenly hit freezing rain, not something I EVER want to repeat. Your visit to our dear Michelle, & the safari (cameras only, of course) sounds AWESOME! :)

Well, the girls are up, we've had our breakfast, & now they are talking turkey, LOL! Guess I'll say Bye-Bye for now, & do a bit of puzzling for awhile. LOVE YOU ALL!!!

MacTea

Wanted to wish all of you a Blessed and Loving Thanksgiving.
☺♥♥

irisriver

Big hugs to everyone. I am busy helping mom in Kitchen and our Christmas tree is all put together for another year. Still have to get the lights on it this evening before the morning ornament hanging. We are all crazy busy but still find a way to reach one another in spirit. May this special season bring hope and healing to all of us!

oldandancient

We went to the grocery store yesterday and when I was carrying in groceries to the house, I stepped up one step (that's all we got) and the back of my right knee started hurting. So after dinner I was knitting last night and trying to use up a ton of yarn while watching Duke basketball. After a few hours, I stood up and my right knee was ok but the back of my left knee was hurting. Jen had a dr. appt today and we were going with her and then doing some shopping at Lowes for ceiling fans and stop at Wally World to look at yarn and pick up some toiletries. Well, when I got out of bed, I could barely walk, so told Guinn to tell Jen I was not going. So they went and came back. The knee is feeling better now but I was not going to go walking in stores today. Guinn picked up some glazed croissants at a bakery that Jen's boss told her about. Her boss brought in croissants about a week ago and oh, they are so light and so heavenly. But we don't need the sweets, that is for sure.

We decided not to go away in Dec and have so many dr and eye appts scheduled. Guinn has a colonoscopy scheduled as well. Plus we have to make a trip to Raleigh to have our annual review with our financial advisor. So we will probably try and do some shopping as well.

Melissa Joy, you are welcome to come visit. Our house is till a jumbled mess of boxes all over. Guinn stopped at a place that sells out buildings today for Jen to do her pottery.

I know how your life is crazy. When my kids were teens, I was working part time and Jen had quiz bowl every day after school. Greg was in sports and the band. Going to band competitions and parades was crazy. One week in the 90's and the next in the 30's. One weekend Guinn had to work and I drove a few hours to the place he had a competition. It was freezing cold and misting and may have started to snow. When we left to come home, it was dark out and I was driving and got lost in the town. All the road signs were crazy. One intersection had about 10 road signs. 64E was pointing to turn left and one turn right. That's how the signs were. We ended up in the seedy part of town and I started crying because I was cold, tired and could not figure out where I was. Then I went over a railroad crossing too fast and thought I broke the car. I could not wait for band competitions to be over with. Then when Greg went to college, it was a 4 hour drive there. The day before Thanksgiving I drove down to pick him up. The traffic was so jammed up, it took 13 hours to get there and come back home. After that he took his own car to college. I could remember when I wanted to pull my hair out and run away and never come home. That was a lot before I retired. Then coloring came along. When I got crazy, I would go in my bedroom and color. It took my mind off of all the craziness in life. Now I'm retired and I don't volunteer any more or anything. Maybe some day. When I'm in church I think I should be volunteering but remember all the stuff I've done over the last 50 some years for church and I think, "Let the younger people do it now." I just go so work out watching babies in the nursery, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible school, helping make stuff for the craft bazaar, Women's group, helping Guinn take care of the church grounds, Girl Scouts, PTA room mother, Soccer Mom, band parents, helping Guinn coach soccer and whatever else there was. I'm exhausted writing about it.

How about all of us tired souls get together and take a trip to visit Michelle where it's warm. We can go on a safari and maybe the giraffe manor. Whoopie!

joyfulnoise4

Hello girls! Just jumping on to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I'm assuming tomorrow will be busy for you all and I know my family has to be at dinner at 1 pm. Sending you all love and hugs and many blessings! Melissa Joy

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Another busy day here! Everyone running a different direction! Gianna still in school, Zach out early for the holiday and Tim off to coach basketball! High school conferences were also today so Tim and I went and met most of Zach's teachers. Really need to run back and see 2 more! Just need to muster the energy to head back out into the freezing cold!

Sending love and hugs to all today!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....i have been busy going to the park and riding my bike quite a bit.. Trying to get my place all organized and clean...I went to Salvation Army and donated a bunch of odds and ends!!!!! I hope all are well and i think of all of you often and praying all are doing well health wise....I look forward to Christmas....not very close with brother and sister..especially , so i will get to see the whole family....Many hugs and oodles and oodles of prayers and more hugs to all....xxxxx hugs, Erika

PuzzleG

Good Morning! Girls are off to work again, & we are starting our morning here. Ray & I will go to the clinic today & try to straighten out our Dr. dilemma, & see what my insurance status is. Last night we all watched Rachel's birthday movie "Honolulu", & it was even better than I hoped it would be, very funny & a great story with happy endings all around. We see way to little of that in today's movies. She wants to watch this movie again with her friend from work Jen, when she comes over, next weekend I think. My computer is having problems & Joey thinks it is serious, so I may "disappear" for awhile, maybe even for a couple of months til we can buy a new computer. I can't access anything that is from Microsoft, & my Firefox is also gone so for now I am using Google. I also can't access any of my Open Office documents. Hopefully Joey can find it all & switch it over to my other computer when the time comes. I pray I can keep using my computer as it is now until I can get a new one, but you never know so I wanted you to be aware just in case.

Michelle, I passed your birthday wishes on to Rachel & she says thank you. I am wondering, what does "OLA" mean?

Melissa, you might want to consider bringing along a sleeping bag, so you can toss it down some where for a little nap, LOL! Most of us at the holidays are rushing around like mad, buying food & planning parties, & you are looking forward to them as a time to rest up, hee hee! You can vent to us any time you need to, dear Sister. I'm sure we have all felt as you do sometimes, & we all need to vent once in awhile. Our children are precious gifts from God, & every moment we spend with them while growing up is precious too as they will soon be grown & off to who knows where, with successful careers, & getting married & starting families of their own. But they will always remember & appreciate all you are doing for them now, & the happy memories you have made together. OK, enough of my preaching for now, LOL!

Vickie, happy Thanksgiving hugs to you too, & to all of our sweet Sisters here! I'm with you, this group is very special & precious to me & I'm so thankful for the way God brought us together & how He is blessing us in letting us share our lives with each other & support each other, & laugh & cry together. So special!

Wishing each of you a happy & blessed day! Love, Hugs & Smiles! X :) X :) X :) X :)

irisriver

Hugs of Thanksgiving to everyone!!! This soul sister group is awesome and precious. ♥♥♥

joyfulnoise4

Hello my dearest soul sisters! Now we are having lovely melting snow and slop! Yuck! Wouldn't be so bad if Mr. Sunshine would just make an appearance! Had an insanely busy day today! My regular house cleaning job is usually on Tuesdays but with the holiday this week they wanted me to come today. No problem right? Wrong? Gianna had to be at the school for a test at 11 am. I thought, great, I will drop her off (test was to be 1.5 hours), go clean like crazy and come back for her. After about 40 minutes she text me that she was walking home. She finished early! I said let me know the minute you are in the house. Next I'm getting a message that she can't get the garage door code to open the door and she's locked out in the cold! I dropped everything and ran home to let her in then ran back and finished my job. Got home and sent Gia and the dog to the basement to do school so I could attempt to clean my house! Tim's building project has left dust all over and I'm tired of breathing it in! I didn't sit down till about 3 pm and then it was to do my store work! Picked Zach up at school at 2:30 and took him back for basketball at 5:30. Gianna had to be there from 4-6 for cheer practice and Tim took off to coach jr high basketball at 7. Thank goodness we live so close to the school or I would be moving in!!

Looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday and no school or sports for a few days! Well actually that's not true...Zach still has basketball practice even over break!

Sitting here looking up a recipe for candied yams for Thanksgiving. No one ever makes them and I have a taste for some! Gianna will make her cranberry/jello salad! Everyone loves it and even a double batch flies! Looking forward to the homemade pies by our dear Aunt Judy! Think life is short and I'll start with the pie first!

Donna... I am feeling so overwhelmed with life and the loss of my family that one of these days I may run away from home! I will be heading there for a hug...or two! Sure wish I really could come for a visit! So many hours from home! Why must all my soul sisters live so far away?

Well...enough griping for this evening! I do realize that I have much to be thankful for! Loads of blessings! Thanks for letting me vent! Love and many hugs to you all! Melissa

brightspark

So sorry to hear about your dear friend sweet vicky - always so hard to say that final farewell - blessings to mom and you and her family ♥♥ Happy birthday dear rachel - OLA ☺☺ what a Lovely gift for her!! Enjoy your dvd too dear gina and Thx to you all for my special prayers and wishes xxx loads of love and hugs

PuzzleG

Yesterday was Rachel's birthday, but we are having her party today. When I ordered Rachel's birthday gift online (Amazon) I also ordered a DVD of the full BBC TV series "Keeping Up Appearances". I just love that show, it is so funny, & I have wanted to buy in on DVD for years. Ray likes it too, so we are both enjoying it. Her gift from us won't arrive until tomorrow, but she doesn't mind. It is a DVD, romantic comedy movie called "Honolulu", & it has George Burns & Gracie Allen in it. Rachel loves them so I am sure she will enjoy this video, & she doesn't mind it coming late.

Donna, that is good that you & Guinn found a good Dr & that you see him together. My problem is that hardly any real MD doctors accept OHP (Oregon Health Plan) patients. Their providers are almost all "Family Nurse Practitioners" & similar titles with letters that I don't know what they mean, & a few Osteopaths. My Dr before Dr Givens was an Osteopath, & she was pretty good, but their focus is on "preventive medicine", & they are often lacking about more serious problems. With my many health problems, & Ray's too, we need real Dr's who are familiar with our types of problems. Most of the non-MD ones we've seen aren't, & it really makes a difference. I am praying we will find an MD at the Siskiyou Clinic when we go there on Mon or Tue. We planned to go on MON, but I forgot Rachel & I are to go down to the Costco store in Medford, so not sure if we'll have time to do both, so we shall see.

Dear Michelle, I am so sorry about your glasses & seeing problems! PRAYING the ops & new glasses will be a big help for you. I am joining it with that group hug right now, & I hope it makes us all feel better, I know it is helping me.

Vicki, prayers going out to your neighbor's friends & family. So hard to say good-bye, especially ones with such a kind caring spirit.

I haven't been out & about in several days, & am really looking forward to our trip to Costco & some Mom-Daughter quality time with Rachel. Ok, it's nearly Party Time, & they phone ordered take-out Mexican food & just arrived with it, so I will say bye-bye for now. XOXOXOXOXOXO!!!

irisriver

Hugs to all. Been a busy but warm sunny day. My church had thanksgiving meal today plus it was the day for memorial service for my neighbor and friend that died. She was such a dear lady always doing something good for the town. It was a joy to work with her on the replant trees in Moscow after that tornado. Saying good bye was rough and yes I needed a tissue. Michelle my mom had the eye surgery many years ago and her down time was rather short. Her eyes healed fast and I'm sure technique has improved since then.

brightspark

whenever lou goes to one of his dr's i go with and they always take the time to chat through everything - we are so fortunate to have some really great special caring humane doctors - i made an appt for me to see his rheumatologist but she can only see me end of feb -- sore hands fingers and sometimes my elbows -still pins and needles and i will not have another carpal tunnel op!!! hugs and prayers for each one of you - in fact group hug needed xxxxxxxxx

brightspark

hi all praying for all illnesses to disappear along with the bad weather and snow - we are in the middle of a heatwave - was 33 degrees today and No breeze. Not even real summer yet oh my goodness we are all melting and have fans going 24/7!!!!! Humungous Ant problems - with no respite despite ant sprays and powders - i am so sick of spraying and cleaning .. sprays bad for lou chest!! Trying to find new properties to sell ads i only have 2 left ☻☻ not the greatest time of the year to get new ones or to sell as everyone will soon be in vacation mood. So hard to be apart from dalia and the boys - she has retreated in to herself again and we have not spoken to her since we are back really so sad xx but they both send pics ☻☺☻ while we were in israel one arm of my glasses snapped off completely - so lucky lou told me to take my old ones with xx so i have been struggling with old ones ever since - cannot see with them while on the computer and have to take them off and get real close and personal xx so not been on computer too much. And now i see something not right with them either - oh my lord!! Having right Eye op on the 28th nov cannot wait - guess i will be out of action for a short while - need tyo get a pile if cd's ready to listen too. will get new glasses made after my ops xxxxx

oldandancient

Gina, when we moved here, Guinn asked Jen's boss for recommendations for Dr's, etc. She recommended a Dr, who could not get us in for 5 months, and then to find out she did not take Medicare patients, so we got another Dr in that group. Plus she said to go to Wilmington Health Care and not to Jacksonville, where we are closer. So the Dr we have is younger than my kids and the first time there, I told Guinn he was cute. So now Guinn calls him Dr. Hottie. So far we like him. If you were here, I'd recommend him. Guinn and I get appointments back to back, so they take both of us at the same time and he sits down and talks with us about our health. He's not in a hurry. We are old and take care of each other so it's not a problem.

Guinn was cleaning up one of Greg's bicycles to sell on line. We are trying to get some stuff out of the garage. Stay warm, y'all. Gina, try to stay indoors with all that smoke all around.

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Sisters! I have been going through more boxes from the garage, & deciding what to do with stuff. I can't begin to catch up on all of your posts, but am very glad Michelle & Louis are safely back home, & that the casts are helping little Cayden; that Melissa & Vickie are slogging their way through an early winter (& praying it won't get too bad!), & that the sickies will go away; & that Erika & Mom have patched things up a bit; & I wish Jen a very late, & very happy birthday.
Ray is going through all of our old photos, scanning them & downloading onto discs, then sending some down to Rebekah & my Sis Kathy.
Right now it is 38F (3.33c) here, supposed to get up to 63F (17.22c), & this is our general weather pattern for next week or so. Ground is frosty most mornings then burns off by around 10 AM. We also have a "Stagnant Air Warning", due to smoke. Not sure which fire/s this is from, but no breezes expected til Tuesday. I have winter clothes, but also layer clothes often too. Right now I'm wearing my fleece "Minions" jammie bottoms, & a blue fleece jammy top. Under the top is a cami top, & under the pants is another pair of jammy pants that I left on to retain body heat. On top of all of that I have my fleece house coat! So glad we don't live where if gets really cold, LOL! The cold makes me very achy all over, & my prescription for pain meds can't be refilled til I get a new Dr. We plan to go to the clinic today to have them find out if I am still on the Oregon Health Plan. My phone calls have only led to being on "hold" forever, getting voice mail, or being given another number to call. Then Ray & Rachel wonder why I don't like to make the phone calls to "get help"! The new Dr. I hoped to have is not accepting new patients, so will ask if any other Dr's are. If not will have to make due with a Nurse Practitioner & such, most of whom are not very familiar with some of my health problems. Not looking forward to going out in the cold, but it must be done.
We are listening to a sermon by our pastor about humility & obedience, a very good & challenging message.
I wish each one of you a very happy & warm day, with many blessings & good health, with lots of love & (((((((BIG WARM HUGS)))))))!

oldandancient

Well, Melissa Joy, it's in the 50's today and seems cold to me, but it's sunny. Guinn says to come on down. We are re-thinking the going to Chicago thing next month. We would fly, but the main purpose of going is to bring back stuff that belonged to my sister Cathy...momentos, pictures, etc. Plus I have a picture I took after her funeral that my other sister Cindi wanted, so I'm taking it back to her. Not sure how much stuff Cindi saved for me, but will find out if and when we get up there. Jen and I are keepers of the family tree, and Cindi has no idea who all the old people in the black and white photos are that were my Mom's, Aunt's and Grandmother's. I told her I think I have copies of all of them, but she is giving me tons of pictures to sort through. Cindi is the youngest sibling and has no idea about any of the "leaves on the tree." Otherwise we would fly. We have to keep an eye on the weather. We don't have winter clothing. We dress in layers when it gets cold.
I'd help you shovel snow if I were there. But I'm not coming anywhere near you sick people. I got a flu shot last week. Guinn refused to get one. He's never had one. The Dr. said he refused to treat Guinn if he got the flu. I told Jen to get one when she goes to the Dr. on Wed. I remember how sick people always come in and throw themselves over the circulation desk and say, "I'm sick and I don't have anything to read." Oh, how I would cringe and want to back away as far as possible. Hugs to all.

irisriver

Take care dear half frozen friendly giraffe! Winter is a real bear! Autumn is gone winter is here in spite of what calendar says!

joyfulnoise4

Donna...I'm on my way with a vacuum in one hand an a dust cloth in the other! I'll earn my keep if you let me in! I can totally deal with 74 degrees!! Another day off school here...another day of shoveling the driveway! Tim wants Zach to run the snowblower but he has an awful cold and cough and I hate for him to be outside! I also hate for me to lift the heavy snow! What to do? LOL! Gianna is the only productive one here today as cyber school doesn't take a snow day! Guess I'd better get to the work that I didn't get done yesterday! Hugs all!

irisriver

No snow here but we had ice on the trees this morning. We are dealing with rain wind and cold. It has been a lousy autumn here with all the early cold. I have been enjoying good books. I was out with my cousin yesterday and got the Thanksgiving meal fixings and a bit of Christmas shopping done. Otherwise I am hibernating on the nasty days. Mom and I cleared the area of living room where Christmas tree will go too. Hugs to all.

oldandancient

We had cold weather in the 40's yesterday but today it's 74. It was raining but stopped. I guess the storm went through. No, I don't want snow. I love to look at it, but after a really hot summer with staying indoors most of the time, I don't want to stay indoors any longer for cold weather.

Melissa, we moved south for a reason. The last winter we were in Ohio, the temps ranged from 20 to -20 and fluctuated between those two numbers for 6 weeks. We had tons of snow as well. I had to shovel all that white stuff and got bronchitis and was sick all winter. Our farm house could not keep up with the really cold. When it got to 0, the indoors temp was 50. We snuggled up with blankets on on the sleeper sofa and hot chocolate. I had had it and when we came down to visit a guy Guinn used to work with, we took a side trip to the beach, fell in love with the ocean, went back home and put our house up for sale. And moved at the end of summer. There comes a time when you just can't deal with it anymore. That was 1985 and love the weather here.

As for your house work, well, I'm at the age where if I don't feel like cleaning, I don't. When my Mom died with a vacuum cleaner in her hands, I said that was the last straw for me. I'm not going out that way. I used to be a "clean" fanatic like she was. That was 1992 and I was 42 at the time. Sure, it drives me crazy at times to see that I need to dust, but we don't get a lot of company and who cares anymore. Hugs, Sweetie.

joyfulnoise4

Donna....I am leaving PA and coming to stay with you! Snow is getting deeper and deeper! Zach and I cleared the driveway (mostly for Molly) and it is deeper than when we started! Oh well at least I got some exercise! Hope Molly doesn't have to go out for awhile! LOL! If you want to spend the holidays with family Donna, could you fly? I know it's expensive but 17 hours is just too long!! Today is just the day I should be getting tons of work done but I just don't want to! Bad Melissa!

Anyone else on our sister's page getting snow? Maybe I'm just the unlucky one! I really, really hate winter! And this much snow in November? I'm semi ok when it starts in January but not November! Well, enough ranting! Can't stop it anyway and can't afford to move south!

Love to all today! Hugs too!

oldandancient

I'm worn out just reading about your busyness, Melissa Joy. I guess I've been there, done that. Your fireplace and bookshelves sound just what I need for my living room. It will never happen. We have gotten so lazy in our old age. Guinn is having pain in one leg now for several months. Dr. thinks it's the muscle. So he can't even go for walks or ride the bicycle. I need to go for walks, but it's so boring by myself. I need another dog but not sure if I'm up for it.

The attendance was way down at the Pottery Open House. The booth next to us was selling goat milk lotions and seemed to be doing a booming business. I ended up buying some oil for Jen's eczema she has on her hands. Sure hope it works. They were selling lotion that helps keep the gnats away, which we have had since hurricane Flo, but I did not buy any. Want to see how that oil helps Jen first.

We are debating whether to go to Chicago in Dec. Jen is able to get the week before Christmas off but has to be back to work on the 26th, so we would not be able to spend Christmas with family. We hate spending so much time in a motel as well. Plus it's a 17 hour drive there and 17 hour drive back. Plus the weather. It was cold this past weekend at our old neighborhood. We drove back and it's been 70 degrees since we have been back.

Melissa, Zach is 16 already??? My goodness. time flies. Have we known each other that long??? Sure does not seem like it. Maybe he will be looking at colleges soon.

Michelle, that is so sad that Raveh was being shy and would not come to you. He's probably at that stage, like when kids scream when they go see Santa. Jen did that. My sister wanted to get a picture of her with Santa. She screamed and that picture did not happen. Maybe if they get a chance to come see you or you get to go back. I know it's hard not being by Dalia and her little family. We always lived far away from my family. I often wonder if things would have been different if we had lived close by. At least you have Bianca and her family close by.

Hugs to all. So glad you got it straightened out, Erika, with your folks. Life sure gets crazy sometimes.

joyfulnoise4

I'm here! Sending BIG apologies to all my sweet soul sisters! Life is busy but never too busy for friends! I need to get organized and prioritized! Love you all dearly...even when I'm not around I think of you all! Finally done with football season! No more games watching Gianna cheer in the freezing rain! Last one I only made it to half time and Gianna was soaked to the skin! Didn't stop here from attending a dance right after the game! Basketball season is soon starting and that will mean traveling to see Zach play and Gia cheer during bad weather! Praying for a mild winter! House cleaning for two friends (one every week and one every other week). Still have to keep up with the store work and house work so life is crazy!

My sweet boy turns 16 today! Can't believe it! Time goes far too quickly. We had lunch out yesterday and Tim's brother, wife and 5 year old son were able to be here. Having some family present meant so much to Zach!

Gianna working herself senseless with school. I think it's too much but she says it will get her ready for med school someday! Had a call from the cyber school principal last week saying that one of her teachers nominated her for a call from the principal to the parent. She said Gianna is a pleasure to have in class and many other nice things! Makes a mom's day!

Tim busy with two stores....as always! He is also practicing his carpentry on my walls again! Working on beautiful built-ins in the living room. Fireplace in the middle, ship lap behind the TV and cabinets and bookcases from floor to ceiling on either side! The fireplace will have stack stone tile around it! Can't wait for it to be completely done! Will try to post a pic as a puzzle! The construction isn't the worst, it will be all the detailed painting! Planned to paint bookcase units before installation. Tim put them in place to make sure they fit. Well, they fit so tightly he couldn't get them back out for painting! Grrr! Needless to say he will be helping me paint them!

Everything else basically the same here! We just keep plugging away! Hope you are all staying healthy! We are having the rounds with the cold and congestion here! I think we just keep passing it to one another! Oh well, at least we share! LOLOL!

Love and many hugs to you all! Melissa Joy

brightspark

Hi all xx we arrived home safe and sound and beyond tired. We were up from 6am yesterday to say goodbye to raveh and them he went to school at 7.30. We left dalia by taxi for hour and half drive to airport at 4pm. Our plane left at 9pm. (9hr flight)I never slept .. watched 3 movies in a row ... glass castle, 2nd marigold grand hotel, and this is us. 6 and half hours in a row! Home sweet home safe and sound. Missing dal and kids already ... very hard to say goodbye !!!! Happy birthday sweet jen xx may you be blessed with many more in good heath! Glad you smoothed the air dear erica x hugs to you all and God bless .loving hugs to you dear tea and for dad too xxx cayden is so so so.precious got lots of cuddles and snuggles xx sadly raveh would not come to me xx so so sad. Israel is amazing a really beautiful country.. but too expensive for us to stay there. Good to be back home even though our hearts are breaking to be apart xxx was so good to be with dalia and gal and our precious grandsons. Went to bi for supper and got wonderful welcome from Zac and ty

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....good day for me....went to the Remembrance Day service...enjoyed it, except for the screaming whiny kids and barking dogsxxxxx Happy Birthday to o and a’s Jen.....hope all is well with everyone....Many several prayers and big oodles and oodles of endless hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

oldandancient

Thank you, Iris.

irisriver

I'm glad Jen got to do some pottery selling. Any sale is way better than none. Donna that is an awesome picture of your hubby. I got a card posted for Jen last night. It was a cold day for us too. The frost this morning looked like snow.

oldandancient

Spent the weekend up near our old home. Jen had her pottery sale with her old pottery group. It was so cold this morning and we spent the day outdoors. Started out around 30, got up to about 50 and back down. The attendance was down I think. Sure looked like it so she did not sell as much as usual. But glad to be back home.

irisriver

Hugs to you Erika! When you least expect it something great will happen! A happy birthday to Jen tomorrow Donna. I will post her card tonight because I will be busy with my church tomorrow. Beginning to feel like winter here. Brrrrr

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....doing better...called my parents the next day and settled things and I took the blame.., my mom was a little bit easier on me....it’s hard after seeing your favourite aunt die and going to her grave....feeling better though...thanks so much for all the info.....there isn’t any cerebral palsy job site here, but a job site Polaris that helps really handicapped adults...never helped me, though....hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

oldandancient

Erika, like Tea said, nursing home are not all fun and games. When my Aunt died, the manager of the nursing home she was in found out I was a nurse and offered me a job in Chicago area. There was no way I would have taken that job. It's tough with old people who have dementia and kick, scream, think you are some old enemy of theirs. It's not for everyone. Plus seeing them die is another story in itself. I totally understand. As parents we all say things in the heat of the moment. We got in an argument with Greg 2 days before he died. He had lost his license about 10 years earlier due to drunk driving, but we still had his car at home. Guinn would drive it occasionally and we told Greg he could get his license back. He would have to pay for the insurance. Well, when I got home that day his car was gone. He took it out to the liquor store and bough a bunch of alcohol. I was upset because he was driving without a license and then Guinn discovered he had all that booze. Greg got in a fight with us and said he was moving in with his friend, who lives with his Mom. I called his mom. She is a mental counselor and she said he could stay a couple days. I told her all about how he was. Well, 2 days later is when he died at her house. The cause of death was complications from diabetes, heart, blood pressure and alcoholism. So there are days I wish I had not gotten into that argument with him. It eats on me sometimes. But I also have to let God help me through it all. I have such a hard time when I watch tv or movies that deal with alcohol, drugs, death, etc. Just praying for you to find something you will enjoy and for your folks to understand. Love you all.

teamac

Brightie, Praying for continued healing for Cayden, strength and peace for his parents, blessings on Raveh and a safe journey home and rest for dear Brightie and Hubby. God Bless each of you ☺♥♥

Hope your chair is ok Gina ♥♥
Big Hugs to O&A and Iris ☺♥♥♥

teamac

Sweet Erika, your parents love you and are worried about you.
Sometimes things are said in the moment that are not said in the proper manner. Please do not hold words said in that moment against them.
Sorry the job did not work out...but I worked in a nursing home for a while...I understand It can be rewarding...but I also know it can be very sad as you do watch the end stages of life for people that you have grown to care for. Praying that you do find a job that you enjoy and it will fulfill you.
Hugs !! ♥♥

brightspark

Sorry its @spaklies xxx

brightspark

@sparklightie

brightspark

Prayers for everyone and hoping things get better soon for you all. Please look @sparklightieloads for an appropriate puzzle for all of us !!! Loads of hugs and lovies ... in fact group hug needed xxx

brightspark

Last few days have been Hectic. So grateful we could be here to help and support dalia. So hard for her and gal too. To get to a drs appt takes about 2 hours one way in heavy traffic. Day of op we left at6am and got home at 2.30. For Her gynae visit and 1 ultra sound we left at 3pm and got back... I kid u not at 9pm that night. Very exhausting. Today clinic in long lines. Cannit believe almost a month gone .. we fly home on Sunday night.

brightspark

Hi precious sisters xx cayden doing well xx he is settling down after his op. 3 weeks with the cast full time .. only one leg. He had a hip ultra sound and a spinal one thank you lord our baba is okay xx thx for all your loving prayers and hugs xx I could feel them while we went through all this trauma.

PuzzleG

Erika, I am so sorry about the disagreement with your parents. Sometimes it is hard for parents to realize their children are adults now & need to make some choices on their own. I agree with all Donna has said. Here in America we have a program called United Cerebral Palsy, that helps people find jobs, housing & such. Are there programs like that in Canada? If so, maybe they could help you find a job that is better for you. I remember some of the arguments I had with my parents, who were very loving, but tried to shelter me too much. I finally found a job with a Christian organization, stuffing envelopes for their "prayer partners" in the mail room. I loved that job & the people I worked with, & my parents felt assured that I was safe there. Now looking back, I would love to have my parents nagging me, because I love & miss them so much. You just keep praying, & we are all praying with you. I know you will find a job that suits you. Sending you bunches of (((((BIG HUGS)))))!

oldandancient

Praying you get your chair fixed, Gina. No fun being without what you need to function.

Erika, so sorry to hear of your fight with your parents. Sometimes they don't know what to say or how to say it. Maybe they are just frustrated. We have always told our kids to do what makes them happy. I was a nurse for 13 years and got bad anxiety attacks. I loved working with kids on the pediatric floor, but they took pediatrics away and put the kids on whatever floor they had medical problems. Like broken limbs on the orthopedic floor, cancer on the medical floor, surgery on the surgical floor. After I had Greg I went back to work floating all over the hospital on weekends. That way Guinn was home with the kids while I had them during the week while he worked and went to school. If I got sent to a floor with kids on them, I got to take care of the kids. Most nurses did not feel comfortable taking care of kids. At the same time there was a change in nursing care. They wanted primary care, which meant that they wanted nurses to take total care of about 5 patients. They got rid of nurses aids. Meanwhile there was a nursing shortage. I would end up with 20 patients and another nurses would have 20 patients and we had one nurse's aid between us. It was horrible. We were lucky we got everything done without missing medications or IVs running dry or patients falling out of bed or something. I got to the point where I didn't want to go in to work anymore. When we moved to NC, I did not go back to work as a nurse. I got a job working doing tax returns at H&R Block for 6 years and then got the job at the library. It paid less but I was happier. Just like Jennifer. She loves her job working in a library instead of Paralegal for an attorney. She does not want to go back to doing legal work. In college she was a double major, in animal science and history. She wanted to be a veterinarian. Chemistry was killing her GPA, so she eventually dropped the animal science major. Greg started out in Computer Science and Art, but ended up dropping the computer science. If volunteering in a senior citizen's care home is not your thing, keep looking. Something will come up. Have you tried maybe volunteering in a library. That is what I did. In the off season of tax preparation, I volunteered in the library at the kid's schools. then when our public library had an opening for a page who shelved books, I did that for 3 years and moved up. Jen worked as a page in high school, on weekends in college and off and on between jobs after she graduated from college. Then finally got a job as a library assistant. I pray your parents will come along and get over it. I have found that dealing with Greg, who suffered from anxiety and depression, I had to be careful what and how I said things. They already feel like failures. I felt like I was always lifting him up. It's a fine line there, but I'm praying for you and for your folks as well. Sending big old hugs to you all.

PuzzleG

Hi Sisters ~ Urgent prayer request! About an hour ago I spilled almost a whole cup of coffee all over my desk. Rushed to save my keyboard & mouse, but some got onto, & INTO my power chair's control panel & now it is not working, & showing the amber light that means it is very bad. Rachel removed the control panel from the arm of my chair, & put it into a zip bag filled with rice. She has done this with soggy electronic devices before & it worked, so praying that will fix the problem. I will call my repair place in about 1/2 hour when they open, & hopefully Gary isn't too swamped & can come out & fix it today. (SIGH...)

irisriver

Hugs back to you Erika! ♥

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....very sad today....had an argument with my parents....I told them I don’t think volunteering at the seniors care home is the right work for me and they flipped....They said I couldn’t hold on to a job now or ever...and had a sad call....I want to hug all of my precious, wonderful soul sistersxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

oldandancient

Good idea, Vicki.

irisriver

I have my outdoor Christmas lights on the evergreen trees against my house. All I have to do later is add the garland and ornaments. Got job done while it is warmer. Also got my Thanksgiving stuff out. Hugs and prayers to everyone.

oldandancient

Erika, great idea. I'd love to put up my Christmas decorations. I hear that in Alaska they put them up as soon as the snow starts and keep them up until it's gone. 6 months of Christmas. Now that's my idea. I keep thinking Christmas is in a few weeks. I forget that it's not even Thanksgiving yet. So glad you are feeling better, Erika.

Tea has it right. WE all need a little prayer most of the time. It's always something. We are so blessed to have each other. God likes it when we take care of each other and pray for each other. He's watching over us and smiling, I'm sure.

Gina, the potters all do a different style at her sale. They all do their pottery at the same place, but each one is different. I love to go around to all the booths and want to buy something from each, but we have so much pottery of Greg's and Jen's, I try not to get any more. Jen hasn't done any this past year, so hopefully she will sell a lot that she has had left over. She has 3 or 4 totes of unglazed pottery that needs to be glazed one day. We are going to either make or buy her a building to do and store her pottery. And maybe she can do more craft fairs. This past year has been crazy for us.

Vicki, stay warm and out of the rainy chill. I hate when winter comes. It seems like it's too early, but it really isn't. Time just goes quicker as we get older.

Michelle, how is little Cayden doing? Praying for him and his family.

Melissa Joy, COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE. Miss you Sweetie. Give Zach and Gianna a big old hug from their Auntie Donna.

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Sisters! It is foggy here today. Got down to 35F last night, & is still 36F right now at 8:00 AM. Supposed to burn off for a sunny high of 57F, then freezing fog tonight, & this is the pattern through Thursday.
Michelle, holding you & little Cayden, & Raveh, & Gal & Dal in my heart & prayers.

Vicki, I hope you don't get too much snow, or too soon. I know those Ohio winters can be brutal!

Donna, praying good success for Jen's pottery sale, & that none of you gets sick from the cold. Wish I could go to it, I need a big pot for some chamomile, & another for some mint. I hate paying highway robbery prices for pots from China or Mexico! Would much rather buy them from an artist who made them with skill & care.

Hi Erika, glad you are feeling better. Praying that continues. Wow, you are an Early Bird with your Christmas decorations! I don't blame you, I love Christmas too!

Sweet Tea, "extra blessings" are always welcome! Praying for you & Dad too, & sending loads of love & nice warm hugs to you both, & to all our dear Soul Sisters too!

I had trouble sleeping, noise from my CPAP machine kept waking me up. I kept fiddling with my mask straps & left earplug but no help. Then when I got up this morning, I found my right earplug (the side toward my pillow) laying under my pillow! Mystery solved, LOL! Will post a couple puzzles now, if my computer cooperates. Last time it had troubles so I gave up. Sending bunches of love, prayers & hugs to each of you!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters..I seem to be doing better today....I sure missed you all....I put up my Christmas decorations.....!!! I love Christmas...my favourite time of.the year...Oodles and oodles of endless comforting Erika hugs to all xxxx hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

teamac

Sending prayers up for healing and support. God Bless and keep you as you help with the little ones. Take care of yourself too Brightie….
Prayers going out for all the sisters as it seems we can all use a little help and encouragement or just the extra blessing ☺♥
Love to all ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

oldandancient

Jen has her pottery sale on Sunday and it's supposed to be in the 50's and go down in the 30's Sunday night. It's in the 70's right now. I don't relish the idea of being outside in a tent selling pottery all day on Sunday. I hope the weather forecast is a fluke for next weekend.

irisriver

Prayers to everyone! May everyone find proper rest and speedy healing. We have been having off and on rain for the past week. Might have first snow fall by next Monday. I am not ready for winter. Our fall has been much cooler than normal.

oldandancient

Praying for your sweet Cayden and his parents and brother, too. And for Granny and Grandpa Louis. Poor little baby. May the Lord watch over him and guide the dr's hands and may all his other tests come out with flying colors. Please let Dalia get some much needed rest as well as Michelle and Lou. May the rest of their stay be a lovely time together. In His Name we pray. AMEN.

sparklightie

Hugs my precious soul sisters xx good to have you back sweet erika xxx pls say extra prayers for our darling cayden for tomorrow morning .... leaving here at 6 am for about a 2 hour drive to dr and his operation. Traffic always a nightmare no matter what time. Then have to stay there about 3/4 hours after so dr can do check ups. Then 2 hour drive home. Poor little angel and he gets so stressed in the car in his seat at the back. Tomorrow gal will take ravehs chair out car so I can sit with him and try calm him down. My poor daughter so exhausted gets maybe 2/3 hours sleep a night. Today at 5.15ultra sound for his spine thank God all okay then at 6.30 dahlia gynae appt ... we left home at 3.30 and got home about 9pm!!! Had supper at 9.45 xxx going to sleep now this granny is exhausted .. dal and I never saw raveh today poor munchkin and I wont see him tomorrow morning either xx love and kisses and prayers for you all

PuzzleG

We are having gloomy days & sometimes a bit of rain these days, perfect Fall weather. Rachel & Joey just finished car hunting. They bought Joey a cute little Volkswagen, & it was sitting in our driveway this morning before Joey happily drove it to work. Rachel will (I think) keep her Camry for a couple more years which is fine because she really likes it. We did not get even one Trick-or-Treater this year, kind of disappointing, but no big surprise. Rachel dressed as a scarecrow for her office party, & she looked so cute! I'll try to post a puzzle of her in costume later.

Hello dear Erika, so happy to see you here again! PRAYING for all of our tests to show good results. Wow, what a crowd you had for Trick-or-Treats! It's great that we can provide a safe place for the littles to have their candy. Welcome Home Hugs & Smiles to you, dear Sister!

Donna, at least you got 4 kiddos, that's 4 more than we got here, LOL! I enjoy most types of books, but especially inspirational fiction & mysteries. Reading one now called Like a Fish Out of Water by my longtime author friend Janice Thompson. Only read a couple pages at a time in the car while Ray is in a store or such, so it takes awhile to read. At home I prefer listening to audio books on YouTube. There are so many good ones on there, & I can do Pinterest, look at emails, etc. while listening.

Vicki, few things we can eat beat the wonderful taste of a fresh-picked tomato!

Tea, ongoing prayers for your Dad, glad he is doing ok, praying his sugars will behave. Decluttering is so hard to do!

Michelle, so glad you are enjoying your family time! Keeping little Cayden in prayer, that casts & surgery will completely heal the problem. I would love to visit Eilat, I have heard they have an amazing public aquarium, & a place where dolphins like to hang out. Growing up in Southern California, I love all things about the ocean. At one time I dreamed of becoming an oceanographer.
That never happened of course, but I still enjoy watching documentaries about the ocean.

Been changing out my clothes summer to winter also. Sarah is working days now, so hopefully I can get some help from her &/or Rachel for shuffling them all around. I'm off now to upload some pics & maybe post a couple, & of course will do a few puzzles too! Have a lovely Happy Day Everyone!

oldandancient

It was near 70 degrees last night. Beautiful night. We had 4 kids trick or treating. The people across the street had 2, then they got another 2. We hoped those 2 would come over here, but they didn't. Then 2 kids walked by with a flashlight, did not stop. Then a pickup hauling a hayride with loads of kids came down the road. I called out that we had candy, but they did not stop. So we have 4 bags of snickers and milky ways leftover. I told Jen to take them to work but she said it was our stash. So I put them up in a cabinet we never go in, so I don't see them sitting out and eat all of it.

Erika, I prayed that God would heal you from whatever depression or ailment was making you not want to be with us. And Thank You God for bringing our sweet soul sister back to us. We need each other and want to be together. Hugs to all of you sweet Gals.

irisriver

The rain was warm and gentle tonight. All the kids had huge umbrellas and turn out was pretty good for my town. We had 60 some kids at the door. All in all a good night.

teamac

Welcome back Soul Sister....So happy to see you!!! Love and hugs ☺♥♥♥

oldandancient

Noone has heard from Lori in a very long time, Erika. Still praying for her.

Erika, I cried when I read you were not going to be on anymore. You can send me your email if you would like. My email address is gbeaver@mindspring.com. I don't want to lose contact with you. I think about you a lot and pray that you are getting better. I was afraid you might be getting depressed. I don't get on jigidi as much as I'd like. Been so busy with the home purchase and the aftermath of the hurricane and all that life entails. Sending big old happy hugs to you.

gardening205

How is Lori doing....hoping and praying she is doing better....hugsxxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

I went through a bout of depression....so glad to be back with my soul sisters xxxxxhugs Erikaxx

gardening205

So nice to be back....with my soul sisters xxxxxxxhugs hugs and more and more hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Welcome back Erika! So good to see you! Sending you tons of hugs, smiles, Prayers and good wishes!☺♥♥

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I am back, but will only be on once in a while....doing okay, lots of tests coming up!!! I need to go for another MRI in January of the new year...of my pituitary gland on my head...loads of blood tests....thyroid is acting crazy...keeps going high and then low...it cant make up its mind!!! Many several oodles and oodles of endless Erika hugs to allxxxxx hugs hugs and more and more hugs....xxxxx hugs Erika xxxx

irisriver

A happy Halloween to everyone! Tea congrats on the Halloween contest. Donna I adore all the book types you named!

oldandancient

Vicki, Jen has a lot of Sci-fi, so you might like her books. Also lots of history, mystery, you name it. I have mostly inspirational fiction and donate the ones I read to the Little Lending Library in the neighborhood when I'm done with them.

MacTea

I switched my closet too...got rid of a lot of things. Still working on declutter. When I move into next home...I will NOT clutter...or least will try not to ;0)
We got first place in our Halloween contest at work...Had a lot of fun and food.
Rain held off today...but I am afraid the trick or treaters are going to get wet.
Sounds like you are having a good visit Brightie...right now Dad is doing well...his sugar is acting wonky and kind of worries me...have noticed he is sleeping\dozing a lot more. His pains seem the reg...old age complaints and not internal at this point ...Gina glad you are getting your project started ☺
Love you all ☺♥♥♥

irisriver

I am still decluttering a bit at a time too. Not making big jobs of it but just as I come across stuff I make quick mini decisions whether to keep it or not. I have bunches of books around too. Jen and I would have fun trading books back and forth if we were neighbors. I was in the yard using my weed eater today. It got near 70 and I could finish clearing out the veggie patch area. I found 2 ripening tomatoes that I had missed. Hugs to all!

oldandancient

Michelle, maybe Raveh will one day be on jigida. What a treat that would be. Sounds like your time with your cute little family is so enjoyable. Babies always make life so much more enjoyable. They keep you young. Don't have any babies here. I would have made a really good "doting" grandma, but I don't think it will happen. That's what I get for telling my kids when they were teens, "If you don't want babies, don't do anything that would make one."

Gina, your kids sure are busy. We have been bringing boxes of Jen's books in from the garage. She emptied 25 boxes and they have not even filled her shelves. She used to have them full and books stacked on the floor. I guess she did get rid of a lot. Also getting her pottery ready for the annual sale she sells them at. It does not seem like we even touched the amount of packed up stuff in the garage. It still looks full. I really think that Guinn is the pack rat around here. So much stuff he plants to fix. I keep telling him to throw the junk out and get some new stuff. He needs a new weed eater, but intends to fix the old one. He always fixes appliances and tools until they die and costs more to fix than replace. This may be the Christmas we buy him new stuff and force him to throw the old stuff out. We did that one year, buying him a chain saw. He still has the old one along with the new one. He keeps saying he will fix it. It's a good thing we don't park our cars in the garage.
Vicki, we have gotten cooler but not as cold as you guys.
Tea, I hope you are doing ok with all that de-cluttering you said you were doing. We are still doing that as well. We are thinking of getting rid of more furniture. We have a sofa and chair that when we sit down, it hurts our knees to get back up. So we avoid them. It's a really nice set of furniture, but takes up so much space. Still trying to make this place our own.
Melissa Joy, come out, come out, wherever you are. Miss you Sweetie. And oh, how I miss our sweet Erika. Pray she is doing ok with her health and emotional state. Hugs to all

spaklies

Good luck with the cars dear gina xxxso lively your 2 girls working together xxx donna hows it going with the house xx glad all ended well .. take it easy. Paint does wonders .. also maybe colourful rugs xxx so nice that you can finally settle down. Vicki supposed to be cold here but No Way dying of heat most of the time xx thk goodness for some breezes .. and aircon!! Tea how are you and dad doing?? Sure halloween must have been fun .. we do not celebrate it by us. Cayden in 1 cast again .. 2 more weeks to go then he has an op and then will be in a boot. Shame we wont be here to help out xx time is flying past fast xxx Melissa hope you having a quieter time with the kids but sure you are always on the go go go! Loads of live and hugs to you all and kissies from raveh and cayden ... I did a puzzle with raveh 2 days ago xx he has a good eye for it xxxxxxx

spaklies

So we need to take taxis there to be with them. Did not want to impose in them all the time. We babysat kids last night while mom and dad went to a wedding. We did well xx in 5 hours i fed cayden 2 bottles changed 3 pooh nappies changed his clothes twice from oops up and shushed him to sleep over and over ... raveh was an angel and slept the entire time. They came home at 12 and then we went home to our place and granny and papa Slept xxxx was actually wonderful xx so wish we stayed close to them so we could be part of their lives xxx

spaklies

Hugs and blessings to all. Wow it's been hectic here xx Cayden is so so so precious ... snuggled his way into our hearts as has big big brother raveh who is an energetic bundle of mischief. We stayed at dalia for a week then we were in eilat for 6 nights very nice and beautiful but boring for us ... been there twice before and no more. Very expensive in Israel could never live here so sad. Would love to though!! Now we at a lovely time share which the whole idea was to be close to dalia but it's about 15 mins by car if one had a car so taxis very dear!!

irisriver

Hugs to everyone! All is good here. A bit soggy with all the rains though. Been busy with indoor chores and outdoor ones when weather allows. Got all my summer clothes put away and the wintery stuff out. Have a good Halloween week!

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sisters! I hope everyone is doing ok. I have been working hard sorting 40 years of church notes by years. I am almost finished with that, then I will be typing them into my online bible, called E-Sword. This project has been "haunting" me for many years, & it feels good to finally be doing it. Our weather has been rainy last couple days ~ YAAAY!
Sarah has been getting tired of being slapped, cursed at, etc., by the residents at her job. She has been doing this type of work for over 10 years, & it is finally becoming too much for her. She applied for a job at Fire Mountain Gems where Rachel works, & has been hired. She is so excited, & of course Rachel is too! She will be working days now which is great but has to start 1 hour earlier than Rachel, so Ray may still have to drive her to & from work for now til she gets her drivers license. Rachel & Joey have been looking at cars this past week, since her lease on the Camry is nearly over. She wanted to get two slightly older cars for about the same payments she has for leasing the Camry, but that doesn't seem to be working out. Now she is thinking of renewing the lease, & just buying Joey a newer car. Then they will give Sarah the Kia which Joey drives now. Sounds like a game of "musical cars", doesn't it? LOL! Our "kids" have been busy going to Halloween parties, & last night they took a "haunted trolley" tour in a neighboring historic town. Sarah went to a family party at her friend Dan's home & had a fun time with his family. She dressed as the Turtles' reporter friend "April O'Neil", & Dan was "Casey Jones", a friend of both April & the Turtles. Our girls loved the Turtles when they were little, & are happy they finally made a new TMNT movie. Ray & I stayed home & watched an episode of a science fiction/horror TV series called "the Strain". It was very exciting & slightly gross, but pretty good over all. We will watch more episodes before deciding if we really like it or not.
Praying as always for all of our dear Soul Sisters, & wishing you all a super blessed day! XOXOXOXO
Donna, I am so sorry to hear of the deaths from Florence. Praying for all families & responders involved, especially those who lost loved ones & homes & children returning to school, & for the difficult cleanup work.

oldandancient

Gina, there were 53 deaths from Hurricane Florence. I think 24 of our 36 schools started back up today. The rest will be on Nov 1 and 6. Too many deaths. We want to do some renovations to our home, but it may be awhile. I'm sure all the construction workers are re-building homes now. Trying to figure out how to make this place "our own," is just that...trying. I did empty out a box of books today. Jen is off the next few days, so I'm hoping she will empty out some boxes of books and put them on her book shelves.

It got cold overnight and my bones do not like it. Supposed to get a nor'easter over the weekend and with that comes cold stormy weather off the coast. UGH!

PuzzleG

Oops! I posted a bit too soon, but just wanted to send big hugs & prayers for needs met & bunches of bountiful blessings besides! XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

PuzzleG

Good Monday Morning! Another hectic weekend for us, or at least for me. Went grocery shopping with Rachel on SAT, & found some solar pumpkin lights for haloween. Went to a bakery outlet store & to Home Depot, just Rachel went in I stayed in car & read my book, a mystery written by a Christian author friend. Then we had Thai food for lunch. The Thai restaurant that I like is hard to get into with a wheelchair, so we tried a different one that Rachel & Sarah had been to but I hadn't. It was ok, but not great. No more Thai food for awhile at least.

Michelle, you are 9 hours ahead of Oregon's time in South Africa, & 19 hours ahead in Israel's time. Praying the braces will help little Cayden.

Donna, BIG HOORAY for your NEW HOME! Maybe some lighter but brighter wall paint would lighten up your home? Like light pastels, or kind of "Easter-y" type of colors? Praying for hurricane damages, but thankful many more weren't hurt or killed; for all families-grief, restoration, lost pets, livestock, crops, etc. So terribly sad, but as the saying goes, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". I think that is true, tho very unpleasant to deal with. I agree TV & movies all so depressing & disgusting.

Tea - Praying for your friend Ronda's cancer to be permanently healed.

spaklies

Thank you lord for small mercies xxxx so happy the house is now Yours donna xxx congrats

MacTea

Good news on the house and Liza...a confined tumor is such better news ...God Be Praised.

irisriver

Glad that is all taken care of dear Donna!☺

oldandancient

Jen said that Liza has one small tumor and they think it is confined to the one lymph node. Not sure what the procedure will be...whether surgery or chemo or what.

oldandancient

The house is ours. Went to breakfast with our realtor, who is now our friend. Making it our own is another story. I'd love to rip up the really dark flooring, but I don't think that is going to happen. It makes the house look too black and white. Gotta warm it up some. But I'm tired because we had to get up early this morning. Drove down the beach road on Topsail. They are trying to replenish the dunes. Lots of damage on the beach. The realtor, the mortage broker and the lawyer were all at the closing and all had damage to their homes.

sparklightie

Hugs sisters xxx and keeping you all In
My prayers especially Ronda too xx

irisriver

Sending prayers to everyone! So true that TV is a downer these days. Way too much violence and negativity. Happy house closing Donna. At least you do not have to go through a moving in process just a process of making it your home. I had a deep down feeling that house was yours for the keeping.

MacTea

Glad you will have that behind you finally ☺♥
Sending you extra hugs to hold you through it ♥♥

oldandancient

Praying for Ronda for complete healing for the last time. It's all around us. We watch tv and someone is always dying or hooked on something or depressed or bi-polar. We can't watch tv without crying. We watched "The Connors" just to see how it was going to be without Roseanne. They made her look like she overdosed on opiods. We were so disappointed. She made the show and are disappointed what they did to her and the show. It's overwhelming watching tv most of the time.
My nephew Vernon's lung tumor is shrinking but he's not out of the woods yet. He's been going to church and eating right. He quit smoking years ago. Thanks for your prayers.
Our closing on our house is tomorrow morning. Can't wait to get it over with. Well, talk at you later. Hugs.

MacTea

Donna, will send the prayers up ...I have a friend who had been cancer free for 6years and hers came back as well. She has had a mastectomy as well. Please lift up Ronda in your prayers too ♥♥
Brightie, hopefully the casts now will help him and he will better soon ♥♥
Huggies to Cayden and Raveh ☺♥♥

oldandancient

Would everyone lift Jen's boss up in prayer? Her name is Liza Barrett and she just found out her cancer is back. She was first diagnosed in 2010 with breast cancer and had mastectomies and chemo off and on and has been cancer free for about a year and a half. She is only 53. She is having a CAT scan today to see where, etc it has spread. I guess she found a spot under her arm. I guess Jen told Guinn when she got of work last evening and when he was saying Grace, he was praying for all our sick relatives and said her name and started crying. He gets that way since Greg passed away. He prays for people and breaks down. Liza has been so helpful to us since we moved here, giving us advice on doctors, dentists, etc. Jen really likes her. She was on the prayers list at our church and then was taken off not too long ago. Thanks, Y'all.

Brighty, the casts should help Cayden's feet. It's an inconvenience, but his feet are still growing and the casts should keep the bones growing the right way. He's such a little doll baby. I do hope Raven becomes his little brother's keeper and looks after him. Prayers for Dalia and her family.

sparklightie

Thx sweet gina xx prayers are good xx going to sleep now xx think we are maybe 5 hours time difference fro. You to israel xxx God bless xxx kisses and hugs passed on this side xxx and back to you too.

PuzzleG

Michelle, I am so sorry to hear this about little Cayden. Praying for the casts to help. My nephew had a cast for loose joint on one of his hips. He wore it for several months. Now he is just fine, & even played football in high school. Sending you lots of hugs & kisses, for you to keep & pass around.

spaklies

Hugs to all xx shame cayden now in casts on both feet and legs up to groin, really difficult for dalia xxx very hard to wind him. Raveh mischievous as always xxx thk goodness for school. Hugs to you all xxx mwah

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Sweet Sisters! Another chilly but lovely morning, so glad the fires are nearly over. Thanks to our hard working fire crews & some rainy & cooler weather, most fires in our area are either out or well controlled. Praise the Lord for answered prayers!

So glad Vickie's Mom & Tea's Dad are doing ok now. YAY for more answered prayers!

Another HUGE YAAY for Michelle & Louis' safe arrival, & happy time spent with those sweet babies & their family. God is so good!

Our new TV is amazing, such clear & bright images! The foot pad on my power chair that I always use around the house, was so floppy it would not stay up at all for me to get out of my chair. I have to have one foot on either side of it to stand & sit, so I am not well balanced. I called the company & the usual guy came out & fixed it, but I forgot about him & was napping when he came. He tightened the foot pad, but now it is so tight I can't even raise or lower it. Grrrr! I called again & he is to come & fix it this afternoon. He has had his job for at least 5 years, so I would expect him to know that the user needs to be able to raise & lower the foot pad, but at least I don't have to wait a week or more to have it readjusted. Have a super good & blessed day, Dearies! XOXOXOXO

irisriver

Hugs and prayers to your dad Tea. His feeling pretty good is a real blessing.♥

teamac

Glad you arrived safely and have held your dear ones in your arms. Have a wonderful time.
Dad is doing well at present...they are not poking and prodding and testing any more...he actually feels pretty good for now. Love to All my sisters ☺♥

irisriver

Have a wonderful family time dearest Brighty. Mom and I are doing fine. Had another rainy day and might have light frost tonight. Had to bring some of my planters indoors. Hugs to everyone.

sparklightie

Hi my dearest soul sisters xx we arrived safely xx was up from 7am sat morning until sun night 8.30 pm when we passed out xx so wonderful to be with dalia precious daughter if ours and gal. Raveh is an adorable mischievous munchkin ... shew so energetic xx and little cayden is so so sweet. He has bad colic and is struggling with it. Pour dalia has him on the boob so often. This granny has kissed them from each of you. Lou was extremely tired after the flying and so much walking in the airports but thk you lord we are okay.so happy you were not harmed by the hurricane dear donna, praying all will be well with your sellers and your closing xx tea well done on your creativity with the costume, i like the sound of bio freeze I must see if we can get it in south africa,how is dad doing? xx we might go to the beach on Friday- weekend is Friday and Saturday and work and school on Monday. Gina I would so love to go to your rummage sale xx do not think there are any 2nd hand shops where we are now, you going to have so much fun with your new tv xxx melissa how did the dance prom go?? Vicky how is mom, I love the fact that you get a gift for having your flu shots .. such a lovely idea!! Enjoy your rain xxx wish it would cool down here .. although autumn it is So So hot we are melting here xxx about 30 degrees and humid xxx hugs and loads of love and kissies

oldandancient

It was cool here in the 70's today, Iris. Haven't seen it this cool since back in April or May. But I had to go to the car to get something this evening and it felt like it was getting warmer out. Crazy weather. Hugs to all.

irisriver

Hugs to everyone. Had a chilly rainy day. Good day for Jigidi and good books. A good night to all and good wishes for a very good week!

oldandancient

Your tv sounds wonderful. With my eyesight, I keep saying we need a larger screen tv. Who knows???
Happy trails to our sweet Michelle and Louis on their trip to see the young ones. I almost want to be with them and hold those grand babies.

PuzzleG

Good Morning Everybody, Good Morning to You! We are enjoying lovely blue skies & cooler temp's, looks like Fall is finally here. We are all over being sick, just coughing a bit still.

Wow Michelle, that is a looong flight! Good to know you are safe in the palm of God's hand, no matter where you may go! Praying for safety, & for dear Louis to be well & enjoy this vacation, you both really deserve it. Supposed to go with Rachel & Sarah this afternoon to annual rummage sale to help our local Crisis Pregnancy Center. The 2 girls we saw at Walmart last week, Emily & Amy, work at the Center so hope to see them there too, if we go. Sarah is sleeping after her work shift, & Rachel just got back from the gym, so we will see...Meanwhile, sending loads of luvvies, huggies & kissies to you all! ✿*´*✿♥ L ҉ O ҉ V ҉ E ҉ ♥✿*´*✿

Sweet Tea, kudos for the great bathing suit idea! I'm with you on chucking sentimental stuff, that is very hard for me too. Sometimes It feels like I'm tossing bits of myself or my family away! Thankfully moving here has helped me a lot in thinning things out though.

Donna, your advice about thinning things twice works well, I've done that with some of my stuff here & got rid of even more. Glad your home & Jen's work stayed safe in the storm. Praying for those who lost loved ones, & whose homes were damaged in recent hurricanes. So dreadful! Very thankful your home & family are safe, dear friend! Also prayers for Cathy's home to sell soon.

Vickie, that is cool about flu shots at Target ~ I should find out if they do that here too. I think Ray & I have both had ours, & I think Sarah gets hers through her work, but Rachel & Joey might not
have yet.

We got a new 56 inch TV! An early Christmas gift from Rachel, Joey & Sarah, as our old one was acting up a lot. Now we have Netflix & Hulu as well as YouTube & DVDs for watching movies, YAY! Rachel invited a friend from work to watch the movie Hocus Pocus with us last night. Sarah's friend Dan came over also, so we had a full house last night, & enjoyed watching it together. That movie is a good Halloween, & I am glad Bette Midler played Winifred since their "1st choice" was Cloris Leachman. NO WAY Cloris could have nailed the song I Put a Spell on You the way Bette did! Cloris did a bang up job as Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein though, LOL! We just watched that movie too. We are having nightly halloween themed movies this month, & it has been a great family fun time for us all.

teamac

That is good news on both counts ☺♥

oldandancient

We have only gotten a little bit of wind and some occasional rain bands from the hurricane. I think it passed to the north and west. Thank you, Lord. My sister Cindi said she got an offer on Cathy's house and there is another showing today, so hopefully she sold it.

MacTea

Be Safe Donna ♥
Happy Journeys Brightie ...loved the new pic you posted of Dalia and Family ♥♥
Good deal for you Vicki...love those kinds♥

irisriver

Praying for all the folks facing new hurricane. Yay for Tea making her own swim suit. Getting a nice cheery gentle autumn rain tonight. Love the sound of it against window panes. Got flu shot today at a Target Store. They give 5 dollar gift cards for getting flu shots there. Got a nice set of metallic coloring pencils that were 9 dollars for only 4 dollars. Take care every one and good travels for Brighty.

oldandancient

Thanks, Tea about the biofreeze. Weed through your stuff and keep what you can't get rid of. Then go back to it a few months later. you might wonder why you kept that stuff after all.

Brighty, safe travels and have a wonderful trip with the babies and Dalia. Praying Lou does well on the trip as well.

Hurricane Michael is headed our way after slamming into Florida. My sister is vacationing in Tampa with a friend this week and on Saturday her hubby is flying down for a week. She is alone at her condo right now. Her friend flew back to Arizona when the storm came up. Our realtor was visiting her son in Tampa as well. She managed to get a flight back home. Her townhouse that got damaged from Flo has a tarp on it and she's worried about the hurricane making her home worse. Our closing got cancelled until next week. The sellers are in Okinawa and they are having typhoons and power outages and could not get their papers to the lawyer in time. Crazy. Schools have not started yet here. Damage to some schools and some still are being used for shelters. Jen is off of work tomorrow due to the hurricane. Since the ground is already saturated from Flo, we are worried more trees will come down. Hugs to all.

MacTea

Brightie. my filling fell out 2 days before my trip to California and it was one in the front so Had to make a pleading appointment to the dentist.
As for the bathing suit..I made me one...Bought a summer dress with the bra in it...hemmed it and braced the back so it would not sag in water ...then bought the bottoms separate... like it better than the bathing suit I bought...I thought you had left already...Have a wonderful time dear sister.
O&A If you can find it...get some Biofreeze for your knee...I cant believe the difference it makes in my knee and ankles...you can find it at Walmart...I have the roll on...but they do have other versions you can use...I rolled my eyes when my cousin was telling me about it...but I am a believer now. will not cure it..but will help on the more painful days ☺♥

Glad you are felling some better Gina, hope Ray is feeling better as well.
Vicki it is almost in the 90s here but cool down is due this weekend ...supposed to have our first frost.

On a working vacation...trying to get rid of things we don't use or need...still having a time with some of the sentimental stuff...but will try to weed through it.

Love to all ♥♥

irisriver

Big hug to everyone after reading all the comments. All the Doctor Who binge watching was fun and the new season episode was great. The new lady actress playing Doctor Who did a brilliant job taking over a previously all male role. Enjoying picture perfect days here. Things are going quite nicely here in Ohio.

spaklies

huggies prayers and kissies to you all - we have been so busy tryingto get everything in order before we leave ---- on saturday night!!! had to go to dentist today -murphys law - tooth was not hurting all weekend and today but had to keep appointment - R950 later - few xrays teeth clean and same old same old problem - have to get back tooth fixed one day!! Went looking for sandals that do not hurt my bunions - did i find any .... ☻☻ No!! Could i find a bathing costume - tried many shops but could not find anything to fit my boobs or my waist ( usually too small on boobs and then if boobs fit the waist and legs are too large xxx so grr -- seriously have to lose weight - went for gynae check up on friday and got my blood test results today and everything fine (except for the weight story) medication helped my cholesteral problem!! Walked many many steps since friday ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ we have been watsupping dalia up and down like crazy -we are are all so excited ☺☺☺☺☺ just a bit worried about lou - dr says he was fine but he gets tired fairly quickly and his chest still not right to me ... but what do i know i am only the wife - please just pray that we will be okay while away and that lou will be okay on the flight - 9 hours straight !!!!!!!

PuzzleG

Hi! I am feeling better, thanks to Robitussin DM & your prayers. Weather guy says 100% chance it WILL rain today, sky is gloomy & looks like rain, but all is dry so far. Sure hope it does! Ray is having a tired & sick time. I hope the nausea isn't because of the weight loss meds the dr put him on. He won't call his dr & ask about it, says wait til his next appt. Grrr!

Melissa, praying for your eyes & sinuses, & for your hectic schedule, & for your dear family too. I don't know how you do it being so busy yet keeping it together, but I did it too when I was your age, & my sweet girls are doing it too, LOL!

Donna, you're so right we need God's protection every moment these days. So neat that your house is now seeming more like your home, & easier cleaning is an added bonus!

Vicki, gardening can be hard work but is also such fun, when you see how wonderful it looks & know that you did it yourself. I used to love gardening, & being in the fresh air & sunshine. We need to buy a ramp for the back door so I can get out into the yard & get more sunshine. Hopefully that will happen next Spring, since it will be Fall soon.

Rachel & I went shopping at Walmart yesterday. Saw 2 girls who used to attend our church but moved to Medford. They are both just as sweet as can be, Emily is a lifeguard at the YMCA pool. Seeing her again made me wonder again about starting back up at the Y for excercising. Pheeew! Just got off the phone from a call from my Sis-in-Law Jean. She is a talker! Ray's Mom has fallen about 3 times recently, & forgets she has a button to call a nurse for help. Thankfully her roommate helps with that, & Mom even called the nurse for her roommate a couple of days ago when she fell. Getting old really sucks! We've been told that Ray & his youngest Sis Norine will have to pay for Mom's funeral & transport back from Colorado to Washington when she dies, because her bank account is just about empty. I have serious doubts & suspicions about how it all disappeared, but it's not my business so I'm not getting into it. At least Mom is very well cared for where she lives, & that's most important. Ray is having a tired time again, but at least they seem less often recently, & he exercycles more. He has lost 15 pounds so far on the weight loss med, & I am sure that is giving him more energy too. I'm off now to do some puzzles for a bit, then tackle my daily chores. Have a lovely & blessed day! ༺♥༻(✿◠‿◠❀)༺♥༻

oldandancient

We washed windows today and it only took about 45 minutes. Our last house took all day and that was if we were able to finish it all in one day. This new house has those wonderful tip in windows and the house is smaller. Hurray for a smaller home. Sure takes a whole less time to clean. We can actually clean the whole house in an few hours. I also dusted furniture. Tomorrow I'm going to do the floors. We have the appraiser coming Saturday morning. I love this place already. My knee is finally feeling somewhat better. I've even done some coloring. Guinn went to a Homeowner's Association meeting. They are discussing storm cleanup. Everyone has brush out by the street and some people have household stuff if they flooded. I told him he will end up an officer if he goes to too many meetings. Either that or get kicked out for complaining. Hugs to all.

irisriver

Just a heads up that things are good here. Have not been on Jigidi solving as much this week because of splendid outdoor weather and all week marathon on TV of my beloved Doctor Who program. Sunday is the new season premiere. A big hug to everyone.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Just checking in to see what's new! Same old...same old here! Two house cleaning jobs done for the week. Now I have to get motivated to do my own! Weather changes have given me a whopping sinus headache yesterday and today! Does not make me want to do anything! My eyes are killing me! Prayers would be much appreciated!

Hope you all are doing well! Sending loads of love and hugs your way!

oldandancient

Gina, I agree. We all need prayers just for our daily existence, to have God's angels surround us with a hedge of protection from everything out there, which can be scary. Sending big old hugs to all of you sweet gals.

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dear Sisters! Lovely morning here, very light clouds & very light smoke haze. Most of our fires are either out or well controlled now. Those remaining are mainly in remote areas so no homes threatened. I caught the nasty bug Sarah brought home, but think I am over the worst of it now. Going to try & upload & post some pics today.
Prayers for Donna's escrow closing, dear little Cayden's feet, for Dalia, & for Michelle & Louis' upcoming trip to Israel. And just general prayers for all of us. Huge bundles of love & hugs heading your way!

sparklightie

good luck for 9 days time xx hugs and goodnight and god bless - enjoy your evening ☻ zzzzzzzzzz

oldandancient

Our closing is Oct. 11. Still have a week. Iris, so glad your cousin's child is doing well.

sparklightie

glad you having good weather - hope and pray all will be well with our little Cayden xx thx for sharing all your stories gives us a lot of encouragement xxx

irisriver

One of my cousins had a child with club foot. After some surgeries he did great and loves spots and all the stuff boys love to do. Picture perfect day here and have been outdoors most of day.

brightspark

thx sweet dearest donna xxxxxxxxxxxx good luck, prayers and hugs for your closing tomorrow

oldandancient

That's a lot to deal with for Dalia. Poor thing. Wish I could be there to help her with all the stress. I know you wish you could be there. You will soon, Michelle. Hugs, love and prayers.

sparklightie

we leave on the 13th of october - not this saturday but next in the evening xx getting so close now ☺☺☺☺☺☺

sparklightie

thx dearest donna xxx i am sure it is to do with his foot - also they have moved out the area they were in for 6 years so are starting all over again - we also just heard that gal who worked in this area has now got another job back closer to where they used to live - so soon he will start travelling again and drop raveh at school early in the mornings and only come home after 7pm xx my poor darling has so much to contend with -- and they are going to start building their new house which is also near where they have moved to - unsettling times -We cannot wait to be with them

irisriver

Hugs and tons of prayers to all. Having a very pretty week here. All is well.

oldandancient

I wonder if Dalia is blue due to the club feet abnormality. When I was pregnant with Jennifer, I had a dream she was born with a club foot. Of course, I was a pediatric nurse working with kids daily, so wonder if that dream came from that. I also dreamt she was a boy. But she was perfect. She cried a lot as a baby. Until I started reading to her. Who would have thought? It was maybe 4 or 5 months when I started reading to her. But anyway, I bet that is why Dalia is so down. Praying for her and you and Louis as well. Hope your trip goes well. When do you leave?

brightspark

Gina i am praying and wishing that the fires would stop - poor people and towns and the pollution must be so bad xx hope sarah is feeling better by now ☺☺ are you taking anti depressants - they sure work wonders xxxxxxx

brightspark

donna so happy you get to close the deal soon - then you can finally unpack and settle in cos its yours ☺☺☺☺ hope your knee heals soon. I have also been having lots of aches in my ..elbows and wrists and fingers and hands - def not doing any more ops grrrr xx2x2 lous also not been right - well we have to be because we leave in 13 days time xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx i have decided i am going to cut my hair short - i wear it up all the time cos of the sweats so i might as well - only problem middle gets white so so quickly but that is has to be xxxxxx will havve it colured before we go and take one colour with.

brightspark

prayers for every ones aches and pains xxxxxxxx hi my soul sisters - so so so happy we got to speak to dalia at long last and had a good heart to heart- i think she is blue - raveh is rejecting her cos because he has had to spend so much time with his daddy. Cayden seems to have a lot of wind cannot wait to get there to help burp him xxxxxxAlso our beautiful little munchkin's left leg is in plaster of paris up to his groin and they might have to do his other foot at some stage xx poor little mite xx but we got a lovely photo today of mommy raveh and babe and some lovely pics of raveh and cayden together on his playmat xx and gal been amazing inundating us with videos and pics bless them. they have had a lovely long weekend as it is jewish holidays today and tomorrow again. Lou and i have been shopping - have gotten most things on dalia's list xx have to get her gluten freen breads and muffins and bagels and cake mixes and biscuits and lots of other gluten intolerant things - which is difficult to get in israel. Wow going to be heavy cos we have to freeze it!!

oldandancient

I thought my knee was better. But then last night when I went to bed, I got some sharp pains on the side of the knee. It mainly hurts when I get up or sit down. Been using the heating pad at night. Being old can be a mess at times.

PuzzleG

Good Morning! I should not have mentioned how clear our skies were, by noon smoke was quite heavy & air quality was "harmful" again. Now there are at least 6 fires in Oregon, many in steep terrain that can't easily be accessed, so they have to let them burn til they get to where they can reach them, or til it rains. The "Klondike" fire that is about 20 miles northwest of us got out of control but has been controlled again. Residents in Agness OR are on evacuation level 2, "get set" -- pack up & be ready to grab & go if necessary. Supposed to rain tonight, would be nice after 111 dry days!

Donna, I have thought of posting it here many times, but somehow never did it. I will delete it later, so it won't fall into "the wrong hands". I love you all so much, I would hate for us to lose touch. I have depression, which I try to keep beaten down, but sometimes it gets the better of me for awhile. The smoke didn't cause Sarah's cough, but I'm sure it is making it worse. She caught it from work because they are short staffed & people are coming in still sick. She had to get a note proving she was sick & saw a Dr. Her care home is under new, stricter management. Ray watches the hearing & political issues & keeps me generally updated. I've gotten to where I hate listening even to the news, it's just so upsetting & depressing. I wish we had Erika's address too. Keeping her in prayer as always. Love, Hugs & Prayers to You All.

oldandancient

Thanks for the email address, Gina. When you were off for months a while ago, I wondered where you were and tried to figure out how to find you. Wish we had Erika's email address. Pray that Sarah gets better soon. I wonder if the fires up there and the smoke have caused her cough.

Michelle, I wonder if Dalia has post partum depression. Or maybe she is just busy. I know about how depression causes one to go "into themselves." Greg did that and it was so hard getting him to open up. He would sleep and spend time in his room for days. Mostly sleep.

I wonder if Erika is having some of that depression she had so long ago. I pray for her health problems as well. She always brought so much life to us with her oodles of love and laughter. Keeping you in my prayers, sweet Soul sister Erika.

Melissa Joy, so glad to see you again and so often. We watched the Senate hearings yesterday and some today. I always find these interesting. Guess I've become a political junkie of sorts. I can see where it would get to you. It does get to me and then I have to shut it off. Have not watched much politics in the past few months. Been so busy with house hunting. We are due to close on the 11th and then we get to unpack all the boxes in the garage, maybe hang some pictures, put up ceiling fans, re-configuring our closets, and think about what we want remodeled, like putting in a shower in Jen's bathroom. Of course, Jen's birthday is coming up, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas.

Enjoy your alone time. Melissa That's when I get to do jigidi or write letters. Yes, I still snail mail.

Iris, I saw the flowers in your town puzzle. Can't wait to solve it. You have a cute little town. Give Mom a hug for me.

Tea, spend quality time with Dad. Know we are praying for him and you as well. Sending big hugs to you.

PuzzleG

Hi there! Another hazy day here, but not too bad. Hope I don't have to go out in it. I miss our dear Erika already, but she is always in our hearts, thoughts & prayers. Sarah is doing better, & worked last nite. Still coughing a lot, but Drs say if you have been on antibiotics 48 hrs you are not contagious, I hope they are right! She got a note from the Urgent Care Dr, so she won't have problems with being off work.

Michelle, happy happy for little Cayden's perfect name! So sorry Dalia is not communicating well. I am sure she will come around soon. Thank the Lord for Gal being such a sweetie in keeping you updated! Don't worry, Cayden & Raveh will be in your arms soon!

Joy, YAY 4 YOU, visiting us twice in a row! You are a wonderful wife & Mom, & we understand how busy you are. We've been there too, LOL! I totally agree about the senate meetings, we don't even have TV, but I'm so sick of hearing about them on Facebook, & "sidebars", etc.! I hope you & Tim had your special dinner together, you both deserve it!

Sweet Tea, sometimes I feel like I'm living that song too, LOL! My first surgery was when I was just 14, but most of my surgeries were for a hernia that wouldn't stay fixed because my skin tissue is too weak. One surgeon finally nailed it, & haven't had trouble for almost 20 years. I am SOOO looking forward to my new body, as our Lord has promised to give us! Glad your Dad is taking the sad news well. Praying for him to stay as strong as possible, & strength for you too, in dealing with this very difficult time. I'm so glad you weren't hit by that barrel, that must have been terrifying!

Vickie, so glad you & Mom stayed high & dry!

Donna, thank you for sharing your email addy. Mine is grinnypicker@gmail.com, & My Facebook addy is: facebook.com/GinaM55. ANY of you dear Sisters can copy this info if you wish. So if we ever get kicked off here for being too "religious" or something, we can stay in touch.

I have been working a lot with my Pinerest boards lately, finally found out how to organize them alphabetically, now that I have like 1000+ boards to organize, LOL! Also, their "drag & drop" method of moving the boards is not very good if you have lots of boards to move. After many hours of work I am still only about 1/2 way through, but it looks much better than when I started. My sweet Sophia! She gets sore sometimes from me lifting her up from the floor into her "nest", so if Ray is nearby she "asks" him to lift her up, then she gives his hand sweet little "thank you kisses".
Speaking of kisses, sending you dearies tons of hugs, kisses & prayers for happy, healthy days & lovely weather!

sparklightie

so good to hear from all of you - still not heard from my child xxx not even a watsup today xx oh my goodness another 17 days to go - gal very good and keeps us sending pics of raveh .. much appreciated but we so want to see and hear from dalia xx looks like raveh very happy at his new school - thank goodness xxxxxxx we have been shopping for dalia filling up her request list xx we have booked another suitcase for on the way there xxx was 30 degrees here today adn i decided to SPRING clean from top to bottom - did not take very long to get drenched in sweat - had to shower twice in one morning xxx property been very quiet xx got an offer on a place but it was 50 000 less than what she wanted- we came right down in our commission so it was only R12 500 less but still no way xx honestly = and she so overpriced it to start with xxx grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr dont klnow if we will carry on with it xx sheesh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

joyfulnoise4

Hello girls! Hope you are all well and dandy today! Been a busy day here. Got up and ran errands to town this morning! Kids both work tonight so maybe Tim and I can have a quick dinner date before he has to go coach basketball! Finally got Zach off the jr high team but now Tim is coaching! At least it keeps my "kids" busy! Guess I get some alone time tonight...yea!!

May not ever get to watch anything good on TV! Grrrr....stupid senate meetings! Can't we leave this stuff to the news channels during the daytime?

OandA....if you are still having glorious summer weather, I may take a trip your direction!! Weather is supposed to clear up nicely for the weekend which will be nice for being outside at football games!

Tea...glad Dad is still having good days! May they last a long time! Sending you both hugs!

Love to all today!

MacTea

Brightie, it is the perfect name for our new precious angel. Perhaps Dalia will be better soon...I know you are counting the days to get to hold them all in your arms. ♥♥
Gina...you make me think of the Gloria Gayner song - I will Survive...you could have been the album cover for her....Hang in there. ♥
Donna hope you are feeling better soon.♥
Love and hugs to Vicki and Melissa ☺♥♥♥

irisriver

Mom and I are fine. We had big rain but not as much as was expected. River should be fine. A huge hug and prayer to everyone who is healing, scared or weighted down by worries. I think that covers the basics of it all. Yay for seeing joy filled Melissa again.

oldandancient

Michelle, if I could, I'd pump the water out of our flooded areas and send it to you. Cayden sounds like the perfect name. I really like it. Sorry that Dalia isn't feeling up to par. Hope your trip comes really quickly so you can give them all big hugs and kisses.
Good to see you around, Melissa Joy. You might have to get out of Dodge if the waters rise too much.
Tea, you are fortunate that you weren't hit by a barrel and hurt badly. Take care of yourself. Praying for all of you in the way of the storms.
Praying Sarah is doing better. And keeping our dear Erika in our prayers.
Vicki, hope you and Mom are doing ok and not in any bad weather. Hugs to all.

brightspark

Sorry your knee is hurting sweet donna xx i am off to bed - it is past my bedtime ... as usual xx god bless and night time hugs ♥♥♥♥

sparklightie

Donna so grateful that our lord has guided you in the right direction -and helped with your decision i believe it is truly meant and you got it at a bargain price too xxxxxxxxxxxxxx AMEN AMEN may you be very happy there - you could always make your storeroom a studio for jen xxxxxxxxxx so thrilled for you ♥♥ Tea i am so thankful that you are safe and sound - sure your angel mom was watching you every minute of your journey ☺☺☺☺☺ hugs for you and dad xxxxxxx gina oh my goodness as it says in the classics - it never rains but it pours - i am so happy that ray had recovered enough to get sarah to hospital - praying you are all well , wow think you should be in the guiness boook of records for scars xx you are a survivor!!! ♥♥♥ vicki and melissa hoping the rain will stop soon - send some over to us xxx it was 30 degrees here today - crazy weatehr we having - extremely strange for spring !!

sparklightie

Hi precious aunties - Little Munchkin is named Cayden xxx meaning : fighter of battles and warrior - how appropriate ☺☺☺☺ He was sleeping when he was brissed thank you lord - think they must have given him something as he did not even cry - his foot seems to be in plaster (not sure if it was done yesterday morning and that is why he could have been sleeping)but dalia is not answering and of pour questions - in fact it is her 35th birthday today and all we could do is watsup her our wishes - this child of mine seems to withdraw and go into herself - her excuse is that she is just too busy too speak to us - we have not even spoken since before Cayden was born - breaks our hearts - cannot wait to get there xxxxx raveh seems fine - gal sent a video of him at school today - seems like an amazing school with wonderful facilities xxx

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Look...I'm on two days in a row...woo hoo! I'm sure you can hardly contain your excitement! LOL Raining here...again! Building an ark! LOL!! Did a major cleaning upstairs this morning cause I can be noisy but still waiting for Gianna to finish school so I can clean the main floor! I'm about to kick her to another room cause I don't want to be cleaning all night! Ready to decorate for fall but no sense decorating a dirty house! Not much else happening here today. Kids have basketball and cheer tonight so maybe I can clean in some peace!

Sending you all tons of love and hugs today!

MacTea

Praying Sarah is feeling better soon, and thankful Ray was well enough to take her in...that is the blessing here ♥
Storms were not as bad as predicted...we did have to commute in it....but we made it...We had a close call as there is a lot of construction and we are down to one lane on part of commute...Semi hit one of those barrels and sent it flying back at me...they bounce pretty good...played dodge em with it and narrowly escaped a bad accident...God is good.
Thanks for the prayers ...so far Pop is doing well...just trying to prepare myself for the hard road.
He was depressed for a bit...but he is coming out of it a little...we are petting him pretty good ☺♥

My sister went on an Alaskan cruise and the smoke from the fires in Cali is noticeable up there too...I was quite surprised by some of the photos that captured it...I thought it was mist or clouds...but it was haze from smoke.

So happy you get your house Donna....God is Good ☺♥

Brightie...hope all went well with ceremony …cant wait to find out what his name is ☺♥♥♥
Love to all

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Ones. Sheesh, the "fun" never stops around here! Ray just took Sarah to Emergency Room as she is having trouble breathing. She has a chest cold & bad cough, just woke up to get ready for her work shift & breathing was much worse. Her work has found someone to take her shift which is good since they are short staffed right now. Please pray for my poor "baby"!

Michelle, PRAYING all will go well for baby's circumcision, & for his little foot to be ok too. Remember our Lord is right there with them even if you can't be. When Rachel was born, she was a "footling breach", meaning her foot got stuck in my birth canal. After birth that little foot was all curled up when "relaxed", but Dr said to put her opposite shoe on that foot while she was having her nap, & it would be ok. That worked for her, so maybe it could work for our sweet munchkin? I am sure it depends on how serious the problem is.

Melissa, I hope your neighbor's roof or whatever gets fixed soon, if the stove is electric it might be hazardous to even use it when it is leaking. We just got a new roof on our house here. It was leaky around the skylight over the entry way, & a couple of other places. Roofers finished it up yesterday, so we beat the rainy season, IF we even get any rain since this is our 107th day without it. At least the fires near us are almost out now, & our air is clearer. Since I "lost" 2 or 3 weeks worth of photos last time I uploaded I am afraid to try uploading again, but will have to soon as I have lots more pics waiting on my camera.
Ray is doing much better, just took his last percocet pill last night, so was able to safely drive Sarah to hospital. The steri-strips came off of one of his 3 little incisions today, & it seems to be doing fine. Thankfully Dr's were able to remove his appendix using "arthroscopy", so he will just have 3 little scars.
Not like me, I have 17 scars, if I counted right - including 5 on both knees; then 1 on right thigh from hip replacement, & 3 on left thigh from my broken leg repairs last year; 3 C sections & 6 hernia repairs (3 hernia repairs were done when my babies were delivered, so the scars aren't separate); then carpal tunnel releases on both wrists. I think that is all, & is certainly enough for one old gal, LOL!

Donna, that is great that you will be buying the home you live in, hopefully that will be a real blessing to your family. Also fantastic that it wasn't damaged by "Flo", but it brought the owner's price down ~ a blessing in disguise! So sorry your realtor's home was so badly damaged! I haven't crocheted since we moved in here, except tried making a back scrubber with yarn scraps. I decided it wasn't worth the effort & I need to make one from all one yarn vs. scraps so it will last. I have a couple other items I want to crochet, so hope to get back to that soon.

Vickie & Tea, PRAYING the rains will not cause any damage!

I think maybe we all spend less time solving & making new puzzles than we do visiting with each other, but that is fine with me as I love you all so dearly & enjoy your company much more than puzzling, though that is fun too. I will say bye-bye for now, need to go round up something for dinner since I am alone here right now. No problem, we always have loads of food in our fridge. Keeping you all in prayer, as we travel life's rocky road together. Speaking of "rocky road", I think there's some ice cream in the freezer.... ;-D

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Hope you are all well! Raining here AGAIN!! I was at my cleaning job this morning and came into the kitchen only to find water leaking from the range hood over the stove! Just dripping so I put a pan under the drip and let the owner's parents know what was going on! They live across the road so they can check on things till their daughter gets home later today! Think it's time for a new roof!

Tea...so sorry to hear about your dad! Praying he has good days and you can make happy memories! Praying he is not suffering in any pain. Sending hugs!

OandA...congrats on the new house! One of these days I'm coming to visit!!! I hear Topsail is beautiful! The weather at night must be getting colder cause I found my Zach wrapped up like a mummy in his afghan from his Auntie OandA!!

Gina...I saw on facebook about your hubby. Hope he is healing!

So sorry to hear about Erika. I no longer do much puzzle solving but can't imagine not checking in with my dear soul sisters! Love you all!

If I can ever get my pics loaded on my laptop, I will share ones from our Greek cruise and also from the kid's homecoming dance! I know I'm just missing one small step but can't figure out what I'm doing wrong! Must let Zach do it! Kids know everything! LOL

Can't lollygag today as I have lots of store work to get done! Filing and bills to pay...yuck! Love to all and hugs too! Melissa

irisriver

You be safe too big sister. The rains are much lighter this morning than yesterday.

MacTea

I think they are calling for thunderstorms tomorrow and as you get what we do normally ...be safe little sister ☺♥

irisriver

Good to see you Tea. I agree prayers and hugs to the sweet new baby. Take care everyone! It has rained here all day and finally stopped for a time.

teamac

Prayers going up for the baby and family ..Hang in the Brightie...don't wear yourself out fretting over not being there...They know you are with them in your heart and prayers...and you will be on your way soon. Love to all the soul sisters Thank you all for your encouraging hugs and comfort. God Bless each of you ☺♥

irisriver

Donna I was praying you could keep the home you are in. You always seemed to deep down like it pretty well. A place being on the small side is not a bad thing. Less temptation to over fill it. If you are ever passing by my area you will be met with hugs of joy dear Donna. There would not be a dry eye in the house. How well I know your mind being on home dear friend. No place like home. Sending your relator a big prayer in all that she is facing.

oldandancient

I have not been on in a few days. Been busy with who knows what. Our realtor lives on Topsail Island and had something hit the roof of her townhouse, causing water to come in and when she got home, her ceilings had collapsed and she had to move out while her house is being basically re-built from the inside out. She said the smell was so bad and had black mold. We were going to help her move furniture out but she had people from her realty office helping. She came over to use the internet. We have been busy with tons of laundry and cleaning our house and the outside limbs from the trees clean up. We are having the house inspected tomorrow. The owners of our rental kept in touch by email while the storm was here. They want to unload it, so came down quite a bit on the price, lower than we were going to pay. So we are in the process of buying the home. They are stationed in Okinawa, so I think it's been a big worry for them. Since we did not get any flooding or damage, we figured it was good enough to buy. No stairs to deal with, except for our bonus room over the garage, which we use for storage. We figure with all the damage to some homes, we might not find much out there to buy. We can be happy with this place.

I am so sad to hear Erika is not coming back. I wish I could have gotten her email address and keep in touch. Hoping one day to maybe meet. Kind of brings tears to my eyes. You gals are like my best friends and when one goes, it leaves a hole. Erika, Sweetie, if you see this, my email address is gbeaver@mindspring.com. Any one of you are welcome to write. I'm praying for you, Erika. I go through times when I don't want to do puzzles, too. I love knitting and haven't knitted since Christmas. Sometimes it gets hard trying to keep up with tons of people on this site, but my would sisters takes first place.

Joy, that includes you. Miss you oodles (as Erika would say.) Iris, we got home and Guinn and I both said we could have gone to visit you when we were in Tennessee. Just had so much on our minds, didn't even think of it until we got back. He didn't want to get that far from home, so that was one of the reasons. My siblings kept calling us to come up there, but we dreaded a 17 hour drive back home.

Tea, sorry about your Dad. Praying you will have good times with him and he does not live his last months in pain.

Gina, so glad Ray is doing better. May he continue to get better.
Michelle, I do pray your eyes get better soon. Hugs to all.

brightspark

Pleae all pray for our precious munchking who is going to be brissed tomorrow afternoon - (circumsicion) they are not having a big celebration like we had with raveh but are going to have it done at the clinic where the doctors are on hand xxxxxxx and they will be seeing the specialist about his precious club foot too xx prayers prayers prayers please - we are so upset because bianca has decided not to go after assuring us that she would be there for them and that we could go later xxx so frustrating but nothing we can do xxxx GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

sparklightie

So sorry to hear about dearest dad sweet sweet tea xx sending you many hugs and much love and lots of prayers - holding you both close to my heart and to sweet melissa too - i know how hard it is losing dear daisy xx god bless in these trying times ♥♥ glad you had a fun day dear gina - so good for the soul, vicki hugs to you and mom too --- erika you will always be in our hearts and prayers -- @sparklightie for your birthday puzzle - good bless you and may you just be healthy and happy xx

irisriver

Sounds like you had a perfect day Gina. Forgot to add a comforting hug to Melissa dealing with the loss of a dear one.

PuzzleG

Good morning Sisters! I just posted an Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA. It is really pretty, if anyone is interested. Ray checks them out daily, & tells me of the especially good ones.
Yesterday Rachel drove me down to Medford (about 20 miles south) & we had fun. She bought some old "shabby chic" windows from a gal who had them on Craig's List. Then we went shopping at the mall. I haven't been there in years, so it was a real treat. She picked up some bras from Lane Bryant, then we checked out Bath & Body Works just for fun. That store smells heavenly! Then we had lunch at Tin Tin Chinese Buffet. We took a "scenic route" home, it was a very lovely drive along the Rogue River.
Tea, I am so sorry to hear the sad news of your Dad. Even when we know they're coming, these days are so difficult to accept & deal with. Know that our prayers & love are with you, & the Lord's comforting arms are wrapped snugly around you & He is with you every step of the way.

Michelle, so thankful your eyes are better! Ray is behaving & not overdoing things, & napping a bit more too. Just took last "hard core" pain pill last night, & don't think he will need to refill the prescription. Very thankful he is doing so well, & for God's blessings, including all of our dear Sisters' prayers for him. you are so right that getting old is not for sissies! Counting the days with you til you are with your little munchkins again, less than 3 weeks to go now, YEAH!
Melissa, so sorry to hear of dear Aunt Daisie's passing. Asking our Lord to comfort & bless you, & thankful she is resting in God's loving arms now. Praying for peace & calm to rule your hearts in these busy days.

Sarah helped me fill out a TON of forms from my health insurance. I get bad headaches whenever I have to fill in lots of forms, or have to call several phone numbers to get or give information. I don't know why, but wonder if I might have some sort of spike in my blood pressure that causes that problem. I am so sad because Dr. Givens is dropping all of her Oregon Health Plan patients, including me. I just called her office & left a message with 3 dr's names, asking for any information they might have about them, to help me decide which one to choose. Thanks to Sarah, who helped me with the forms, & it only took us 15-20 minutes! Much love oodles of BIG BEAR HUGS, & abundant prayers for all of our needs.

irisriver

Oh Tea I am sending you a huge prayer and hug. We have a 95 year old member of my church going through this progressive cancer battle and on Hospice. She has stayed here and alert longer than expected. Wishing your dad as many good days as possible. A good birthday to Erika. I hope she comes back long enough to see the pretty cards Donna made for her. Cheers for Melissa and her wonderful busy family.

MacTea

I had been holding this in as you all had so much going on...but since you asked about Dad, I guess now is the time to let you know.
Dad is doing well at the moment, he did find out while I was on vacation that the cancer had went through his bladder and is spreading to his other organs...there is nothing they can do to stop it... they said he had 6 months to a year, and that they would help manage his pain and send hospice when things started getting bad.
For the moment, it is not bad yet...so far no pain and he gets around pretty good still...although he is noticeably wearing down.
I believe his clock will wind down before it gets to a unbearable level...at least that is my prayer. So far God has been kind and we treasure these moments.

brightspark

just thought i would mention .......... i was the 3100th comment - so amazing xxxxxxxxxxxxx

brightspark

Gina i am so thankful that ray is fine and back home - the difficult part is getting him to obey doctors orders, must have been such a worry for you ♥♥♥ ☺☺ erika sweetie we will miss you - sending you loving hugs and prayers to surround you and your loved ones - come back any time ♥♥♥ melissa - what a world wind of events - keep sane dear friend ~ hugs to go with your highs and lows ♥♥♥ Donna hope all well with you all and that the stress levels have managed to go way down, donna have you had your glasses adjusted - the thing with multifocals or bifocals is they have to sit CORRECTLY just a little bit squashed or out of shape and there goes your vision - i KNOW all about this and have had my glasses adjusted many times!!! praying for rays eyes too - what is it with getting older - definitely not for sissies xxxxxx tea - how is dear dad doing - are you back at work? 21 days to go and counting to holding my munchkins xxxxxx gal keeps sending lots of pics and today such sweet ones with raveh and his brother lying on the baby mat on the floor snuggling up together xx so precious ♥♥ vicki how are you and mom ?? thx for your beautiful prayers ♥♥♥ - my goodness we sure are the perfect sisterhood of faith and unity, love and compassion and encouragement xxxx my eyes were a lot better today - only one lightning flash and just floaters most of the day but when i keep busy i do not notice them so much - went to lou sister and hubby for a lovely braai today - only got home after 8pm ... have to give my eyes a rest now - so god bless and much love to you all xxxxxxx

joyfulnoise4

Hello my dearest sisters! Been such a crazy weekend! Kids had a good time at the homecoming dance! Whew! Yesterday was a crazy blur! Our dear Aunt Daisy died last Wed evening and funeral was scheduled for yesterday...plus a parade and homecoming football game! Gianna cheered in the parade while Zach and I went to the church for the viewing and to be with the family. Tim grabbed Gia from the parade (still in cheer uniform) and brought her to the funeral. Tim and Zach went to the cemetery while I asked the church ladies if Gianna could have an early dinner. It had been prepared for after the funeral! Tim came back to the church and grabbed Gianna and got her freshened up and to the football game while Zach and I ate dinner and visited with family! Then he and I came home, grabbed Tim and headed to the football game! Bulldogs won and Gianna cheered her heart out! Lovely fireworks followed the game! Whew! What an emotional day..highs to lows and back to highs again! Today we are going to have a visit from some wonderful friends that are in town for the funeral! Just waiting for them to arrive! Sending loads of love and hugs to all! Hope your weekend has been MUCH more relaxing!

PuzzleG

Erika, I am so sad that you are leaving us. We will miss you, & will keep you in our hearts & our prayers. XXXXX

irisriver

Hugs back at you joyful Melissa! ♥

joyfulnoise4

Donna...so glad you are home safely and that your home had no damages! Been thinking of you!

Our kids are off to homecoming dance tonight! Getting everyone all prettied up!

Hugs to all!

irisriver

You will always be in our hearts Erika! ♥

teamac

Praises for Ray, so glad all is well with him. ☺♥

Go in Peace and Love sweet sister Erika, may God bless and keep you and yours.
You know where to find us if you ever want to come and visit☺♥

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I have decided to not do Jigidi anymore....not enjoying it....nobody did anything wrong and I love all of you lots....it’s been a real pleasure knowing all of you....and I really wish you all of the very best...hugs xxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

God sure is good. Hope you are feeling better Donna.

oldandancient

Such good news, Gina. Praise God. His appendix must not have ruptured. Good thing. Not something to mess around with. Thank you for letting us know. God is good, that is for sure.

PuzzleG

THANK YOU DEAR SISTERS FOR YOUR SWEET PRAYERS! Words can't begin to say how grateful we are for you all. Praying our Lord will abundantly bless each of you for being such a blessing. Ray is back home now, & feeling nearly normal already. Can't drive or lift over 15 pounds for next week or more, so life continues to be "interesting", hee hee. Our furbabies are both ecstatic too, of course! :)

oldandancient

AMEN to Iris's lovely prayer. Tea, I could not make it through life without my faith. Some say God does not let you get more than you can handle. Well, I have found that is not true. When we get more than we can handle, then we ask God to help us through it and He carries us.
Your birthday cards for Raveh are so sweet, Tea. Been so busy, didn't think to make one for our munchkin. Now we have 2 munchkins. I know Michelle can't wait to get to see him and hold him. Hugs to you all.

teamac

Amen to that Iris...I was thinking the other day how awful to not have faith and not know that He is with us every step of the way...and as you said don't know how we could walk this world without Him.
Praying for Ray and Erika....Sending Praises for Donna and Brightie and family for the blessed event...And sending our little Raveh a Happy Birthday wish ☺♥♥
Love to all

irisriver

A huge prayer for Ray and a big Amen that our dear Donna is safely back home. Father God we have all kept you busy lately but know that we all love you and in no way could manage life here on earth without you! For your continued patience we give thanks and say Amen!!!!

oldandancient

Praying for Ray. Appendicitis is nothing to mess with. My grandmother died of a ruptured appendix. My brother had a ruptured appendix a couple years ago and he was sick a long time after. Praying they get it out before it ruptures, and has a speedy recovery.
Praying for Erika's eyes. Guinn has what they thought might be glaucoma and has to go for more testing. I have these crazy progressive lenses and still can't see out of them.
Praying for Dalia and the new baby and big brother Raveh. I do pray they are the bestest of friends as brothers. the baby is adorable. Big hug to Grandma Brighty.
We got home yesterday. No damage or flooding. just have to clean out the refrigerator and freezer, but have to wait til the dump opens. We have power and are eating stuff from the panty. It was so good to sleep in my own bed. My knee has been bothering me as well as this darn head cold. Despite the heat here, I used a heating pad on my knee last night. It feels maybe a little better. Just so glad and praise God for no home damage. So many people are displaced due to flooding and no power. Jen is still off of work. County offices are closed. Two of her co-workers are without power, one is trying to get back from Florida. They want all the computers and internet to be up. One library in the county had some damage. The one here is fine. Topsail Island is closed. There are over 800 homes with damage and have to be inspected first. They are trying to keep looters out as well. People arriving by boat are being ticketed. Lots of flooding all around. Wilmington is flooded and roads leading up to Raleigh and Virginia and SC are flooded. We navigated around those areas but got stuck in a traffic jam yesterday. It tool over an hour to go 3 miles. Thanks for t he prayers. Hugs to all.

PuzzleG

Dear Sisters, no time to read your posts right now. PLEASE PRAY for my dearest Ray! He is in hospital with "acute" appendicitis. Has had tummy pain since SAT, & last night it was so bad he woke me & Joey took us to the Emergency Room. A "CT" scan showed the problem & now he is in a ward room waiting for surgery this afternoon. I got 2 hours sleep last nite, then 2 more just now & will return to hosp soon. Running on adrenaline & so appreciate your prayers! LOVE & HUGS! XOXOXOXO

gardening205

Hi all....I have to go for eye drops to aspecial surgeon.....I have possible glaucoma......left eye they figure is bad mainly....Thanks for all of the prayers....means a lot to me!,, So happy for you brightspark....Raveh will have a new baby brother.., how precious.....Praying for all especially Donna that Hurricane Florence isn’t as bad as they say....and your home and all will be safe....xxxhugs to allxxxx Erikaxx

MacTea

Wonderful news Brightie!!! Glad Mama and Baby are doing well. Cant wait to see him ☺♥♥♥
Glad you get to go back home Donna...wishing you all the best with clean up and coping with the issues that will arise as things settle down...Hope you don't have too many things to deal with. ♥♥
Vicki...loved the post ...so much joy in that picture...just loved it and you too ☺♥
Erika … I think you will be happy to have the bifocals...I had to get trifocals...they did not even start me with bifocals ,,, and I thought the same. But I love them ☺♥
God is good my sisters ☺♥♥

brightspark

thx dearest vicki xx he weighs 3.2 kilos xxx prayers for your eyes dear erika xx and prayers for donna may you get safely home ♥♥♥

irisriver

Prayers for your eyes Erika! Yay for the new grandson Michelle.♥♥♥

brightspark

Hello Aunties, Our new grandson has arrived 12.45 this morning. Beautiful baby with lots of hair. Dalia is exhausted and had a natural birth. Gals mom with raveh. We are so thrilled grateful happy and blessed

gardening205

I had a very busy day....had to go to the optometrist....to get my eyes checked....I need bifocals....yikes! I need to see another doctor...they found something in one of my eyes that needs a surgeons advice....Stephens eyes are bad also....we both need glasses...They are covered thankfully by the ministry...yayyyyhah....Prayers and oodles and oodles of Erika hugs to all....extra prayers and hugsxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Safe travels to you Donna.

oldandancient

We are going home tomorrow. Been away too long. We drove to Seviereville and Pigeon Forge today. none of us wanted to get out and do anything. Woke up with a sore throat this morning and my knee was swollen and stiff. Spent yesterday hanging around the motel and napping. Had to get out today.
Thanks for the prayers. Our power is back on, the house is still standing. 5 straight days of pounding. I'm not surprised of all the flooding around. people on the blog were telling how they got back home. Not sure if we have internet. Guinn says the phone works at home. Hugs.

irisriver

Blessings to you during your special religious time spaklies. Today we had our little bit of rain left overs from Florence. Sun is nice and bright now. If West Virginia and Pennsylvania did not have much we will be ok with the river. Continued prayers for Donna.

spaklies

WELL DONE dearest vicki you have given us and jigidi land a lovely gift of yourself xx pretty girl ☺☺ donna praying you are able top get home soon and that all will be well xx my heart goes out to you ♥3 we had such a busy day yesterday and last night and today so have not been on much ☺ we went to the cemetary - our new year tradition to visit my mom and grandmothers graves and moms brother - all 3 next to each other by the grace of god uncle died in 1993 mom in 1994 and granny in 2000. then we went to visit our elderly friends elize 82 and harry 84 - she loves to do puzzles too and that is how we met swopping puzzles through the internet about 8 years ago - she is very ill now with terribly swollen knees and feet and can not walk much - so we cheered them up with our visit, a lovely cake and i gave her 5 of her favourite types of cartoon puzzles. then we went to my cousins for supper - mia's granny and grandpa. today really hectic with lots of appointments and tomorrow too. Our fast starts at 5.30 tomorrow night and we go to shul from 6pm - 9,.30pm. and then next day asa well - shame raveh will be 3 and his birthday is on yom kippur (19th)so cannot celebrate it - also we are still waiting our new one's arrival - hope it will be after ravehs birthday - then dalia's on the 26th. I still stop at every charity shop we can find and always load up with more books and of course ... puzzles xxx ☺☺☺ donna i am sure you are all very stressed too xxx hugs and prayers and much love to everyone - i definitely will not be on the computer or my cell phone from tomorrow evening til late wed night xxxxxxxxxx fod bless you all ♥♥♥♥♥

irisriver

You are very welcome dear friend. Glad to help you smile in spite of everything.

oldandancient

I love your picture. I saved it so I can visit it often. Your smile lights up a room. Hugs.

irisriver

I remember the pollen in the mountains well. You are all invited to join me for ice cream. I posted an invitation with my photo on it. Take care as you wait to head home Donna. Prayers remain with you dear one!

oldandancient

Your bean soup lunch sounds heavenly. I remember making bean soup all the time when we lived in Ohio. Something about a little fall weather to get the soup flowing. Cooking up some ham hocks and northern beans. Oh, my. Haven't had that since we moved south. Too hot here for soup most of the time. We are stayiing indoors today. Woke up with my knees stiff and hurting. Scratchy throat. I think that is from allergies. They say the pollen count is high here. So lounging around, catching up on email, etc. Guess we can't go home for awhile. All roads going in are flooded. Looked at pictures of our neighborhood and the realtor that is trying to sell our rental asked the photographer to take a picture of our house. When I read that, Jen and Guinn both said, "Gee thanks. ' Now let looters know someone is not home there.

irisriver

Donna I know what you mean by the orchard fresh apples there. We once stopped at a pottery place that gave everyone who visited a big bag of fresh popped popcorn and a handful of fresh apples. Sounds like your new home town got some real blessings all things considered. Your bench sounds wonderful. Hugs and prayers to you dear friend. You helped me get through all my river scares. I can help you with this one. Today my town is having an ice cream social and bean soup lunch in the park. Wont be on much today.

oldandancient

Gina, praying for Joey. oh, he must have been shaken and probably still is. no telling if the woman was on something or just unstable. They don't hospitalize people like they used to.

Michelle, praying for your eyes, lou's health and Dahlia and the new baby to arrive. pray that Raveh turns out to be the most loving big brother.

Vicki, we passed 3 libraries today going into Gatlinburg. That place was crazy. So much traffic and bumper to bumper. It was hot and none of us wanted to walk around in the heat and humidity. We stopped at this woodcarver's place that had some bears out front. We ended up buying this bear bench. Guinn calls me Bear and we liked this bench with a bear on one end. We stopped at an apple orchard and bought some apples. i wanted to buy a bushel of them, but wasn't sure when we were going home. The orchard was for sale and Guinn kept asking questions about it. Then we stopped at a place selling pottery. My goodness, expensive. When we got back to the motel and checked email, our realtor was giving us more information on road closures. I told her that we had to get back home before 'Guinn buys an apple orchard here and jen opens a pottery shack.

Yes, that was our Sneads Ferry. Our neighbor called this evening and sent us pics of his home and ours. A friend of his lives in the next neighborhood and drove over to take pics. All seems ok from the pics, There were also power trucks doing repairs in the neighborhood. So he is going to try and drive home on Monday. there are some roads between here and there with flooding and closed, so it may being an issue. jen saw some pics of our neighborhood. The only flooding was at the point where the riverfront park and boat ramp are.But it was not as bad as i thought. Also down the road from us in a low lying area. The most damage was in a few homes on the point on the water. And some docks were out. I'm quite surprised becausse every time i watched teh weather channel, it looked like the storm surge kept coming right at Topsail and Sneads ferry. Hugs. Keep up the prayerss.

irisriver

Gina sending a prayer to your Joey after his crazy ordeal. Rest your sweet warm hearted eyes well dear Brighty. Donna There was mention of Topsail and Sneads Ferry on TV today. They interviewed by phone a woman who had water around her but her home was ok. I think I have visited the Library you are talking about in TN. While traveling mom and I always enjoyed going to libraries and learning about the history of where we were. Book places draw me like a magnet too. While traveling we would even stop at yard sales to see if the person had any books on their tables. In South Dakota we got a huge sack full of books.

brightspark

praying for your safety sweet donna - hope nothing damaged when you go back home - must be so scary - we have no idea what you go throughxxx gina that is so awful - oh my goodness i hope they keep her in a mental home or something xx hugs and love - we are so waiting for our new grandson to arrive - his mommy said does not seem like he is ready to make an appearance as yet - we are leaving our cell phones on tonight though - dr did say about 22nd and i thought between 8 and 15 and now my dates are just about gone by xx - i am going to have an early night tonight and give my eyes a rest xxx hugs soul sisters and prayers too xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dear Soul Sisters! Enjoying the beautiful blue sky & clear(er) air, before it gets smoky again. The fires are mostly out so all is going fairly well here now. Temperature has been cooler too, hi today is to be only 73F, which will help our poor fire crews. Joey had a weird & scary day working at Walmart on THU. A mentally ill woman barricaded herself in the women's restroom & cut herself all up with a knife. They couldn't get her out, but later she came out & was bleeding all over the store & going around threatening everyone. Of course they closed the store, but told employees to just find something to do in the parts that weren't roped off waiting for a Hazmat crew to clean up the mess. Joey mostly helped in the warehouse, off loading stuff from the trucks. The police crisis counselors talked to her for about 2 hours before they were finally able to coax her out & arrest her. A friend & coworker of Joey's came over yesterday & we talked about it, & he said that she had been arrested on WED, when she was at Walgreen's drugstore going around & threatening people, but didn't have a knife or weapon. Apparently the police let her go then, so ridiculous! I hope they keep her locked up this time & get her the help she needs. Glad things have settled down now. Keeping us all in prayer, & sending out bunches of love, hugs & prayers to all.

oldandancient

Iris, you are too funny. My sister called me today and said for Jen to find the library here and apply for a job. To me, this looks just like where Guinn's Dad lived in Tenn. It seems like everywhere in this state looks alike. I'm not a mountain person and the Smokey's are pretty, but I always got kind of claustrophobic when visiting his Dad. If I can't live at the coast, I would prefer flat corn fields. Somewhere where I can see for miles. We ate out and drove around and lo and just when i said, "Where's the library?" jen said, "It's right there." She can spot a library or bookstore a mile away. when she was growing up, we would be on the interstate and she would tell us a library was right off the road. We would stop for gas or soemthing and lo and behold, there would be the library or a bookstore. We would stop at a motel and she would find the phone book and look for bookstores.
Jen found a blog site for our town. People were asking and some commenting on how neighborhoods fared during the storm. Saw a video of our neighborhood. Not our house, but the neighborhood. Some trees and power lines down. No power. Just hoping we dont' get any flooding. There is enough between here and there. Our realtor texted us and said not to come back until the county says it's safe. So we sit here or move on. All depends on where the hurricane goes.

brightspark

hello - spring weather by us today with a slight breeze and the birds are chirping xx thx for your prayers dearest soul sisters xxxx donna hope and pray you are well xxxxxx Iris might be right xxx good idea to look around - is this inland?? ♥♥♥♥♥♥

teamac

Prayers going up for all for health and safety and just for uplifting of spirits. Love you all ♥♥

irisriver

Prayers to you and Lou Michelle. Donna perhaps you were lead to the Smokey Mountain area for a reason. It is a big Appalachian pottery area and very pretty. Would not hurt to look at a couple property web sites. Just a thought and wondering.

spaklies

dearest donna oh my goodness i am praying for your safety and that of your home and neighbours -- god bless you dearest friend ♥♥♥♥ erika praying they find a solution for you and that you start feeling better soonest xx iris glad to hear you are okay xxxxxx lou went to his specialist today - i heard the real reason - cos he is waking up at night and in the morning and he is very dizzy and off balance - apart from his chest which she says is clear and is probably coughing is his sinuses xx so he is on cortizone for a while xx praying that is what is causing his dizziness xx will check in with his dr next week xx we made appointment for my cataract ops today 27nov and 5 dec and got my eyes measured up today. Many many hugs to all of you as well as my heart felt prayers ♥♥♥

irisriver

Enjoy the mountains Donna. I know you were teasing Jen but Dollywood is a neat place. Try to make the best of being where you are and know prayers are constantly with you. Take care Erika. Hopefully this doctor will find a solution soon. Bright warm sunny day here.

oldandancient

Erika, you may have polycystic ovarian synrome. There is a reality tv show with a woman who has that. it's called,"My big fat fabulous life." The woman is a dancer and how she gained weight in college and is now in her 30's. She got started by showing a Youtube video and it went viral. I've been watching the show since it started. She is so lovable. she started this No Body Shame program. Her name is Whitney Thore. You can google her or the name of her program to find out more about her.
Just hanging out at the motel right now. Dollywood is closed today but told jen we would taike her tomorrow. We always tease her because she does not ever want to go there. It's hot and humid out today. Thanks for the prayers. Love you all.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I went to the endocrinologist and they said my thyroid is high sometimes and then goes low....really strange...so they lowered the dose....I need to go get an MRI again for my purtuitary gland at the hospital..., sometime....have to go for blood tests , uggggh.....they think I might have cysts on my ovaries.....the lady there was so serious...my mom and I were kind of scared...she fired questions at us....but she is good though.....Praying like crazy for our wonderful friend O and A.....that Hurricane Florence isn’t as bad as they say....it’s all over the news....Praying for allxxxx sending everyone my comforting Erika hugsxxxx oodles and oodles and doodles of themxxxx hugsxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Continued prayers with you Donna. Melissa we had about the same amount of rain. Hugs to everyone.

oldandancient

We spent 7 hours today looking for a motel room. They are gouging people right and left. All the rooms were taken until we got into Tennessee. My sister Cindi said we could come and stay at Cathy's but we had to bring our sleeping bags and sleep on the floor. No furniture in her house. Well, we sold our camping equipment due to not being able to camp anymore. I dont' know when was the last time I sat on the floor. I can't get up. She told me we could buy the house if we lose ours. None of my siblings offered us to stay them, except my brother today after we already got a motel room. Not a good day for me. I only slept about an hour last night and was tired. It was raining in the Smoky Mountains and the roundy round roads made me sick. I kept thinking of losing Gre'g's art work and having to start over completely at our age. Jen might be out of a job if the libray gets flooded. We keep praying God will turn Flo around and back out to sea.
Glad to hear Zach is not playing football, and it was his decision. And Gina, glad you got out of thagt smoke for awhile. Brighty, yeah, a sale and a good seminar. Usually those things are boring.

Thank you all for the prayers. Hugs. Love you all.

brightspark

hello @brightspark for a prayer for all suffering from the dire weather xxxxxxx goodnight and god bless and keep you all safe xxxxxxxx

brightspark

SO GOOD TO SEE EVERYONE HERE TOGETHER AGAIN xxxxxxxxxxx donna vicki melissa tea erika and gina am praying that you and your homes will be safe - donna must be awful to have to leave not knowing what is going to happen xxxxxxxx prayers and hugs ♥♥ We had a property seminzr today and it was phenomenal - guest motivational speaker was richard wright - cancer survivor and iron marathon man xx please try google him - wow he has had so many knocks in life and has been fighting raging battles with stage 4 cancer and he has survived and is truly amazing (but it has come back again!!) afterwards we went out for lunch - came home and was happy to hear that one of our deals had finally been transferred - it was touch and go because the owner was being sued for millions - unbeknownst to us !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But thank YOU LORD it went through especially as the new owners took possession before it did. Tomorrow lou to doctor as he has not been well - saw his gp about 3 weeks ago who said he was fine !!!!!!!!!!!! now going to his specialist - then in afternoon i am going to be measured for my cataract op and hopefully we will be able to make an appointment for end of november to do the op. Melissa so lucky zach stopped the football - oh my goodness bianca and i panic every time tyler has a game as he usually gets hurt - but cheerful brave chappie - he wants to carry on !!!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Hope all are well today!

OandA....glad you are safe and sound even though you are not in your home! We got 5+ inches of rain last weekend. So much flooding around here and some people and pets that had to be rescued. Zach was even sent home early from school Monday due to the rain and flooding! I've heard of a snow day but never a rain day! Praying for the storm to head back out to sea! If not we could actually see more rain as a result! Crazy!

Iris....did you get much rain last weekend where you live?

Not much else happening here. Same old, same old. Zach decided to quit football and I'm not terribly upset. It just isn't his sport. I'd rather keep his head in one piece! He has already started basketball practice. Almost time to go get Zach from school! Sending you all lots of love and many hugs!

PuzzleG

Good Morning, My Sweet Soul Sisters! I did not mean to be away for so long! The fires are finally being contained, most have been beaten down & not destroying any more property, & 1 or 2 are nearly out. Our skies look fairly clear right now, but we will see how they look this afternoon. That is when the smoke has usually been blown into our valley. Ray & I drove to the coast on Monday morning. We enjoyed getting out of the smoke for awhile, & seeing our beautiful Pacific Ocean again! Had ear;u dinner Monday at "The Port Hole", our favorite restaurant in Gold Beach. spent the night at a motel, then got home yesterday afternoon. Took a different route coming home than we took going, it has lots of lovely high-priced homes & lovely views of the Smith River. Getting away from the smoke was wonderful, & getting back home felt wonderful too, hee hee.

PRAYING BIG TIME FOR DEAR DONNA & FAMILY, to stay safe & not have any bad damage from the hurricane, & still to find just the right home to buy! Hearing of Flo on the news is a good reminder to keep praying. Please Lord, that "Flo" will behave herself & not overstay her visit, or better yet just goes on out to sea. Seems like maybe if you hear your home is ruined, if you are in Chicago maybe you could stay with someone in your family til things calm down a bit, then you can decide what to do from there. Just a thought.

Michelle, PRAISE THE LORD that you found out about the eye drops before having the surgery & having permanent eye damage! Car repairs are costly, but at least they give you confidence that you won't get broken down along the road somewhere.

Erika, sorry to hear of your dear Aunty's passing. At least she lived a good long (& hopefully happy) life. Still sad when they pass, but they leave us good happy memories to cherish. Hope all went well with your endocrinologist visit.



Sophia is back to her normal sweet little self again, thank you for your prayers for her. We left her home this time. Sarah was able to care for her since she has Sundays & Mondays off from work. Of course, Sophia was super happy & excited to see us when we got home as always. Our dear Christian friend Jean, who moved to Maine after her husband died has finally moved back here. We stopped to visit her in her new home on our way to the coast, & it is a lovely place, & HUGE! Used to be a Montessori school, so has lots of wide open space. Sadly Jean's part of the house is upstairs where I can't go, so I didn't see it. Ray went up & saw it & says it is very nice up there too. The downstairs part will be her daughter Marion's place. That is good since she is bipolar & very hard to deal with at times. Our hi temp today is to be 70F, so welcome after so much heat! Supposed to rain this evening, but I won't hold my breath, since it hasn't rained here for 94 days. I just hope & pray that when it does finally rain it won't be a huge gully washer that floods everything out, which often seems to be the pattern here. We are listening to Pastor Karl's Sunday message on Sermon Audio, since we missed church last Sunday. I somehow lost many of our August pics on Saturday. I've looked all through my photo & video files, & the recycle bin, & can't find them. Grrrr! I thought they had uploaded, but I only found the videos & I can't find the pics. My camera erases the pics after it uploads, so I guess I'm sunk. Now I'm off to do some puzzles, & to try to upload the pics from our trip. Hopefully I won't lose them again! Oodles of ongoing love, hugs & prayers heading your way! XOXOXOXOXOXO

irisriver

Holding you in prayers and light dear Donna. Keep hope in your heart. In many ways I can relate to what you are feeling. Getting stuff to an upper room was the best thing. Praying for Jens Library too. Father God it is all in your hands now. What ever happens keep your people safe and do not let them loose hope. Amen.

MacTea

Praying all goes well for each of you and hopefully we will be aunties again very soon ☺♥♥ Be safe Donna...♥♥♥♥

sparklightie

Our new year - went to bi for supper and lunch xxxxxx very nice - all davids family - and us was 28 people xx weather been very odd here too xxxx got my car back today - going very well - cost R9 000! Saw a video of sweet raveh and his mommy and daddy in the pool - dalia looks huge and we are all waiting for the news!!! Been exceptionally hot there - cannot believe we are going a month and 3 days xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Goodnight and god bless til tomorrow ♥☺♥

brightspark

praying all will go well sweet erika - longgggggggggggggggggggg time no see. So good to hear from you dear tea - did you get mistaken for fishies - shame it was so wet xxx praying for All to be safe and to keep dry xxx donna maybe it is a sign to take it easy on the looking - wait and see what happens with the weather xxxxxx sorry to hear about your aunt erika xxx vicki take extra care of mom xxx melissa be safe too with all your traipsing around in the rain with the kids, havent heard from gina for ages too - praying all well xxx

gardening205

Tomorrow is when I see the endocrinologist .....kind of nervous...but I am sure things will be okay...zoiks....Hugs to all and hugs , hugs, and more prayers and hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

A huge hug to you Erika and Tea!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....I also am praying for you O and A that the hurricane doesn’t hit Carolina....raining here and I am loving it!,,, Have been kind of feeling rough, so wasn’t on Jigidi for a while....I see the endocrinologist on this coming Tuesday, hope that they find out what’s wrong, major chin and moustache hair, so kind of embarrassing....I really missed all of you lots....Oodles and oodles of endless Erika hugsxxxx Need to go to cemetery on Saturday to place my aunts ashes around it.....so sad....my favourite aunt....She was 95 years old when she passed away ......hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

MacTea

It was very relaxing...we caught some fish... it rained a lot while we were there so we put on the rain gear and fished anyway...saw flooding on the way home and it is flooding here too. Good to be back ...have been doing laundry all day ;0)

irisriver

Rain is easing up. They have lowered the expected river rise. Warmer dry days ahead. In 50s today. Wearing long sleeves in the autumn like chill. Gordon sure packed a watery punch! Welcome home dear Tea! Will be praying you stay safe Donna!

MacTea

Hello sweet sisters...just dropping to say we made it back...and to say Stay safe Donna...Love to all

irisriver

Feels like Fall here now. The rainy wind is so cold tonight. Found out that our heavy rains will do some significant river raising to just below our flood stage. I really wonder how they get that it will go that high though. After Monday we get a nice dry spell. If that don't change I am fine. I hope your tropical storm heads out to sea Donna.

spaklies

We have had freezing weather - so weird!!!!!!!! as if winter is back ☻☻☻ visited aunt and uncle in pretoria today (an hour drive one way) glad to see they are not as bad as they make out xx sometimes get rather worried - good luck donna dearest - wish it was all over for you so that you can strt relaxing knowingyou have security xxxxxxxxxx vicki enjoy your colouring in xxx tomorrow hope to sleep late - 2 app ts today and one was a no show after confirming yesterday at 5pm !!!!!!!!!! so flipping irritating and a waste of every ones time xxx good night - my bedtime comes way to quickly when i am on jigidi xx special hugs for you all @spaklies xxxxxxxxxx

irisriver

Do take care Donna!!!

irisriver

Sending a huge payer Donna. Enjoy the thunder and rain Brighty. I love the smell of rain. This has been the wettest summer I can remember. Got more rain this evening. River is still way down so no concern there. The river bank looked lovely today. Been bookmarking lots of puzzles today.

spaklies

no wonder - you are living on edge my sweet friend - oh my goodness i am praying for a god given solution for you - we are listening to thunder - how wonderful after months of being rain free - praying it will rain as we will then know that spring is really here and everything will start going green once again xxxxx in our country electrics and gas have to be in 100%order and as the agent i state wheat the buyer wants done before signature and then usually negotiate but we insist on getting everything down in WRITING xxxxxxxxxxxx

spaklies

very windy by us today xx had a lazy day - no car no appointments - finished my book ☺☺☺ great you have been seeing joe -how is he doing - really?? did you get to meet liz too

irisriver

Hugs to everyone to help them facing the annoying things in life. Seeing Joe again today was great. Still stuck in high heat and humidity. Cant get anything done outside. The off and on rains make the humidity double bad. Thank God for Jigidi, Air Conditioning, and Books and Coloring Stuff.

sparklightie

guinn has the right idea repairs can work out to be very dear - also you start with one thing and land yup having to repair other stuff as a result xxxxxx good luck am holding thumbs toes and Praying for you sweet donna --- Oh my goodness - my car needed 4 plugs and cables ... wait for it ☻R8000!!! we had to do it and hope to get it back tomorrow xxx had my hair coloured today and feel human again - could not do it before cos of my eyes xxx 6 weeks so you can imagine - i have never looked so old and white not even grey xxx anyway felt like a spring chicken this afternoon ☺☺☺☺☺ vicki your neighbours are so wonderful lucky you - i had an arguement with one of our neighbours - block next door to ours who is a real misery and does not obey rules so grrrrrrrrr

irisriver

Donna all those bulbs sound amazing. Bummer that everything is going so negatively. He is simply trying to get out of dealing with the issues. Hold your ground! Still in 90s here. Before heat of day got a big weed pile carried to the curb and one of the neighbors did some mowing for us today. My neighbors get stuffed in blessing jar for sure!

spaklies

hugs and courage and strength dear friend - honestly if it said furnished then thats how it must be according to your contract - i woudl have specified every single item - and surely he has to leave the pool pump - here we just say that the [pool equipment is a gift !! Please phone the inspecor and speak to him so you can get his honest opinion - after all you paid for it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! praying you feel better soonest - and all this excuse my word - crap you have to deal with does not make you feel any better xx

spaklies

hello almost my bedtime once again xx met very strange clients today ☻☻☻ fetched our boy from school then visited for a while when we dropped them home. My car has been shuddering so going in for a check up tomorrow - please all pray that it is nothing serious !! Jewish New Year (rosh hashanah) coming up sunday night and a week later our most serious holiday of all - day of atonement ~ Yom Kippur xx lovies and huggies to you all ♥♥

spaklies

hello and hugs to you all ☺☺☺ was very chilly and so windy here today - honestly our weather is really crazy xx out of 4 appointments only one arrived xx so frustrating and grrrrrrrrrrr. 2 tomorrow and then have to fetch our gorgeous boys from school ☺☺☺☺☺

brightspark

so cool being on together - sorry i disappeared to go look for tupperware to put the soup away - got enough for 10 times xxxxxxxxx wish i could send you some - i curried one, tomato one and a beef one xx ☺☺☺so funny to think our seasons differ so xx but i am so happy no more jerseys or fleecys - just at night xxxxxxx Donna i agree with you - if you let it slide you are going to have to do it all - how do the seellers get away with it when you had to FIX everything when you sold - praying they will do it for you xxx Enjoy the fireworks vicki xxxxxxxxx lots of love and hugs - tomorrow gonna be busy - we have 4 appointments and my car sounded funny and not the ha ha type of funny so lou has to take it in tomorrow to check what the problem is xxxxxxxxx ♥♥♥♥♥

irisriver

So cool having 3 of us on at same time again. Like the old days when we all had more free time. 90s outside and I refuse to do any yard work in heat. Besides first frost will be here in a matter of weeks now and the weeds will be zapped naturally. Have been watching Harry Potter movies and will be watching fireworks tonight on TV. A huge healing hug to everyone.

brightspark

can you believe i downloaded over 1000 pics and not one came out of our precious raveh - they were in my watsup images and none of them printed so grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr , today he started Proper Nursery school - looks amazing just like a big boy ☺☺☺☺ sure he will Love it xx have to try and get the pics downloaded so i can share him with all of you xxx he will be 3 on the 19 of september and his mommy 35 on the 26th .. wonder what day our new baba will arrive ♥♥♥♥

spaklies

Helllllllllllllo dear friends - hope you all having a fun relaxing sunday xx enjoy your fireworks dear vicki xxx I just made 3 pots of different soups today -☺☺☺ eevn if the weather warms up we still love our soups ♥

sparklightie

hi all - i went to a fete at 7am this morning - sadly nioothing to my liking except for 10 cd's at R5 each and a packet of yummy soft fresh licorice - manage dto spend 2 hours there chatting to storeholders and a friend that works there xx then had an appointment - people very interested in a property but the seller had to first sort out her issues with the municipality with outstanding bills - grrrrrrr ☻☻☻☻ then had a lovely bookclub this afternoon - girls were in a strange mood and only voted in 5 books out of 18 (i could have definitely read 10 of them - really frustrating) tea was lovely xxx tomorrow is a huge spring festival /fete at a public park so we will see if i can find some bargains there - at least we will get to do some walking ☺☺☺ Spring is here and it was a really lovely day at 24 degrees xx lots of love and hugs to all xxxxxxxx ♥♥♥♥

irisriver

So good to hear from you Melissa! Sending you a huge hug and smile! A splendid school year to the kids.☺

joyfulnoise4

Hi my dearest soul sisters! I haven't fallen off the planet...yet! Life is crazy as usual! Kids are both in sports. Zach doing football and Gia cheer! The month of August was insane. We took a Greek cruise which was completely amazing! Still trying to get the pics from my phone to my computer! Leaving the country with a family is exhausting! We had a wonderful time but had to hit the ground running as soon as we got home. Zach headed back to our local school district four days after returning home and still needed things to be prepared! I tried to get his stuff ready before leaving on vacation but there is always something. Also had to do store work and tons of laundry upon getting home. About a month ago I started a house cleaning job and then took on another one last week. The extra money is nice but it just adds to my already crazy schedule. Gianna starts cyber school next Tuesday and she is also joining another club within our local district. I asked her if she was taking on too much but she says NO! I don't know how she is going to keep up the pace! She has an insane schedule of classes this year! Tonight is our first home football game so I am hoping to see my son play as well as my girl cheer. Zach had to sit out of last week's game since he had been away the week before and missed so much practice.

I'm not going to be able to read through all the previous messages so I sure hope you are all well. I love you all bunches and send tons of hugs!

Melissa

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....we are having some rain now....so most fires are out...Thanks all for the. prayers. I don’t see the specialist till September 11th....hoping all are well and sending oodles and oodles of endless, continuous hugs to allxxxxxx hugsxx Erikaxx

brightspark

Gina praying that the fires will soon be put out - must be awful not to be able to go outside xx praying for your godo health too xxx and of course praying for dear sophia to be healed and well too ♥♥ gosh 155 000 acres damaged is so devastating - remember last year when we went to the easter cape to george/kysna they had also had those horrific fires (caused by arsonists) and many hundreds of acres of forests and homes burnt down - my friend in george said everything is now green again but taken almost a year xxx Praying that erika is feeling much better and that your fires have been put out too. Dear tea wishing you the most wonderful peaceful holiday and may you catch many many fish xxxxxx Melissa is busy with the kids again xxx i am so happy ours are out the house and running after their own kids xx hee heee

brightspark

Thank goodness on correct eye drops now and this morning i woke up feeling so much better - ( I WAS ALLERGIC TO THE FIRST SET OF ANTIBIOTIC DROPS and it made my eyes 10 times worse that before the drops - so grateful that that happened as that is the drops they put in your eyes when you have the cataract op and that would have caused irreparable damage!!! so have so much to be grateful for - a sign from up abovexxx)still went to see the opthamoligist and he was happy that no damage had been done xx THANK YOU LORD xxxxxxx

brightspark

We always suggest that a buyer only moves in once it is registered in their names as there can be so many problems before this - and we only get paid a day or two after the registration

brightspark

Amen to dearest donna and vickis prayers for us all xx may our loving lord guide us and heal us and keep his loving arms wrapped around us all xxx donna when we sell a house here - the purchaser makes an offer - sometimes takes up to 2/3 days for buyer to accept it unless its what they want or rarely more than. Then the buyer has 30 days to get finance from the banks then after that at least another 6 to 8 weeks to be registered - all in all about 3 months - if it is cash deal then it takes about 2 months for the whole process. (and a lot of our deals that have had problems have taken up to 6 months to get registered!!!!!!!)

irisriver

A giant hug and prayer to everyone. Dear Lord keep this circle of beloved friends in the palm of your hand. Keep us from stumbling as we walk with you and learn the path we are meant to be on. May your grace bring healing smiles to our hearts and souls. In your precious name Amen. ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sisters! Poor Sophia has been sick for last 3 or 4 days. Ray dropped a gelcap of Naproxin, his pain med, & forgot to pick it up. After Sophia got sick he found it, opened up & only the outer "shell" was left. Rachel gave her an unripe crabapple to play with, so she may have also gotten enough of that to make her sick. Anyway, we have been watching her closely. She has had some vomiting & diarrhea, but still runs & barks & acts normal, & generally seems to be getting better. We planned to take her to the vet today, so of course she seems to be fully recovered now. Please pray for our precious little furbaby!
Donna, so happy for your new home news! Sounds like the perfect place & time we have been waiting for, too.
Oh my, poor dear Michelle! Big Time PRAYERS going up for your eyes! Still keeping Bi in prayers, for a happy, healthy delivery for both Mom & Baby.
Also for our dear Melissa, so sad to happen on a cruise that should be such fun! :-(
Still some smoke, but thanks to cooler weather fire crews are finally getting good control & containment, even though my eyes & sinuses don't believe it. It is 62F (16.6C) here right now, & hi is to be 86F (30C), down from 90F (32.2C) yesterday. So far, the 3 closest fires to us have burned over 155,000 acres, so you get an idea of how bad this has been. I haven't been outside for about a week, & will be so glad when the air is clear again!

sparklightie

Donna, What do you mean by you close on the 4th of october?? does that mean you have already put your offer in or they are only accepting it on the 4th???

sparklightie

Hi all xx i have been having such problems with my eyes - the opthamologist prescribed antibiotic drops - well as it turns out - I AM ALLERGIC TO THEM so my eyes have been 10 times worse xx oh deaaar xxx ☻☻☻ so popped into my optician today who said stop them at once !!!!! woke up like a pirate this morning my left eye was glued shut and both were achy -- feels like splinters of glass and all crunchy stuff coming out of them xx otherwise ☻☻☻. Thanks for all your prayers for our precious Dalia xxx cannot believe it is bookclub again this saturday not that i have done any reading!! Melissa hurt her ribs on the cruise please pray for her to heal - she sends you all her love and hugs, zach started school yesterday and gia is still being home schooled.

sparklightie

AMEM AMEN AMEN xx so happy for you sweet donna xx god has guided you to your dream home xx ♥♥♥♥♥ big fat hugs

irisriver

You are going to love that green house and all the treasures in your new place. It was meant to be. ♥

irisriver

Yay for having a house Donna! It sounds great. Staying indoors today very humid and in 90s.

PuzzleG

PS ~ I meant to say that because I'm trying very hard to get through the box (actually an old milk crate) of files, don't worry if I don't visit you all for awhile off & on, I'll just be neck deep in recipes or craft patterns, LOL! I love you all to the moon & back! :)

PuzzleG

Hello dear Sisters, I haven't been online much last couple weeks. Mostly because of problems with my eyes & sinus, & coughing. Air is still smoky off & on, but seems to be improving slowly. Also I am going through a box with TONS of recipes & craft patterns, trying to find similar ones on Pinterest or elsewhere online, then tossing them out. My problem is getting onto rabbit trails looking stuff up, instead of only finding a couple of similar items. We have had several very small fires locally, all human caused & put out quickly. We haven't had any rain for over 10 weeks, which makes things worse. Hope we get some soon! Ray & I watched a Christian movie after lunch, called "Do You Believe?" It has Sean Astin, & if you can believe it he plays a non-believing Dr.! It is the 2nd best Christian movie I have ever seen! The Hiding Place, Corry Ten-Boom's story, is the only one that might beat this one out in my book. I cried buckets, & Ray even cried a little, which he very rarely ever does. Crying did not help my eyes or sinuses at all.
Praying for everyone's weather, pains, & other troubles, & for Dalia's baby to be healthy & delivered in God's perfect timing.
I am going to bed very soon, but want to play a few games of Solitaire first. Sending you all huge bunches of love & hugs!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....got some much needed rain all day!!! Fires are all over the place in BC....nowhere near here.....we need more rain... happy to see the rain again....Prayers and hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I am at home now with Stephen ....boy I sure missed him!,, We are supposed to have Rain here!!! Day about 46 without any rain.....My Prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Picture perfect day with no rain, sunshine and gentle breezes. Worked outside most of the day. All good wishes and prayers to the safe delivery of Brighty's new grandbaby.

sparklightie

look @sparklightie for some photos xx

sparklightie

Hi all - think dalia might be having the baby in about 2 weeks time although her gynae said 22nd september - she doubts that she will last that long - grr these israeli doctors just will not commit to an almost date xx so irritating - our gynae here was almost to my dates and our zac and tyler - we all have the same gynae (well not dalia since she immigrated) praying for a safe delivery xfor both mama and baba xxxxxx dalia says it is is Extremely hot ther now so she hads not been going out very much xx how i wosh we were near them xxx

irisriver

A big hug to everyone! The morning fog has lifted and a bright sunny day is emerging. Sitting at computer with a good cup of tea. Will be doing a load of laundry after a little Jigidi time.

brightspark

Only time louis and I have been apart is when either of us been in hospital xxx hugs to you all xxx

gardening205

Thankyou o and a....as they say......absence makes the heart grow fonder....hugsxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....at my parents house.....coming home on Thursday....I miss Stephen, can’t wait to see him again.....My doctors appointment was cancelled....next one is September 11, Praying for all and sending big Erika hugs xoxo hugsxxxxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

GROUP HUG TIME ♥♥♥♥ trust int he lord dearest donna and he will provide and guide you in the right direction . have faith soul sister xx praying for you. Vicki great you getting "me time" - so lovely. we have not had rain for Months - threatens but then blows away - supposed to be spring onthe 1st of september - who n=knows - we surely do not from one minute top the next. We went to the opthamologist today and he did various tests on my eyes - says my cataracts are not a train smash (really sweet old dr) and that i could wait a couple of years - but as my eyes are So sensitive to everything and if i get new glasses it would most likely be the same !! I asked him if i was his daughter would you do them now and he said yes sooooo waiting for the surgeon to come back from her holiday and will probably book it for last week november and 2nd week december . he also thinks i have an eye infectuion as they are still gumming up so now i have eye antibiotics for 2 weeks. Came home and took it easy today xxxx . Dalia Gal and Raveh have moved to a new city in Israel - they will be renting another apartment for about 1 year and half while they are having their new home built - close to Gals work. Please keep them in your prayers xxxxxxx Melissa is back home and into the swing of things again ☺☺ Loads of love my special soul sisters and god bless.

irisriver

Donna you might be able to get a lift or elevator from a medical supply place. Try asking your local areas senior services organizations. It sounds like you need to get out from the clutches of your landlords. Keep praying. Sending a huge hug. Things going good for me. I have been reading more books and puzzling a bit less. So nice to be on my porch watching it rain the past couple days. Yay on so many comments. I remember Wilmington well.

spaklies

HEEEEEEEEEEE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEE congratulations and celebrations this is the 3000th comment ---☺☺☺ okay i stole it cos i noticed it was 2998 - 2 comments ago xxx how wonderful that we are still all so untied in love and faith and sisterhood --- okay now i am going to retire - my bed is calling me ☺☻♥☼♫ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

sparklightie

tea how is dad doing and how are you too xxxxxxxxx and how are you and mom dear vicki xxxx glad you feeling better sweet erika xx and melissa arrived home safe and sound and immediately back to school for zach xxx hope all well with you too dear gina and fam xxxx

brightspark

Been having loads of hassles with all our deals - if not sellers then the buyers - honestly we always give 200% of ourselves but they seem to think we are playing unfair - so darn aggravating - thought louis would burst a blood vessel or two today --- cannot wait when we go to israel for the month ☺1 also would be nice if some of our deals wioudl be registered so we could get payed xxxxxxxxxxxxxxgrr even the cash deals are taking months.l Weather here been crazy - one day hot like summer then next can be like siberia ☻☻☻ hang in there donna - all i can say complex living is wonderful and so amazing - all maintenance taken care of except what happens in your unit xx ours is really lock up and go - and if you want to socialize you can ... or not!! just so much easier than your own house on your own land. praying for you xxx hope all well with your mammogram. lou saw his doctor today and all is well - thank you lord xxx Hugs and lovies to each one of you xx late again - time flies past so quickly xx god bless

brightspark

hugs dearest sisters of mine - sorry i have been mia xxx jsut been busy xx zac and ty slept at us this weekend was awesome to be with them again - do not get to see them very often - so sad!! we all watched rugby on saturday night - one guess what was for supper????? lou went to get .. you guessed right - burger king!!! while rugby was going on - my "3" boys flipped channels between soccer rugby and cricket - gotr very rowdy lou thorughly enjoyed being with them and me too. Seeing opthamlogist tomorrow for eye check xx will see what he suggests xx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....I went to Me and Eds for pizza with my hubby Stephen, and his friend Darryl.....his friend treated us....yummy.!!!!!! I volunteer at seniors care center tomorrow , they sure appreciate me there.....such a great feeling....Many prayers and big ol Erika hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Still very smoky, I am staying indoors, searching for my recipes on pinterest, doing larger puzzles, & watching YouTube videos. Finally got my "Watch Later" list all categorized, now am watching them. Much more fun than sorting them was!

Michelle, praying your eyesight will improve one way or another. I have cataracts, but not too bad yet. At least 1 of my meds makes eyes blurry sometimes. Our health insurance is weird. Most medical & dental is free, but no vision care at all! My eye exam & glasses last year cost $600+, but thank the Lord that we could pay for them. Only reason I got new glasses is that old ones broke. Hope these glasses last til I go to be with the Lord! Never heard that VP song, will look it up.

Vicki, nothing beats garden fresh veggies ~ well, except maybe a steak to go with them, LOL!

Donna, a condo or town home might be the way to go for you. Our town home in San Diego was fantastic. 3 of the bedrooms were upstairs, & Ray's & my bedroom was meant to be like a "family room". But it worked well for us, & girls were old enough to keep their rooms & bath clean so I didn't have to go upstairs. When a wasp made its nest on the eves by our front door, I just called the manager & he came over & sprayed the nest & ended the problem. Our complex was beautiful, well maintained & quiet, & our neighbors were all nice. Plus, we had 2 pools to choose from! Your description of how you & Guinn paint reminded me of my dear friends Gary & Denise, who live by Crater Lake. They built 3 little cabins, a shed, & maybe other little buildings on their property. She says Gary would go up on the ladder, & she brought him a board which he nailed in place. Then he came down & they rested a bit. They are older too, but I admire them so much. They had to build their home in 3 little cabins because of building laws. We visited them a couple of years ago, & saw all they have done, & it is truly amazing.

Erika, glad it's over for another month. Poor Rachel is having cramps right now, but trying to work anyway. She laid down in the movie room right after dinner, & I think she spent the night there on the big, comfy couch. I don't miss those days at all!

Off now for breakfast, then some puzzling fun! Love & Hugs, & healing & blessing prayers for you all. XOXOXOXO

irisriver

My mom had cataracts at an early age and had no troubles with the surgery. She is still seeing good for her age.

brightspark

a Condo is a fantastic idea xx and maybe they will be in better coindition too xxxyou all know i have been having issues with my eyes - got eye drops and they did improve ,, but it always feels like hard to explain have thumbprints on my glasses sort of !! always say if i shield my eyes with my hands and push m y glasses closer to my face or sometimes raise them up then i see better - long story short - had a follow up appt yesterday with my optician and turns out i have cataracts - my goodness at 58!! Going to make an appt with lou opthamologist and see what he says - optician says i might not need iop for a few years but seeing as i am already struggling with my vision it would probably be a good idea to have the op soon. she says if i get new glasses with a new script it might not work and i could still be unhappy with my eyes. WOW!! so as we are going to israel 13 oct-11 nov will try plan it for end nov or first week or two in december xxxxxxx shew crazy ♥♥♥

irisriver

Donna a condo might be a good way to go. Someone to take care of maintenance issues as they arrive. My aunt and uncle moved from their huge home into an apartment complex where the units are set up as individual spacious cottages with huge cathedral ceilings and 2 car garage. Once they adjusted they love the place. That is where mom and I stayed during flood. So good to know our Erika is feeling better. Tea I pray you find some good workable solutions soon. Hugs and prayers to everyone. A neighbor brought us garden fresh corn tomatoes and green beans. Had a very healthy supper with all that.

sparklightie

So glad you feeling better sweet erika xxx donna dearest praying everything will fall into place soon and that you will find your dream home - awful to be in limbo xx I know all about it ♥♥ glad you are not going to help with the painting - Guinn certainly does not need any stretching or overworking and you both need to stay Healthy ... please ☺☺☺ I also am addicted to pintrest xxxxxxx Tea good idea about the YMCA (when i hear this i automatically think .. Village People ♫ no maintenance ☺☺☺ how is dad doing ?? Sounds got about sweeties mom's house xx good luck!! So happy you got to see where we stayed xxxx Melissa toured Santorini today - oh my looks positively Delightful xxxxxx Vicki how are you and mom doing?? So happy your tree is recovering .. continued prayers for everyone and doggies and kitties and trees ♥♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Hi Erika, good to hear from you. Yes, I love pinterest! That is where I go first to find the recipes. I have a ton of great low carb recipes pinned on there. Once in a great while I have to find a recipe somewhere else, but hardly ever. Pinterest is so cool! :)
PS~ Praying your womens time is over soon so you'll feel better!

gardening205

Hi , my wonderful soul sisters.....yeee-hah...flu is completely gone...thankyou for all the very meaningful, heartfelt prayers....but now I have my woman’s cycle....oh well...very hot here...only 1 day of rain...ugggghs....oh well..

I don’t go see the endocrinologist till next Wednesday....hope they find what’s wrong with me...

Have you ever gone to Pintrest Gina??? Great recipes on there...

Prayers to all to get some rain....except brightspark can have some sun.....hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Hi dear Soul Sisters! Had a busy weekend. Went to our local Farmers Market with Rachel on SAT. Great fun! My eyes & sinuses are recovering from spending hours outside, but it was worth it. Took Sophia along, & she had fun meeting new "friends", being petted & admired. Rachel got good exercise pushing me around in my wheelchair, LOL! That evening we all watched the movie "Thor: Ragnarok" in the movie room. It was very exciting, & fun having us all together. On SUN our whole family went to church ~ YAAAY!

Happy Anniv dear Donna & Guinn! Praying for your house hunting, & for Guinn's leg to heal. Knee replacements have been a real blessing to me, my left one is 15+ years old & still doing well, even in spite of my broken leg being just above the replacement. Right one is about 8 years old & doing great too. Glad you don't have to go up to Chicago! As you say you have plenty on your plate right now.

Sweet Tea, you are definitely worth the cost of a pool, if you can afford it. Another suggestion might be to join your local YMCA, as they have pools. They also have exercise groups including for us older folks, & it is much more fun than doing it alone. Our Y's pool has a "target heart rate" chart on one wall, & the groups are geared toward that. Also they clean the pool often, & check the water's chemical balance every couple of hours. I met some very nice folks at the 2 groups I met with, & miss going there. Just too much hassle for me arranging rides, & not sure if I could even get up from the lift chair now. I may get up courage to try again one day...Praying for you for wisdom in choices of homes & pool/tub.

Vicki, praying your poor tree pulls through.

Michelle, so happy you saw dolphins & had a fun time! I googled your hotel & saw the lovely photos. Did not see the videos, will look again later. It does look like a very nice place.

Erika, pray you'll feel better soon, & that you will get some rain, but no more wild fires!

Melissa, praying you will all have a safe & super fun cruise!

I am working on my YouTube movies. I had 2,000+ in my "Watch Later" file, & am now categorizing them so I can watch them all by their movie types or "genre" as they say. Only about 300 more to go & I'm done! Then I go back to sorting my huge recipe collection. Trying to find similar recipes online for healthy ones, & tossing out the carby & fatty ones. Always more to do, which makes life interesting, so it's all good. Sending each of you dearies (((((BIG HUGS)))) & prayers for abundant blessings! ♥♪♪♪♥⚘⚘⚘♥♪♪♪♥

MacTea

That is exactly what I need. I would have to build onto my current house if I go back to mine...If we pool our resources and get my sweeties Mom's house...which we are thinking of doing when she gets called for her assisted living home...she is on a waiting list for it. Then I could add on and not have to dig as her house is elevated enough that it would be somewhat easier to do...I know I am going to have to take out a loan in any event...but it would be worth it for my health. My joints are getting bad as I have not gotten to swim all summer and it is hurting me.

teamac

Hope you get to feeling better Erika sorry you were unwell. ♥
Glad you made it home safely dear Brightie...I googled Cutty Sark in Scottburgh, Natal it had a lot of pictures of it, but best of all...it had some videos ...what a beautiful place.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....been very sick....I have some kind of flu bug....throwing up 2 days....I have my woman’s cycle.....very hot here....no rain for 40 days.....uggggggggh......We might have some rain tonight and a chance of a thunderstorm.....hoping all are well....praying for all and sending light Erika hugs in the air....take care everyone.....hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Welcome home dear friend. Plus prayers for our joyful has her adventure begins! All is good here. Been raining off and on but having very relaxed day.

brightspark

hi all we got home safely - thx for all your prayers .. was a long journey - at least the roads were fairly quiet today - tomorrow they will be busy because end of the long weekend - we had the most glorious holiday - truly spoilt rotten - lovely hotel - google Cutty Sark in Scottburgh, Natal with delicious home style meals. We did lots of driving around and stopping all over at little towns and some big malls too. Got home this afternoon and it is FREEZZZIIINNNGGG here brrrrrrr. So happy your tree is recovering dear iris - such a blessing. Great idea dear tea - actually quiet clever even if only to tread water - dr said swimming would help me and lou the most xx hope to get round to it one day!!! Melissa and fam are on their way - first part of journey flying to north carolina then a 10 hour over night to rome then they are cruising to greece and some islands for a week xxx loads of love and hugs -- good to be home xx will sleep well tonight - with my hot blanket on

brightspark

Thx dearest xx we driving home today .... long journey about7/8 hours xx prayers please xxx lots of love and hugs

MacTea

Good news about your tree Iris. Safe journey Brightie ♥♥

irisriver

Praying that your pool works out dear Tea. Sounds exactly what you need. Had a relaxed day today. Got a bit of yard stuff done, read a bit and colored a bit. It was humid but we are back in 80s instead of 90s. I was talking to one of our village workers who knows pretty much about tree care and they honestly think my tree has a real chance of being ok. Take care heading back home dear Brightie!

MacTea

Brightie don't get excited...it would be only big enough paddle in circle or tread water...sort of a glorified hot tub...just something to work the joints and give the cardio a boost. I have a very small pocket book ...so it will be small ...very small ;0)

sparklightie

Hi dear donna and tea xx we are having a lovely time xx sadly coming to an end xx driving home tomorrow about 8 hours xxx wow tea and indoor pool would be pure magic xx I always wanted one too but never thought it would be possible xx keep us informed xx going for our last supper in our hotel now xx hugs til later xxx

MacTea

Hugs to all the Sisters ☺♥
I am trying to figure a way to get a small indoor pool or something to put in a house....have to wait to see where I end up to decide how to do it...but swimming or riding the stationary bike are the only way to keep my joints going ...a pool would be so much more beneficial.. I will probably have to get a loan to do it...but I am worth it ;0) It is a dream that I am working towards anyway.
Hope you and Guinn can find something soon. Enjoy the trip and visiting Brightie ...Love to all

spaklies

Pouring here tonight xx been sitting in the hotel lounge where I have free wifi xx off to bed to read now xx lots of live and hugs til tomorrow xx

brightspark

Just made you a special puzzle donna dearest xx @brightspark

sparklightie

Look at my puzzles @sparklightie

sparklightie

Soul!! Do any ... grr my cell ph keeps changing my words

sparklightie

Happy Woman's Day dearest doul sisters xx fo ang of you celebrate it?? Public holiday here xx very overcast today now raining. While having breakfast (gorgeous sea views) we saw dolphins playing in the sea. Then went driving along the coast stopping every now and then . Going to visit little mia now shame she was in hospital for 6 days with rotavirus xx poor little munchkin. Lou enjoyed his birthday xx thx for your wishes xx glad guinn doing well and praying for your tree sweet iris xx hugs

irisriver

My tree is still hanging in there but it can take months or a couple years sometimes to know if they are ok or not. We have had 2 nice rainy days. Rain is a real plus for a wounded plant. Every day that tree looks good has to be a plus though. Prayers to all who need to heal and our house hunting soul sister. A very merry birthday to our Brighty's Hubby. Take with those nasty fires Gina. A happy cruise to our Joy.

spaklies

Sounds delightful .. kind of like gone with the wind xx but keep it in your dreams my sweet donna xx way too big and hope you find something with No Stairs xx better for your health and less housework xx happy 46 anniversary may you be blessed with many more together in better health and much love and happiness xx we will be 42 on 11 December .. praying for guinn and tell him to take a rest from the cycling xx hugs dear friend

brightspark

Hugs and kisses xx having a lively break xx weather a bit chilly and it's very windy this time of year. Hope and pray dad feeling stronger dearest tea and that dad recovers more each dstr

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Sweeties! Another smoky day today, but we hear the firefighters have the fires fairly well controlled now, thank the Lord. Was supposed to rain this past weekend, but it must have passed us by. Our family has been busy, Rachel & Joey saw a play with friends on SAT, & yesterday Sarah went to the river with a coworker friend.

Vicki, that is awful about your poor tree! I understand how you feel, & I am praying it will recover nicely. Glad your VBS went well too. At the farm when we moved our garden spot, we hired a guy to turn the soil & he ran right over the river rocks Ray used to edge our flower beds both coming & going, knocking them all over. With Ray's diabetes it took him several hours to get them back in place. When you put hours of work into making something look nice, it hurts to have someone mess it up.

Michelle, I can't believe they wanted that much just to put in a lift! I hope you are having a delightful time at the coast, it sounds so lovely!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR LOUIS, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

brightspark

Gina sounds like rachel had a glorious holiday xx lots of adventures too. Melissa is getting ready for their cruise leave on the 11th august xx lots of live and hugs

brightspark

Vicki so sorry to hear about your beloved tree praying you will be able to help it recover xx sure the kids at bible school had a great time with you xxx huge to you and mom

brightspark

Erika praying the doctor puts you on the correct medication to help you xx how is constance xx hugs

brightspark

Sweet tea praying for dad he is so brave and you too xx bless you angel! Donna praying for the right happy solution for you. Wish the owners had been honest in the first place xx praying you find the right home that is right for you with minimal work needed xxx thinkcarefully about a double story xx we had one with 19 steps and when louis was so ill we had to move downstairs and the kids upstairs .. that was over 18 years ago and then they wanted about R60 000 to put a lift in xx so we sold instead xx might have to send Noah's ark to rescue you if it rains any longer xx hugs and hang in there xxx

brightspark

Hi my angel soul sisters xxthx gof all your prayers xx been using my eye drops a lot and my eyes are feeling much better .. thank you lord!! Just that my glasses are still at the wrong angle xx if I hold them at an odd angle then I can see perfectly xx optician said they could break if she adjusted them like that xx brr might have to get new glasses and it's out if medical aid time. Good news we are on holiday at the coast xx we came down on Friday night by train and even put our car on as well. Birthday treat for louis birthday (8th aug). Was lovely dinner and breakfast too xx journey was very rocky xx lou was in his element as he lives the train. Staying in scottburgh st the cutty sark hotel dinner bed and breakfast and driving home next Saturday. Gorgeous sea view from our bedroom window xx

gardening205

Hi my wonderful, soul sisters....a good day for me volunteering, the staff and the elderly seniors really seem to appreciate me....When I got home my GPS , my doctor wants me to go see an endocrinologist on Wednesday August 22nd of this year!,, I have a high testosterone level and get lots of chin hair, like a man with a beard...very embarrassing.....but glad I am seeing one so soon!,,,

Praying for brightspark, for her eyes....praying Donna and Guinn and Jenn find their ideal, forever, pleasurable, enjoyable house where they are very happy for several years, .praying for Mactea dad’s health...and praying for dear Iris for tree to stay up and be healthy....praying for Gina

Sending everyone a humoungeous hug, lots of health and much sleep....prayers sent to allxxx hugsxxx Erikaxxx

irisriver

Vacation Bible School is all over with now. It was a small group but they seemed to enjoy it. I helped with refreshment and general keep an eye on things. Also helped them practice their songs with the song leaders. Life does go on. I had a couple people tell me that my tree could have a chance. Giving it lots of extra water. Donna I hope we both have a better nights sleep. Also we gotta keep praying for our Brighty's eyes!

irisriver

A big hug to you Donna!

irisriver

Thought I better check in. Hugs and Prayers to everyone and all the rough stuff being faced. The vacation Bible school stuff is going good. I did not make it last night though because I had a huge stress headache to sleep off. One of my precious trees that I fought to keep alive after tornado is in trouble. The new person who mows for our village accidently backed the mower into tree tearing off a large section of park. I noticed the damage a few hours after the mowing was done. Needless to say I worked myself into a huge temper and paid for it with the headache. When it comes to my yard and pets I get way too emotional. I'm glad the person mowing was not around when I blew my stack. For it was in no way done on purpose. I'm praying for my tree. It still has lots of bark on 3 sides. Bark is a trees blood vessels. Tonight at church I am going to say I had a sick headache not that I made myself half sick over a tree. Tea please give your dad a big hug and say it was from a Jigidi friend. I am thinking of him constantly.

PuzzleG

Poor DadMac, I don't blame him at all! I hope he is rested up now from that awful ordeal. My heart & prayers go out to him, & you too.
Michelle, praying your eyes feel better with the drops. I use eye drops from the store & they work for me. Had not used them in months until these fires, now am using them again.
Donna, praying your blood work has good results.
We are doing well here, Rachel & Joey are back & had wonderful time, saw loads of whales & seals. We saw some of their pics & vids in the theater room last night. The visited a place called the Devil's Punchbowl, where at high tide the water rushes up through an opening at the the bottom of the hole, then shoots out the top. It was low tide when they were there so they didn't get to see that phenomenon, but they walked in ankle-deep water right into the "punch bowl", & explored the area. Walking back from the cave the water had become knee deep, so they saw it just in time to avoid any danger. Prayers for another couple who went in after them!
Praying for all of our health & problems to be resolved well & soon, & for abundant blessings for all, I think we need them, LOL! XOXOXOXO

MacTea

Well...Dad went through the procedure, they tried 5 different spots and could not get any good samples....They were too close to his main blood vessel and his spinal column and they were afraid to probe any further....they sent them anyway to see if by some chance they did get a viable one. He is home now …fed and resting. our day started at 5 AM and he is back at 630 PM....lonnnnnnng day...Thankyou for the comfort sent our way...we surely needed it an we all feel the peace at the moment...I think this will be the last probing they do on him. Or that is what is he saying at the moment ☺♥
Love to all and thank you again ☺♥

spaklies

sorry i actually made you a private puzzle so go to your message box as i tagged each of you - so tired i am going to bed now. Went to optician yesterday to get my eyes tested - been giving me real problems and have not been seeing well - kind of blurry and sore. Long story short i have a problem with my tear ducts - the tissue keeps tearing -as in breaking ,as my eyes are so very dry - praying that the drops she prescribed will sort it out - she says could be a result of the flu i had xx praying its just that - eye tests were fine xxx also my glasses were not fitting properly and because of the multi focals that affected my eye sight too ☻☻☻ goodnight all and god bless each of you precious soul sisters ♥♥♥

spaklies

big hugs to all of you - thank you lord for rainbow being found safe and sound - poor kitty cat ♥♥ Tea special prayers for darling dad - please lord let him be well with the new medication♥♥ mm peach cobbler, german chocolate cake & blackberry icecream sounds delicious - never had any of it xxx gina glad you and vicki's mom had a lovely birthday, hi erika and melissa xx look @spaklies for some visitors xxxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters......extreme heat here....uggggh.....hasn’t rained in over a month....Thursday it is supposed to rain here.....Happy Belated Birthday Gina.....I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your special day!!! Glad your sweet cat Rainbow is okay and that you found her.....prayers and many hugs to allxxx. Hugsxxx. Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dear Sisters! Thank you for all of your sweet birthday wishes & puzzles! They mean more to me than I can say. It is still very smoky here. Rachel & Joey are on vacation on the middle coastal area. Hopefully they went whale watching, the main fun time they had planned.

Vicki, thank you so much for your sweet flower doodle puzzle card, I bookmarked it, & will do it right after Sarah & I watch something on Netflix, as this is her day off. I'm glad Rainbow is safe again, so scary when they just "disappear like that! This cobbler & ice cream is so delicious! (munch, munch) :)

Praying for Sweet Tea's Dad to feel better, & for comfort, strength & calm for Tea & family in these difficult & stressful days.

Michelle, thank you for the hugs, they feel so good! (((((Hugging you back)))))! :)

Donna, thank you for your big, happy birthday hugs! I have felt them, & they are better for me than any medicine. XXXX

Ray & the girls felt so bad that they forgot yesterday was my birthday til late afternoon! I said I'm so spoiled, I didn't mind at all, but Ray felt so bad he took me out to Sizzler for steak & lobster dinner. Poor Sweety! Then Sarah went with Ray to Walmart, & came home with a "Spin Spa", spinning spa brush for me! It has several attachments, & I can't wait to use it later! Am I spoiled or what? Hee hee!
PS ~ Rachel just called & said they woke this morning to the sounds of seals on the beach outside their hotel room! They sat together for over an hour watching, & also saw the whales migrating ~ amazing to see them right from their window! I hope Ray & I can drive up there sometime & watch them too. They are in Depoe Bay, & that is not far from Newport where my cousin Ricky lives, whom we visited last summer. Sending you all tons of happy hugs, plus a slice of cake (German chocolate), & some Oregon Blackberry ice cream! (((((

irisriver

Rainbow is her sweet self but will not go anywhere near the front or back door! A very good thing. We had the boat hauled away, so no more trapped cats! Oh the memories of that Bills Barbeque!

irisriver

Mom and I had a major scare with kitty Rainbow. She spends half her day in our upstairs attic area and we call it her private apartment. Mom noticed that she had not been down for a long time. Turns out that she had gotten outdoors without us knowing it. After a long search I found her under our old beat up row boat. Spent about 2 hours trying to coax her out. Finally had to get one of my male cousins to come lift the boat up scaring Rainbow out. Rainbow is now upstairs curled up in front of her water bowl. Meanwhile my nerves are shot so give me my chamomile mint tea and Jigidi!!!!!!! By the way you are invited to homemade peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. Someone brought my neighbor some fresh picked peaches from Tennessee and she brought mom a whole cobbler and carton of ice cream.

irisriver

My card to Mom and Gina is labeled Garden Flowers Doodle. I dedicated the doodle to them in the description section.

irisriver

Sending everyone a hug before heading off to church. Mom thanks everyone for the cards and I do too. May the day be filled with blessings for all of us. A beautiful morning here. Not too hot and not to cold.

teamac

I kind of wish they would just leave him be. He feels good and right now no issue with bladder ….he is gaining weight and can get around fairly well...that is when they always want to do something then I have to start all over to get him back to good level... but they want to see if he is a candidate for the pill....so here we go...God bless each of you and help you with your health and the day to day stuff. Comfort for the ones that are low in spirit or have loved ones sick or gone home. Love you very dearly.
Happy Birthday Gina, May God bless you today and through out the year and years to come.
Happy Birthday to Vicki's Mother May God also bless her day and year and the years to come.
☺♥♥♥

brightspark

Tea hugs to you and dad too for today ♥♥♥

brightspark

sorry meant melissa and Dear Vicki xx ☺☺ sweet erika hope you will feel better soonest xxxx ♥♥♥

brightspark

Group hug definitely needed for all of us soul sisters ♥♥♥prayers blessings and amens. - so sorry to hear about your cousin and sister sweet donna and much comforting love to you all in your sadness xxx Gina so sad about your fires xx really awful and in greece too - praying for all the people that are suffering and have lost loved ones and homes xxxxxxx donna you are so blessed by being able to go to the beach - must be soothing xxxx Melissa and joy hope you do not get too wet !! our temp went up to 15 today - we had bookclub at jen today - it was lovely and we bought 7 books adn had a lovely tea and chat - came home exhausted as i do most of the work - like 98% of it. been doing it for 24 years

PuzzleG

Good morning, it is a clear, lovely day here today, first one in about 2 weeks. The biggest fire is around Redding in northern California, & is 5% contained. It has burned nearly 80,000 acres, & at least 500 "structures", including homes. It has killed 2 people so far, a fireman & a bulldozer operator, & is threatening almost 5,000 more structures. The fire here in southern Oregon has burned 25,000 acres is 25% contained. We have pictures of the 8,000 foot high column of smoke from that fire, which I will post soon, when I upload the rest of my July pics. Our Dept. of Forestry says our state totals so far for 2018 are 580 fires (both human & lightening caused), & 5696.66 acres burned. I just read in the Statesman Journal newspaper that there are brush fires all the way from Crater Lake to the coast, so pretty much ALL of southern Oregon. There are also major fires in Washington state & Canada.

Donna, independent living is similar to living in a hotel, with meals, laundry & house cleaning provided, & other care as needed. They also usually have Bingo & game nights, craft classes, & buses or vans that take them to stores & various events & such. I think it is less costly than assisted living, but help is still readily available if needed. I am so sorry for your grief, & wish I could give you lots of love & hugs personally, but we'll have to settle for long distance love & prayers & "virtual" hugs. She was probably a bit "testy" because at this stage in her life she is trying to hold onto as much independence & dignity as she can. It is very stressful to "suddenly" need so much help, sometimes even with simple things like dressing & bathing. I know how that feels, & Sarah also tells stories from her work, & it is a very sad & difficult adjustment.

irisriver

Hugs and prayers to all. We had a bit of rain early this morning. Take care in the rains dear joyful. All is well here. Still busy with yard stuff but I have more time for other stuff too now. Keeping up with stuff well. A good weekend to all.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Hope everyone is well! We are busy, busy, busy! Been raining here almost non-stop! Thankful for one day to mow the grass! Pretty soon we will have to build an ark! LOL! Going to check on some of the previous comments! Know that I think of you often! Sending loads of love and hugs!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....wasn’t feeling well earlier, missed volunteering....extreme heatwave here for over a month.....uggggggh....!,,! Feeling better now....went to garden with Stephen to water our plots.....praying for rain....everything is so dry here....Praying for all....Mactea s Dad, Hoping he feels better soon....he is in gods tlc....tender loving care.....hugs to allxxxxx. Hugsxxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

Girls look at my friendship puzzle @brightspark xx special meaning for the 7 of us xxxxxxxxxxxx

brightspark

Vicki hope you not having too much rain xxhow is dear mom doing xx sounds like you have a busy few days ahead of you - hope you do not melt in the heat - we had slightly warmer weather today with a high of 16 but then freezing cold again tonight - i posted jigidi appreciation puzzles on @sparklightie and @brightspark baby raccoon must have been so cute - never seen one for real xx hgus

brightspark

Lots of loving prayers for dad sweet tea - please lord he is a candidate for the pill xx i know how hard it is for you to be strong and to keep your head above the water - but our lord is with you and dad and so are we xxxxx big hugs my friend ☺ Donna prayers for vernon as he goes through this difficult time - how wonderful that his sister is able to look after him ♥ big hugs for you and guinn and jen too as you go through this difficult time - that book sounds good - i will loook out for it ♥ Eriks sweetie hand in there and be strong - know it is not easy for you but we are all with you day in and day out - good for them to find out what is wriong so they can put you on the right medication so you can heal xx big hugs and prayers! Gina praying for the fires to cease and give you some respite from the foul air and prayers for all the people who have suffered the consequences xx what size puzzle did you do - i am trying one of puzlman's 500 piece puzzle oh my lord the pieces are so tiny and complicated but is is a fun challenge - had to stop twice and i have still about another 250 pieces to go xx hope to accomplish that xx will be the first time ever !!

PuzzleG

Donna, thanks for the idea of taking a picture of it, neither of us thought of that. She hasn't given it to her boss yet, so we will try to do that. Right now Sarah is in the kitchen fixing her breakfast, since she just got off work at 6AM.

Tea, Sarah says if anyone wants to make a pressed flower picture it would be best to buy a shallow "shadow box" style frame. She used a regular frame from the $ store, & it broke. She bought a 2nd frame & that one cracked slightly. Both times it was because the pressed flowers are slightly too thick to fit under the glass of a regular picture frame. ~ "Live & learn!" XXXXX

MacTea

I took flowers from my Moms funeral bouquets and pressed them and put them in a frame....they do look pretty.

MacTea

Donna, I was going to wait until next week to update the Sisters...but here is what we know so far.
Dad is not a candidate for surgery, his health is not good enough...They found some spots on his kidneys and we go Tuesday for Biopsy....They think it may be cancer so they want to see which one it is... Prognosis with either not so good...anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. He is 87...sounds like they are hedging their bets... Then they also told us they have a new pill they would like to try on him...experimental...but they have some success at it helping.
It is all so up and down for him, that we just pray for God to provide direction and leave it in His hands. ♥

PuzzleG

Hi Girls! The fires are still going around here but air quality is better today, at "moderate" level. We hoped to drive to Gold Beach for our birthdays, but there is a bad fire in that area, near where the 140,000+ acre Chetco Bar fire was last year. Such a lovely area of the coastline, it just makes me sick to think of it being all scorched. We plan to go there in September, just Ray & I for a little "getaway" vacation, & will see how badly it was damaged.

Donna, praying for Vernon's healing, & for you & your family, especially for your coping with Greg's birthday. And that Theresa's presence & encouragement will chase away the blues & give hope & strength.

Vicki, now I know you are 10 years younger than me (since you are 1 year younger than Vernon). That is so cute about the baby raccoon! I haven't seen one here in the city, but we saw them often up at our farm.

Last night I did the biggest puzzle I have ever done. It was of a huge fireplace at Stirling Castle in Scotland, with a banner of the Scottish flag hanging above it. So Lovely! Sarah made the most lovely picture for her boss's birthday! She picked a little "bouquet" of dried wildflowers from our yard, & cut letters from paper in a fancy font wishing her happy birthday. She put the flowers & message into a glass picture frame. So simple, yet it looks amazing!

irisriver

Prayers to Vernon! All the life style changes and family support should make a big difference. There is so much more they can do to treat stuff now. He is one year older than me. Garden is doing fine. Expecting some more rain in a few days. Nice to have less watering to do. Got caught up with some of the weeding today. Next week is vacation Bible school at my church. Going to be a busy week. Tonight we get the church decorated. A noise outside my window kept waking me up off and on all night. At daylight I went out to see what all the noise was. Baby raccoon was in garbage can and could not climb out. Little thing was so cute. Knocked can over with broom handle and little coon went running home to mommy.

PuzzleG

~~~ OH, & to our dear Erika too. I hope you are staying cool & smoke-free, & having fun wherever you are! xxxx

PuzzleG

Good Morning Dearies! It is a bit clearer outside today, & the farther hills are visible now, but still a bit hazy. My eyes & nose are still not happy at all, LOL!

Donna, you two & the rain coming & going so fast, sounds like a "Welcome to the Carolinas" commercial, LOL! I remember those rains, could never decide if they were helpful for the heat or not, since they dried up so fast. I agree about a day at the beach, tho we don't get to go very often since it is about 80 miles drive each way now on a very winding stretch of the Redwood Highway. Beautiful views though, of the forest & Smith River. So it is well worth the trip when we do go. It seemed to odd to me that you could walk so far from shore & still be only about waist deep in the water! And the big sand dunes & sea grasses, & Sandhill Cranes are all so cool too! We loved taking long drives & exploring the sea islands, James', John's, Hilton Head, Isle of Palms, etc. Folly Beach was a favorite, but it has really gotten slammed by hurricanes since we were there, so I expect it looks much different now. I love our beaches here too, they are not very "wheelchair friendly", but they are so beautiful & scenic, with huge rocks near the shore & lots of driftwood on the beach.

Michelle, so happy you are feeling better, & that you got to spend some "quality time" with Ty & family.

Love & Hugs to our Sweet Tea, & to Melissa (also known as The Everready Mommy, LOL!), & her dear family.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....haven’t been well lately.....high testosterone has made me extra moody and agitated....MRI came back....no tumor...thank goodness, but something came back where my purtuitary gland isn’t good......so I need to see an endocrinologist ......oh well.....sorry for complaining.....Many prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugs xxxxxxx Erikaxx

MacTea

Glad you are feeling better dear Brightie...and that you got to celebrate with the Birthday Boy ☺♥
Sending hugs to the soul sisters...God Bless and keep each of you ☺♥♥

spaklies

@brightspark @sparklightie @spaklies -- jigidi is so weird sometimes does not let me post on one of them for 2 days and today took all 2 sites - yay we got a new cordless mouse today as ours had been seriously playing up xx

spaklies

hi dearest soul sisters - yahoo today i woke up 98% better - just a slight sticky eye thank you lord!! We fetched zac from school and took him to his favourite - Burger king for lunch and then took him home and visited. ty and bi had gone to dr - all okay and at last we were able to wish our birthday boy happy birthday, was good to see them again ☺☺☺ Praying for a good outcome from vernons biopsy xxx gina praying for the fires to blow out and that you should feel better xxx hope to have warmer weather tomorrow - seriously need to do 2 washloads !! Hugs and prayers to everyone and lots of kisses xoxoxoxoxo

PuzzleG

Hi! It is very hot & smoky here! Got up to 100F today & our high temp will be about the same at least through FRI, & maybe all next week too. My eyes are burning & watering, & I have sinus headache. As Joey says, "It's brutal!", LOL! We are still going to the theater to see the movie Ant Man & the Wasp, since it is indoors. Ray & I are big fans of the Marvel comics & movies.

Donna, praying for Vernon's biopsy to be negative.

Michelle, I am glad you enjoyed the show, he was certainly a wild guy. Glad Tyler had a good bday, & hope you get to see him & the family soon.

LOVE & HUGS! ❤ ◕◡◕ ❤

sparklightie

Goodnight all enjoy your evening xx going to sleep now xx hope I wake up tomorrow and am miraculously better xx

spaklies

Gina hope the fires have gone out .. so sad and such devastation. Vicki hope the storms have not ruined your garden xx erika hope you starting to feel better xx wish you could all fit in a hot air balloon and drift my way xxx gina hope poor sophie okay after her mighty sound shock xx shame xx don a how is Vernon doing xx prayers to each of you as well as many hugs

spaklies

Just as well !! Typing on my cell phone xx eyes are still watering xx look @spaklies for tea's birthday puzzles. Sorry have not been on jigidi much in last 3 days ... I had better get better fastest xxx

spaklies

Justin well s I have been reallysick most of last week with a bad cold and still ... weepy eyes today and lots of blowing my nose. But tonight we went to see a live show "Great Balls of Fire" Jerry Lee Lewis story. (We booked months ago)It was phenomenal.. best show we have seen in years!!!!!

spaklies

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAREST SWEET SWEET TEA XX GOD BLESS YOU and I am praying you have many more in good health and happiness. Hope you hada lovely special day. It was Tyler's 11th birthday too but we did not see him as they went away for the weekend.

MacTea

Thank You Gina and Erika ..It was a nice Birthday ☺♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sisters! It is hazy here today with smoke from the fires. I had hoped we could have Ray's & my birthday party at a local park, but the air quality is not very good right now, so it is "up in the air" (hee hee) right now. I was up til after midnight last night, catching up on my "notifications" puzzles.

Erika, glad you are back to volunteering, I know you enjoy that. Hope you get your testosterone lowered. It has been very hot here too, but cooler today, only 86F (30C). No rain in our forecast either, but it would be a real blessing to our firefighters.

Vickie, I also like "Doctor Donna", she is funny & smart.

Sweet Tea, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! •●♥~

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I volunteered today...went really well....I need to go to the doctors on Monday....My testosterone is high, which gets me easily agitated....doing okay though....persevering....Very hot here......ugggggggh......look forward to future rain, though it’s not in the forecast.

Happy Birthday teamac .....I hope you have a terrific, special day

Prayers for o and a....Vernon.....hope they can remove tumour.....Praying for brightspark.., sorry to hear you have a bad cold.....Prayers to all affected by fires......hugs to all......Erikaxxxx

irisriver

You are welcome dear Tea. The rain and thunder storms are stopping and I could turn computer on. Nothing scary so far. Gina, Rose is one of my favorite companion characters from Doctor Who.

teamac

Thank you for the birthday wishes ☺♥♥
Sending warm hugs and prayers to all in need - Love you ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Right now we're having brushfires, total 1600+ acres only for the ones just North of here, & many more acres all totaled. Firefighters are working round the clock & bringing in help from northern California, but they are having fires there too, & also some up in Washington state. Fires were started by lightening, but very little if any rain came with the storm. It is also awfully hot, don't know how firefighters can stand it, but they know they have to. At least 2 people have died so far, an old farmer trying to save his home, & someone they found laying on the ground. There are more fires in California & Hearing & sometimes seeing the firefighting planes flying over our house is a good reminder to pray for those being affected by the fires. On one hand this is just part of every summer here, but still so very sad. My eyes are burning & watering & my sinuses are acting up too. I haven't gone outside for a couple days, been watching more TV with Ray & not doing much online as it makes my eyes worse. Our garden is going very well, & I have pics to share, hopefully soon. Our sunflowers are so tall & beautiful, just seeing them makes me feel happy & sunny!

Vicki, I hope your flowers are happy now & not all droopy. Few things look sadder than droopy flowers. I like Dr Who too, we have mostly only seen the ones with David Tennant & Christopher Eccleston. Billie Piper as Rose is just so cute & sweet! I'm amazed at all of the different "Doctors" there have been, would like to see them all, but would probably take years.

Sweet Tea, sending you bundles of BIG HUGS & Happy Birthday wishes! Hope your day is as sweet & special as you are, dear friend!

Donna, lifting Vernon up in prayer, that biopsy will come back negative.

Michelle, wish I could send you a big, brightly colored hot air balloon to keep you warm. If I could I would stow away on it & come & visit you & give you lots of hugs & kisses in person!

Ray found some boxes of old family pics & is scanning them & putting them onto discs. I will share some of them some day. Rachel & Joey bought Ray & I a "sound bar" for our TV, so we can hear it better. It has a "woofer" (amplifies the base sounds), which makes movies more exciting. Sadly it also scares Sophia half to death! She suddenly started staying under my bed nearly all of the time, & we couldn't figure out why. Then Ray mentioned that maybe it was the woofer, since her hiding started about the time we got it. I unplugged it, & now she is fine. Don't know what we will do with the woofer, but so glad Sophia is back to normal now. Wishing a happy & blessing filled day to you all, dear Soul Sisters!

irisriver

Prayers to Brighty! I am having a much needed rainy morning. My flowers were drooping and I was drooping from watering them. Raindrop grins to all. Watched Doctor Who all day long yesterday. One of the few things that lures me away from Jigidi. Also had to let my computer do some updates. Computer working great this morning.

spaklies

Prayers for cousin Vernon xx I have a cold - hope it goes soon .so been 5sking it easy xxx .. early night tonight .. how I can get some sleep ... and be able to breathe xx mwah and hugs xx

irisriver

Prayers on the way Donna. I had an uncle Vernon, mom's brother who died of cancer in back lungs and kidney. I know someone who had a cancer tumor in lung and is doing quite well now. Have not been on Jigidi much today. Playing with ancestor.com quite a bit. Plus it was cooler and I could be outdoors more again.

brightspark

Hugs and much love to you all - we been having a quiet time with the properties - silly phone calls - and nothing happening - which i am not complaining as it is so cold to go outside!!! expected high of 7 degrees tomorrow ☻☻☻ Today was The memorial birthday for Nelson Mandela (would have been 100!!)our late ex president and Obama was here in Johannesburg and at the celebrations - we listened to him make a speech - he spoke for almost an hour and it was awesome !!!! That was what we did most of the afternoon. Sweet donna i know how sad you are all feeling -blessings and hugs xxx your dream home will come along as soon as the time is right (perhaps when Guinn really feeling strong again - and hopefull one that is almost all done up and not in bad repair)Gina what are Jicama Fries - i also love baked potatoes - think i will make them for tomorrow night with white yoghurt yumm!! Erika you will love those bright coloured lights xxx Vicki you need to get under the sprinkler xx cannot imagine your heat girls - while we re freezing cold - so weird!! Tea praying all well with dad and you xxx and melissa too - who is being kept real busy with the kids xxx ♥☺♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning! I did not sleep well last night, between the noisy fans & the heat, & I tweaked my shoulder a bit trying to get comfortable. Finally got up around 3 AM, stayed up about 2 hours then went back to bed without the CPAP machine on & slept pretty well for about 3 hours. I agree, everyone's food sounds delicious, especially the steak! I love steak & baked taters! We got a teeny bit of rain on SUN, but temperatures are still in high 90's to low 100's. Supposed to reach 102F (38.8C) today ~ UGH! There has been lots of thunder & lightening, which as usual has caused 70 small-ish brush fires. Our firefighters are keeping very busy. One fire was right beside the I-5 freeway which runs through Grants Pass. They were using helicopters & a re-purposed old World War II bomber plane to put it out. The bomber plane now has a huge bucket on a cable. They lower the bucket into the Rogue River, then fly to the fire & dump the water on it, then go back for more water. If the fire is up in the Illinois Valley where we used to live, they often use Lake Selmac since it is closer than the river. Very interesting to watch, but super scary if the fire is nearby. I am trying to stay inside, but went with Rachel to Joann's craft store yesterday. Got some "blue willow" printed ribbon to trim a similar design heart I made in plastic canvas. Now I just have to re-locate the heart, LOL! Also got a packet of yarn needles, & a special blade for my craft cutter that cuts evenly spaced holes in fabric so you can add a crocheted border. It isn't the same brand, so I hope it will fit my Fiskars cutter. They didn't have that blade with the Fiskars brand.

Michelle, so glad Bi & Dave & the boys are back safely. Sounds like they missed you as much as you missed them.

Donna, sorry the house was disappointing, but you will find the right one at the right time. Praying for you all as Greg's birthday is near. I'm sure he would want you to remember the happy times, & not be too sad, but I know that is very hard sometimes. Our "half" bath off the kitchen is like the one you described, you open the door & it bumps the vanity counter, & the toilet is behind the door! Thankfully the hall bathroom which Ray & I & Sarah use is nice & roomy. We have another bathroom off the movie room, that is Rachel & Joey's. I've never been in the other 2 bathrooms except to peek in when we first toured the house.

Erika, we had chicken with mushrooms, jicama fries & green salad for our dinner last night. very yummy!

Vickie, praying you get some nice rain today!

Last night after dinner we all watched the Disney movie "Shipwrecked" in the movie room. It is a really good movie, but for some reason not as famous as other Disney movies. It was nice having all 5 of us together for a change. Ray is making us cheese omelets for breakfast ~ YUMMERS! :)

irisriver

Hugs to everyone. We might get some much needed rain tomorrow and this evening was much less hot. Had a relaxed lazy day and watched lots of Harry Potter after church. Spent Saturday watering the yard and doing a bit of doodling. Take care everyone whether it be health, shopping trips or house hunting and selling. All the meals described here sound so yummy. Tonight mom and I had fried potatoes and fresh garden tomatoes with devilled eggs on the side. We make sandwiches with the potatoes and tomatoes.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....busy day today.....I went near the mall to get some solar lights for outside on my patio balcony.....I love things that change various of colours...seems to help with my depression!,

Very hot here...I had a delicious supper....boneless, skinless, chicken breast, mushrooms, and potatoes.....yummy in the tummy....hoping it gets cooler soon....I like the cooler days better...not a fan of the heat...

Having a pretty good day...Many prayers and several, oodles upon oodles of big ol hugs to allxxxx hugsxxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

Glad all went well dearest erika xx lovely that your dad went with you ♥♥ Hee hee sweet gina - you are staying indoors because of the heat - and us because of the cold ☺☺. Went to bi for supper (which i organised at them on friday night) to welcome them home - it was super to see them again - zac and ty hugged me so hard they almost lifted me off the ground xx was good to be together again xxx had a quiet sunday - watched soccer cup final today - such fun and france won (who i was rooting for). Yesterday louis made an awesome beef stew and he cooked fresh green beans with mashed potatoes and some onion was scrumptious - ( i made a pot of veg soup with a hint of curry) xx lots of love and many hugs to all of you ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sweet Sisters! Yesterday was Ray's 62nd birthday, so for the next 16 days we are the same age, LOL! It is SUPER HOT here these days! High was 104F (40C) yesterday, & this average is expected at least through WED! I plan to stay inside as much as possible, & to keep Ray in at least when it is 100+.

Melissa, I remember those super busy & super fun days with our girls. They are awesome, even when you don't even have time to breathe! And they will be over before you know it, leaving behind some wonderful, fun & happy memories for you all to share again & again over the years.

Michelle, I truly wish we could send you a little bit of our hot weather. Mixed with your cold, seems it would add up to a very nice cool day! Sending extra hugs to Bi, Dave, Zach & Ty! Looking forward to enjoying your Best Friends series!

Erika, I am so glad your MRI went well. Sorry about the IV, they hurt but can be a real blessing too.
Also glad your Dad was with you.

Rachel made us all some low carb pancakes for breakfast, & they were yummy. Ray is out on the riding mower, trying to beat the heat, since it is already 80F (26.6C)! I am crocheting a back scrubber with yarn scraps, first crocheting I have done since before we moved here! Sending you all loads of Love, happy hugs & prayers for health, weather, & just in general. •●♥~

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...the MRI went well....they had to iv me in my hand....ouch...thank goodness I am not afraid of needles.....my dad drove me home....it’s all done and over with!,, Many hugs and prayers to all....thanks for all the prayers...hugsxxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

Prayers and hugs for you sweet erika - hoping to hear from you soonest - meanwhile lots of hugs ♥♥

spaklies

You will be fine sweet erika xx holding you close with hugs and prayers xx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I have my MRI tomorrow at 1045am.....I am not worried anymore about it....very calm actually.....Many prayers to all, and of course big Erika hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

sparklightie

going to post a best friends - series - hope you all enjoy them xx ♥♥♥

sparklightie

Quick in and out dearest soul sisters - had nicer weather today - praying it stay this way xx bianca and crew come home tomorrow - YAHOO cannot wait to see them - cannot believe 17 days have gone by so fast xxx sure they will all be happy to be back home ☺☺☺ Nothing much happening here - property market gone exceptionally quiet - hopefully things will warm up when school starts next week. In south africa kids only get their driving licence at 18. Shame about the birdie Gina - but you have a wise daughter and glad you could give it comfort, praying you get a good nights rest tonight ♥♥ Vicki you are so lucky you are not allergic xx more kisses ♥♥ Hugs goodnight and god bless ypu all ☺♥☺

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Another busy day! At least I got to sleep late! Piano lesson this afternoon, Gianna's "boyfriend" hanging out and swimming, basketball game in a bit! Crazy life but I wouldn't change it! Tim and I got to have a dinner date while the kids were working! Then we went and test drove some fun cars! Will eventually need a third car! YIKES! How is it possible that my baby will be 16 in November? Sending loads of hugs to all!

PuzzleG

We think the little bird's parents were trying to help it, but sadly it died. I wished Ray had not showed it to me, until Rachel pointed out that I was able to soothe & comfort it in its last moments. That makes me feel a bit better. Ray & had fun yesterday, saw Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom at the theater, then had late lunch at a restaurant called the Train Station. It has lots of train nik naks, including some pics & items from the old Grants Pass train station which no longer exists. I don't know if the old station used to be in the building that is now the restaurant, but I think it might me, since it is old & looks like it may once have been a train station. The movie was fantastic! I love when they keep coming up with good quality movie "sequels", & not just more of the same to make more money.

Vicki, I am glad your sting is better now. Those healing kisses work great! ;)

Michelle, I hope your new neighbor is as nice as Brian & Mabel were, & that Brian & Mabel will be happy in their new home, wherever that may be. Our newest neighbor is fairly well setteled in now. She bought the house about 8 months ago, & planned to fix it a bit & re-sell it, but now has decided to stay. I haven't met her yet, but Ray & Rachel have & she is very nice.

I uploaded more pics yesterday, & will be sharing some soon. Right now I am just going to rest up from a very poor night's sleep. Love & Hugs! XOXOXOXO

irisriver

Thank you for kissing my sting all better dear spaklies. It is feeling better today. The small swelled area is going down. Gina the parent birds probably appreciated Ray putting their little one back in nest. I have had sad moments with baby birds too. Today I was watching a mama English Sparrow feeding her little one.

spaklies

God bless us all xxx today and always ☺ We had our complex agm tonight then popped into next door -as our new neighbour Edwina finally moved in - (This was brian and mabels unit that we sold to her) she gutted it completely and it's now very nice!! Praying you do not suffer too much from the sting dearest vicki - i shall kiss it better for you ☺ Gina hope the [parents take the baby bird back xx love as always xxxxxxxx

PuzzleG

Feeling sad. Ray brought in a baby sparrow that apparently fell from its nest. I loved it & Ray took a brief video of it, then Ray put it back under a tree where its parents will hopefully find it.

Erika, remember the Lord is with you everywhere, even during an MRI. We're praying for you too, so I am sure you will be fine. If they don't offer music you should ask about it. It really helps, but they don't always offer it unless you ask.

Vicki, I'm glad you like the JP movies too! They are among the few series' which have consistently been worth watching. We have them all on DVD, except this last one I think.

Donna, that must have been so scary! I'm glad the towel helped, & will remember it to share with others who might have problems with MRIs.

Just now a bluebird stopped by our cottage feeder. Maybe it wants to cheer me up & remind me that the Lord watches over all of His creatures! :)

irisriver

Prayers to all facing medical tests and who need good healing. All is well here. Very hot and humid so I do my garden stuff early morning and late evening. Been catching up on reading and got my coloring books out again for a spell. Impossible to find time for every thing all at once. Got stung by honeybee this morning while weed eating. Turns out that bees had taken over my hummingbird feeder. Took the feeder down for a few days to cut down on so many bees in yard. Though honeybees are a flowers best friend. Last Friday went to the new Jurassic Park movie with an old school friend who is in town visiting her folks. Take care everyone.

brightspark

Tea dearest - i love your song xx how beautiful and meaningful - praying for you and dad to my sweet angel friend xxxxxxx
another quiet day here today and cold - ha ha xxx just bundled up ☻☻ we have been avidly watching the rescue of the boys in thailand that were caught in the flooded caves (over the last days) - what amazing teamwork from all over the world and they all got out alive - praise our Lord xxx

brightspark

HI all - erika sweetie - you will get through it okay - with our dear lord's guidance and our prayers and hugs - hubby has had quiet a few and you do have to keep very still x they do play music to try muffle the sound of the machine - just think xx friday afternoon and it will be over - please god for good results xxxxxx keeping you close dearest erika ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Hi there! Just popping in to see what y'all are up to. Ray & I (& maybe Sarah) are going to Walmart today.

Erika, we have lived in at least 4 apartments or condos, & living so close to lots of people you don't even know can be very frustrating. Praying things settle down with your neighbor so you can have some peace & rest. I've had lots of MRI's & they are noisy & maybe a little scary, especially if you ar clostrophobic as Donna says. But trust me, they are really not a big deal. To me the sound is like I am in a metal barrel, & someone is beating on it. I think you can also ask them to play music, & that really helps too, since it muffles the noise. The good news is, it doesn't hurt at all! :)

Donna, I never heard of putting a towel over the eyes, but it sounds like a great idea. My cousin had an MRI & couldn't finish it because he got so panicky. I told him to ask for another one, & to have them give him a mild sedative first, & that worked great. More great news is that he doesn't have cancer, which is what they were afraid of. :)

Sweet Tea, thank you for sharing that song. I really like the words, so full of truth & hope for those in hard times.

Gotta go now, take care & feel the love & hugs I'm sending your way! •*♥*•(♥‿♥)•*♥*•

Melissa, WOW! I hope you all have a gloriously wonderful time on your cruise! You will be living my dream, taking a nice long cruise to someplace fantastic! My dream is to visit Ireland & the UK, either on a cruise or however I can get there. I have several online friends in northern Ireland that I would love to meet in person. Best news is they are Christians, so I will meet them one way or another! ;)

MacTea

Sweet Sister Erika....praying all goes well with the test...they are not too bad...just loud...course the one I had was 20 yrs ago. Perhaps they have perfected that part. Hardest part is to remember not to move. God Bless and keep you.
God Blessings rain down on all the soul sisters...for praises and prayers and hand holding ...He is there....just like the song...Get Down by Finding Favor.... this song makes me smile ☺☺☺☺
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTrZkI3y7R8

Looks like the end of the line
Too late, You've run out of time
Your tank is empty and You're far from home
You've nowhere you can run
'Plan B' is already burned
The fight you're facin' is impossible

What do you do when there's nothing left for you to do?

[Chorus]
Get down when you got no answers
Get down when there is no way
Get down when you're holdin' hopeless
Get down on your knees and pray
Get down on the highest mountain
Get down when the good times stay
Get down 'cause He wants to hear you
Get down on your knees and pray

[Verse 2]
Your life was over and done
But now your miracles come
And all your tears have turned to dancin'
So sing your praise to the One
Where comeback stories come from
He is the King of second chances

So what do you do when He does it all for you, you?

[Chorus]
Get down when you got no answers
Get down when there is no way
Get down when you're holdin' hopeless
Get down on your knees and pray
Get down on the highest mountain
Get down when the good times stay
Get down 'cause He wants to hear you
Get down on your knees and pray

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I go to the hospital on Friday....for my MRI of my head and my thyroid...they said it would take about an hour...the test...Trying hard not to be nervous.....going to my parents place tomorrow and they will drive me to the hospital Friday....Having lots of problems with lady upstairs....not sleeping well at all.....crying lots today....please can you pray for me. Prayers sent to all for cooler weather...except heat for our dear brightspark....hugs to allxxx. Erikaxxxx

sparklightie

Big hugs and blessings to each one of you xxx still freezing cold by us - true blue winter - rained all night last night and some of today - thought it would have warmed up the weather instead it got even colder - was pretty dark at 4,30 today - had a home day. Donna so Good to hear guinn's arm doing better and please NO strenuous work for him xxxxxx donna i would love to see the afghans - i sure could do with one now ☺☺☺ tea sweetie many prayers for you and dearest dad and will be praying extra hard that things will go well on thursday - know you must be so strung out - big hugs indeed, so nice to hear you had visitors and that dad was perky ♥♥ gina good to know you had some fun at the races - lovely to get out and have a blast - hope your sore shoulder is feeling a lot better, good luck with the car xxx Melissa so thankful that we communicate every day such a blessing ♥♥ erika hope all well with you too, it was vicky that lost a friend from church ♥♥ vicky hope you and mom are both well and managing in the heat ♥♥☺☺♥♥♥♥♥

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls...I love you all SO much! Life has been so crazy! Thank you Michelle for letting everyone know I am still alive! Everyone here is well. Kids are working at our stores about three shifts a week so I am shuttling them around. Easy at the store that is a mile away but tougher at the other store! I am so proud of both kids for working and not just sitting around staring at screens! Although Zach is currently playing video games in the basement. I told him to get outside as it is a glorious day! In fact, I am to be doing store work right now! Think I may water the plants first then get serious about the work. I have also been running back and forth to my dear "sister" Ronda's house! She was in the hospital for almost a week with severe inflammation from Crohn's Disease. She also has diabetes so the steroids for the inflammation are messing with her blood sugar! My friend Tracy and I have been helping with her meds and also cleaning her house! TONS of work! This week I want to be attentive to Ronda but also have an eye dr appt, hair appt and my cleaning job is Wednesday! We also have 2 basketball games with Zach and a tumbling class for Gianna! Whew....I said that out loud and it seems like so much! Have to also add in work shifts for the kids! I need to do far less procrastinating and more getting my act together! Trying to keep my home in shape as well! The kids will help when asked! Tim has 2 grocery shows this month...both out of state so prayers would be greatly appreciated as he travels (at the end of July). I will be SO glad when we are finally done with July and packed and ready to travel for our vacation. Think I told you all that we are headed on a Greek cruise for Tim's company trip. We are blessed to take the kids along! Will be the trip of a lifetime (if we can all stay healthy). Many prayers appreciated as I am a scaredy cat about traveling! Once back from Greece, Zach goes back to regular school four days later! Another change in our lives! He has been home for 6 years so I am praying hard that the adjustment is easy and the experience is a good one! I will be covering him in prayer that he can make good decisions and hang with the right friends! Praying he will be a light for Jesus! Such a hard time for a teen! Let's see...what else have you all missed?

I actually think you are all caught up! Tim and I have had some evenings when the kids have both been at work...very weird! With the kids so close in age, it has been forever since it has been just the two of us!

I hope all my dear soul sisters are doing well. I will try to read a few of the comments but can't go back through all! Donna....you are never far from my thoughts! I find my son covered up to his chin with his afghan that you so lovingly made each night! I would be roasting under such a heavy blanket but he says it puts him to sleep! Even as I type this I have tears in my eyes to think that you loved on my children in such a wonderful way! Absolutely NO change with my family but I did contact my mom's brother's wife and we will be speaking on the phone soon. Praying I have the right words to say as I ask questions about my parents and praying that my mom didn't in any way poison them against me! I need an ally that lives close to my parents! They aren't close but at least they can make contact every now and again and hopefully report back to me! My mom won't be suspicious if my aunt or uncle call to say "hello". Need to make the call ASAP but am still working on exactly what to say! Sure wish we could meet in person but that would mean a 5 hour drive and a hotel stay! Not in the budget right now plus I really don't want to go alone!

I'd best go now and get some work done! Thank you all for not forgetting me! You are all so special and loved and thought of even when I am out of touch! Sending you all huge hugs! Melissa Joy

PuzzleG

Good Morning Dearies! We had quite a busy weekend. July is always busy for us because of Ray's & my birthdays, Independence Day, & the many fun summer activities available. Saturday Rachel & I went to the horse races, & we had a blast! I didn't take many pics since I have posted many from a couple of years ago. Sunday we just stayed home & rested. I hurt my shoulder Sat night trying to get comfortable in bed, so didn't sleep well that night nor Sunday night. Last night I finally got good sleep. We have been having lovely weather, but a bit hot, high 80's to mid 90'sF (about 30.5 to 35C), with a nice breeze so not uncomfortable.

Michelle, I sure wish I could send you some of our warm weather! Wow, I also wish I could have hidden out in a suitcase & taken the cruise with Bi & Dave, LOL! Glad they had a nice vacation.

Sweet Tea, hope you are having an awesome visit with your Sis in law. Praying for your dad's health to improve enough for the surgery, & even better.

Praying for all of our health, for abundant blessings, & happy days! *♫♪ ♥•¤»((¯♥¯))«¤•♥ ♫♪*


Ray took the car in to be checked because the "check engine" light was on. They couldn't find a problem, so they re-set the engine light & said to bring it back if the light comes on again. Now I'm going to upload my camera's pics & post some puzzles. Have a super nice & blessed day!

MacTea

We got to 80 something but with the breeze it was nice. My Sis in law is in from California...took Dad to go see her and we stayed a little too long....he has been napping all evening ...had to entice him with cottage cheese to get some protein in him...too tired to eat...but perked up for it.
Had a nice visit...he was telling stories... he goes back for a deep cancer scan on Thursday....we get him to the cardiologist the next week or so...then they let us know if he is able to have the surgery.
He is up and down and the waiting is getting to him.
But we had a good day today ☺♥♥♥

spaklies

Hi my sweet sisters - hope you all having a lovely weekend - my goodness it has been FREEZING here - think we had a high of about 11 today - if that - layers and layers - we still went out for lunch as we were starting to get cabin fever - went with dave and his mom - had lunch was yummy then dropped them at their homes and came straight back to ours xx doing 2 washes and now tumbling - only problem my new tumble dryer is tiny and have to do two loads and the first load did not dry propery after one hour so grr redoing it. Bi and crew had a lovely cruise and today they on their way to paris - our jetsetter kids - having a ball ☺☺☺

PuzzleG

Good Morning, me Dearies! Glad to hear that our Melissa is alright, & just living her happy, exciting life with her family.

Donna, yes, it was a gas grill, & we are so thankful that it didn't catch fire or explode! The grill is only about 10 feet from the house, on our patio.

Vicki, it sure was, about $20-some worth of ribs! :(

Michelle, I saved the Coat of Many Colors on my YouTube list, & will watch it later. I have wanted to see it for years but never thought to check YT, so thank you for giving me the idea! I love Dolly, she is still so pretty & sweet. I watched an episode of the series American Pickers on YouTube, & they had to find some vintage gas station pumps & related stuff for a new ride that was opening in Dollywood. The hardest thing was they only had about 3 weeks to find everything! But they did it, & the episode includes a brief meeting with Dolly, & she thanked them for coming through for her.

Wishing you all a happy & blessed day! XOXOXOXO

gardening205

Sorry to hear about your friends loss of a loved one brightspark hugsxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I went to me and eds with Stephen today and his friend Darrell...we had delicious ham and pineapple pizza!!! It’s Stephens Birthday tomorrow....we had a power outage today...nearby they are doing construction...just was off for about 1 hour. I sure miss Joy also....glad that the fire wasn’t serious Gina....Many, several prayers and hugs to allxxxx Hugsxxx Erika xoxoxo

irisriver

Wow that was a bummer loosing all those ribs Gina. I love the Coat of Many Colors movie. It went to 100 degrees this afternoon. A big summer storm came along and cooled things down though. Was at my church all afternoon helping with a funeral luncheon. A church member lost a sister. Hugs to our Melissa. She is loved and missed.

sparklightie

Melissa sends you all lots of love - she has been running around with the kids and latelyher dear friend ronda has been very ill and was in hospital and she has been visiting and helping to look after her and keeping busy xx sure she will pop in soon ♥♥♥ Glad all okay gina - sure scary how things can happen in a flash. I watched the most beautiful movie - Coat of Many Colours (2015 version)- the dolly parton story of her childhood - was delighftul - lots of sobs and songs xx ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

We had a bit more "fireworks" than we expected last night! Rachel was barbecuing pork ribs, & while she was taking a potty break the fat caught fire! It burned the whole rack of ribs to a crisp, & spread to the little "table" area that is part of the grill, & ruined a baking pan & serving dish that were on it. I had just woke from a nap, & smelled the strange odor, but didn't think anything of it til Rachel told me what happened. Praising the Lord that our house wasn't damaged! Other than that we had a very nice 4th, & I even went out on the back patio & watched some fireworks with Rachel & Joey. Ray is having a tired day. He has been keeping his sugars in control for over a week, & has been feeling better until today. I'm hoping it is just from the extra activity & excitement yesterday. Supposed to get up to 91F (32.7C) here today, so I plan to stay inside. XXXXX

irisriver

Thank you for the cooling hugs. Hottest day of summer today. Stayed almost completely indoors. My yard work is done for now except for maintaining veggie and zinnia garden and watering as needed. Rest at last.

brightspark

Happy 4th of July Celebrations my dearest friends xx many hugs to each of you xx sending you coooling hugs and much love ☺ was a little warmer here today although it was supposed to be colder ☺☺☺ not complaining xxxxx

PuzzleG

HAPPY 4th OF JULY! ★ ☆

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....got up at 500am....I couldn’t sleep...so I went to my community garden and did 2 hours of community work...we have to do at least 8 hours of work or I could lose my plot...very hot here...but came home, showered and I feel much better...Many, several prayers and Erika hugs to allxxx hugsxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Fireworks were great tonight. We got a bit of rain to cool the evening down a few hours beforehand.

MacTea

We are having heat warnings it is so hot here...could use just a bit of coolness ;0) ☼

PuzzleG

I am sorry to hear of your freezing weather, dear Michelle! I know what you mean about feeling the cold from snow that is miles away. We have so many hills here we often can't see the mountains that have snow, & that are causing the chilly air.

sparklightie

So wonderful to find out how we are all linked .. sorry no horse thieves in my family xx love your Jewish parts my soul sisters xx absolutely freezing cold spell in south Africa, snow in the Cape a two hour flight or 16 hour drive from us but we still feel it here. Well done erika I am so proud of you !!! Wish I could keep my mouth zipped!! Many hugs and much love

PuzzleG

That is interesting, that at least 3 of us have thieves in our family trees!

Erika, that is so awesome that you have lost 40 pounds! Going with Weight Watchers & not using any of the pills & such scams that are out there is very wise. It gives you a much better chance of keeping the weight off because it changes your eating habits & your general ideas about food & eating. I am trying to lose the 20 pounds I gained after I broke my leg, & eventually get down around 150 pounds. I hope they can find out why you are having dizzy spells, they are not fun. Bananas are high in potassium, I eat them to help my muscle spasms.

Donna, I've been thinking of getting DNA kits for Ray & I, would be interesting to see what/who they turn up. My Dad's family was "Pennsylvania Dutch". His last name was Groot, which was changed from deGroot. My Sis claims we are descendants of Hugo DeGrotius, who originated many of the Maritime Laws that still rule the seas today. It wouldn't surprise me, since besides having the same basic last name, Hugo was kicked out of Holland for his "heretical" religious teachings. So he would fit in well with the many ne'er do wells we have on our family tree, hee hee.

Have a super blessed day, dear Heart & Soul Sisters!

irisriver

Praying you feel less dizzy soon Erika. I know people who have felt weak while on water pills. It may be lowering your salt and potassium. Perhaps try eating something a bit salty and with potassium in it like a banana or baked potato. If you just eat a little of these things it won't hurt your wonderful dieting progress. Sound like your back is doing great.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....my back pain is totally gone like day 22 of no pain at all....my doctor suggested I don’t go for physio, for it was making it worse......feeling sick today....dizzy, faint feeling...my mom and I both think it is a symptom of my new water pill....Weight Watchers is going well....have lost 40 pounds!!! Many oodles and oodles of endless, forever, countless prayers and big ol Erika hugs to each and everyone of my precious, wonderful, caring soul sisters...hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Tea I had horse thieves too. Grins! This family also had a preacher in it. You have an awesome heritage too Gina. Prayers to everyone who is busy healing from life's big ouches. Church was great and was about Christianity being a big part of the founding of USA. ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Happy Sunday, Dear Soul Sisters! Ray has been trying very hard to control his carbs, & seems to have more energy. We both plan to attend church today, & that is very encouraging.

Wowsers Donna, sorry you had such a bad time in Charleston! We lived there from JAN '79 to SEP '80, in 2 houses. The first was an apartment very near the submarine base, & the 2nd was a nice little house near the Ashley Plaza mall. Ray's schedule of being at sea, then back in port seems very similar to what you described, & it was very difficult for us too. But the worst was when he went on a cruise to the Mediterranean & was gone for 7 months. That was awful! I was alone with baby Rachel, & was afraid to even go outside. I didn't know anyone, & didn't know my way around the city so was scared I would get lost if I ventured out. The heat is awful there, & humidity makes it worse. But what I really hated was the BUGS! I used to be terrified of almost any kind of bugs. Fortunately I am mostly over that now, but in Charleston it was like a nightmare. Huge bugs, & kinds I've never seen before, & it seemed like they were all somehow attracted to me even though I was scared to death of them! My first experience with a "Palmetto Bug" was when I turned on the kitchen stove & one came bursting out from under the stove with its wings on fire! If anyone doesn't know what a Palmetto Bug is, picture a giant cockroach that FLIES! I screamed so loud, a sailor from next door came over to make sure I was ok! And the "Fire Ants", UGH! One of my cousins lived nearby in Charleston, & she said to get rid of fire ants you pour kerosine onto their nests. Ray did that, & then decided to set it on fire also, which my cousin did not say to do. The nest caught fire, & Ray's pants nearly did too, before he could get away from the blaze! We had some real adventures in Charleston, LOL! But I still love the place, & would go back in a heartbeat if the chance came.

Vicki, that is awesome about your being part Jewish! I am too, my paternal grandma's maiden name was David & I think Mom said she was half Jewish, or maybe a quarter. Her first name was Jeanette, & that is also our Sarah's middle name. :)

Tea, that is funny about some of your ancestors being horse thieves! We have a lot in commmon then too. My cousin hired a genealogist, & he found out that one of the first things 2 of our male ancestors did fresh off the boat from England was to get arrested for stealing clothes off of someone's clothesline, LOL! I have a bunch of genealogy papers from different sources, & need to get it all organized ~ after I re-locate it all from our move. (Sigh...)

Erika, sounds like your back is doing better now, YAAAY! Are you still having physical therapy?

Holding you all in my heart & my prayers! •♥•*¨*(♥‿♥)*¨*•♥•*

gardening205

My thoughts and heartfelt prayers for all who are in pain or a family member in pain....Busy day cleaning up my apartment...Many answered prayers for all of you, my soul sisters and many hugsxxx. Hugsxxxx Erikaxx

MacTea

That is pretty amazing Iris. My Sis is into that stuff too. Wonder what she will dig up...we already found out there were Indians, and Horse thieves from our Scottish connections...has not dug up much on the Irish side yet.

irisriver

Hugs to everyone with all the medical scares, memories and happy triumphs! Had some family history fun today. At Christmas a cousin gave mom and Ancestry DNA kit. A few weeks ago she got around to sending it off and the results came in today. Most of the results validated what we were aware of but the extra fun surprise is that through mom I am 1 percent Jewish. So tickled by that one percent and our Brighty being Jewish. That is a tiny amount but I claim it with all my heart!!!!! One more little soul sister connection. God has to be chuckling at how he brought us together and keeps linking us more and more. I recently sent in one of those kits too.

PuzzleG

Hello Sisters!


Michelle, doing a Happy Dance here for your house sale! So good you got to see Bi & family before their vacation. It is a blessing that you were with your Mom, lovingly telling her goodbye. I am sure that made her parting easier for both her & you. Also that Gran was not there at that terribly sad time.

Sweet Tea, praying for poor Dad. Such hard decisions, & none of them pleasant. Praying for wisdom & patience, & for Specialist to give info that will help with the decision. It is good that he knows where he is going, & is as prepared as possible for his "trip Home". No one knows how wonderful that is except one who has had to deal with doubt about a loved one's spiritual condition at their passing. Praying that God's blessed peace will be with you both when the time comes. That is a HUGE BLESSING that your dear friend/"Son" has won the battle with cancer! I am a survivor too, & even after 30+ years I still don't like to talk or even think about it, except to praise the Lord for bringing me through it. Especially since some dear ones I have known have suffered so much with this terrible disease. Sending you bunches of love & prayers.

Donna, thank you for sharing your lovely, heartfelt prayer with us. I know it is comforting our dear Tea, & bringing peace even in this storm. All you have said is so true, & I don't think it matters whether you have some time to prepare or not, losing a loved one is always a terrible & painful ordeal. I didn't know you & Guinn lived in Charleston too! It is such an amazing place, & so full of history. I wouldn't want to live there again, but would love to visit & tour some more of the plantations & other historic places. We got to visit the Middleton Place plantation, & my Dad & Ray went aboard the USS Yorktown which was docked over at Patriot's Point across the Cooper River, & we also took the harbor cruise. There is so much to see & do there, it would take a lifetime to see & do it all.

Rachel & I planned to go to the horse races today, but she did not sleep well last night & didn't get up til about 10:45. The gate opened at 11:30AM but 1st race wasn't til 1 PM so she still wanted to go. But I said the races are on next SAT also, so we plan to go then. I know, I am spoiled rotten, living it up, & loving it all, LOL!

spaklies

Group Hug needed xxxxxxxxxx Prayers and loving wishes for our sweet sisters who are going through a hard time xx Tea glad dad has accepted things and i am praying he shall not suffer -- so true God has something for dad to do and it is not for us to question xxx he will be called when the time is tight for him ♥♥♥ was so wonderful the day my mom passed - bianca and i had visited her - we left the home and i was halfway home and something made me turn my car around and go right back and my beautiful mom passed away in my arms with me whispering love and blessings in her ear (even though she was in a coma I know she heard) and even though my heart was breaking i told her its okay ..she can go to her loved ones who are waiting for her........ she that was really such a hard time for us all - my gran had come down from durban with my cousins and they had all come to see her and they had left the day before - which was an absolute blessing that my gran was not there as my uncle - my moms younger brother had passed away 11 months before my mom

gardening205

Still praying for teamac and for her dad for things to work out....hugsxxx Erikaxx

teamac

Dad and I talked and we know his clock is winding down...and there have been a few times we thought the moment had arrived. It is so sad to watch him go through things...but like I told him. God has something for you to do yet or he would have taken you. It does give peace to know he is ready and not dreading it, he is dreading what they might put him through, so I am trying to keep that in consideration when we advise him. We have to let go sometime...and I have the hardest time with it as I will fight to the end for them. Mom took the decision away from us and Dad might do the same...I just listen and give some of my thoughts ...when he talks. This is why God brought our little circle together...we are so diverse...but yet our hearts are kindred. ♥♥ Love you all ♥♥♥

irisriver

Tea you have the right idea just keeping your Dad as calm as possible. Finding peace with all of this may keep his days here more pain free and add time to his precious life. The mother of my church's elder and Sunday school teacher is facing a massive return of her breast cancer that spread to her bones and lungs. She is in her 90s and does not want to face radical treatment. This lady is the oldest member of our town. When her time comes my mom will probably be the oldest member. Ladies name is Pauline.

MacTea

Thank you all my sweet sisters...I appreciate so much your prayers, love and the warmth of the embraces you send with the comments...I can feel your arms around me.
Dad's bags have been packed for his heavenly journey...he does not know why he is still here...so he was upset and distraught with the news...but he knows his destination and is not worried about it...he just hates to leave us.
You described it well Donna...as I was reading about it and they had pictures of what it would look like....with the different types...so we will see what the specialist thinks... then discuss it.
Once again you each have lightened my heavy heart with encouragement....so I feel stronger now.
Been praying about it and am keeping a calm demeanor so that Dad is calm too.
Thank you and love and hugs to each of you ☺♥♥♥♥♥

brightspark

Donna your prayers are so beautiful - amen xxx Tea so happy that your young friend is Okay - praise the lord ☺♥☺

brightspark

Sweet precious tea - so sorry you are having such a difficult time dearest sister of my heart xx i am praying for guidance for all of you in the days that lie ahead. Dear Lord please surround tea and her darling dad and family with your love and strength. Tea sweetie - my mom went in for a back op and when the surgeon opened her up he discovered that she had very bad cancer - he still did the op instead of just closing it up and straight after that (after only 3 days he gave her chemo) her suffering was indescribable and broke our hearts to see her in so much pain and agony - we wish they had just left her alone to go in her own time - she suffered for 2 months and it was sheer hell - eventually we had to put her into a home with 24-7 nursing and the last 3 days she was in a coma and they tried to revive her a couple of times and in the end we pleaded with the doctor to just let her go in peace - that was 24 years ago - bianca was 16 in her last year of school and dalia was 12 with her batmitzvah coming up xxx praying for you and so wish i could be there to hug you in person but know that i am with you whispering courage and love into you ear ♥♥♥♥ @teamac

gardening205

Hi teamac....Praying for your dad’s surgery to go smoothly....please good lord....keep him extra close to your heart and protect him in your loving embrace....I don’t know enough of surgeries so I hope they find out a good way....Hugs, to you and your family during this difficult time...take care and hugsxxxx Erikaxxx

irisriver

Tea I know someone who went through this radical surgery. They lasted several more years but went through nightmare after nightmare complications with it. She was only in her late 30s or early 40s when she had it done. Will be praying dear soul sister. I hate to take such a dismal view of this surgery. THEY have probably done more now to perfect the procedure. I think back then it was more experimental. Amen to the miracle your friend received. Hugs and prayers to everyone including Jean. We had a nice warm day after days of too much rain. Just got home from being out with my cousin.

teamac

So much going on ...took me a while to get through it...I also have a praise and a prayer request.
First the praise as it merits such wonderful shouts of Joy. I have a friend that if Jim and I had every had children...he would have been ours...He is soooooooooo much like the both of us...that Jim has come to think of him as his kid too. He was battling lymphoma, it was bad....it was squeezing his heart and lungs ...he had to go full Chemo ...everything they could give him...But PRAISE THE GOOD LORD - they have proclaimed him cancer free.
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The prayer request is for my Dad...his prognosis was not good. The Cancer in the bladder has came back yet again...(last surgery was last of May). It is growing too fast to keep up.
It has spread through 2 and a half layers of muscle and there are only 4 layers before it gets through and spreads to all his organs.
So we have a decision to make.
Do nothing and deal with things as they are ...hoping his clock winds down before it spreads to the point of pain.
OR
Chemo is out...he is too frail for that...so they want to try opening him up and doing internal radiation...which as you may not recall almost killed him the first time.
OR
Remove his Bladder, prostrates and various other plumbing parts and take part of his colon and make a small bladder connected to a port...there is another name for it ...but I cant recall it.
and hook it to a bag to collect the output.
Which has a whole other set of complications to deal with.
He is 87 and not hale in health....The one doc does not think he can make it through the surgery ...the other says no choice...so we are going to see the specialist next week to get his thoughts on it.
Needless to say Dad is depressed...and is hoping to die in his sleep. At this point....don't know how to advise him. Just told him first of all...don't fret about it yet...we don't have all the info at this time. To pray about it...God would not open a door with out a reason is my thinking.
So pray for all of us...we can use some divine guidance and bolstering of spirit right now.
Love you all very much and pray for each of you and your problems and I do celebrate the joys too. ♥♥♥

brightspark

Prayers for sweet jean xx shame the world is so tough and sad xx hope you feel better soonest sweet donna xx wish i could have sent you some of my home made chicken soup and a real hug ♥ so happy we sold a house today - seller accepted R50 000 less (which is what we thought in the first place!!) and its a cash offer from one of our investors so we know it will go through - that is : if the flipping tenants will leave without hassles - expecting a bit of drama on our side ☻☻☻ so happy we fetched zac today after our appts and took him to burger king for his favourite lunch ☺ he spent afternoon with us then we took him home (tyler had a friend over there) and we chatted to bi and kids who are leaving tomorrow for their holiday - all very excited - will be away for 17 days ☺☻☺ had a great bokclub meeting and we bought 8 new books and i put in 2 that i bought at a sale xx lots to read indeed ☺ gosh was so cold here today - honestly we never know one from hout to the nect let alone each day w2hat its going to be like xxx

PuzzleG

Thank you Donna & Erika for your prayers for Jean.
Donna, I thought of that too, but haven't suggested it to her yet. Her daughter is with her, but has serious emotional/mental issues, & is more a burden than a help to poor Jean. Praying for your sore throat & sickness to heal quickly. You are doing good things to help your body fight it. I would love to see a pic of your little cottage, it sounds wonderful.

Erika, you are so sweet, & your wishes bless my heart. I'm sure the Lord will answer our prayers soon.

gardening205

Praying for Gina’s friend Jean....that she heals from her loss of Bob and she finds a safe neighbourhood that is free of crime and a beautiful house and she is happy and content....hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Vicki, I like chamomile tea too. Chamomile is an amazing herb with lots of natural medicinal uses. Honey is a natural sleep aid, so I add it to my chamomile tea when I need help sleeping. So far we have gotten a few tiny tomatoes, a couple red & the rest green. I want to coat & fry up the green ones today as I love fried green tomatoes.

Donna, Jeanette is our youngest daughter Sarah's middle name. My maternal great-grandma's name was Jeanette, & I've always loved that name. I don't blame Cindi for not wanting to move to Michigan, way too much snow for me there!

Erika, I am glad your female time is over & you are feeling better. I definitely don't miss those days, but am thankful they helped give us our 3 amazing daughters.

Michelle, still praying you will get more sales soon. I am so impressed with the number of books you read, & how fast you are at doing real jigsaw puzzles! The only time I read books is when I am in the car while Ray is in a store or such. Last book I read took me over 2 years to get through, LOL! It was a very good book about 2 dr's in rural Ireland, but was 300+ pages. I got a real puzzle for last Christmas & tried to do it, but it was hurting my shoulders so had to stop.

Please pray for my friend Jean. She lost her dear husband about 2 years ago & sold everything & moved to Maine. She has family there, but they let her down, & she has serious health issues. She has had nothing but troubles since Bob passed. She sold her house in Maine & has moved back to Grants Pass. She posted on Facebook yesterday that a guy tried to climb through her kitchen window! She yelled, & he ran off. Obviously she is not in a very good neighborhood, but she sold her Maine home for way low just wanting to move back here, but couldn't afford to buy a nice home in a good neighborhood. So sad. The home they had before Bob passed was a gorgeous craftsman built log home on 5 acres. Anyway, she is back her now, & we can't wait to see her again. Hopefully we can arrange that soon.

I'm off to eat my cornmeal mush breakfast, then to do more puzzles, trying to tick off some of my tons of bookmarks. Love & Hugs! ((♥♥♥♥))

gardening205

Praying that you feel much better o and a....hugsxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

I do not miss the female days either. Lost that misery in my early 40s. Mine were a full week. Spent lots of time with heating pad and drinking Chamomile tea. Still love the tea and drink it for pleasure now. The rains are over and I am busy in garden as usual. Picked a tomato after church. Hugs to all.

PuzzleG

Good Morning! Yay, looks like Ray & I will make it to church today. Just wanted to pop in for a moment & say "hi". Praying we all have a delightful day. Love & Hugs!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....feeling better today....period is almost over.....hoping everyone of you are having a fabulous weekend...Prayers and hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

sparklightie

Sorry that you suffered and went through so much so much dear donna and gina and now erika - i had my periods til i was 51 -- here they seem to stop by about 48/50 xxx also suffered for ages - what an absolute pleasure to be done with it all ☺☺☺☺ I agree change hygienists why suffer unnecessarily - once had a dentist that was so rough - before i was married and then after about 3 sessions of torture we changed dentists - from a female to males xxxx

PuzzleG

Hi Girls, Ray went to dental appt, but they wanted to have the same hygienist clean his teeth, & he said No Way. They gave him an appt with the dentist for an exam, I think it is next month. That same hygienist clean my teeth & it doesn't hurt. We think either she has something against men (Ray's idea), or, the office gal Ray told that she hurt him last time said some people are more sensitive to pain. Ray can't be that sensitive to pain since he gives himself shots several times a day for his diabetes. It doesn't really matter, if it hurt him he shouldn't have to let her clean his teeth again. So we will have to see about it after he talks to the dentist.
I can sure relate to you all about painful periods. Mine were always very painful & heavy, for about 7 days, & Dr's basic response was always something like "Well, some women are like that" ~ no help at all! Then when I was 21 I had 2 tumors removed. One was football size & filled with 1/2 gallon of fluid. The other was softball size & they said it was "becoming cancerous". I had no pain or symptoms until the day I was hospitalized. My Mom was in hospital with a planned surgery, & I went to Jack in the Box to get Dad & I food before we went to work. I had a slight pain & told Dad of it before I left for the 2 block drive. When I got to the drive-through speaker I could hardly talk to give our order. When I got to the window to get the food, I was hurting so bad I just tossed them the money, grabbed the food & left. My Dad took one look at me & drove me to Scripps Hospital where I spent 10 days. 5 days for testing & 5 more for surgery & recovery. Fortunately they got all the cancer & I didn't need chemo or radiation. I have 2 or 3 uterine fibroids right now, & I also have 2 little "goiters" on my thyroid, & we are keeping an eye on them all. God has seen me through some hard trials, & I know He is always with me so I don't worry over these things, I just keep holding His hand.

Erika, I'm praying you will feel better soon, & that your doc can figure out how best to help you.

Donna, sorry for your having some very hot days. It has been nice here for last week or so, but tomorrow it is supposed to be up to 98F (36.6C), then way back down Monday to 80F (26.6C) ~ crazy weather!

We just had breakfast, now I am ready to start my day! Love & Hugs to you all!

gardening205

I soul sisters....I missed volunteering today....sick all day....feeling better this evening....My doctor told me to stop my water pill and then to phone them on Tuesday...Many prayers to all and hoping everyone of you has a great, relaxing, wonderful weekend...hugsxxxxxxx Erikaxx

sparklightie

Today went to my favourite charity shop for some retail theapy - was actually pretty empty but i got some amazing double cd's that friend dave will go gaga for ..some of his favourites and got lou a jersey. Lou cooked an amazing lamb stew in the pressure cooker today whie i vacuumed our entire place -every nook and cranny. Was exhausted and it looked like i had just got out the shower which meant i had to have another real one ☺ started reading one of the new bookclub books that i got on appro for bookclub tomorrow - wow before i knew it i was on page 177 and have another 180 to go before tomorrow afternoon - so a sleepless night for me i guess xx hugs and love to you all ♥♥♥♥

sparklightie

Hi soul sisters of mine - erika i used to go on for about 5 days and that was so long so i send you hugs dear friend - hang in there and hope you feel better soonest xx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....still have my period....water pill made it still a very heavy flow..day 7.....one of the side effects......uggggh....Many prayers and lots of hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

pray all went well for dear ray xx hugs to you too ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning! I am hugging you all too! I slept well last night, so thankful. Amazing how one night's poor sleep throws everything off balance. Ray has a dental cleaning appt today. The hygienist hurt him last time, so hope all goes well for him today. Nothing else going on here today. Praying for all of you Dearies, & sending each of you loving hugs. ❀.¸¸.°º•❤•.¸☺¸.•❤•.❀

spaklies

Group hug wonderful idea xxx buggies all round. I am at hairdresser having a colour. Fetched Zac from school .. 2nd last day then 3 week holidays for them .. lucky them going to Italy Greece and Paris (disney) And a cruise in between xx

irisriver

I don't see it as venting dear soul sister. Just good heart to heart conversation. All the wonderful puzzle choices do feel overwhelming sometimes, especially when we have so many friends who post here. Have a great evening and take care!

gardening205

Hi Iris....you are right...life is short...it’s like don’t cry over spilled milk....I didn’t mean to complain...sorry....I just had to vent.....hugs my friend....I think we all need a group hugxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Praying for all the ups and downs and heart aches everyone is facing. We need to all quit stressing about how many puzzles we get done and just enjoy what we have time for. I am lecturing myself too. We got another day in the 90s when it was supposed to be cooler. Picked my first ripe tomato yesterday along with some garden fresh lettuce. Sure am hoping we get some rain tomorrow. A BIG hug and smile to everyone. Take care!!!!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....glad to be back on Jigidi.....I hope to puzzle more often....I found out it isn’t until August of 2019 .....till I get my MRI done......so my doctor is calling around to other hospitals and hope to get in sooner.....imagine a whole year away..

I have my woman’s curse cycle , so not feeling 100 percent

Praying for brightspark and her dear neighbours health and praying for all of you and sending oodles and oodles of continuous, huge, gigantic, enormous Erika hugsxxxxx hugsxxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Hi Ladies, lovely day here. Highs have been in the mid-80's (29-30C), so not too hot yet. It is to jump up to 96F (35.5C) on SUN, not looking forward to that!

Michelle, I am so sorry for the loss of your friend Denise. Praying for Roy & their family. So hard when the stronger one goes first. Praying he will still be well cared for. So kind of you to take him the soup, I am sure it cheered him up a bit to know you care & are thinking of him. I love your Sparklightie mojo, & your other 2 too! :)

Donna, keeping you in prayer for timing, wisdom, & just the right house at the right time & place.

Erika, so thankful that your thyroid test was normal! Praying your August tests will also have good results. I often feel like you, having bookmarked way more puzzles than I could ever do, but then I realized that there is no hurry, & at least my bookmarks are ones I know I will enjoy doing. So they can just stay there until I get to them, & if I never do, no worries there either. I enjoy visiting with you & all of our dear Soul Sisters more than doing puzzles anyway, & that is OK too. At least that is how I see it. :)

I did not sleep well last night, for no apparent reason. Just could not get comfortable, & the CPAP mask definitely doesn't help. I finally gave up & took the mask off & turned off the machine, but still couldn't sleep, so I got up from about 3 to 5 AM. Going down for a nap after a bit of puzzling fun. Have a lovely & blessed day, Dear Sisters! XXXXXXXXXXXX

brightspark

happy to hear you are OKAY sweet erika xxxxxx god is great xx big hugs to you xx okay i am now very happy with all my new profile pics xxx waiting to hear all your comments xx gosh i had the same profile pics ever since i got on jigidi - except for my snowman one - that was only 6 months ☺☺☺ went to our neighbour denise's funeral today - das - and i have her huisband Roy joining us for supper just now - poor man rather lost and also not so well xx prayers for them please - god bless will chat later xxxxxxxxxxxxxx♥♥♥

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....missed you lots!,, Good news,,, the ultrasound on my thyroid came back normal...yay!!!!!! Thankyou so much for all of the many, several heartfelt prayers....I need to go to the hospital in August for another thyroid and head MRI.....I gave up on scrabble....harassed by a different man now, so I am fed up....I think the reason I don’t come on here as much is I feel I need to do all of your wonderful puzzles.....but I have way too many to do...on bookmark....probably about 400 puzzles....Praying for all and sending each and every one of you many hugsxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

spaklies

Hi all i have finally updated my mojos xxx love my @sparklightie but think i might still change this one @spaklies xxx

brightspark

wow good reading my friend - i have lots of books onmmy shelves for one day !! just that jigidi, life and real puzzles are getting in the way - oh and the cleaning and work ha ha ha - have bookclub on saturday and have read think i am on my 5th book in 6 weeks so pretty good going for me - when i was much much younger i used to read about 20 books in a month !!!!!!!!! ☺♥☺

brightspark

a daughter but dont think he will move in with them - and he definitely needs care too =- praying for the right solution for him - he shuuld definitely be in a home - donna dearest - please take it easy and do not frazzle your selves looking for a home - i know god will guide you in the right direction - timing must be right though xxx and think you should seriously be looking at something that needs hardly any work on it ☺☺☺☺ big hugs sweetie xxx ♥♥♥

spaklies

Hi girlfriends - sad day today as our neighbour Denise passed away last night in her sleep .. heard about it when lou went for his walk this morning - saw her hubby Roy late afternoon - we popped in and took him chicken soup - poor man - he was the ill and frail one so quite a shock. Fuenral on wednesday - hope when the time is right for him to sell we will be able to sell it (our dear friend debbie and robin would love to move in here) xx all in good time - shame he is devastated ☻☻☻

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dearies! I think my ear problem is nearly over. Using the ear drops & feeling less dizzy now. Did not go to church yesterday, just stayed home & relaxed with Ray. It is a huge blessing that we can hear the sermons online. Our church had its annual talent show Friday night. It was very good & loads of fun, & some laughs too. The church member who was our Master of Ceremonies told some really funny jokes between "acts". Ray had a good Father's Day, he even got a sweet card from his niece which was a nice surprise for him. Jessica is such a Sweetheart, into the Blessing Jar she goes!

Michelle - so nice that Louis likes doing jigsaws also! Hope you are having fun with the little guys!

Donna - That's too bad about the small bedrooms. As Michelle & Vicki said, you will know when it is the right time & the right house. It won't make you all stressed out over all that needs to be done to it, you will feel peace, even if there are a couple things that need done ~ The Lord will let you know!

Erika - Praying for a fun & safe trip for your parents. I don't like the name "spider plant" either. Another name for it that I like much better is "airplane plant", & that is how I think of them. I want to get an airplane plant & also a "string of pearls" plant to hang here at our house. My Dad had one of each of those plants at the home where I grew up, so it would be a nice happy way to remember him. Thank you for giving me this idea! :)

We are going to the movies tonight at 6PM, for Rachel's Dad's Day gift for Ray. We will be seeing "Solo: A Star Wars Story", so don't know if I will be on later or not. Have a super fantastic day! XXXXX



Vicki - I've always had small bedrooms & wished for more space. Now my bedroom has plenty of space, even for our king size bed. Just one of the blessings of our new home. :)

brightspark

Special hugs to you all xx Donna don't stress xx the right home will appear .. in God's time. Maybe he is whispering to you to wait until guinn is feeling stronger xx patience sweetie xxx I love that you take part in lots of community activities dear Vicky xx must be wonderful and a lot of fun. Erika am praying that you will soon feel much better xx sure you will as soon as your folks are back home too. Big fat hugs and many prayers for everyone xxx

irisriver

My room is rather small too but it is very cozy. After tornado when I needed a new bed I switched to twin size and got lots more space. Just keep praying and you will be shown where you are meant to be. Just came in from watering the garden. Waited until near dark.

irisriver

Donna maybe somehow the home you are in will end up being the one for you. Life can do funny things like that. I am an indoor couch potato today. Even I melt when the thermometer reads 95. Been enjoying some short stories and a little time with Windows paint on computer. Yesterday was our Ohio River Sweep clean up day. I helped clean up the walking trail in riverfront park. I was completely in the shade . Day turned out very nice for the village. Prayers to all and an extra big hug to Erika.

gardening205

Hi everyone.....very hot here....32 degrees Celsius....picked up two spider plants a few days ago, I love them………just not spiders!!!! Waiting for my ultrasound to come back for my thyroid, MRI is in August, for my head and thyroid. Praying all are well and wishing all dad’s a Happy Fathers Day!! My parents are in Alaska.....for another 9 days....Boy I miss them....sending everyone hugsxxxx hugsxxxxxxx Erikaxx

sparklightie

happy sunday and a happy fathers day too to all the hubbies fathers and grandfathers xxxx her and up in heaven too ♥ we went for a lovely father's day breakfast with bianca and dave and boys xx after that we did some shopping, came home and made a humungous pot of yummy chicken soup and i have been doing gorgeous puzzle of New York - cartoon style since last night ☺☺ such fun - lou been watching cricket and now taken over from me -and i guess before i know it he will have finished it - hugs and much love to you all ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

I slept well last night, thanks to your prayers.

Michelle, PRAYING you still have electricity!

Donna, that is wonderful news! Praying that if it is the Lord's will everything will go right & smoothly so you will know for sure. Praying also for the people affected by the volcano in Guatemala, & for wisdom for your church group in whether to go down there or not, & how best to help.

Vicki, your garden must look lovely! Ours is mostly coming along, but our strawberries withered while we were on vacation since we forgot to ask Joey to water them. Also one of our 3 tomato plants is dead, but the others are ok. We also have lettuce, spinach, radishes, cukes & pumpkins, which I think are all doing very well. I haven't been out there yet, so have to do that soon. There is no ramp at that door, so it is tricky for me to get in & out of it, using the welcome mat as a "ramp". We will be getting a real ramp for that door hopefully soon, but they are a bit pricey. ♥•*¨*• (◔ ⌣ ◔) •*¨*•♥

sparklightie

dear vicky wish i could hear your chuckles xxxxxxxxxx we been lucky - no power outages as yet - but bianca has had and a lot of my clients and friends as well xxx hope it resolves soonest - only problem we have is with the wifi for some reason not working on my cell phone and have to use my data - keeps coming and going on the computer - this should be the least of our worries xx ☺☺☺☺

sparklightie

Praying for God to steer you in the right direction dearest donna - if its meant it will be Heaven sent ♥ ☺♥☺♥ good luck!!!!!

irisriver

Keeping my fingers crossed and praying you have found the right house Donna. I am getting near the end of my biggest garden jobs. My goal is to have it mostly done by July4th and then take a couple week break from it except for the watering. The birds and squirrels keep me laughing the whole time I am outside. Praying for all who are hurting.

brightspark

Gina prayers for you and Ray to have a good day and a good nights sleep tonight xx sure does help ☻☻☻ another quiet Cold day today - yay get to see zac tomorrow as i have to fetch him from school after his exam xx MASSIVE POWER OUTAGES EXPECTED OVER THE WHOLE OF JOHANNESBURG TOMORROW AS THE WORKERS ARE STRIKING ... HOPE IT NOT GOING TO HAPPEN xxx

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dear Sisters. I did not sleep well last night, so will probably be napping extra today. Good news, Ray is feeling better today after being so exhausted for last 4 days.

Dear Michelle, PRAYING for Louis' pain to be relieved, & for success in your sales.

Sending hugs & prayers for blessings to all of you, my sweet Soul Sisters. •*¨*• ♥((

spaklies

Blessings and good wishes to all of you - was truly freezing here today - i stayed indoors xx and caught up on hosework and phone calls and down loaded pics for puzzles. One deal definitely flopped and had to cancel with buyer and seller ☻☻ and just praying that the other one we did will be okay - having a bumpy ride with it at the moment - my poor hubby had very bad shoulder pains today - just pray he will feel better in the morning. ♥☺♥

PuzzleG

Hi Sweet Sisters ~~~ Enjoying a lovely, nearly cloudless day here. Sarah made a yummy egg & sausage crustless "pizza" for our breakfast. She regularly makes this for her residents at work. I posted 3 more of our Denver vacation pics yesterday, mostly of the Molly Brown house & museum. Will post more vacation pics today. Didn't do much yesterday, tossed some unwanted stuff out of my bedroom. I always think I need to keep things in case I need them later. Now I am trying to go by the idea that if I haven't used it in 1 (or 5) years, out it goes! This is hard for me, but I am doing it anyway, while in the cleaning mood.

Sounds like you are all busy, & having some fun too. YAY for nicer weather! Our high today is to only be 78F (25.5C), a nice break after a couple days of 95+ (35+C)! We are enjoying seeing the baby sparrows around our house. They are so cute, they flap their wings madly when they fly, as they are learning to control them. Looks so cute & funny! Wishing all a lovely, happy Wednesday! :)

irisriver

Hugs and prayers to everyone. We are all in middle of busy times or trying times. I am doing fine just busy in my gardens and working on some indoor organizing type stuff too. Mom doing good too, spending much of these nice days on back porch. Going to the 90s next week so I am doing the bigger jobs before the real heat sets in. Saw a baby robin in my flower planters. So cute.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Busy weekend with last basketball tournament. So glad we are done with traveling! Now Zach just plays locally! Gianna has been attending science camp. Trying to keep everyone busy! We finished VBS with a program on Sunday! The kids sang really well! Even the little ones! OandA...you talked about a group from your church going to Guatemala. Did you know that's where my Gianna was born? Hadn't heard about a volcano.

Erika...sure hope they figure out what's going on with you. Thyroid can be rough, Keep smiling!

Just checking in to say hello. Finally a beautiful day outside so I must go water the flowers and maybe dead head the roses. Not feeling terribly motivated! Sending you all hugs!

sparklightie

Hugs to you all xxxxxx oh gina I would so love to go to your thrift shop with you - my Favourite kind off shopping of all time and places. You sure got some wonderful; bargains - well done!!Good luck for Sarah's driving test - praying shw wil;l; do well - in fact i know she will ☺☺☺ oh dear one of our sales looks like it is 95% falling through - do not why people tell so many lies ☻☻☻ grrrrr and we have another one that is slight;y rocky xxx please add your prayers to ours !!!!! Erika sweetie - hang in there --- i am praying for good results for you and for them to get to the bottom of what ails you so that you can begin to heal and recover from all the pain xxxxxxx God is with you and so are we ☺♥☺ we had a busy day today - and the highest our temperatures got to was 12 degrees brrrrrrr

PuzzleG

Good morning! Listening to the Bible in A Year reading from the Listener's Bible. Such a blessing! I posted more vacation puzzles yesterday, & will post more today.

OK Donna, will do.

Yesterday Sarah drove me to the Salvation Army thrift store. I bought 2 summer tops & a pretty new purse, more of a small tote bag, but I like large purses. Also got a nice leather wallet, a like new corduroy jacket for Ray to wear to church, & a nice green patterned shirt for him too, since green his favorite color & it has a chest pocket which he also likes. Most of the stuff had yellow tags, which were 75% off yesterday. Plus my senior discount, my total charge was under $10! Sarah is a good driver, but I think she needs just a little more practice before she takes her behind the wheel test. We only had 2 little "rough spots" yesterday, & both were partly my fault, for getting nervous thinking she didn't see the hazards, but she had seen them both times. All in all it was a fun drive & more good experience for her.

Hugs & Blessings! •*¨*• ♥♫♪☺♪♫♥ •*¨*•

PuzzleG

Hello Dearies! Had fun shopping with Rachel on SAT, & having lunch at the Orchid Grill, a Hawaiian restaurant with super yummy food. I got a "mixed grill" plate with both beef & chicken, macaroni salad & sticky rice. Seems a bit pricey to me, but LOTS of delicious food so guess it's worth it. Took over half of it home with me! I will have that for my lunch today. Yesterday I didn't do much except attend church, then just relaxed. Feeling pretty good today. I plan to post more puzzles, if Jigidi, then internet & my computer will all cooperate.

Erika, so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Try to think positive til you know the results of the tests. PRAYING for you, Sweetie!

Michelle, PRAYING that sale goes through this time, or that you get more sales soon. Stay warm, dear Sister!

Donna, thanks for the advice about the DD214. Ray has a phone appt later this month & I'll try to remind him to have that form handy.

Vicki, so glad you are enjoying your pretty yard, & I hope your church picnic went well with not too much rain.

You are all in my prayers, Dear Sisters, & I wish you all a super blessed day! •¤»((¯♥¯))«¤•

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....have had a couple of rougher days....I need to go for an ultrasound sound Tuesday for my thyroid....and then an MRI in the hospital for checks on hormones and head stuff......been feeling kind of depressed....praying for all and sending lots of hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

Hope you all had a blessed relaxing sunday xxx very chilly here today - going to put the heater on in the bedroom and climb into bed soon with my good book ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

sparklightie

Hi ggirlfriends was a good and busy day .. 1 appt and then out to Our favourite dine in roadhouse with dave and his mom ... finally back home to do a wash and tumble and workon my real puzzle x hugs and blessings to you all

brightspark

Hi all - always good to chat - we had two appts today --- can you believe the cheek of the one - he was late = after 10 mins i phoned and it just went to voicemail grrrr and then smsd and watsupped and then it was 30 mins and lou was getting angrier by the second never mind the minute as he had a very important appt at 11 anyway finally got hold of client and he told me sorry he was on the way - and we aited - then loyu was ready to explode so i ph back and he said he was 10 mins away - so ittold him wahtever he did he had to wait for me at our meeting spot - so we raced home so i could drop him (about a 20 min drive but did it in about 13 !!! - pray no tickets on the way☺and then i raced all the way back and he Still was not there - so another phone call (by now about an hour and 10 mins late) and he eventually arrived ---- GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR anyway he seemed to like the house - this is the one i can only show twice a month on a saturday between 10 and 1 xxx guess the sellers are not that keen to sell - but we sold iot twice and both times fell through so i am determined to sell it no matter what - lou gave up long ago already - so please all pray for me !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only had my breakfast at 11,45 and i was starving (quickly went to a shop to buy a sandwich) then went home and had a visitor lunch - they got hotdogs and then we popped in to bi too wish her happy birthday. Finally got home and started oneof my new puzzles - oh my goodness so awesome xx google - The Craft Cupboard by Colin Thompson to see how amazing it is xxxxxxxxx tomorrow appt in morning and then probably going out for lunch with dave his mom and her friend - hugs and kisses to each one of you

irisriver

Neighbor came to mow lawn today. Very hot but not quite as humid today. Been doing outdoor stuff but odd and end easy stuff. It all adds up to a pretty yard though. My church is having a picnic in village park after church tomorrow. Bought some Doritos chips to take. Thought they would go nice with some of the dips folks are making. Supposed to rain tomorrow but park has huge shelter.

PuzzleG

Good Morning, cloudy & rainy here today, but we need it. I feel pretty good, praising the Lord for good days. We are listening to our pastor's sermon that we missed last Sunday on Sermon Audio. Lord, please bless that website, & into the Blessing Jar it goes! Wish we could send some rain to cool the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii! I can't believe that over 600 homes have been destroyed SO FAR, & what was once beautiful Kapoho Bay is now filled in with lava. More land for Hawaii, but still so sad. Guess that's what volcanos do. I pray my dear friend Joyce is safe. She lives on the island of Maui, & I lost contact with her a few years ago & have tried to find her online without success.
Rachel is at the gym right now, & we will go grocery shopping some time after she returns. I haven't been grocery shopping for months & I miss those fun times. Sarah was on her feet almost all night at work, & is now asleep & hopefully having nice peaceful dreams. I doubt she will join Rachel & I for shopping, & that is fine, she needs her rest since she works again tonight.

Donna, I didn't even try filling out forms online, because I just tried that for our Food Stamps renewal & all I got was a headache. Guess I had better dig out our marriage license, & probably Ray's enlistment & discharge papers too, just in case. It is so foolish that we have to dig out all this stuff, & go through such hassles, when we know they already have all this info +++MORE online! The net knows more about us than we do! I don't know why they didn't help Ray fill it all out, maybe because I didn't go in with him. I just pray I don't lose my SSI income or benefits, unless it is for something better, which is doubtful. I always dreamed of having a maid, especially as house work got harder on my body. Now I have 2 "maids", & they do it all for me, hee hee! Our girls really are amazing, I don't know how they do all they do, but am so thankful for them.

Melissa, I think your VBS starts earlier than most. I think ours is in late June. How cool about you & Gianna helping with VBS! For the littles, I have bought a little package of "party favor" type toys a the Christian book store (or $ store), & tell them they will get one IF they behave. Ray also did this with his students when he was a substitute teacher. It worked pretty well for us, so just an idea. Also great about the new step-cousins having fun with Gi & Zach, hopefully that can happen again in the future. I remember those crazy-fun days very well, enjoy them while they last, they grow up so fast!

Vicki, I don't do so well in high heat either. Just relaxing & not doing much is my "prescription" for those days too! :)

Michelle, YAY for your fun meal with Dave, & for no cricket, LOL! Praying you get more sales from your appts! So happy about Raveh's video! I am a huge fan of dimples, Ray has them but his beard covers them up. I'm sure October will arrive before you know it! ༺♥༻❈

irisriver

Sounds like the perfect day dear spaklies Michelle! ♥

spaklies

Hi all - we had a much quieter day - so nice xx at 5pm we got an invite from our friend dave for a bachelor supper and he actually made a lovely 3 course meal - was fun cos there was No cricket to watch so we sat eating and chatting. A few appts tomorrow and none planned for sunday (yet!) Biancas's 41st birthday tomorrow - but they have plans with friends for the weekend so do not know when we will get to see them ---- that's how life goes sadly ☻☻☻ We got the cutest video from raveh today - saying ~~ SHABBAT SHALOM SOUTH AFRICA ~~ with a giggle in his voice and the most gorgeous dimples -- just like his mommy .. cannot wait to see them in October. Wishing you all a wonderful blessed relaxing weekend with lots of love and hugs coming your way ♥♥♥

irisriver

Joyful M. VBS is the last week of June for my little church. Our crowd will be much smaller but I can still relate to kids bouncing off the walls and ceiling. Neat that the pair of you are song leaders. The heat is on. It feels more like late August than June. Took more rest time today with all the heat.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Keeping busy here! This week our church is having VBS. We have had over 100 kids every night! Gianna and I are leading the music! The little ones are kind of hard to deal with but the older kids love to sing! Should be interesting getting them all on stage this Sunday to sing 5 songs! I predict the 2-4 year olds will be swinging from the rafters by the end of the first song! I would do things differently but it's not my call! Should be fun! We also have a basketball tournament this weekend. Gianna and I will drive separately so we can come home the same day so we will be back for church on Sunday. The guys will have to stay so Zach can play on Sunday! This is our last tournament....yea! We also spent this past Wed at a local amusement park. Our school gets us discounted tickets. For $5.50 they can ride all day! We met our new step cousins there and the kids had a blast! So thankful for some family and thankful they made the 2 hour drive!

Tea...so glad to hear your dad is feeling stronger!

OandA....I will go look at houses for you! Would love to look at houses all day! Sounds like fun to me! Love to look at real estate online!

Love to all my sweet soul sisters today! Hugs too!

PuzzleG

Ray & I drove down to Medford (about 20 miles/32.18km) yesterday, to apply for his Social Security benefits. Naturally the form asked questions that we weren't sure how to answer, so we had to bring it home to figure it out together. Sheeesh, everything has to be so complicated! BUT, we had lunch at the Tin Tin Buffet, our favorite Chinese restaurant. We haven't been there in several years, so this was a real treat. Their food is delicious, & they have a koi pond & a little "food bridge" at the entrance, so it is quite a charming place as well. I love seeing the koi all come to the surface with their mouths open. It looks to me like they want to give kisses, but they actually just want to be fed. At least that made our trip more worthwhile & fun, besides seeing the lovely scenery on our drive, especially Mt. McLoughlin, which rises nearly 9,500 feet (2895m), high above the surrounding mountains. It still has just a few streaks of snow (probably in the valleys) up near the top, which will melt this summer. Such an awesome sight!

Michelle, I have wished that I had a maid in the past, but never thought of the issues you mentioned. Now I don't feel so "deprived", hee hee! So happy you had such a wonderful day, swapping puzzles & visiting Aunty & Uncle, AND that you got a SALE, YAAAY! God is good, all the time! :)

Vicki, I would just LOVE to see your amazing garden in person!

Donna, very wise to take your time in house hunting. Realtors can sometimes be a but pushy, because let's face it, home sales are their "bread & butter". YAAY for Guinn's healing, & being able to do a little more, but pray he still takes it easy. This is the time when folks often overdo, & it can so easily ruin a surgery. It's like people to take medicine, then stop taking it as soon as the symptoms start to decrease. It's so easy to do, but can have some bad results. It is good that Guinn is trying to be careful though, so hopefully he will be OK.

My ears are bothering me again, but just a little. I need to buy some Debrox (ear wax softener) & try to remove the tiny bit of wax that the MA couldn't get to come out. I hope this won't make me sick again! I just made myself some ginger-lemon iced tea, & am off now to do some fun puzzles!

irisriver

Prayers and patience to everyone! I have had a busy day. Got tons of outdoor stuff done then tackled some computer issues all afternoon. Got a good technician that could take care of everything by phone. I have very little puzzling time this week and have been adding to my book mark pages quite a bit. Good healing, peace, property sales and house hunting to all.

spaklies

sweet donna - everything will just fall into place .. when the time is right for you to find your own home - trust the Lord for he works in wonderous and mysterious ways ... let guinn heal ... maybe rent a little longer til the door opens to the right home for you ... one with with almost no work to be done - enjoy the beach such a blessing to just be able to go there and unwind and chillax - praying all went well at the doctor's today . homes that have been rented out here are usually in a very bad state of disrepair --- oh my goodness we saw one the other day and I did not even want it on my books - which reminds me i must call the owner tomorrow to find out if he is going to get rid of the nasty tenants and fix it first xxx
WE are truly fortunate - we went out on an early morning appointment (left home at 8.30am and it was Freezziiinngg at 9 degrees)and we least expected it - but we Sold it (was with buyers then seller and finished at about 12.30☺☺☺ what a lovely surprise and then my dear hubby took me to Pretoria - a 50 minute drive from us as there was a lady advertising ... PUZZLES for sale - she agreed to swop with me - double blessing - she took two of my awful 2000 piece puzzles in exchange for 4 AWESOME 1000 piece puzzles of hers and I bought an extra one for only R100 - worked out very well and we shall be swopping in future - then we discoverd on the gps that they were not very far from my aunt and uncles new home at a retirement village (about a 15 kilometer drive from where we were) so off we went to visit them - was good to catch up with them and then eventually we got home at about 6.45pm - absolutely exhausted but a marvellous day all round

spaklies

hi my precious soul sisters -
good to hear you having a better day dear gina -so happy you enjoy my puzzles xxxx glad you have your girls and ray to spoil you - such a blessing -- we used to eat our meals at fixed times when we had a maid .. and that was over 10 years ago - since she retired life has been a lot more fulfilling and enjoyable and SO EASY ☺☺☺ we eat when we feel like it, eat what we feel like, (and cost us way way less in every single way - and we can go away more often not having to pay her salary and expenses!!)spend more time together and share the housework - blessings in disguise ♥♥

PuzzleG

Hello Sisters, our sky looks gray today, but not supposed to rain til tomorrow or SAT. I feel much better today. Was still slightly dizzy & nauseous off & on yesterday. It is nice to be able to just rest & not do anything til I feel better, thanks to our sweet girls who prepare our meals & do almost everything for us. Ray usually make our breakfast & lunch. We often joke about him having "OCD", since he has a set schedule for what we will eat for breakfast each day of the week. I think it is a habit from when he was in the military, since they always have everything scheduled & in order. He has always done a "count down" when we were getting ready for church, or appts & such. He tells us when we have about 1 hour, then 1/2 hour, then 15 minutes. This was annoying sometimes, but I usually appreciated it because otherwise I would probably be late everywhere, LOL!

Donna, I'm so sorry for your disappointment with that house, but I know the Lord will lead you to just the right place at the right time. Lounging on the beach sounds so lovely! We used to do that sometimes in San Diego & it feels sooo good! Beaches here are lovely, but have rocks & driftwood scattered everywhere, & I don't think the water ever gets warm enough to swim in, at least not for me. At least we can still walk along the shore & pick up shells, which I love to do.

Sparkly Michelle, I love your puzzles so much! They are always so colorful & cheery, & they make me happy too. I hope you are staying warm & cozy, & that the Lord gives you more good sales soon.

Loads & loads of love, hugs & prayers to each of you, my dear Soul Sisters!

brightspark

see what i posted xx ♥♥♥ @spaklies @brightspark

spaklies

amen and amen xxx hugs to all before i go off to bed with my hot water bottles xx enjoy the rest of your evening dearst soul sisters and god bless til tomorrow ♥☻♥

PuzzleG

PS ~ THANK YOU for all of your prayers, they were wonderfully answered! ♥☺•~\(•‿• )/~•☺♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sisters! Lovely day & I am feeling much better. Dr cleaned my ears, & saw no infection just LOTS of hard wax ~ UGH! Ear cleaning always makes me so dizzy & nauseous, so I went right to bed when we got home & slept for 3 hours. Probably partly due to poor sleep night before last.
I tried posting more puzzles yesterday, but couldn't. Maybe Jigidi had problems? I might try posting later today. Right now breakfast is ready ~~ Bye-bye! :)

spaklies

I am so thrilled to hear goodnews about dad sweet tea - what a memorable special occassion for each of you - a true blessing ♥♥♥ vicki do happy to hear all well with mom at the dr - god is so great and wonderful and takes cares of each of us day inand day out - glad you were able to go fror adrive too ♥♥Erika good to hear you are feeling a lot better too ♥♥ Gina praying you will also start feeling better soonest - good you had an appt today at urgent care so hopefully they can check you out too♥♥♥ donna how very sad for your pastor and what a beautiful answer he gave xx we must never ever lose our faith for it is everything ♥♥♥dalia is turning 35 this year in september and bianca 41 on 9th of june ♥♥♥ melissa sweetie you are always so busy with the kids hoping you get time to have some time out for yourself too ♥♥♥ hugest big hugs to all of you and god bless ☺☺

irisriver

At last some real Jigidi time. Mom did fine with her appointment and she even got to go get her driving license renewed. We don't know if she actually will be driving any more but how special that she is still allowed to. Her Dr. was well pleased with her. Then we went to my aunts home and had Arby's roast beef sandwiches and curly fries. On way home we took the longer scenic route to keep mom out longer. Mom had the energy to do some cleaning work on our back porch today. I got tons of yard stuff done today too. Also had a nice cozy nap for some good rest. Prayers to all. God is still being good to us!! I am quite content this evening.

gardening205

Hi Gina....sending you my heartfelt prayers and gentle hugs for your shoulder to feel lots better and to sleep much better.....please, Lord be with my wonderful soul sister, Gina and heal her.....hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

I had a rough night, woke up at 1 AM with shoulder pain & couldn't find a pain-free position. Finally got up & played mah jong til 3 AM, then woke up at 6:30. Now we're heading to Urgent Care to get my ears cleaned. I wish you all a wonderful & very happy day! :)

gardening205

Hi soul sisters ....my back is feeling much, much better today.....today I went to the dentist...fortunately no cavities or fillings!,,, Later Stephens friend treated us to me and eds pizza!,, Great day...Thanks so much for all the prayers....Prayers sent to all and many, several Erika hugs xxx hugsxxxx and more prayers and hugsxxxxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

We had a very nice time yesterday for Sarah's birthday. Hard to believe my "baby" is 34 now! A mom & daughter friends from church joined us, & a fellow that Sarah is dating. He is very nice, & is also a caregiver like Sarah. They have quite a bit in common, & for right now they are just friends who enjoy watching movies, playing video games & just being friends. He has also been to church several times, & says he enjoys it. My Sis called & we chatted for awhile after our guests had left. Ray just told me that Rachel was wakened in the middle of the night by our motion detector. She looked at the camera, & saw it was a cat. Whew! She thought of chasing it away, but then figured it might help get rid of some rodents that might still be around. We haven't seen or heard any in the house since the exterminator came a couple of months ago, but I'm sure there are still lots of them in the field next door, & maybe in our yard. Cryin' Charley killed a gopher on Saturday, first varmint he has killed, or at least that we have seen, since we moved here. He is almost 15, but good to know he can still be a hunter.

Michelle, your drive sounds lovely, so glad you had a nice relaxing time ~ you deserve it!

Tea, what a happy surprise for Grandpa to appear at the graduation! She must have been ecstatic that her Godmother was there also!

Vicki, so glad you had a fun time shopping with your cousin. I'm sure that knowing your mom was in good hands with your Aunt while you were out was a real blessing too. Have lots of fun today too! :)

Sarah just got up & I am hoping we can watch something in the movie room today, since she is off. Big, Luvvy Hugs to you, my dear Soul Sistters!

irisriver

Wow what a blessing for your dad to see the graduation Tea. God is so good. I was out all day shopping with my cousin and will be out tomorrow. My aunt is helping to get mom to her annual Dr. visit tomorrow. Aunt is strong enough to get mom up and down our steps.

brightspark

Goodnight hugs to all of you .. we had a quiet uneventful day xx went fora drrive was lovely! Early in bed tonight ... posted on all today but not done any solving xx live and kissies xxx

PuzzleG

LOL! The image at the bottom of my post was SUPPOSED to be a chicken, but looks like she fell apart!

PuzzleG

Good bright & beautiful Sunday Morning! It is lovely here, but will get hot again this afternoon. We are having Sarah's birthday party today at 3PM. Sarah worked last night, so is sleeping now. On Saturday when Sarah had her birthday off Rachel took her to a painting class. They all painted copies of Vincent VanGough's "Starry Night" painting. I am amazed at how well their paintings turned out! They start out with a canvas with a faint sketch of the painting, then the instructor paints with them, giving them special technique instructions as they paint. I would like to do one, but am afraid of ruining it, LOL! If they ever do a class on a Monet painting, I'm in, LOL! Anyway, they had good fun, & that's the important thing. Rachel & Joey went to a "Game Night" at a friends house last night. They haven't gone in awhile & they enjoy having fun with Rose, who works with Rachel, & her sister Linda, & a couple of other friends are usually there also. Howie is doing much better with the cortizone shot & the cream Ray is putting on him. He is resting comfortably behind my chair as usual, & not scratching or biting at all. Thank You, Lord! :)

Erika, I have played words with friends too, & it is fun. Those nasty internet "trolls" are everywhere, feeding off of ruining someone else's fun. Sorry for your experience with that one & I'm glad you were able to block him.

Michelle, I sure wish I could pack up some of our nice warm sunshine & ship it off you South Africa! I hope your appointments bring some good sales too!

I will hopefully be posting more pics from our Denver vacation today. Have fun, take care, & God Bless you all!
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gardening205

Hi soul sisters...I am back on words with friends...scrabble....I blocked the one man who was giving me problems....Praying for all and sending Erika hugsxxxx Erikaxx

spaklies

hi all from a freezing cold south africa xxx hot blanket tonight for a sure and a hot water bottle too ☻☻☻ SO happy to hear dad is feeling a bit better - Tea what a wonderful idea from your sister and niece - such special moments to be treasured xxx nice to be spoilt gina xx well done ray and good to hear howie will soon be on the mend xx we had 2 appointments today and did some shopping - such chaos at the beginning of the month and the shops with specials on to make it worse - ugghhhh. No plans as yet for tomorrow - maybe we will go to pretoria to visit my aunt and uncle whom we have not seen for a long while (they moved to an old age home). God bless you all and big hugs to each of you ♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Hi Everyone, lovely day here, 54F (12.2C) right now, but high is to be 91F (32.7C). Hoping not to go outside today, except maybe to rush to & from the car. Howie is OK, got a cortizone shot for the itching. Vet shaved part of his bum, & he gets upset when we laugh about it, which makes us laugh more! He also got another vaccine shot, so he is all caught up on those. Ray says everyone at the vets said how pretty & nice he is, & Howie enjoyed meeting new people & pets. Ray made me some special chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, so I'm off to enjoy those! I am sooo spoiled, & I love it, LOL!

Sweet Tea, so glad Pop is feeling a bit better, & that your niece got to visit & take pics with him. Such a wonderful idea, & the pics will be a lasting treasure for her & your family. AMEN to Donna's prayer. PLEASE, don't hesitate to let us know how things are going with Pop & your family. The Lord blesses us when we pray, as He does the one(s) we're praying for. No one should ever feel alone with their troubles, I know what that is like & it is terrible. Praying for each other, laughing, crying, even griping together is what our group is all about.

Erika, YIPPEEE for your weight loss, keep it up, gal! So proud of you! I really need to stop eating goodies (always lots of them around here) & try harder to lose weight.

Melissa, our Busy Bee, you have fun & enjoy those youngsters, & making lots of life long, happy memories.

Michelle, sending lots of big, cozy hugs & warm thoughts & prayers your way!

Vicki, I'm glad the storm didn't damage any of your lovely flowers!

Donna, thank you for sharing your loving prayer for us all to agree on. Praying you will find just the right home at just the right time.

Sending loads of love, heartfelt prayers & happy smiles to each of you, my Sweet Soul Sisters!

teamac

He actually felt a little better tonight and did not get sick....Thank you all for your Prayers ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

irisriver

Amen to Donna's prayer for Tea's dad.♥

teamac

Thank you all for your Prayers and loving support. Since he does not feel he is strong enough to go to my niece's graduation (this is his one and only grand child....so that tells you how bad he feels)...My Sister and my niece came up today ...she brought her outfit she is going to wear at the ceremony and her cap and gown....so she could get pictures with him for her graduation.
That perked him up a lot....God Bless each one of you and I pray he helps with all your issues too...He has us all in His hands ♥♥♥♥

brightspark

hi precious soul sisters - good to hear from all of you -☺Tea dearest holding you close to my heart and sending you many hugs and a supporting shoulder to lean on when you get weary. Many blessings and prayers for you and dad and jim knowing how stressed out you must be ♥♥♥♥ Donna enjoy your warm weather - whenyou sit on that beautiful beach think of me shivering away here xx glad you have such wonderful memories from days long ago ♥ Erika well done girl xx clap clap i am so proud of you - wow wish i could lose more weight - i have lost 3 kilos in the last 3 weeks but so difficult to keep being good!!! Happy birthday dear sarah hoping you had a lovely birthday ☼Gina prayers for dear howie too. Vicki stay safe in your storms and praying your garden does not have any damage and hugs to mom too ♥♥ Melissa have a wonderful day well done for zach and cannot wait to see pics of your garden xxx LOVE TO EVERYONE xxx

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Just checking in to see how everyone is doing!

Tea....SO thankful that you shared with us so we can pray! Will certainly be thinking of you and your dear dad!

Erika...WAY to go losing 20 lbs. Please feel free to lose 20 for me! I paid my gym membership and haven't been back! I am really feeling it too! Must get on to a good routine for the summer!

Busy day here as always. Off to pick up chicken for our deli, basketball practice for Zach later and store bills to pay in between! Shouldn't be sitting here at all! Sending you all tons of love and hugs!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters......Great, exciting, awesome news....I lost 20 pounds.....I was on weight watchers and my legs were all puffy.....Dr. gave me a water pill....so peeinglots....Thanks to all for your prayers....hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Donna, that is sooo funny! I always wish mockingbirds could talk, since they seem to be trying to tell us about all the places they have been by the sounds they repeat. I'm that way with just about anything that's old, houses, clothes, etc.

Vicki, you have catbirds, & here we have cowbirds, LOL! Your yard sounds like a place I would just love to sit & enjoy all day.

irisriver

Moscow could be renamed Mockingbird Town. While gardening I watched 4 of them having a huge fight, screaming all over the yard. We also have a family of catbirds which are a solid gray darker cousin of the mockingbird. At the same time we can have cats meowing, catbirds meowing and a mockingbird sounding like the catbird. LOL! Had a windy storm blow through but all is well. My storm nerves are getting much better as the years go by. Happy B- Day to Sarah! Hope all goes well for Howie!

PuzzleG

Good Morning Sisters, I hope you are all having a good day. I feel better today, maybe the extra sleep I had is what my body needed. Today is Sarah's birthday, & she has the day off. Her company gives all employees their birthday off, so nice of them. It is very cloudy today, & 51F (10.5C), & supposed to have "isolated" rain showers. Ray lined a strip of ground near the edge of our road with bricks, & has scattered a bunch of flower seeds we had stored out there. Last night the watering timer somehow got stuck, so the water was on all night! Hopefully that didn't drown the seeds, maybe it is just what they needed to grow well. Yesterday Ray heard, then spotted a mocking bird. They normally never come to our area, so it was a real treat. It perched all around our yard, "telling" us excitedly of all the sounds it has heard, even imitating a frog, hee hee! Ray took some pics & a video with my camera. He heard it again this morning. Howie's tail is badly swollen, & he is biting it so much it is bleeding (YUCKY-TMI, I know!). He has a veterinarian appt tomorrow at 11 AM.

Have a beautiful, blessing-filled day, Dearies!

sparklightie

Good morning to you all . Was out bright and early today for a much needed haircut then appt and thank you lord we sold another house - god is so great! Now at opthamoligist for lou eye appt ... then 2 more apppts xx yay his eyes are fine no cataracts xxx

irisriver

Erika your thyroid might be the root of many of your symptoms. My mom came close to dying because of low thyroid. Once a doctor discovered the issue and got her on the right meds it was the difference between night and day for her. Thyroid and endocrine situations are very treatable. I am finding baby birds and nests all over my yard. Every time I want to trim something a check for nests is required. Had a big rain shower today but got the weeds pulled from my cabbage and tomato plants before it began. God is being good about giving me quality outdoor time between the rains. Thank you everyone for stuffing my neighbors into the well crowded blessing jar.

brightspark

Tea sweetie hoping to hear from you soon - my prayers are always with you and dad xx @teamac pls pop in and let us know how you are ♥♥♥♥

brightspark

Dear Gina - i hate it when a movie ends and there is no conclusion and then you have to wait for ages for the next one xx same with a book xx glad you got to go out always nice ...praying for healing for you too xxxx
We got the offer on that house today and are going to see the seller tomorrow - busy day again ☺☺first hairdresser for me at 8.30 then appt at 10.30 then lou to the opthamologist to have his eyes tested and then 2 appts in the afternoon too. Still dieting and going well xxxxxxxx

brightspark

Thanx for my special hug dearest donna - what a loving gift for which i thank You ♥♥♥ believe me the right property will come at the right time and it will just pop up and you will know it from the bottom of your heart .. no rush !! Girls you all seem to have green fingers ... except for me ☻☻ i love a pretty garden thank goodness for our common gardens that are always kept in shape and are quite pretty. Lately we have had no time to enjoy our patio and garden. Dear Lord please lift Erika's spirits and help to take her aches and pains away - i would love to go for a bicycle ride again ( i used to in my youth) but would not dare to now - i cannot afford to fall off!!! Vicki oh my goodness for some reason i was thinking it was tea that asked for the recipes - please excuse my blond moments ☻☻☻ apologies dearest friend apologies xx loved your idea of the fishes and the loaves - glad it went down well. So happy you have a new baby neighbour - nothing like a sweet baby to make you feel young ☺☺How is mom doing??

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Sisters, another lovely day here. Ray took me out for our monthly dinner & a movie date last night. Didn't go so well, but was nice just to be out with my Sweety. Ray lost track of the time, but thought we still had time to grab a burger at drive through, so naturally they took FOREVER getting our order ready. Ray scarfed his burger down while driving to the theater, but I didn't even try to eat. The movie was very exciting, but the end was a terrible let down. I am pretty sure they will make another movie that will continue this one & hopefully will have a better ending.
I was hurting & couldn't sleep, so got up at 3 AM til about 4 AM. Now I am up again, wanted to tell Rachel bye-bye before she leaves for work, which I just did. I also hoped to catch Sarah before she went to bed but missed her. I will see her when she wakes up, usually about the time Rachel gets home from work.

Erika, I'm sorry for your not-so-good news from the doctor. Praying the meds will help your legs, & that the doctor will get you feeling better soon.

Vicki, I'm glad your party was a success even without Sparkles' special recipes. I think the Swedish fish & pretzels were a brilliant idea! I tried my first Swedish fish this past Easter, & they are yummy. Somehow they don't seem quite as gummy as the gummy bears & similar candies. I rarely eat gummies or other candies that stick to my teeth. Praises for your neighbor mowing your lawn, into the Blessing Jar he goes. Let's put his wife & baby in there too, so they won't be lonely. :)

Donna, you are wise not to rush into buying a home. It is hard when you have to rush to find another house because you just sold yours & now have no place to live. We have been blessed not to have to do that with any of our homes. Praying that if when the time comes the Lord will bring you to just the right home at just the right price, with no major repairs needed.

Wishing all our sweet Soul Sisters a lovely & blessed day!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Sending hugs to you all today! Busy here as always! Today I will be starting a house cleaning job for Gianna's piano teacher. Her arthritis keeps her from bending so I am going to help and the extra money will be nice!

Erika....I have dealt with thyroid since my early 20's. Glad you are being sent to an endocrinologist! Many of your symptoms and problems are probably results from low thyroid. There are so many things the drs neglect to tell you! Depression and low thyroid are definitely linked! Make sure they give you enough synthroid to get your levels up and don't stop nagging the drs until you feel better!

Donna...so glad your siblings are saving special mementos for you! The way my family is treating me I'll be lucky to inherit the dust off the furniture! Or maybe a bag of the dog's poop!

Iris...so wonderful to have neighbors that are helpful! Zach mowed the grass for the lady across the street. Found out she is almost 80 and her mower is very hard to push! Told him to mow it every time he does ours! It only takes him a few minutes and she was so appreciative!

We had a lovely party on Monday! Pool full of kids and lots of wonderful food! Just my kind of day! Best get moving, but just had to check in with my sweet sisters today!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...went to the doctors today...my thyroid is way to low...my testosterone is way too high....and my prolactin....my legs are all inflamed on a water pill for them....I have to go for a cat scan soon and go to a endocrinologist.....sad today...hoping tomorrow is a better day.....My prayers are to all and many hugsxxx hugsxxxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Yay for the hibiscus blooms, travel stories, memorial parties, healings, properties sold and all the awesome fellowship. Sparkly Michelle no need to worry about those recipes. Folks loved what I took and I was too busy to cook something up anyhow!!! They used the pretzels and Swedish fish for appetizers before the meal was ready. Even the preachers wife was enjoying them. My neighbor mowed our lawn today. His wife recently had an adorable baby boy .

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dear Sisters! Feeling better today, after aches & pains & foggy brains yesterday. We had barbecued burgers & hot dogs yesterday, yum yum! After dinner we all watched the Disney movie "The Happiest Millionaire" the movie room. Well, we watched half of it, & hopefully will watch the 2nd half tonite. So nice having all of us together. Remembering our dear fallen heroes. It is a lovely 57F ( today, with a few puffy white clouds. Our high temp today is to be 74F ( , definitely looking like Spring around here!

Erika, so sorry about your bike. Some people have small minds & way too much time on their hands! I love watching the birds looking out my big window, that way I don't have to clean up after them, hee hee!

Vicki, sounds like you had a nice Memorial Day. Look out weeds, here she comes, LOL!

Melissa, it is sad that it seems like so few these days truly understand & are grateful for our fallen heroes. Sounds like you had quite a house full!

Wow Donna, you are a busy girl too! That is great that your Brother is keeping your Sis from getting too teary. Going through things when someone has passed is so hard. I'm glad you have those sweet mementos of Cathy & your Mom. I have lots of treasures from my Mom & Dad, & my Sis has even more. We gave her all of the big &/or heavy things when we left CA & moved up here, with one U-Haul full of stuff & our hearts full of dreams. We've been I still have Mama's salt & pepper collection, Blue Willow china, & lots of other things, besides the precious memories. Praise the Lord, our dreams all came true, & more besides!

Michelle, so glad you are busy, & for your home sale. Praying many more will follow!

Love & Hugs to you All!

sparklightie

Sweet melissa it is so wonderful to message each other every day .. really special xx your garden going to look amazing cannot wait tosee your pics xx HAPPY MEMORIAL DAYFOR YESTERDAY TO YOU ALL xx xx

sparklightie

Gina so wonderful your kids are so closeto you and that you all get on so well, such a blessing

sparklightie

Hi erika xx please lord your back will heal .. pls take care and do not strain it more. Lou and I are also dieting so darn hard ... but we have to lose weight praying for all of us to be successful .. problem is we need to exercise more

sparklightie

Dearest tea i am so so sorry i could not help you out with the recipes ... I am really embarrassed that I let you down ... pls forgive me xx how is dad doing ... Praying all is well on your side. I see you also have not been on here much xx miss you

sparklightie

Vicki sounds like you are having fun in your garden ... wish you girls could come visit me and make me a pretty garden ..actually we never even get time to sit in our garden xx we are always saying one day ..... hope it happens sometime xx how is mom doing???

sparklightie

Donna dearest pls do not jump into the fire .. that house sounds like it needs way to much work for the price and even if the price was low who is going to fix it ... your health and guinn far more important!! The right one will come along pls have patience. My sellers are dropping quite a bit in prices to get their homes sold xx I also just clicked agree for jigidi.

sparklightie

Hi precious sisters xx sorry I have not been on much. Been so busy lately which is good for us. Getting in new properties and yesterday we sold one that we have been working with the buyer for past 3 weeks trying to ensure it is a solid deal before sellers signed. Praying all goes well. We never just take an offer before us doing our homework first! My car had to have a reconditioned gear box put in and at the garage at the moment. Sheesh R30 000 xx a fortune for us but had to be done!!! Thank God we both well. Weather here is sunshine with chill .. wearing boots.

gardening205

Happy Memorial Day soul sisters!! Did my birds ever so stinky cage and general housecleaning today...I was having a rough night last night....I go to have a bike ride, my bike was in the shed and someone unfortunately slashed my bike tire.....doing better today though...might eventually go to Walmart and get a new bike....hoping all are well....back doing okay....many ongoing continuous prayers and big hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Happy Memorial Day. Had a nice community breakfast in memorial park then got some weed eating done before heat of day. Went to low 90s here. We should be in mid 70s. Hugs to everyone.

joyfulnoise4

Happy Memorial Girls! Hope you all have a lovely day remembering those who sacrificed so much for our freedom! Expecting at least 25 at my house so must go get ready! Sending hugs to all!

PuzzleG

Happy Memorial Day, dear Sisters! We all made it to church yesterday, including Joey. His bosses keep telling him he won't have to work Sundays anymore, but then they always include Sundays in his schedule, so this was a rare & happy occasion.
I can't believe the difference in the view out my window now, compared to a few weeks ago. All of the trees & the grass are all lovely green, & flowers are blooming everywhere! YAY Spring!
I posted some pics from our vacation, & today I am posting more. I hope you & all of our Jigidi friends enjoy them! ♥☺•●♥~Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ~♥●•☺♥

PuzzleG

Dear Donna, it's probably because the higher the selling price the more $$ she makes. Sounds to me like any prospective buyer would notice at least some of the things you mentioned, & would hesitate to pay full price for the house. Resodding the grass & repairing the wood floors is expensive. Even doing it yourself wouldn't be cheap, & it's lots of work. And, you don't know how bad off the pool might be, or if it is even usable. Still praying the Lord will lead you to just the right home that doesn't need lots of fixing up for a reasonable price. xxxx

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Sisters! I saw the agreement too, & clicked agree. We are starting to get baby strawberries from our garden, & I think Ray said the tomatoes are starting to form too. We also have several sunflowers coming up, but it seems the birds have eaten most of the seeds we planted. Bummer, since we bought several different varieties, & they aren't cheap. I hope more sunflowers will come up soon. Good news, we bought a new rose bush last month & planted it next to the red one that came with the house, & now it has 5 lovely yellow roses on it! The red one has 2 pretty roses, but the plant looks kind of spindly & spread out. I think it may be a climbing rose, even though it didn't have a trellis or anything when we moved in. Ray picked Sarah up from work at 6 AM & is resting now, but I will ask him about this when he wakes up.
When we were at Buffalo Bill's grave I bought Ray a pin with a pic of Bill, & he put it on his cowboy hat that he always wears. The hat was his Dad's & looks a bit scruffy, so I want to get some suede cleaner & clean it for him. Our weather is cloudy with occasional rain, 48F (8.8C). I like it like this, we are getting the rain we need, but not dumped on us all at once, as often happens here.

Erika, I am sorry your back pain flared up again, praying it will keep healing. I rub Aspercream with Lidocaine on my back & joints when they hurt. It works very well & has no odor. Sending you some extra healing hugs, too!

irisriver

I got the Jigidi agreement notice too. It seemed to be pretty much the stuff in about Jigidi section under rules, behavior and copy right rules. I went ahead and clicked agree. Got a huge patch of weed eating done this evening. The battery charge held until I took the last swipe on area I was working. God was good keeping my battery charged. My tomato plants have their first tomatoes now. Good evening to all. Take care Erika. I hope your garden does great.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I went volunteering today...for 2 and a half hours...it went very well. and my back was good....Then I went to my community garden to cultivate the soil and get weeds out....and it started really hurting...I guess I overdid it...uggggh...but had to for the bylaws are getting strict and so had to be done ASAP....Praying for our sweet Joy for her sons Zach...for his new school to go smoothly and that he is very safe...sending everyone lots of ongoing prayers and hugs xxxxx hugsxxx

Did any of you get on your Jigidi name....a letter of agreement....I read it a few times and I am lost in understanding it all

Loads of answered prayers and hugs to all xxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Sending tons of prayers joyful Melissa! I know what you mean about buying too many flowers. It is hard for me to get to plant nursery too and I do it all in one trip. Been doing tons of yard stuff while I have a spell with no rain. Rainiest season I have seen in long time. Erika as the pounds melt away prayer by prayer I bet your back will feel even better. Hugs and prayers to Tea, Sparkly M, and Gina too.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Well, I did it again this year...bought way too many flowers! Each year I buy a few more! This time maybe I should count exactly what a bought and cut a few! It's just so hard going to the nursery and wanting to bring them all home! Guess I will make the flowers in the boxes move over to add a few more! I've also gone through two huge bags of Miracle Grow soil! Don't really want to buy a third bag but may have to! Can't wait to share pics of my planters when the flowers really start to fill out!

Donna...good luck on the home search! I love looking at homes on line! In fact Zach was just showing me some houses the other day!

Made a big decision this week...Zach is leaving cyber school next year and going back to our district. I'm asking for lots of prayers and he and I make this transition. Also asking for prayer for his protection each day! Think the accountability will be good for him! He seems excited.

Sending all my soul sisters tons of love and hugs today!

brightspark

Bless all your kind angels you met on holiday dear gina .. how wonderful and I am so happy you had a lovely time away

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...went to the park and socialized with a few friends I know....Today I decided to join Weight Watchers!!! So I am in it now....6 months for 90 dollars.."not bad....gotta lose weight....ugggggh!!! Clothes are getting too tight!, Back is doing okay...I volunteer tomorrow....Prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Hello There, Dear Sisters! Feels so great to be back home & in my own bed! Our vacation was fantastic though, with many fun surprises, & no big disappointments. We got to Denver at 9:45 PM, so only visited briefly with Ray's Mom. Rachel & Sarah spent the night at their Aunt Jean's (Ray's Sis), & Ray & I stayed at a Ramada Inn. That was the one real disappointment, the "handicap" room didn't even have a shower seat, & other problems I won't go into. BUT, the Lord blessed us very unexpectedly, as He loves to do. When Ray went to the Front Desk to complain, a young man who was very drunk was there, flirting with the desk clerks. He heard our whole story, & had also seen me, which I didn't realize til later. That man PAID our hotel bill in full! Ray got to thank him & shake his hand, since he was still around when he went to pay our bill. Praying for God to bless him abundantly, & into the Blessing Jar he goes! We did not get to see the Dead Sea Scrolls, but that visit was replaced by stopping to see Buffalo Bill's grave in Golden, Colorado. They have TONS of authentic exhibits about Bill, Annie Oakley, Sitting Bull, & others in their troupe. Ray is actually a distant relative of Buffalo Bill, so that made it even more exciting to see his grave & the museum. When Ray told the cashier that he is related to Buffalo Bill, he let us in for FREE! What a blessing! Into the Blessing Jar he goes, & let's stuff Buffalo Bill in there too! We also got to see the Molly Brown House Museum, but they are closed on Mon's, so didn't go in. It was amazing just to see her house, it is a bit eccentric but beautiful & very interesting, like Molly was herself. Took loads of pics, & will be sharing many soon. My biggest challenge on our trip was the "handicap" restrooms ~ NOT!!! I can get onto a toilet ok, but seems to take 3 men & a tow truck to get me back up, LOL! My shoulders are still sore from the strain, but better than they were.

Erika, I am glad your back is doing better! Also that you are back to volunteering, & being a blessing to others.

Donna, what a blessing to live so near the beach! I miss the San Diego beaches. Beaches here are strewn with driftwood & rocks & such, & are usually down a steep embankment with poor or no handicapped access. The only beach we have been to so far that claims to be accessible would only be accessible if you were a handicapped mountain goat, LOL!

Michelle, so glad you had a good time with the boys! I know how tiring it can be for us older folks to have little ones around, but I would still love to have some! Joey's best buddy James & his wife Rayna have a little boy Michael, about 1 1/2 years old. He is into everything, babbling, chasing Sophia all over, exploring our non-childproofed house. Rayna spends most of their visits running around after him, but we still love having them over. I am sure Bi & Dave were happy to know that you were taking good care of their boys for them.

Melissa, Zach's tossing your planters sounds pretty much like normal boy behavior to me, LOL! I hope you can plant your flowers soon, if you haven't done yet.

Donna, you are so right that "there's no place like home"! Even after the best vacations it is always a true joy to get back home!

OK, I'm off now to post some pics, but may post a couple from before our vacation before I start posting our vacation ones. TONS of Love, HUGE, HAPPY HUGGGZ, & Loving Prayers going out to each of you! ♥☺•●♥~Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ~♥●•☺♥

gardening205

Hello...soul sisters...I got back yesterday...but was very tired last night so I went to bed early from my parents....My back seems to be doing lots better....sounds like all of you have been busy!,, I did 2 loads of laundry today....beautiful and sunny here....Praying for all of you and sending oodles and oodles of Erika hugsxxx hugsxxx and more hugsxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

hi dearest soul sisters - sorry i was away for so long - we had such a great time looking after zac and tyler - we are so proud of then - they were absolute stars xxxxxx really amazing kids - was so nice to be together with them -- at times a little tiring as we did lots of lifting andfetching - lou bless him did the early morning school run at 6.50 am and got up at 5 to get them ready. what was irritating was i had no computer so grrrrrrrrrrr and no land line. So happy we live in a little house --- okay okay i did lots of exercise up and down 3 or 4 flights of steps every day - their views are magnificent. also been having lots of appointments every day and doing their household shopping too and a couple of doctors appointments too. but bi and dave came back today and we came home - such blisssssss. going to sleep well tonight in our own bed ☺☺☺ Praying you are all well - will catch up soon andread all your comments xx big hugs and many kisses xx ♥☺♥

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Busy day today! I feel so productive! Garage cleaned...garage fridge cleaned, garage windows cleaned! Now we can host a big BBQ for Memorial Day! Garage is always so gross! I actually wore a mask! Wanted to plant my flowers but came in to get ready to pick up my car at the garage. Got all together and found out it won't be done till tomorrow! Grrr! Think I will go out after dinner and get them planted! Must dig out all my planter boxes. My son was cleaning behind the fence and threw all my planters into the woods. Guess he didn't think I used them anymore! KIDS!! Have to get those flowers planted before they croak!!

Sending loads of love and hugs to you all today!

PuzzleG

Good Afternoon, Dear Sisters ~ We're back! I just realized that in my last post I said we were leaving on Monday. Oops! I meant to say on Saturday. Anyway, we ar back, & so glad for the wonderful time we had, & sooo glad to be back home! We got in at around 10pm last night. We picked up Joey here at home, then went to Shari's restaurant together for dinner. Got to bed at midnight, & slept till almost noon. I didn't even want to get up then, but was getting achy from laying still for so long. Sophia was sleeping by my legs as usual. When I rolled over to get up, Charley cat meowed! He was laying on my bed, right behind my back! I "Pssss'd" at him & he got down. He knows he is not allowed to sleep in my bed, but does in anyway whenever he can, but has never done it with me in the bed too. Guess he was missing me, LOL!
Our vacation was wonderful, but way too rushed. I told Ray I'm not going on another "whirlwind" vacation, since that seems to always be how our vacations are. Especially now that my health issues are worse, even using public restrooms is very challenging, especially when trying to hurry. It was still a great time for all of us. The Lord kept us safe, & added tons of additional blessings, large & small. Seeing Ray's Mom (Wanda) was a sweet, heartwarming time, & I am glad they got to have a nice visit. We even took her out to Denny's for breakfast, which delighted Mom & all of us. I took lots of pics which I will be sharing with you, my dear friends! Much love & Hugs & Hugs to you all, will chat more later. Still super tired, & so glad to be back home! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO!

irisriver

Saw a pretty rainbow after a big rain shower. After seeing rainbow I saw a huge red white and black pileated woodpecker swoop through the yard. Then I saw a hummingbird at my feeder. I stay off computer when thunder is in area. Part of why I have been on less, Between the rains I finished weed eating one of the flower beds. Just one more big area to go then things are more caught up for now.

irisriver

Yay for the hummingbirds joyful. I had a hummingbird yesterday. I am very careful to check for ticks when I stop my gardening for the day. Cant be too careful.

joyfulnoise4

Hello all! Hope today finds everyone smiling! Last night Zach yelled for me to come downstairs...I came running to find that we have 2 little hummingbirds living in our rose of sharon tree eating from our feeder. Last year I had it in the back of the house and it attracted nothing. These two sweet birds not only stop to eat but seem to like relaxing on the branches. I have never seen hummingbirds sit for so long! It truly is the little things that can bring the most joy! I can hardly keep from watching all day!

Iris...your Bible times meal sounds like fun! Love your idea! I will definitely remember for the future! So thankful you have sweet neighbors to help with your property! Zach mowed our neighbor's front lawn but that was mostly to keep the tick population at bay. Our neighbors are just lazy! Really hate to make him do it but we know too many people with Lyme disease!

Erika...glad you are having a nice time with your parents!

To all the other soul sisters...sending loads of love and hugs today!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters having a great time at my parents...I sure miss Stephen though...back is okay...just a little pain today....glad Gianna made the cheerleading team!!! Prayers sent to all and many Erika hugsxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Yay for Gianna! She will do great. Our Bible times church meal was delightful. All sorts of vegetable and rice dishes, brisket and fried fish. I took a bowl of Swedish Fish candies and a bowl of pretzel chips. My idea was the story of the loaves and fishes being broken to feed thousands. All I had to do is head to the snack isle of the grocery store and had no cooking to do. I came home with only a few pretzels and fish candies left. With all the yard stuff I am doing I was not in a mood to cook a dish for a whole group. A neighbor mowed our yard today. Such awesome neighbors I have. They all get stuffed in blessing jar.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Praying everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Gianna made the varsity cheer team!!! Very excited...me...not her! She was confident...I was a wreck! She will have to work hard because for some reason the coach is making them try out again before winter sports begin. Winter cheering is her favorite cause it's inside! Thanks for all your prayers! She also played piano for a local Lutheran church. Such a small congregation but they were so thankful to have her! Most of the members have known her since she was born! She plays there the next 2 Sundays. Really hate to miss my own church but I know this is a good opportunity for her!

Weather finally cleared up today and I planned to get my flowers planted. Tim had to power wash around the pool so my plans went down the toilet! Everywhere I went I was getting sprayed! Maybe tomorrow if I get all my store work done! Gotta get those poor little flowers into pots!

Sending you all loads of love and hugs!

irisriver

Prayers for everyone's healings and successes. Sounds like we are all keeping busy. I am happily up to my ears in flowers and the weeds that go with them. My neighbor who takes care of the mowing work without taking any money for it goes in the blessing jar. My cousin had a knee surgery this week to clean out scar tissue and crud is doing great. She only had to take 1 pain pill and is walking without crutches. This is the cousin I spend so much time with. Will be getting up early to watch the royal wedding.

gardening205

Praying for Joys Gianna....that she makes the cheerleading and praying for Gina that when she goes to Denver....it is a safe trip and goes smoothly...I volunteered today and then went to my parents till Tuesday....arrived safely. Back is doing lots better....I am on back pain medication......praying for all and sending you all many, hugs xxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

I forgot to say we plan on leaving Denver Monday morning, so sadly this will be another "whirlwind" vacation, since Rachel & Sarah have to get back to work.

PuzzleG

Enjoying a sparkling, sunny day! Supposed to get up to 80F (26.6C) today & 81F (27C) tomorrow. I hope it is this nice when we leave tomorrow morning.

Donna, it is 1,277 miles between Grants Pass & Denver. We are leaving Howie in Joey's care as he is staying home. Sophia is coming with us. Sarah played clarinet in high school & loves it, but doesn't have much free time these days to practice. She has a "vintage" Selmer clarinet that just needs the pads replaced. I hope someday she will get back to playing, she was very good & even played some hymns "by ear".

Melissa, praying Gianna makes the cheer team. I know how demanding handling extracurricular school activities can be, but it is so worth it to see our children interested in music, sports, etc. We have happy memories of Sarah playing her clarinet in both the concert & marching bands, & the good friends she made with common interests. She is still in touch with a couple of them on Facebook.

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Melissa! It is very cloudy here today, but 56F now & predicted to go up to 77F, so hopefully the clouds will burn off soon.
I wanted to let you all know that this Saturday our family will all be heading to Denver, Colorado to visit his Mom & youngest Sis. Prayers are greatly appreciated. I hoped to see an exhibit of the Dead Scrolls at a museum while there, & at least to drive past Molly Brown's House & Museum, but our schedule will be tight, so don't know if we will have time or not. Ray called his Sis this morning, & she said Mom fell again. Thankfully no serious injury, but her mind seems slightly "foggier". It is so frustrating, because Mom had started walking with just a cane instead of her walker, so the staff decided to have her start walking without even using her cane, & that is why she fell. Our girls will be staying with Ray's Sis, so less motel expense. They wanted to have Sophia stay there too, but I put my foot down. Even though Rachel & Sarah will be there too, I need Sophia with me & she needs to be with me too, to that is not happening.

~~ Have a Blessed, Happy Day, dear Soul Sisters! ♥☺•●♥~Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ~♥●•☺♥

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Just checking in to make sure all is well! Rainy here...again! I'm sure all this rain would be great for my flowers....if I had any planted! LOLOL!! Hoping for a dry day to buy and plant flowers! Grass is growing great....much to my son's dismay! Prayers appreciated the next three days for Gianna's cheer tryouts! They practice today and tomorrow and then try out early Saturday morning! She is calm but I am in knots! Really want her to make varsity cheer! I know others may be better but none are as dependable and dedicated! Please pray that she makes it as she is really blowing and coughing today with allergies! We are also helping with or community theatre's play this weekend. I'm doing tickets, Gia programs, Zach sets and Tim is running the follow spot light! Never a dull moment!

Sending you all tons of love and hugs! Melissa

PuzzleG

Hi Erika, that is great news! Praise the Lord for answering our prayers.
I baked some apples yesterday, & they are very tasty. We got a bunch of Granny Smith apples from the Food Bank. They are tart so no one was eating them, so I baked them so they wouldn't spoil. Sarah helped me chop them while I gathered the spices & such because my shoulders were starting to hurt. She is such a sweet blessing, so into the Blessing Jar she goes!
Have a blessed day, my dear Soul Sisters! XXXXX

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....good news....my back is feeling a little better today....on pain medication,,, seems to be working...thanks for all your prayers...sending you all oodles and oodles of ongoing prayers and Erika hugsxxxx hugsxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOMS (& MUMS, & Pet Moms/Mums too)! Sorry for not getting on here earlier, it has been a very busy day. Rachel made a special breakfast of cinnamon French toast & sausages. So yummy! Ray & I made it to church & it was a wonderful service. Pastor Karl is teaching on the 10 Commandments, & today was about the 9th one, not to bear false witness. I searched my purse for a pen but didn't find one. I wondered why I had 2 of the same pens on my desk all of a sudden, now I know. Rachel & Joey tried to do some tile work in "my" bathroom, but they bought a tool that needs another tool to work properly for their purpose. After dinner Ray & I watched a DVD movie called "Warcraft". It was pretty good, & was left open for a sequel, but I'm not sure if they have or will make one as it was fairly low budget. Sarah bought me a load of lovely beauty products, & some nice smelling cologne, & a card with flowers on it from both girls & Joey. Ray already gave me his gift, a shirt that says "Mama Bear", & has a picture of a bear in the woods on it. I saw it on line & told him about it & he told me to buy it as his Mother's Day gift. We didn't want to go out to eat today since the restaurants would all be too crowded, so we will go out tomorrow instead, to a new barbecue place that opened recently. I am very happy but very tired & will head to bed soon, but wanted to pop in & visit my dear Soul Sisters for a bit. Will catch up on the comments tomorrow. Lots of Love & BIG, Happy Hugs to you all!

gardening205

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms...here today or in heaven....hugsxxx Erikaxx

MacTea

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's ...Hope you had a wonderful day ☺♥

irisriver

Hugs to all the moms. Fur Children and Feathered children count! My church gave out lovely flowers to all the ladies We each got a whole cell pack of 6. I gave mom a big hug from everyone!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Home from yet another basketball tournament! Zach played well even though the boys lost all three games. Wish they could have a win. It would do so much for morale! I was glad to watch Zach playing well and making baskets for his team! Although it is quite early, I think I'm headed to bed! I am exhausted! Didn't sleep great either night at the hotel! Sending loads of love to you all! Hugs too!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I have been crying over the dog...cried at o and A’s dog Kelli also....slept some this afternoon...I have a body heating pad for my whole back...helps some....Many several oodles and oodles of prayers and comforting Erika hugs to all.....xxxxhugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Hugs to everyone. I have been reading all the comments. Take care tomorrow dear Donna. I know mom's day will not be an easy day for you, thinking about your son. My mom can relate having lost 2 kids. Got my mini veggie and zinnia garden planted. Saw a neighbor out tilling their garden and offered to pay them to do my small patch. They would not take any money for it. Village workers had a tilling day planed last week for everyone who wanted gardens but there was an unpredicted rain storm. Another neighbor helped us with the work by mowing our grass. Bit by bit I am learning how to use our riding mower though. Had a mini lesson last Thursday. Now I can focus on cleaning my iris bed with so much of the big stuff done now.

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dearies! (Or Good Afternoon, Or Evening, whatever fits, LOL!) I feel good today, even though Sophia woke me up at 5. 6. & 7 AM! Crazy doggy!

Erika, I'm rejoicing with you that your back injury is not permanent, & praying your muscles will relax & your pain will be gone soon. If those back meds make you sleepy Don't fight it, just go ahead & take naps whenever possible. Trust me, your back will relax & heal faster if you do.

Hi Melissa! So happy to hear from you! Great news that Zach's injury isn't too serious, even though it probably feels like it is. I hope he takes it easy at his game! It was so sweet of you to send a card to our dear Donna! :) We know you are very busy, so don't worry about not checking in daily, just when you can. We will still be holding you & our family in our hearts & prayers.

Donna, we had the same problem with our little Yorkie Molly before she passed. She had kidney stones & was wetting & staining our wall-to-wall carpeting, especially by the front door where she would try to get outside, & during the night. Try not to focus on those sad memories, but on the happy fun times you all had with her. About families being strange, I've always said that we have too many "nuts" on our family tree, including me, LOL!

Michelle, I hope Bianca & Dave & the boys have fun in America. Have they been here before? Can I ask what part of America they will be visiting? I wish you & Louis were coming too, it would be such fun for us all to meet up! Praying you will make more sales soon, maybe the one you mentioned, or else others on your "list". The realtor who helped us with selling our farm & helping Rachel & Joey to buy our home here is a wonderful Christian man. He even "dog sat" Howie for us while we were staying in a motel waiting for the sale of this house to go through. I know you & Louis work hard, & am praying extra hard for your success.

Prayers going out to all of you, my dear Soul Sisters. So much to pray about, but we know our God is able to do far more than we could ever imagine! Sending HUGE bundles of love & hugs along too!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...I volunteered today....enjoying it a lot....got home and drs office called and my back results came back normal...sure doesn’t feel that way..they say it’s probably the muscle,,,, I started crying a lot...they now have me on back meds as of now."..Stephens brothers dog died yesterday...so sad....I loved the dog...kind of a poodle mutt....Hoping and praying for allxxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

joyfulnoise4

Thank you for your sweet words Donna! They always mean the world to me! Did you get your card? I wanted to wish you a happy belated birthday but then I thought the surprise of a card in the mail would be better! Hope it put a smile on your face! I actually googled how many hours we are apart and it's only about 7ish! Not too bad! Maybe someday we will visit. The kids and Tim would love the beach and we could visit! Praying for you my friend....no tears today! Just know that I'm sending a big hug your way! Melissa

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...I went to get my hair cut today....was getting way to long and out of control...I volunteer tomorrow...I think I get my back results tomorrow ....Many several, prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

sparklightie

Hugs and prayers to each one of you sweet sisters - so thankful our seminars are over and done with for the year ☺☺ today was a a long one 5 hours then an appointment - finally lunch at 3pm or was it lupper - then out on another appointment about 45 mins away from our home - but the highways and side roads were all jammed because of accidents so it took us 2 hours and 15 mins to get there - got an offer but 880 instead of 1 200 000............ although we told them 900/950 so we will see what the seller has to say if we do not get shot first - so home at 8.45 and supper at 9 what a crazy day xxx another busy one tomorrow but at least hoping to sleep til 8 - been a tough rough week. going to bianca for mothers day breakfast and will be getting a list of instructions probably an exam pad full long - they leaving for america on monday night and we staying with kids for 9 days - wish it was us coming to america - if i ever get that right we would all have to meet somewhere for a soul sister gathering ♥♥♥ big hugs to you all ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Sorry for being a terrible soul sister! I know I should check in every day but sometimes the day gets away from me! I have also been really down thinking about my mom as mother's day nears. Going to send a card...just trying to get my thoughts together. Who knows if she will even open it or if it just goes directly into the garbage can. I could never turn my back on my children! Anyway....still shouldn't neglect you all!

My dearest Donna....my heart breaks with you at the loss of Kelli! We get so attached to our fur children! I hate leaving my Molly when we go away even though I know she is being spoiled rotten! Sending you extra love and hugs!

Tonight is Gianna's chorus concert! Can't wait to hear my girl play! Will try to take pics! Wish I could share video with you all! Thank you all for thinking of Zach. We FINALLY got the results of his MRI and thankfully nothing was damaged...just a bad sprain. He has a tournament this weekend...hope he can play well!

Not much else going on here! Wishing you all a lovely weekend! I love you all dearly! Hugs! Melissa

PuzzleG

It is cloudy today but no rain in the forecast. I am feeling pretty good right now, & Ray says he feels a bit better. I am watching a scrub jay sitting on our fence & pecking for bugs. Rachel was having a fit watching him, but calmed down when I said he's killing bugs that would ruin the wood. I'm actually not sure which would do more damage, the bugs or the jay, LOL! PRAYING for all of us to heal & be comforted & strengthened by the Lord for the trials we are going through. Knowing others care & are praying for & with us is a wonderful blessing.
Loads of Love, warm cuddly hugs & heartfelt prayers going out to all of you.

sparklightie

@spaklies for some fun puzzles xx

sparklightie

Hugs to you all .. last property seminar today xx last day of getting up at 6 ... yawn!! Donna good to cry .. it is a healing process xx may you all wake up feling a lot better today xx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...went for blood tests today...for my medication. I find out results from my back on Friday...I am more prone to get disc problems, due to scoliosis in my back, they found when I was a young girl....Trying to remain optimistic all will go well.....I hug you allxxxx prayers and hugs and more and more prayers and hugs included...hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Hugs to you Donna as you deal with the loss of Kelli. You have been through way too much. Loosing a pet is every bit as bad as loosing a human and can sometimes be worse. Hugs to Erika too loosing her sweet birds. With my rainbow going on 14 now I keep wondering how long she can stay healthy and active.

sparklightie

Gina sweetie i pray for you to heal sooner than soon - you are also going through such a tough time - i wish i could wave a magic wand and make you all better and sweet erika too - shame my heart is sore for all of you that are in pain and suffering and I pray and pray our dear lord will heal you soon ♥♥♥ Tea i am also praying for you and dearest dad - god bless you my sweet sisters of my hearts xx zach is okay and melissa been working hard in her garden!! Vicki dearst praying all your hard work in your garden does not get washed away or ruined .. hope mom is well xx big hugs all

sparklightie

My sweet donna - i am so sad for you guinn and jen. I know that she is up in heaven with your beautiful greg and our dear lord dancing with all the angels and doggy friends. May her dear soul rest in peace - thank god she is no longer suffering - but I know how sad sad you are and am sending you hugs and all the love from me to you ♥♥♥♥ oh donna dearest - wish i could just hug you in person and be there for you ♥♥♥♥ and am praying for guinn to heal well and to listen to the doctors advise and also for you to heal fast - shame you have had so much to contend with and i salute your bravery beautiful sister of mine ♥♥♥♥

PuzzleG

Good Morning Dearies! Woke up at 2AM with right arm pain & stayed up til 2. Just got up again & am feeling ok so far, just "normal" slight aches.
Erika, you poor sweetie, I wish I was there to give you gentle hugs. I hope they don't make you do any more therapy til they do the xray & whatever tests they need to find out exactly what is wrong with your back. Therapy can make some problems worse rather than better, I know that from personal experience. Praying they will learn more & be able to help you feel better very soon.
Donna, I'm so sorry about Kelli. Losing a beloved pet is at least almost as hard to bear as losing a human family member. I share your pain, & am praying for the Lord to comfort & strengthen you even in & through this sad time. It is a blessing that Kelli is no longer in any pain, & is waiting for you in Heaven. Praying your ribs will heal quickly, & I'm glad the ice helped. Praying also for Guinn's shoulder to heal properly, & for him to take it easy & obey Dr's orders. I'm sure he doesn't want to have that surgery done again. Guinn must be a very special guy for dogs to love him so much! My Daddy was that way too.

Have a super blessed day, dear Soul Sisters!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I am really sorry you had to put your beautiful dog Kelli down....how sad...I really do feel for you....I lost 2 of my birds in a matter of months..and I cried so hard....she is in heaven, with our wonderful, god with his arms cuddling Kelli in his strong, arms and giving her lots of cuddles...she is in peace now...no longer in pain....I feel really bad for you...

I hope and pray your right side of your ribs heals and the pain goes, or at least subsides....went to my doctors and x Ray....hugs to allxxxxx extra hugs for our dear, caring soul sister o and a....extra prayers to.....prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...in lots of pain....going to my doctors tomorrow....and probably an x ray of my back....I pray your neck and shoulders feel better Gina....prayers and hugs to all of you xxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Hello, Dear Soul Sisters! I am still having serious neck pain, & both shoulders are constantly aching, in spite of taking my meds & more besides. Ray heated my wheat pack in the microwave, & it helped more than anything else has. He also put pain rub on my neck, & that really helps too. Weather has been lovely, got rain on SAT, with thunder & lightening, but ended up with only 1/100 of an inch. An awful lot of bluster for so little rain! Joey saw a lightening strike so near our neighbors' house, & got so upset he couldn't go back to sleep. Poor guy was very achy all day SUN! Right now there is a quail here in our back yard, first one we've had here so far. We have seen them around here, just not in our yard before. I love quail, they are not very smart, but I think they are so cute with their little topnot feathers, & funny way of moving. I so enjoy watching birds, wonderful examples of God's creation. I uploaded my camera today, so am off to post some on here. Love & Hugs, Prayers & Smiles! :)

spaklies

Yawn it is 7.15am and we are at the seminar ... got woken up at 5.25 grrr instead of 6!!!! Not funny at all although louis thought it was grr ... free wifi .. at larney hotel xx enjoy your sleeeeep xzzzzz

irisriver

Had lots of rain today. Found even more iris buds. Prayers to everyone!! Take care.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....a beautiful sunny day here...just relaxing today and enjoying the sunshine....Many well answered prayers and Erika hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

and a joyful sunday to you all - been xhilly here today - we have property seminars tomorrow wednesday and thursday ☻ such a waste of our precious time - we need to get 15 points a year to continue being agents - just a money making gimmick for the estate agents board as it costs R5 000 for me and louis each year and they are basically giving the same crappy lectures as we went to the last 2 years !!!!!!!!!!!! Hoping to get 2 new properties in this week - been very very quiet lately with only 2 useless calls from our ads in 3 papers this past week!!! Praying you are all in good spirits xxx hugs to all of you - have to get up at 6am to leave at 6.40am to get to this venue as it is in a fancy area where there is always loads of traffic in the mornings xxxxxx so early night tonight - God BLess

PuzzleG

இ`’•.¸*♫♪♥HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR DONNA! ♥♫♪*¸.•’´இ Sending you loads of love, BIG HUGS, & super blessings!
I posted a birthday puzzle for you, & hope you enjoy it & your special day!
Dear Erika, I am so sorry your back is still hurting. PRAYING for healing, & sending you special gentle, loving hugs.
MacTea - Praying for you in this difficult time of waiting & watching, & for your dad's surgery that he will not be in great pain or difficulty, & for healing, if the Lord wills.
Michelle, I would love to get out on that mower too! He offered to let me, but I haven't had the courage to try yet. Maybe I will surprise him (& me) some day, LOL!
Melissa, prayers going up for Zach's knee to be healed quickly, with no serious or lasting damage.
Vickie, have fun playing in the dirt! Say "hi" to your irises for me, I miss the irises at our farm, but Ray plans to buy some for here this Spring, & other lovely flowers too. I am watching a little hummingbird drinking from our feeder. He keeps coming back for a few more sips, so cute!

The gold finches are still visiting our feeders. They are ignoring the sparrows, who are trying to explain that they were here first, LOL! I woke with serious neck pain, but did some gentle stretches & it feels better now. Ray picked up Sarah from work at 6AM, & she had him stop & she bought us all some doughnuts for a special treat. She got me 2 of my favorite custard filled ones, 1 with chocolate & 1 with maple icing. Of course, I pigged out & ate them both! I know I will pay for it tomorrow on the scale, but it was worth it since I haven't had that kind in years. Used to see that kind of doughnuts all the time, now they are hard to find, at least around here. The filled ones almost always have jelly, which I like but not as much as the custard.
Wishing each of you dear Soul Sisters a happy, healthy day!

brightspark

Erika i pray the lord will ease your back pain x so happy you enjoyed quality family time xx nothing like a baby to gladden ones heart

brightspark

Dearest Tea xxprayers for dad and many hugs .. i knowyou are going through a difficult worrying time ... may god bless you and your drling dad and keep him safe. Hee hee i always wanted to ride one of those mowers ... now we have a tiny grden xx lots of love

brightspark

Hapy birthday to you dearest sweet donna xx may you be bessed with good health and happiness

gardening205

Happy Birthday Donna...and thanks to everyone Mactea, O and A, Brightspark, Gina, Iris, Nette and Joy for praying for my back pain...such a wonderful soul sister, friends....Many prayers back to each and everyone of you ...great time tonight with burgers, fun, and little babies....hugs to allxxx. Hugsxxx Erikaxx

MacTea

Happy Birthday and lots of love for you Donna ☺♥
We are doing ok... Dad has to go in for another surgery...they found stuff in his bladder again and she is trying not to let it get a foot hold. But on the bright side...his other cancer we are keeping at bay with vitamins and shots. Dad is doing so much better...the Dr even smiled when he saw him.
Have been trying to get the mower going I made it twice around the outside of the yard before it quit...so back to the drawing board...may have to get a machete to get through the yard.
Sorry hear about Zach's knee and will lift him up in prayer...also for Erika's back...I know how that can be difficult ...as I have a bad one myself and sometimes it just locks up...but the pain is quite something so my heart goes out to you. Praying for health and happiness for our my sweet sisters.
God Bless ☺♥♥

sparklightie

Hi dearest Donna - yes he had to go for a mri and they are waiting for results xx look @sparklightie for some more special wishes for you xxxxxxxx hugs sweet erika - please Lord he will heal you and take away your pain - sorry you are suffering so much -- sure baby constance will make you happy

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...missed volunteering today...back is really bad....Going to Stephens brothers tonight for hamburgers...yummy!!! And to see his family brother sisters , and babies!!! Many heartfelt prayers to all and comforting Erika hugsxxxxxx hugsxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Good Morning dear Sisters! I am still achy, & had to take 2 naps yesterday. Makes me feel so lazy, but also helps with aches & pains, so it is worth it. Our feeders are being visited by several Gold Finches lately, so pretty & fun to see & take pics of them. Will be posting some soon!
Sending Loads of Love, Tons of Hugs & Heartfelt Prayers to each of you Dearies! ✿¸.•❤•.❀.¸☺.¸✿¸.•❤•.❀.

irisriver

Prayers to everyone. My outdoor work is going awesome. Found some buds forming on some of my iris clumps. Was tending my irises this morning.

brightspark

Tea @teamac you are missed dear friend - praying all is well with you and sweetie and dad xx xxx

brightspark

Melissa we are so so blessed to be able to watsup daily and keep in touch literally by the minute ☺☺ enjoy mucking around in the soil xxxx ☺☺☺☺ Zach hurt his knee dear girls - prayers that it is nothing serious ♥♥♥

brightspark

Vicki and mom - enjoy the warmth of the sunshine on your faces and enjoy being in your garden xxx have to post you some recipes later xxxxx

brightspark

Gina I am so happy you got a good night's rest at long last - so so good for you xxx

brightspark

Hope and praying all goes well with the bed bug dog dear erika and wishes for your soreback to Heal

brightspark

hello my dearest soul sisters - sending you love and hugs to cheer those that are not feeling well. ♫ Tra La La - guess whose birthday it is tomorrow .... ummm ummm why it is my dearest Donna xx special hugs in advance dearest soul sister of my heart xx and have a look @brightspark for some early ones ☺☺ just posted now!!!!!!!! Hope you will have the most beautiful day with lots of sunshine and spoilies xx if i was with you , you would definitely be getting breakfast in bed, some lovely flowers, a puzzle or two, a beautiful shawl in shades of browns and oranges, of course a chocolate cake and a lovely hat especially for the beach xxxxxxxxxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....having a rough day today.....bed bug dog came...Gina....it’s a dog specifically for bed bugs and when he smells a bedbug...he sits down.....I have volunteering tomorrow, so I am having an early night....back is really bad...sorry to be a barrier of bad news....depressed today...prayers and hugs to allxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Soul Sisters! It is beautiful here, finally looks like Spring has Sprung, at least for awhile.
Erika, what (or who) is "bed bug dog"??? Praying for your back to feel much better soon.

Vickie, have fun being in the sunshine, & making your place pretty!

Donna, I'm glad Guinn is trying not to use his bad arm. So nice you got to enjoy the beach, & that Jen will get some overtime work. Praying you will find just the right house soon. Our little neighborhood only has about 6 or 8 houses, & it is in a business-industrial area so no other houses nearby. It is nice & quiet, & we hardly ever hear any noise from the roofing company that is behind our house. Maybe you can find a similar situation.

Sending you all loads of love & tons of hugs, & zillions of prayers for good health, sunshine, & only fun, happy days! °º•❤•.¸✿¸.•❤•.❀.¸☺¸.•♥•°º

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...been busy cleaning my apartment....bed bug dog is coming to inspect all suites tomorrow....back still bad unfortunately...hope to go next week for more physio...prayers to all and many hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Hugs to everyone. I have spent most of my time outdoors the past few days. Tis the season at last. Got several planters filled and lots of weed eating and lawn trimming done.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Another amazing day here! Heading outside to work. Tim brought me topsoil today so no more excuses! Gina...my bushes are knockout rose bushes so they bloom all summer! Love them! Hope today finds all my soul sisters feeling well! Sending hugs to all!

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Dearies! A sparkling day here today, only 40F (4.4C) right now, but our high is to be a nice warm 79F (26.1C). I finally had good sleep last night. My CPAP machine behaved well, thank you Erika for the prayers!

Erika, Praying your back will heal quickly, & that your physio therapy will help.

Melissa, sounds like you have a lot of work ahead, but hopefully you will be repaid with loads of lovely roses. We had about 6 bushes at our farm, but here we only had 1 red one. We just bought a yellow one, & it looks really pretty on its nursery tag. Don't know if it will bloom this year or wait til next. Our pastor's home has at least a dozen big rose bushes in front, & they often bring some roses to decorate the church. I love how they fill the air with their lovely fragrance!
I will post some pics today, I haven't even checked back on the ones I posted recently. So, I'm off to do that now, & get a bit of puzzling done too. (((((((MEGA HUGS!!!)))))))

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...day 2 of physio therapy yesterday....back is still unfortunately painful....but I am still optimistic it will help...have excersizes that I do at home also....Praying for Gina’s CPAP machine to work and I hope she feels better soon....I pray for those who have allergies....all I am allergic to are anaesthetics....when they put you to sleep for operations...I always get sick after, no matter how much gravel they give me.....Praying for those who are hurting and those who just need some prayer...Many comforting hugs to allxxxx hugsxxxx Erikaxx

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Spring is finally here in PA! Hope it lasts! 73 glorious degrees! Now to get the motivation to get outside and get some work done! Need to go get 10 bags of topsoil and 10 bags of mulch and clean up around the rose bushes. They have new growth all over them and I can't wait to see the roses! Now to find something to kill the Japanese beetles that always show up in July! Sending you all tons of love and hugs today!

PuzzleG

Hi, I am not doing well (again) today. Tried not using the CPAP machine, & still kept waking up hurting, but not enough to get out of bed. Then the blanket & sheet got all messed up, & Sophia was upset because she sheet was between her & me & she couldn't figure out how to get past it. An allergy alert popped up on my weather page, it says the main pollens are oak, ash & grasses. If it wasn't for these pollen-makers, we would hardly have anything growing here in Oregon, LOL!

Poor Donna! You sound like my friend Chris. I saw her have an attack once when we had brush fires burning everywhere here, & I really thought she might die! Like you, she says the anti-histamines don't help as much as they claim on TV.

Holding Donna in prayer for her aches & allergies, & for Guinn's continued healing; For Erika's therapy to help her back more; for Michelle to sell another property soon; for Zach's team to keep learning to work together & keep trying, for Melissa & family to get rested up from their trip; & for Vickie (& us) to have a fabulous garden this year.
Sending you all loads of love & grunches of hugs, kisses & prayers.

irisriver

A huge healing hug and prayer and smile to everyone. It feels and acts like spring here. Had a fun day with my cousin and her husband after church yesterday. We had lunch at our favorite local café along the river, spent some time at the campground that they keep their boat and camper trailer at every summer and stopped at a farm that sells plants on way home. Got all my flowers and veggie plants and seeds now. Thank you for hunting up those recipes Bright Sparkly Michelle. Blessings to all.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Back from another crazy basketball weekend! Our team lost all three of their games. They are learning that there is a LOT of competition out there! I swear some of these boys were born with a basketball in their hands! Gianna and I spent all afternoon Saturday laying around our hotel room. It was ok since it was raining out anyway but next time we will leave the boys to watch basketball and we will take the car and go shopping! So glad to be home and trying to catch up on everything! Thank goodness we don't have another tournament for two weeks!

Haven't read everyone's comments but I pray you are all doing well. Donna...praying for Guinn's recovery! Praying for all who are having health problems and allergies. I am dealing with allergies too but don't care because I want to get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine! Hoping to get bags of topsoil and mulch and clean up around my rosebushes. Then next weekend I want to start planting flowers! So done with winter!

Sending you all tons of love and hugs today! Melissa

spaklies

Hi my sisters xx many prayers for your well being xxx donnahow is guinn doing and hope you are not coming down with flu. Wish you could take something to make your allergies vanish and gina tooxx erika prayingyou are much better xx gina i pray the new mask works well xx my hubby Cannot sleep with it and he really should!! Vicki i forgot but the recies going this minute to look for my jewish cookbook

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....doing well....still have back pain...I have physio therapy tomorrow at 200pm...so I am looking forward to it....can’t wait till I am pain free...Many , several oodles and oodles of endless, heartfelt, comforting prayers and Erika hugs to allxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Good Sunday Morning! Didn't make it to church, as Ray is having tired time again. He has been doing better though, so that is good. It is raining off & on, & my sinuses are driving me crazy.

Donna, so nice that you are able to help Guinn with bathing & other care. Ray washes my back for me as it hurts my shoulders to do it. Shoulders are the hardest body parts to bandage or brace. I asked Mike, my surgeon's PA, about braces for my shoulders, but he says it's impossible to properly brace, & that braces are not recommended since they tend to weaken your muscles by doing their job so they actually make you worse. More bad news! Mike is a former Marine who served in Iran & Iraq, so I trust everything he says. He looks like he is only in his early to mid-40's, but has bad arthritis from lots of crawling & kneeling, & he also has other injuries which I didn't ask about. But I know he knows more about pain than most Dr's, many of whom have never been seriously hurt or ill in their lives. Isn't it amazing how long it takes husbands to finally realize they should always listen to their wives? ;-D (LOL!)

Sparkly Michelle, Glad you had a good time at book club, & joining in prayer for that property sale!
Have fun eating out with your family! :)

Erika, I hope you are still feeling better, feeling sick is no fun!

I had a really uncomfortable night, my CPAP mask kept going crooked & making rude noises or just being uncomfortable. A new mask in on its way that will fix the problem, can't wait to get it! Take care sweet Sisters, & have a Blessed Day! (((((((HUUUUUGGGSSS!!!)))))))

spaklies

Prayers and hugs for all xx i had lovelybookclub meeting today .. we bought 6 books and had a wonderful tea with home made chocolate cke xx tummy. Tomorrow praying to get a good offer on a property and then out for lunch to a greek restaurant with bi + dave and boys xxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...unfortunately was feeling sick this morning, so couldn’t go volunteering....in the afternoon I started feeling better so I cleaned my birds stinky cage, cleaned my washroom and swept my floor....Praying for all ...praying for O and A’s husband Guinn feels lots better really soon and that he isn’t in pain.....hugs to allxxxxx Erikaxx

spaklies

well done erika xx big hugs to you and praying you will get some relief from your aches and pains - i am sure the people whom you help out think you are an angel - which i know you are ☺☺☺

spaklies

my sweet donna - thought i had posted messages here on my cell phone but it obviously did not !!!! still learning the new one sometimes a bbit aggro. I am so thankful guinns surgery went well - please tell him he has to listen to the drs and do nothing NOTHING for a few weeks xx def no puttering in the garden and the yard - and not to pick anything up till dr says he can - please please!!!!!!!!!when i had my op i could not do anything for a while and my surgeon told me even if i feel well I MUST NOT put any stress on it and that if i listened to his advise i would heal all the quicker - !!!!!!!!! which i did and i never ever had pain from there again and kicked myself for not doing it a year before xxxxxxxx

irisriver

Thank you so much dear friend. You are such a blessing. All of the soul sisters are. This site we share is good for anything that ails us. Enjoying a picture perfect day here. Tons of prayers and smiles to everyone.

spaklies

not at all my sweet sweet vicki i will look through my recipe books for you - cabbage salad would go very nice with the brisket amd i am going to look in my jewish cookbooks for you xx only a PLEASURE xxxxxx so happy we are sopul sisters through and through ♥♥♥ blessings

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Sisters! The Weatherman was right, it is very cloudy this morning, but no rain yet. Looks like it will come any minute though.

Donna, Guinn is lucky, & probably has quite a high pain tolerance. Because he has torn both rotator cuffs in his shoulders, Ray has had to sleep on our sofa. Rachel & Joey bought me a new lift recliner, & now Ray uses my old one. He tries sometimes to sleep in our bed, & sometimes he sleeps all night, but he usually has to get up & move to the sofa after awhile.

Hi Melissa, WELCOME HOME! Praying you will all recover quickly from your trip. I hope you Mom had a fantastic birthday, I'm sure she was happy to see you all. Thank our Lord for keeping you safe!

I tried posting a puzzle yesterday but it kept freezing up. Will try again now. Big Hugs & Happy Smiles! :)

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Sorry I haven't been on in ages! We have been busy and traveling. Celebrated Tim's mom's 80th birthday last weekend. Insane drive (15 hours) for a long weekend! We had a wonderful time until coming home. We left last Sunday night in horrible rain, made it about 2 hours and stopped for the night. Thankfully we were in our hotel room before Gianna got sick! Needless to say the drive home the next day was LONG! So thankful to be home but leaving again for a basketball tournament! I just want to stay home!

Tim's mom was so surprised to see all of her children, several of her grandchildren and even a great-grandchild! We spent the weekend at a lovely lake house. Think Gianna was sick cause she ate herself senseless all weekend! Think she won't be doing that again!

Haven't read any of the comments so I sure hope all my soul sisters are doing well! Sending love and hugs to all!

PuzzleG

Crazy weather here! It is lovely & sunny right now, supposed to reach 80F (26.66C) later. But supposed to rain tonight, & at least through SAT night. Weird!
Erika, that is fantastic that you got a bonus, & that your therapy is helping!
Vicki, I used to hate history, but now I love reading about history, especially related to places I've lived & anything related to the bible.
Donna, my insurance won't cover oxycontin (Percoset) or oxycodone (Vicodin). But I learned that taking 2 Tylenol & 2 ibuprofen is called "the nurse's vicodin". It really works well, with no addiction or nasty side effects. People often worry about getting addicted to strong pain pills, but that would never happen with the dosages given my Dr's, unless maybe if you took it for longer than prescribed, like at least a couple of months or more, or took more pills than was prescribed, which of course Guinn would never do. I'm glad he is having good relief with ibuprofen. Everyone's body is different, so what helps one may not help another.
Donna & Vickie, I'm glad you both enjoyed Rachel's video. She took a class yesterday or day before, on bead weaving. I have wanted to learn that art since I was a child, & I even have a little beading loom stashed somewhere, so hopefully soon I can start learing that. There are loads of wonderful teaching tutorials on that website (www.firemountaingems.com), & a "Gallery of Designs", showing finished jewelry that includes complete instructions. That is part of Rachel's job to write out the instructions, & her name is on many of those.
I am going to post some new pics today, so off I go! :)

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I went to my clubhouse today to get 100 dollar a month bonus for volunteering...Been doing my exercises for my back at home...I vacuumed my whole place....I am pretty tired....Praying all are well.....xxxx sending many, several Erika hugs and tons of prayers to allxxxxhugs xxxx hugs Erikaxx

irisriver

♥♥♥ precious♥♥♥

irisriver

Praise God that simple over the counter pain medicine can be better than the strong stuff. Donna you are like me enjoying having a fun variety of books around the place. Our minister is really into teaching us historical stuff along with the standard type messages. I have told him about our little prayer group we have here and he thinks it is great. That video of Rachel is adorable. The rains have stopped here and the day is getting warmer again.

irisriver

Sounds like your day is going well Gina. Hugs to you and your family.

PuzzleG

Hi! I think Spring has Sprung here, it is a beautiful cloudless day, 52F (11.11C) here right now, but is to reach 88F today. Sarah is now permanently on the NOC (graveyard) shift 5 days a week, with SUN & MON's off. Being on Full Time means she will have more hours than being on-call. Now she won't have to panic & start selling thngs on Ebay, etc. to raise her rent money as she has done before.
All I bought at Wally's this time was a new cushion for my wheelchair & a little bag of M&Ms peanuts. The cushion is foam rubber inside, so it is nice & firm. It is also yellow ~~ yaaay!
Rachel made her first ever YouTube video! It is for her work, explaining how to use an Easy Knotter tool to tie knots between beads, like on a necklace or bracelet. She did very well & was only slightly nervous, much less than I would be. Here is the link if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INjQcuab7qs

Donna, praise the Lord that Guinn's surgery is over & was successful. Now he will recover & can live more normally. Stress can cause blood sugars to go up, & I'm sure Guinn was stessed over the surgery. Lots of damage there, I hope he can be patient til it heals completely, he will be glad if he does. My surgeon always says to stay on top of the pain. It is harder to relieve it once it gets bad, which can happen pretty fast. About Wally's, Ray worked for a company where one of his tasks was to move items to other places, so people have to look for them, & might buy other things while looking for what they really wanted. It is called a "marketing strategy", like the way stores display all of the meats, produce, & other more necessary items around the outer edges, then put less necessary ones in the aisles, which you have to go down to get to what you need.
HAVE A LOVELY, HAPPY DAY, DEARIES! ༺♥༻•❤♥ •༺♥༻

irisriver

Michelle if this project would make you uncomfortable helping the ladies of my church please disregard this comment.


A fun mission for our sparkly bright Michelle. In late May my church is having a special celebration meal celebrating the beginnings of church. We are having a meal with foods based on Bible Times. We need some simple easy make Jewish recipes for salads and side dishes. Like one would have at a picnic or Brai. Our meat will be a smoked beef brisket. On May 10th us ladies are meeting to figure out a menu. Our minister puts a huge emphasis on how much the Jewish culture and faith is a part of our faith. All the connections are fascinating especially having you as a best friend.

irisriver

God sure is good dear Donna.

irisriver

Glad the surgery is all over with now.

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Sisters, I am feeling good today, & hope you all are too. Nothing really going on here right now, but Ray & I are going shopping at Walmart this afternoon. PRAYING I can get an electric cart, none were available our last 2 or 3 shopping trips, & it is much harder to wheel myself around in my regular chair while Ray pushes the cart.
Praying for Guinn's recovery from surgery, & for Erika's therapy to be very successful. Have a blessed day, everyone!

irisriver

A fun mission for our sparkly bright Michelle. In late May my church is having a special celebration meal celebrating the beginnings of church. We are having a meal with foods based on Bible Times. We need some simple easy make Jewish recipes for salads and side dishes. Like one would have at a picnic or Brai. Our meat will be a smoked beef brisket. On May 10th us ladies are meeting to figure out a menu. Our minister puts a huge emphasis on how much the Jewish culture and faith is a part of our faith. All the connections are fascinating especially having you as a best friend.

irisriver

Hope your therapy has your back feeling much better Erika. ♥

gardening205

Hi brightspark....hugsxxx Erika....We areon at the same time!!! Hugs and prayers dear friend...hugsxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I had my first day of physio therapy today....boy lots of work...but I am optimistic that my back will get better....my physio lady could feel the scariosis in my back...I have a curvitar in my spine and she could feel the tense muscles in my back. Praying for all with many continuous oodles and oodles of continuous well- answered warm prayers and comforting Erika hugsxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

brightspark

Dearest Donna Praying all goes well with guinn's surgery - may our dear Lord guide the surgeon's hand and take away the cause of all guinn's pain and discomfort - many healing hugs and prayers coming your way - strength dear friend - in faith and sisterhood - god bless ♥♥♥♥

brightspark

happy hello's to all of you xx we had a really busy day today catching up on housework, washing, calls, shopping and even two appiointments and louis went to the specialist for his annual checkup -- she is very happy with his health -just has to see the heart specialist in two weeks time to see if his shortness of breath is a problem or if it is just from being overweight - ha ha we started dieting this morning but kind of went off track with everything we had to do today - guess tomorrow is another day ☻☻☻Gina hope you will be able to spend time with the young man and his family xxcannot believe how long your winter takes to disappear - we are having great weatehr for half way through autumn - was 24 degrees today - just chilly at night and mornings.

PuzzleG

Good Morning! I am feeling pretty good today, Ray & I are planning to attend church today ~ YAAAY! Our weather is lovely & warm, supposed to get up into the 80'sF on MON & TUE, & also warmer at night. So maybe Spring is really here, but they do say around here that it isn't safe to plant until after Memorial Day, in case of a "False Spring". Seems like we often get at least 2 or 3 false springs every year, LOL! Donna, I'm glad you all made it there & back again safely, & reconnecting with folks feels so good too. Ray's Dad died on Christmas Day, 2014 (I think?), & we flew up to Washington for his funeral. I didn't even get out of the car at the burial, because there was 2 or 3 feet of snow on the ground, their worst winter in decades. I thought they should have waited til Spring as they did long ago, but I guess they don't do that anymore. We just got a nice big letter from a dear missionary family we haven't heard from in a couple of years. Ray first contacted them before we were married, & our connections grew along with our families. They lived for years in Peru,where they raised their children, then moved on to the Philipines & Papua New Guinea. Read some amazing stories from them! Now they are retired in sunny Florida. Their only son lives in Ashland OR, only about 30 miles from here. They renovated a cottage in their back yard into a B&B, & I want to see about Ray & I staying there for our 40th anniversary in January. Would be so nice to see this young man in person after watching him & his sisters grow up in photos through the years. I just took a sinus pill Ray gave me. I said it looks just like the 81mg aspirins we both take daily. He grinned & said, "But it'sSNOT", & almost made me choke. My crazy man, LOL! Have a happy & blessed Sunday, my Dearies!

PuzzleG

Hi Donna, Our daughter Sarah made a family tree on poster board in school. They laminated it for her, & it was very interesting to look at. We hung it in the stairwell in our townhome & it was there for several years til we moved here to Oregon. I"m pretty sure we still have it somewhere. I have 2 little index file boxes, one with my side of the family's info & the other with Ray's side. We have our ancestry traced back to at least 4 generations. It really gives you a feeling of "roots".

PuzzleG

Hello Dear Sisters! Rachel & Sarah just got back from a women's retreat with our church. While they were gone (since Friday afternoon), once I thought I heard Rachel sneeze, & I kept trying to be quiet in the hallway & bathroom, thinking Sarah was sleeping before leaving for work at 10PM. So weird, LOL! We are enjoying another lovely sunny, nearly perfect day, so welcome after the cold & rain!

Michelle, I hope & pray you & Louis are home safely by now, & resting up from your long drive. I thought you would enjoy this funny video from South Africa, that a friend of mine posted on Facebook ~~ Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/RealLiveSA/?hc_ref=ARTEqMxlI7t0gccFAXdnzkE52ARLolQA7-lMrtRSL5dsmUbdTQWdTe8R_sV3Wu4BNb0&fref=nf
~ Of course, you are all invited to watch it too! :)

Erika, CONGRATULATIONS on your certificate & gift card! So nice to be appreciated for our service.

Donna, I like Gianna's word for those up-&-down weather days, "Sprinter", LOL! It is not always true these days that you can just go on like normal after an outpatient surgery. They can still take awhile to recover from. While in recovery Guinn should take any water &/or ice they offer him, as that helps prevent the nausea & vomiting. I think that usually only happens with general anesthesia, & hopefully won't happen this time since it's a local anesthesia. I used to vomit after surgery, but haven't for years. I think it is because I make myself take the ice &/or water. PRAYING he'll have smooth going, & a full speedy recovery!

Vickie, praying your sour weather turns into sweet springtime very soon!

We went out shopping & got KFC chicken for dinner, since it was just us & Joey. We got extra, which we are now enjoying for lunch. YUMMY! Praying for you all, & wishing you huge blessings, & the loveliest of days! °ºO•❤•.¸✿¸.•❤•.❀.¸☺¸.•♥•O°º

brightspark

we got home mid afternoon safe and sound - thank you for your prayers xxxxxx we had a wonderful wonderul holiday together with jimmy and angie - we all got on so well together xxx first time we have been away with anyone other than family ♥♥♥ oh boy am leaving the unpacking and washing for tomorrow. Quite chilly at home xx i am looking forward to winter xx so i can have a change of clothes ☺☺☺ hugs to everyone and prayers that you are all well ♥♥♥ early night tonight for sure !!!!!!!!! ♥♥♥♥

sparklightie

Praying fordear Guinn to have a successful op xx and a good recovery xx well done erika xxx we are driving home today xx been on the road for 5 hours already x stopped for lunch now with free wifi. Hope to get home by 4.30ish - pray for us pease xx god bless till later xx big hugs to each one of you xx

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....good day for me...I went volunteering...and I am really enjoying it....The volunteer appreciation day was excellent and I got a certificate and a 10 dollars gift card to Tim Horton’s.., met a lot of nice people at dinner...and of course, my hubby Stephen...a beautiful sunny day here...raining now, but as of tomorrow we have like 6 days of sunshine..praying for Guinns surgery to go well....praying to all along with tons of oodles of endless hugs and more prayers ++++.....hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Praying that the surgery goes well. We are in a semi spring again. Nice afternoons but frozen mornings.

sparklightie

We are hving a wonderful hoiday with jimmy and angie xx getting on ery well. We are on our 3rd puzzle and also jim and i havd been colouring in .. lots of drives .. sea is beautiful xx been cloudy weather with some rain xx hugs and love to u all. Pray for us as we travel home tomorrow :8 hour drive xx

sparklightie

Sweet darling donna gigantic heartfelt hugs to you and guinn and jen and our dear Kelly too. Enjoy your suppersweet erika sure it will be so much fun xx we visited our gorgeous little mia and her mom and daddy yesterday .. she is still minute at 2 and 4 months : a walking talking living loving doll

irisriver

Sending prayers for Kelli and Donna's family and to all soul sisters.

gardening205

Hi soul sisters I go to a volunteer appreciation dinner tonight from 500pm till 700pm....We arehaving pizza and I think volunteer goodies are handed out.....Many several oodles of endless Erika prayers and hugs sent o allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

sparklightie

Prayers to you all and god bless can just imagine how

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....a beautiful sunny day here...maybe spring has sprung!!!! Praying for all and sending my oodles and oodles of Erika hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Had a spring like day. My internet was out yesterday afternoon and this morning. After going through calling tech support mom and I looked at the power strip bar and found that kitty Rainbow had turned it off while playing under my desk. Needless to say we had a good story for the tech guy.

PuzzleG

Good Morning Dearies!

Sweet Tea, that video is so cute! To me they look kind of like big, fat ground squirrels, like we often see here, LOL!
Erika, so glad you will start PT soon! Praying that will fully relieve your back pain.
Michelle, yay for spending time with good friends! Can't wait to see your pics with your new phone!
Vicki, I hope your weather gets sunny & warm soon. Here it is overcast right now, no sunshine yet. Weather report says rain for us today, then clear & a bit cloudy next 2 days. Chilly 42F (5.55C) right now, but supposed to warm up to 60F (15.55C) later today.
Wishing you all a lovely, safe, happy day, filled with blessings!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....sun is out here and then clouds, than sun...can’t make up its mind!!! Got to go to the ministry tomorrow to declare my GST and taxes....grrrrrrr....I start physio on April the 23rd....can’t wait till my back feels better....Many Prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

spaklies

Hi dear vicki keep warm xx look at my puzzles xx posted on all 3 today xx special fashion sea one xx goodnight and god bless xx

irisriver

Weather is slowly working towards being better again. Sun is out but way too breezy for the outdoors today. Sparkly M. it sounds like you are having a great holiday and congrats on the new phone. I have missed your photo puzzles of all the neat places that you go. Gina I have had white crowned sparrows too. Take care Erika, Donna, Tea and Melissa. Hugs to all and a big bunch of prayers too.

sparklightie

Praying for good healthfor each of you xxdonna praying for a safe journey and healing hugs xx i have my new ph and hve to get used to it! Cannot wait to get home and download photos xx humungous hugs to you all xxxc

sparklightie

Hi my sweet soul sisters x we are at the south coast with our very dear friends angie and jimmy and having a lovely holiday. We have done 2 puzzles so far and lots of walking. A bit chilly here xx we are stying in a beautiful apartment facing the sea. There are little wild animals thtat comeup the hill here and they are called Dassies .. pls google xx sometimes lots of them!

PuzzleG

Our weather is mostly rainy too, but not cold enough to snow except some on the mountains, so it's OK. Trying to take a good pic of a gold &/or white crowned sparrow, but so far no luck. One of each keeps coming up near my window, but they move very fast & by the time I get ready to shoot, they fly away. It is fun just to watch them though. Praying for each of you & your families, & for spring & abundant blessings to come to all. XXXX

gardening205

Hi soul sisters...lots of rain here....all month pretty well so far....oh well....I would like spring to come back also......Many prayers and big ol Erika hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

It is back to winter around here. Lots of wind, rain and snow flurries. Come back spring. Was very busy over weekend with cousins and my church. All is well. Prayers to everyone about all the ups and downs everyone is facing.

PuzzleG

Hello dear Sisters, I hope you are all doing well & enjoying your day. Not much going on here, all but me are either at work or sleeping. Sarah is off work til WED, so she has a nice long well-deserved weekend. We watched the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers last night in the movie room, except Joey who was working. Rachel is sick with flu again, & the rest of us are trying not to even think of getting sick, since this would be our 4th bout of that nasty, creeping, coughing crud. Come on, Springtime!

gardening205

Hi soul sisters....I volunteered today...I volunteer every Friday and I love it!!! I am very appreciated there.....I wasn’t on much yesterday....I had an early night for volunteering was today, so I rested up early last night,

Very sorry to hear O and A about your sweet sister Cathy...praying she passed in peace——the good Lord is holding her close to his heart...she is in heaven and out of pain..

Back is still bad, but bought a back heating pad, so far it is working well...hope to go to physio and enroll on Monday..

Praying for all to have a fantastic, wonderful weekend.....hugsxxxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Happy Friday the 13th, Dear Sisters!

Dear Donna, I am sorry for your loss, but pray you will be comforted in knowing that Heaven is rejoicing & having a Welcome Home party for dear Cathy. So sweet of Cindi to play Amazing Grace for her. Praying your brother can make it to the funeral, & for safe travels. You are so right about getting old! It was just so scary not being able to move my arm at all, & dreading the pain of getting up & into the car, or maybe ambulance, which they were talking about calling for. I am so glad Ray & Rachel were with me to help & comfort me. With no cartilage left in my joints, they do weird things that normal joints wouldn't do. I also have both tendonitis & fibromyalgia, which adds to the problem. I've learned to just take things as they come, & the Lord helps & blesses me in & through it all.

Erika, praying your back will be healed soon. I know the Lord works through doctors & therapists too sometimes.

Michelle, praying you can find & fix the problem with your phone soon. So sorry for your frustration. Looking forward to seeing more pics of our sweet nephew Raveh! Praying your trip

Vicki, have loads of fun with your gardening! Just take it easy & don't strain anything, hee hee.

Melissa, good to hear from you. Glad you're having fun & exciting family times. Alabama is beautiful, lots of lovely parks & museums, & of course water fun too!
Understanding how short life is will come to them in time. Sadly it is a lesson best learned through pain & sorrow, so no hurry.

Praying for all of our needs, & that our Sweet Tea & Pop are doing well too. Sending loads of love & bunches of hugs to each of you. •*¨*••♥••*¨*••*¨*••♥••*¨*•

joyfulnoise4

My dearest Donna....I am so sorry for the loss of your sister but rejoicing that she is now with our Lord! I'm sure she and Greg are having quite the family reunion! I will be praying for you as you travel and as you spend special time with family. You are so right....life is too short. It's such a shame that my family has not realized this sad truth! If you are driving the PA turnpike, you better let me know! I'm only about 20 minutes away and would love to meet up! I'm guessing that you will not be near me as you head north! Sending you so much love and hugs and special prayers! You are such a special part of my life dear Donna! Love you bunches!

sparklightie

thx precious donna xxx and extra hugs to you and vicki too xx way wy past my bedtime xx oh dear i am falling asleep at the computer yawwwwwwwwn til tomorrow - ha ha your time not mine ♥☺♥

irisriver

So sorry about your sister Donna. I had not read all the comments for the day. May the sweet memories and our dear Lord above bring you much comfort during this time. ♥♥

spaklies

Dear Lord please heal our sweet erika from her back pain and let her have some relief from her pain xx god bless you too ♥♥♥ sweet tea i pray all is well with you and dad xx good bless ♥♥ vicki and i pray that you and mom are well too and that you clearing up the garden is successful xxxx Melissa sweetie lots of love to you and yours too ♥♥ CAN YOU BELIEVE my new phone is recognised by our computer but will not let me download pictures which was the problem with the other one GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and lou fetched the other one from repairs today and it cost R1 300 !! and it still wont charge on any of our chargers double GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and all i wanted to do is downl;oad so i can show you raveh xxx ☻☻☻

spaklies

Sweet gina i am so sorry you went through so much pain and discomfort xx dear lord please look after my friend gina and let her heal and be well - thank god Rachel could help you as well as lots of healing prayers xx god bless

spaklies

My darling donna - i am hugging you very very close my sweetie xx so sorry to hear about your precious Cathy passing - at least she is no longer suffering and is now at peace - with greg and all her loved ones there to welcome her into heaven - dear lord please look after my donna and keep her strong throughout this very difficult time xx and please please look after them on their journey to the funeral and keep donna guinn and jen safe all teh way there and back ♥♥♥♥ heartfelt hugs and sympathy

irisriver

Hugs and prayers to everyone. I wont be on Jigidi much today. It is a rare warm sunny day and I am having a ball working in the yard. With the help of a neighbor and their chainsaw tons of work and trimming has been done. All is good and happily busy.

PuzzleG

Hello! My arm is much better today, & I am being very careful about moving & using it.
Erika ~ praying for healing for your back pain.
Also for Donna's Sis Cathy & their family, for strength & comfort, & help in this difficult time.
Michelle ~ Your new phone sounds fantastic! Can't wait to see your pics, esp. of sweet little Raveh!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Sending loads of love to you all today!

OandA....sending special love and prayers for you and your sisters! Wish my own family understood how short life is!

Hugs all!

gardening205

Praying for Gina,s pain in her arm to heal....please lord be with her....amen...hugsxxx Erikaxx

gardening205

Hi my special soul sisters....hope all are well....praying for Cathy...if she goes I pray she will pass in peace....how sad.... Praying that the good Lord lifts her up to the safest heavens and holds her gently into his loving arms....Doing well,,,,,except for my back....I plan on going to physio soon.....Many hugs to all and my continuous heartfelt prayers and caring Erika hugsxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

PuzzleG

Whew, we just had an exciting few minutes! I was sitting in my lift chair watching the 4400 on TV with Hubby. I barely moved my right arm, & suddenly it hurt very badly & I couldn't move it at all in any direction without severe pain. There is a tendon or muscle that runs down my the outer side of my upper arm, & sometimes it gets stuck somehow causing severe pain. This usually only lasts a few seconds, then I can move my arm again. This time it was much worse. Rachel put a heating pad on my arm, then massaged it for a few minutes. She also gave me a muscle relaxer pill. Then we tried raising my chair up so I could get up & into my power chair. As I gently straightened my arm I felt the muscle release & I could move my arm again. I don't know if it was the heat, the pill, the rubbing, or the prayers, but it feels almost like it never happened. Praise the Lord! I'm heading for bed shortly, but wanted to let you know what happened.

spaklies

We spent the morning getting my new phone sorted out - went straight to the technicians who repaired mine last time and asked them to download everything from old one to the new one - which they did successfully except i lost all my watsup messages and sms messages but all numbers and photos installed - still learning how to use it - it is pretty awesome and is a lovely lilac colour - samsung s9. now i pray i will finally be able to download my pics and to be able to make new puzzles - i have been trawling my computer - 4 years worth of pics for puzzles to post and have repeated quite a few - an dying to show you all what raveh looks like now xxx many hugs and once again it is way past my bedtime xx ♥☺♥

spaklies

am with you all in prayer and hugs and faith - god bless each one of you especially caty - dear lord please keep her safe in your arms and keep dearest donna within your loving arms too - i know how hard it is for her especially being so far away, how is guinn doing?♥♥♥ Ignore that horrid man dear erika he is not worth you worrying yourself sick over it - Welcome back we have missed you ♥ Gina always good to see you ♥ melissa you sure are a busy bee dear friend - looks like an exciting rest of t he month for you ♥ tea tea dearest where are you - miss you so and praying all is well with you and dad ♥ vicki praying you and mom are okay too adn that the river had finally gone down - have not had much solving time xx

PuzzleG

Hello Melissa, & welcome back to you & your dear family! Sorry for the game losses, but as you say they are good learning experiences for future games, & sounds like yo had a fun trip anyway. Happy 80th Birthday to Tim's Mom! I love that term "Sprint", that pretty well describes our weather right now.
Donna, I am so sorry for your sad news about Cathy. I'm lifting her & your family up in prayer.

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Just a quick check in for the day. We had a lovely weekend in Pittsburgh but the boys lost all three of their games. It was a good learning experience for the next tournament. Hotel was lovely and we had some fun at the local mall. Next adventure is to Alabama for a surprise for Tim's mom's 80th birthday, then another tournament. I will be so glad when April is over! Still impatiently waiting for warmer weather!! LOL! Gianna says it's Sprinter (half spring and half winter)! I want ALL summer!

OandA...will be thinking of your sister. My grandma went through the same thing for years. Fluid on the heart...not going to make it....pumped it off and off to home she would go! Back and forth for so long! Praying for your sister that is with her too. Caretakers become weary too!

Sending love and hugs to all! Melissa

PuzzleG

Hi Sisters, lots to pray about today. Lifting up Cathy & Donna & their family for comfort & peace in their time of sorrow, & strength while waiting. Sending prayers for comfort & traveling mercy for Michelle & her family in the loss of Auntie Hannah. Praying for safety for Melissa & family in their travels.
Erika, I'm sorry about the mean man on scrabble. So sad that just 1 or 2 nasty people can ruin things for everyone else. Going to church is a very good thing, but no one should be forced into it, or judged for not going. If that man really read his bible he would know that we are to love & pray for each other, not criticize & hurt. I pray that our Lord will soften that man's heart, & help him to realize that he is not acting in a godly way.
I posted another Mystery Puzzle late last night. Here is the link to it, if you are interested in joining the guessing fun: https://www.jigidi.com/created.php?id=2ALMKY1L
Sending you all lots of love, hugs & smiles! ༺♥༻•❤•༺♥༻

gardening205

Hi soul sisters.....I am finished with scrabble....deleted it....There was a man on there that preached constantly to me and pretty well said I was evil for not going to church and I might end up not in heaven.......I am returning to Jigidi.....I really missed you all...you are all such great friends and sisters......Praying for all in particular O and A’s sister Cathy , that she gets better and on the mend really soon......Praying also for brightspark that her Auntie Hannah is taken good care of in heaven.....Feeling all better......All of you are going into the blessing jar....even me!!! A big jar for all of us!!!! So glad to be back with my sisters!,, prayers and big ol Erika hugs to allxxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Prayers to your family Michelle, also to sister of Donna & her family. May our dear Lord and Savior of all keep each one in the palm of his hand!♥

sparklightie

thx for your lovely birthday wishes dear gina and erika xxx ♥☺♥ ♥♥

sparklightie

Hugs and many prayers to you all dearest soul sisters - say a little prayer with me for my darling aunty Hannah who passed away this afternoon - she was my grandmother's youngest sister - there was 15 years between them!! My mother was born when aunty hannah was 8 !! She is little Mia's great grandmother .... we went to visit my cousin Manny (her son)and Ingrid tonight as they are flying to durban for her funeral tomorrow. We will see my other cousins when we get to durban.

PuzzleG

Good Morning Dearies! It is very foggy today, & 36F (2.22C). I am glad that this huge window in front of me has 2 panes because I am still c-c-cold! We had a busy weekend. FRI nite I went with Rachel & Joey to see a local musical play of Beauty & the Beast. It was very good, much better than I expected. I treated myself & bought a necklace there. It is a little "bell jar", with a rose inside & 1 petal has fallen off, laying in the bottom. It also has a charm on the chain of the mirror featured in the story. So pretty! Ray, Rachel & I all made it to church last Sunday. Sarah had to sleep, since she had just gotten off work at 6AM & was exhausted. Ray & Sarah just left to run errands, so I'm here enjoying the peace & quiet.
First, I want to wish our dear Sister Michelle her happiest birthday ever! What a great surprize blessing to see Bi, David, Zach & Ty at the restaurant, your Louis is a real Sweety!
Vickie, I want to see that movie, & the God's Not Dead trilogy, & Paul, an Apostle of Christ, but will wait til they come out on Netflix. So glad you had fun with your friends!
Donna, I am so sorry I mixed up their names. I know it is Cathy who is ill & Cindy is your other sister. We know the Lord can still heal Cathy, & pray that His will be done. Prayers also for Guinn's surgery to be a total success, & for him to not overdo & give himself time to heal.
Praying for Erika's flu bug to fly away & not come back!
We had quite a wind storm yesterday afternoon. It blew all of the flower petals off of most of the trees in our neighborhood, but thankfully no real damage. I am off now to post more pics & solve some puzzles. இ`’•.¸*♫♪♥(♥‿♥) ♥♫♪*¸.•’´இ

gardening205

Happy Birthday brightspark....I hope that you thoroughly enjoy your special day!!! Prayers to all and many, several hugsxxxxx Feeling all better now!,, hugsxxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Today I went with a group of friends and my cousin to the movie I can only imagine. The one based on the song by Mercy Me. It was one of those tears rolling type sentimental movies.

brightspark

Melissa was away for the weekend on a basketball tournament for zach xx hope they had fun and get home safely @joyfulnoise4

brightspark

Hi my precious ♫ soul sisters ♫ wow i had a lovely day yesterday xx spent time with my awesome hubby and went for a lovely drive. He told me he booked somewhere special for supper - i was trying to figure out where !! He said we only leaving home at 7 -- then he took a round about way and i was guessing here there and okay not there not there - then he turned into a mall where we sometimes go. I got out the car and he asked me where was i and that i should come round his side of the car - never thought anything of it - then we went into restaurant and i got the surprise of my life - oh my goodness there was our gorgeous Zac as the door opened!!! and there sitting at a table was Bianca David and Tyler - remember they were supposed to be at the Vaal until sunday night !!!!! Well louis and bianca concocted my surprise and i was ecstatic to see them there xxxxx they came home especially a day early to celebrate with usxxxxxxxxxxx remember the car story - welll there was no parking and lou had to park behind bianca's car and he was scared that i would recognise it - well i did not at all xx hee hee . we had such a lovely evening and soninlaw paid for dinner too. This morning we went for birthday breakfastr with our good friend and then this afternoon went for a late (2.30) lunch with my cousins from israel _ her birthday was 2 days before mine and they are flying home tomorrow xx so wow - this sure was a busy wonderful birthday weekend

brightspark

thx for my birthday wishes dearest souls sisters xx just a quick pop in and out chat later and healing prayers for all xxxxxxxx

irisriver

Praying you feel better soon dearest Erika! Birthday hugs to Brighty!

gardening205

Prayers for o and a’s husband Guinn for a very safe, successful surgery and I hope he is on the mend soon....I have a flu bug....couldn’t go volunteering today....prayers and hugs to allxxxx hugsxxx Erikaxx

irisriver

Prayers to Guinn for a good surgery that will lead to much pain relief. No wonder he has been hurting so much. I was out pulling weeds too. A happy birthday to Brighty tomorrow. The time share travel trip sounds delightful!

sparklightie

We are driving down to durban next saturday and staying for a week- we are going together with our dear friends angie and jimmy (who live in zimbabwe) and we are all staying in a timeshare ... sure it will be lovely - we have to borrow biancas's trailer for the luggage.

sparklightie

Hugs and healing wishes for you and your loved ones dearest donna and gina xx donna guinn healed quicker then cos he was so much ypunger - praying he will learn to take it easy and NOT do anything to stress his body after the op. Please be safe on the roads - do not take any chances dear friend xxx donna why do you not fly - it is so mazing - it takes us 8 hours to drive to durban and 45 minutes to fly there.

PuzzleG

Good Morning, Sisters! Ray just left, taking Sarah to work. She took a friend's shift as her friend is sick. It is 51F here right now, & raining lightly. Has been raining off & on, supposed to continue at least through SAT night.
Donna ~ Praying Cindi's heart is ok, & for quick healing. Also for Guinn's surgery to go well, & for him to obey Dr's orders & not do any lifting or such after surgery.
Michelle ~ So glad your family had a fun time at Vaaldam. I googled it & it looks like a very nice place. Yay for you, getting a new phone!
Sending you all loads of warm hugs, & wishes for happy days & cool fun!

brightspark

Hi all - we had a lovely day visiting bi and crew at the Vaaldam where they are spending the week - they share a holiday home with friends. Was mostly empty at this time of year and the kids were having a ball - their best friends also have a unit there so the 4 kids have been riding bikes, playing cricket and tennis and football,out on a boat - way too cold to swim - i played scrabble with bianca was fun, we had lunch - drove back late afternoon. Also had lots of rain lately and tonight freezing cold. Lou ordered me my new phone hope to get it by saturday xxx so exciting - mine really playing up now - will have it repaired once i have my new one and then lou can use it xx Dalia sent us the cutest pic of raveh and gal shopping - raveh was in the trolley with the groceries getting a free ride and then dad put him on the counter to help unpack the trolley - such an adorable little munchkin - cannot wait to post pictures of our curly headed angel xxxxxxx Hope the dr found a solution to help ease guinn;s pain - praying so!!! Thx for al lyour beautiful wishes for our new baby xxx Many hugs and much love

PuzzleG

Turns out I didn't have a Dr's appt yesterday after all. Don't know how I messed up, but it was on my calendar & not on Ray's, so that should have been a red flag & I should have called ahead to make sure. Also my Dr's office is closed WED's except my appt, which I forgot til I read it again on her office hours sign. POOH! Then, we decided to splurge & go to a bakery I've been wanting to check out for 2 or 3 years. Ray got a cinnamon roll & says it was good. I took a chance & got a "chocolate croissant". It looked so yummy with chocolate icing drizzled on top! It was good, but the "filling" was just more of the frosting but in a slightly thicker layer. Definitely NOT worth $4.75 each! On top of it all, they added $1.50 charge to our debit card! I guess they must have a minimum amount you can charge without a fee, but the gal didn't tell us about it, even though Ray told her that was our first time coming there. It will also be our last!


Thanks Donna, it is good to know I can post 4 puzzles now. Maybe you could talk with your landlords about doing a rent-to-own deal? They might go for it, especially since they know by now you are good tenants. Praying you will find just the right home at the right time & price, & for Guinn's arm pain to be relieved soon.
Vickie, praying that you will get some warmer & drier weather soon!
Hi Melissa, great to see you again, Dear Sister-Friend! Sure sounds like you will be really busy this month! Yay for Zach making the b-ball team, I know he will be a great asset for them! Praying that you will also get some warmer & drier weather soon.
Michelle, so excited to hear that we have a new "Nephew" coming! Praying for health & strength for Dahlia, & an easy delivery of another beautiful, healthy baby boy!
Hi Sweet Tea, glad to hear from you again too!
Supposed to rain today & through SAT at least, but none so far. Sky is overcast, no sun at all & 54F. I have my sweater on, & watching birds outside my window. Going to breakfast now, bacon & eggs ~ YUMMY! :) XOXOXOXO

irisriver

I am getting weary of winter too Melissa! We get snow this weekend. When it does warm up we get downpours of rain. No happy balance at all. Hugs to your family!

joyfulnoise4

Hi girls! Sorry I haven't checked in in like...forever! We are so busy but that is no excuse! Zach tried out for and made a traveling basketball team. We have two tournaments just this month. We also head off to celebrate Tim's mom's 80th birthday this month. Think I will be glad when April is over! Kids had spring break the last week and now are starting the last quarter of school. Where did the year go?

Hope you all had a blessed Easter. We spent the day with our "family " here in town. Lots of good food and fellowship!

I will try and read some of the comments and catch up a bit. Praying all of you are well! Hoping spring decides to come soon. We are still in the path of snow and I'm quite tired of it all! Sending you all tons of love and hugs! Melissa

irisriver

Yay for the good news sparklightie! So glad Raveh gets to have a baby brother!!!

sparklightie

HI aunties to be - once again xxx we just heard tonight Our new grandchild is a BOY - what joy and excitement abounds xxx israel here we come - just pray we get some kind of notice as to when xx they sent us today's scan and dalia had written across it - its a Boy ☺♥☺♥☺♥

irisriver

Storms are all over with. Did not get too bad in my town and power stayed mostly on. Alas river is going to mild flood stage because of the frequent rains. No new big rains coming at us and that is a big help. I doubt that anything big will come of this round but a few extra prayers would not hurt. Got my Easter décor put away but left my new sweet bunny out. I adore used bookstores and the local library keeps used books for sale too. No set price on the library books, You just donate what you think is fair to pay.

PuzzleG

Ray took Sarah to a Dr's appt, & I am enjoying some peaceful solitude. I have a Dr's appt at 1:30PM today, just a re-check on my shoulders since I had the cortizone shots. It is cloudy today, & only 46F (7.77C), & I am typing with gloves on. Supposed to rain tonight or by tomorrow.
Michelle ~ I hope your aunt & uncle like their new home & are treated well there. Enjoy your chocolate bunny, my dear!
Vickie & Donna ~ I check out James Herriot's books on Amazon, & will try to buy one soon. They are a bit pricey, so I will look for them at the used book store first. Also, Joey gets a discount from Walmart where he works, so maybe they sell them there. I have heard of these books many times, & am sure I would love reading them.
Donna ~ Praying for Guinn's are, & for him to be less stubborn & more careful, hee hee! It is hard for men when they are used to doing heavy work without a thought, to suddenly not be able to do them, or even easier tasks without pain. Ray is stubborn that way too, & keeps re-injuring his right wrist by doing things he shouldn't. Now they're talking about putting his hammock back up, & I am afraid he might get hurt again.
Praying for those with harsh weather to stay safe & for their power to stay on.
I posted some new puzzles, & am off now to post a couple more. Are we allowed to post 4 puzzles now, or still only 3 per day?

sparklightie

Our weather is crazy - poured like crazy yesterday and today and starting to get a chill in the air xx hope you all enjoyed yummy chocolate easter eggs - my neighbour brought me a lindt chocolate bunny - which i look forward to eating it after pesach xx

sparklightie

hi sisters dearest xx praying for everyones aches and pains to heal xx for losing beloved pets xx and for warmer weather ... tomorrow lou and i are going to visit and help my aunt and uncle 86 to do some packing - they are finally moving to an old age retirement village with frail care - so grateful they going at long long last as they are both not well and rather frail. Thursday we are going to visit bi and dave and zac and tyler as they are at the river for a week - about an hour an a half drive from us

irisriver

I have read all the James Herriot books over and over again. Got into them while in college. Loved the TV series based on the books too. Going to have storms tonight and some of them could be nasty. Hope the power stays on.

PuzzleG

Good Morning! I just finished reading "An Irish Country Christmas" by Patrick Taylor. I happened upon this book at the YMCA. They sell books for 50 cents, so I bought it to read while waiting for my rides to arrive after my PT sessions. It is 657 pages, so lots of good fun reading! About a young Dr training to take over an older Dr's practice in a tiny village in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. I have dreamed for years of visiting this part of the world, so really enjoyed this story. It took me FOREVER to read, in very small bits. I "lost" it when we moved, & was very happy when I found it again. I have several online friends who live in this area, which has made it even more of a blessing to read. I just found out this book is part of a trilogy, & the rest are available on Amazon, along with other books by this author. YAY! I"m off now to post & do some fun puzzles!

irisriver

Mom and I watched Jesus Christ Superstar on TV last night. We both enjoyed it very much. A good day to all.

PuzzleG

Sorry, I forgot to add "Chag Sameach", dear Michelle!
Thank you all for your prayers. Sarah is feeling much better today. She plans to get a different pet when the last of her Ratty Babies passes away. Rachel brought home lots of leftovers from church pot luck, so we didn't miss out on that. My shoulder feels much better today. I am going to buy one of those massagers that is curved, so it can reach around my neck & shoulders.
Vicki, that is so sweet about your pink plushy Easter bunny! It is such a blessing when you can sneak gifts past the receiver, I'm sure your Mom was "tickled pink" too, LOL! Rachel's unicorn basket is pink too!
I"m off now to do some puzzling before nap time. I stayed up til 2AM, looking at my Notifications, so I'm sure I will be ready for my nap!

irisriver

Hugs to Sarah! Rough to loose a beloved pet! Easter Blessings and Passover Blessings to all. Had a lovely breakfast and service at my church. Mom surprised me with a sweet plush Easter Bunny for my collection. A cousin had picked it up for her and snuck it into the house without me seeing it. LOL! Lovely weather today too, though may get a bit of snow in the night. Book I was reading is Countdown to Danger by Hannah Alexander.

PuzzleG

HAPPY EASTER, DEAR SISTERS! A happy & sad day for us here. Please pray for Sarah. She has raised rats for years, & she loves & takes excellent care of them. Her oldest rat "Mama" just passed away & she is in her room now crying. Mama's teeth were getting so long she couldn't eat, so Sarah trimmed them down while I held her. Rats' teeth grow like our fingernails, & need to be clipped, but this time was too much for her I guess. She had a respiratory problem ever since Sarah got her, so she lived a lot longer than she normal, with her loving care. So sad this had to happen on Easter, now poor Sarah is in her room crying. I had a rough night, waking up with shoulder pain, & got up at 6AM. Ray & I planned to attend church, but since I'm still hurting & I don't want to leave Sarah alone, we will stay home & only Rachel will be going. "The best laid plans, etc." Rachel made a Bisquick cheeseburger pie & a chocolate cherry cake for the pot luck after church. Sarah gave Rachel a surprise Easter Basket, & Rachel was so happy! The basket is a plush one that looks like a unicorn, & Rachel loves unicorns. So cute! I am so thankful that our pastor's sermons are available on Sermon Audio soon after the service ends. May our Lord grant each of you a day full of joy & blessings. •*¨*•

brightspark

I love making 7 letter words in scrabble when possible xx i am on my 3rd book in 3 weeks ... been looking at new cell phones .... lou going to get me one for my birthday ..... then i will be able to download photos and pics and show you my gorgeous raveh xx he is so adorable xx spoke to them on skype today ... he was chatting away in hebrew singing and dancing. Dalia is looking radiant xxx

brightspark

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