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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  We had a relatively quiet holiday. I baked a ham, scalloped potatoes, and we took some cheesecake and pecan pie and hot rolls out to my childhood home, The Farm.

I grew up there, and now that my Dad is gone, I try to get  out there to check on my Mom, who lives there alone a lot of the time. My brother, Bret, lives there with her when he's not out in the semi.  It's a big relief to me to have him there, and my other brother, Tom, and his wife, Cindy live just a few hundred yards east of the main house.

We had a nice visit.  My sister, Linda, came down to visit from Nebraska.  She brought her grandson, Robby, with her. Tom and Cindy and their son, Dakota, came too. The original thought was to play some games with my mom, but we were relaxed while we visited around the kitchen table, and after eating all the sweets, we grew sleepy, so we decided to leave for home.

I've been fighting off a case of bronchitis this week. It always starts with a sinus infection, then moves down into my bronchioles and lungs.  If left untreated, it can go into pneumonia.  That's the last thing I need right now, with our plans to go visit our granddaughter and great granddaughter next weekend.

So I'll probably go to the doctor and get a prescription for an antibiotic either tomorrow or as soon as possible.

I saw on Facebook a count down clock for the end of the world supposedly to happen tonight. I don't believe we'll know when God is coming to take home His Believers, but I have my doubts that it is tonight. But I do believe that we should all be ready at all times.

Make sure you have repented from your sins, confess often, and ask for forgiveness, while vowing to avoid sinning again in the future.  If you need to seek forgiveness from others, do it now.  The Lord's Prayer says "Forgive us our trespasses, AS WE FORGIVE OTHERS."  God will forgive us in the same manner that we forgive those who sin against us.   Are you holding a grudge?  I try not to hold grudges.

The only one at this time that I feel I have trouble with is a certain surgeon, who made my life much more difficult than it could be, through his neglect and mismanagement of my health care.  I am trying to forgive him, but there is still just a little tinge of hard feelings, especially when I run out of the medications I will have to take for the rest of my life.  But I'm working on it.

I will be working tomorrow. I have my doubts that many will come to Story Time tomorrow, but I'm ready to take them on, if they do.  I'm keeping it simple, though.  It seems that if I go to a lot of work preparing Story Time activities, no one comes.  And no one calls to tell me they aren't coming.  I guess they figure I'm going to be there anyway, so why bother with telling me I can take a break..lol

I've whined enough for one day. I'm thankful for my husband, my dogs, my family, my house, my job, and the new red car my hubby bought for our combined Christmas gift. I feel like a princess in my shiny new red carriage.  We're still trying to figure out what all those bells and whistles do, but that's half the fun!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Family: The Cause and the Cure

My family has been wonderful through all the hard times since losing Teresa.  They have been so strong, and so dependable.  I know their pain has been terrible at times, too.  But they keep me looking at the positive side.  Sometimes the bad feelings come bubbling up, like gas from a swamp.  I feel then like I'll never feel good again.

Then my husband, Dennis, will come, put his arms around me.

"We'll get through this, together."

Grief takes time.  It is totally life-absorbing.

Holiday plans

I spent several hours last night re-typing some newly found but previously lost chapters of my novel, A Door In Time.  I thought I had lost them when the laptop I had stored them on crashed unexpectedly.  But thank the Lord, most of them were already printed out on paper, so now I can get them back with a little effort.  It was like getting an early Christmas present.

Speaking of Christmas, we are in a quandary again this year about where to spend the holidays.  Our daughter goes to her mother-in-law's house every Thanksgiving Day, then stays there to take part in the Black Friday sales.  My mom went to my sister's last year, my brothers both had places to go.  So we went to a neighbor's house.  It was nice, but we really felt a little out of place, not because of any lack of hospitality on our hosts' part. They were VERY gracious and friendly, and we had a good time there.  It just wasn't our family.

We have talked about going to the American Legion's annual Thanksgiving dinner at the armory. I've been there once. It was good, but not very cozy in a huge room with strangers, sitting on folding chairs along long tables. By the time I got there, most had already left.  Last resort.

I could just cook dinner here at home for the two of us.  Or we could go eat in a restaurant if any are open on Turkey Day.  We could go eat with his dad at the nursing home. For reasons best unmentioned here, it's better off that we don't do that.

We'll just have to discuss this further and come to a decision. I know Dennis is very disappointed that his family has abandoned the large family dinners that we always had when his mom was alive.  I find it sad that there is friction among siblings. Especially at holiday times. It's almost like the family died along with his mom.

I'll post later on what we decide. We will be traveling from Nov. 30 til Dec. 3. Driving to Colorado Springs for a weekend with our granddaughter and great granddaughter. We are looking forward to that. It will be little Maliyah's 3rd birthday on Nov. 28. She is growing up so fast!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season this year. Remember your lost loved ones and make new traditions and memories.  You won't regret it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Great News for me!

I'm really excited. Next week, I will be restarting on my novel, A Door in Time.  A while back, I had a computer crash. It had my latest chapters from my story on the hard drive. I thought I had lost all the new parts. 

Then, last week, while cleaning out a cupboard, I found a 3-ring notebook.  Inside, was a copy of my manuscript, including the new chapters!  I reread them, and with just a few tweaks, will able to use them in the final draft.  I thought I was going to have to either rewrite those chapters or just leave them out.  Now I can simply edit them along with the other chapters and I'm that much closer to completing my novel.  There were probably 10 chapters that I didn't have on my computer.  I'll have to retype them, so it will take a little time, but nothing compared to the time it would take to rewrite them.

I started working on this novel in 2007. It's now 2017, almost 2018.  

It's time.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Odds and Ends

I attended another library workshop yesterday.  I sometimes complain about them, because I usually have to drive quite a way to get to them, but actually, I enjoy them. 

It's a day out, I'm not working in the library, but I'm not at home watching old reruns of Gold Rush and The Deadliest Catch either. Right now as I'm typing this, he's watching Moonshiners.  He's convinced that some of his ancestors may have been moonshiners.  I think he might be right. 

I am  getting ready for a party at the library. It normally would be a home party, but my house is too tiny, too messy, and I have two little dogs who would bark and raise Cain.  So I have my parties at the library instead.   It's a Signature Homestyles party--like the Home Interiors, but with more class.  I've invited over 60 people, and they should have received their invitations by now.  I did get one back yesterday.  I'll have to call and personally invite her.

I'm really tired tonight.  I think I'll cut this short and go to bed. I do have some prayers to make.  Scot Finkbiner is in the hospital fighting to keep his arm. He's already lost his leg above the knee on the left, and his arm is badly injured too since his car/semi crash.  I found out tonight that my sister-in-law's mother-in-law has passed. and I have a host of other people who are either ill or have lost loved ones lately.  The world is such an uneasy place.  God save us all.



Sunday, November 5, 2017

Write or draw and paint: What to do?

I feel I am being drawn back into my writing lately.  I seem to sway back and forth between wanting to draw and paint and write.  I do some art each month with my Clifton Art Buffs, but it never seems to last long enough to satisfy my urges.  

The workshop we held last summer was awesome. It gave me the chance to work on my art for three days with only mealtime to interrupt my work.  If I had a decent place to do my art here at home, I would be so thankful.  My house is like a doll house.  With two of us living here, plus the two dogs, I'm feeling claustrophobic sometimes.

But the writing is where I feel the most comfortable. I can do that even with the cramped spaces.  All I need is a comfortable place to sit and a place to put my laptop, and I'm in business.  

I'm back in WVU again, taking some minor classes, just to keep those muses busy.  I hostess the Lee's Cafe in the F2K class, where the students come to socialize, and check out the word games and writer's prompts I offer.  Once the classes get started, though, I'm often there by myself, because the students are busy working on the lessons. 

I'm dusting off my novel once more, A Door in Time.  I've decided to introduce more characters into the story, including one who will cause my lost teenagers even more problems.  I don't want to spoil the story by telling too much right now. But I'm hoping to spend some hours working on the story, perhaps at the library, where I won't  have the tv, hubby or two needy dogs distracting me.

I hope to update my readers on my story, plus other writing activities I'll be doing here on this blog.  There are some other topics I'll be discussing also.  More about that later.

Please pray for the victims in all  the recent terrorist attacks.  I just can't understand why people are doing this. I'll be praying.

Friday, October 13, 2017

My Wish For Teresa




I wish I could go back
To the way it was before
when you were still with us
and standing at our door.

Mom, can you watch my kid?
I need to study tonight.
I’ve got a big test tomorrow
and sleep she’s trying to fight.

I loved to spend time with her
she made me feel young again
she reminded me so much of you
the way you were back then.

And now, she’s all grown up
and moved so far away
how I wish I could change her mind
and bring her home to stay.

you were so proud and happy
a nurse you finally would be
you worked so hard and long
for that license you wanted to see.

the fire that took your life
was such a tragedy
I hope the scholarship we made
can help set your soul free.

please watch over your little family
your daughter is hurting deep inside
and your granddaughter is so sweet
their pain they try to hide.

we love and miss you dear
our daughter you’ll always be
 in a special place within our hearts
where your soul can forever fly free.

Dixie Barnes
c. 2017