THE MAGIC OF BELIEF

Since I dug a furrow of personal experience in last week’s blog, I thought it was logical to continue that story; just to fill you in on the rest of the story…to explain the crop that my life produced. There are some universal truths that apply to each of us. Like the power of love versus hate, caring versus apathy and belief in the future versus non-belief. These are some of the truths that enrich all lives.

(Since I have always endeavored to remain religiously neutral but spiritually active; I ask for your indulgence this time for my foray into my own spiritually specific faith. It is my deepest wish that the magic of belief will appeal to people of all faiths and religions. God’s house is God’s house. We must each have the freedom to choose our own way to worship.)

I’m certain each of us has been through an incident that frightened us, terrified or embittered us, or at least could have done one of those. As I’ve shared with all of you so often in the past, it is my working belief that the choices we make dig the track on which our life will run.

TODAY’S CHOICES

Each hour of the day
The compass of life demands
Decisions, choices, directions,

As your life lies in your hands.
Free choice is a blessed thing
But often it’s a chance
We have to choose the wisest route
Life’s not lived in a trance.

No, we are not robots
We have experience and brains,
Although there are rules of conduct
To avoid those wrecked trains.

There are hands out there to help us
Roads go up and down,
But life is very fluid and liquid,
We’re always safe on higher ground.

As lies can multiple
And as anger stunts your growth,
Don’t give away your power
To some vicious oaf.

To live a fruitful life
Keep your eyes upon the prize,
Which is a giving, love filled life
Where you’re armored for surprise.

Sue Falkner Wood 2014

Many years ago, as a frightened, poor, heartbroken young mother I turned to my faith. Brought up in the Christian tradition, my relationship with God had always been a personal one. I spent a year in bed due to rheumatic fever when I was eleven and twelve years-old. Many areas of life changed for me but my relationship with God began to grow and never faltered.

As a young, single and very lonely mother I read a wonderful book called I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES by a Christian scholar and philosopher named Glenn Clark. I came across his name and the recommendation in one of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s books. I was intrigued by Dr. Clark’s approach to living the Christian life. It was practical, substantive and seemed to be the logical tool I needed to help me put my life back together, as well as my future life and the lives of my small children.

I kept a diary during that difficult time in my life, and now, this many years later, with my children both grown with families of their own; I’m so pleased and blessed I did. Many of my notes remind me of what we went through and it all seems so very long ago but still fills my heart with peace. Strange and magical, these roads we travel in our search for a better life.

One of the written exercises Dr. Clark recommended was geared toward the importance of praying specifically. The more specific the better was the whole idea. The other day I came across one of the written exercises which was my inept drawing of a large tree, on a page in an old notebook. I’m not known for being any kind of an art student but the tree was recognizable as a large one with only the soil it was planted in, its trunk and three large branches. The soil was labeled the LOVE OF GOD. The trunk of the tree was labeled GOD’S KINGDOM. Each of the branches was labeled. The first branch was labeled IDEAS. The second, center branch was labeled with the title PERSONS. The remaining third branch was titled THINGS.

These were to represent my soul’s most sincere desires, in order to pray very specifically. Under IDEAS I had written just a few items: An improved education so I could feel good at something and support my children; a developing interest in many subjects; harmony and deep security for each of my two children and lastly, deep joy in life for all three of us.

Under the heading of PERSONS I had written: a man to love who would love my children with all his heart as well as me; good, close friends and an improved, closer relationship to my parents and all relatives.

Beneath the heading labeled THINGS: a degree in registered nursing; enough funds to get through the next three years while working part time to get through school, a color TV for the children and lastly, the opportunity to truly give to others.

Every item under each column came true. It didn’t take years, only a few. My heart was filled with joy, gratitude and a magical feeling which was difficult to describe. Each time I experience is very special. There was the simple floor plan for my life written in my own hand, many years ago.

Put in the simplest most wonderful terms let me quote, “No animal has such complete correlation of its front and rear feet as does the deer. While the male deer, or the hart, is a wonder of surefootedness, still more wonderful is the female deer, or the hind, which, while leading its young into the hidden fastnesses, is the most perfect example of physical correlation that God has ever made. And this is was the blinding revelation: As the feet of the hind are to the mountains, so is the mind of man to the heights of life; and as the rear feet of the hind are to the front feet, so is the subconscious mind of man to the conscious mind.” Glenn Clark.

Then you will indeed find not only peace, but the wonders of this life: the magic of belief.

The doe

94 thoughts on “THE MAGIC OF BELIEF

  1. Today’s Choices and the Magic of Belief. Plenty to ponder. We are always awed, inspired, surprised when you manage to pull out a blog when you are dealing with or going though so much. I suspect, though, that often it is a welcome release for you. Sometimes even when it is a challenge to eek it out. A time when choice brings magic. Hm, a play on your words, but it works. I visited the Rheumy today. He increased the Cymbalta to the max he would want me to take. We’ll see if it reaps any rewards. I need to get back to him in a month. Of course, I’ll have to compare to last year rather than compare months since we are moving into warmer weather which in itself usually helps me. That’s all from here.

    Chris, I posted a reply on the last blog for you. Tonie, I may have for you also, I can’t recall for sure. As I was closing I realized there was a new blog so I just finished there and popped over here to read the new. 🙂

    Well, time to rest my hands. They are starting to complain a bit. Take care, all!

    • LYN LOVE……I DO HOPE YOUR RHEUMY HELPS YOU, AND THE MEDS KICK IN AND MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER, I TOO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH MY HANDS, WHICH IS WHY I ALWAYS TYPE POSTS IN CAPITALS, IT SAVES KEEP PRESSING THE CAPS LOCK OVER AND OVER AGAIN…….HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND…LOVE JENNIE X

    • Lyn dear, knowing you, you will in touch with each nuance of changes with the increased dose. Here’s hoping it will continue to help you. You’re right, of course, each season is so different but this year…wild. It really pays to know oneself, huh? Keep me posted and here’s wishing you all in your family a wonderful spring and singing season. What a wonderful outlet you have with your gift of voice. I think in some way your singing and my writing are comparable; and that’s why you understand that writing is renewing for me.
      Sorry I took so long to get on here today. I felt fortunate to walk, talk and breathe at the same time. I was so exhausted after yesterday’s long day and Tuesday also…traveling, sitting, etc. Some wonderful things happened yesterday that fit right into the magic and miracle element of life. I’ll share it with all..Love you gal, Sue

  2. Oh Sue what a lovely blog entry. I know much of your history but I do need occasional reminding of all you’ve survived to be where you are right now. You are an inspiration for me. I’m a frequent flyer in the prayer department, brief ones during the day or night and a long chat with The Lord usually in the evening. My shortest would be “help” but my chats tend to be for others both specific people and general groups like special needs children as well as in gratitude for the many blessings I’ve had. My most memorable I know I’ve told about before but was after my dad called the morning my mom passed away (16 years ago Palm Sunday) I asked God over and over pleading with him to make mom be ok, dad mistaken that she wouldn’t wake up. After mom had been pronounced and we waited for the funeral home to pick her up (hank heavens they were family friends) dad and I were talking and I told him that it was the first time god hasn’t answered my prayer. He said “what makes you think that? Your mom is fine, we aren’t ok but she is just fine”. I had forgotten everything except my wants. Dad having lost his high school sweetheart still had his faith in his heart looking beyond earthly life. It will be what I try to leave as my legacy as well. We grieve but we will see those we love again (I’m blessed that my family although not church goers are of a faithful group).

    Well all is still going ok or me, no news is good. My critters are doing well. I’m hoping that the breeding of my next service dog “took” so I can work toward retiring Nessie in time. If no puppies I’m going to look for a nice young rescue mutt to start training.

    . Dad has become comfortable amd enjoys going with me to my church family friends home for holiday meals which include a priest and 2 nuns as well as teenagers and others. So much nicer than a restaurant.

    • WHAT A LOVELY POST! LET’S PRAY THAT YOUR BREEDING DOG WORKED. SUCH GREAT WORDS SPOKEN TO YOU BY YOUR DAD. HAPPY TO HEAR HE IS GOING WITH YOU TO YOUR CHURCH FAMILY FRIENDS.
      TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF. LOVE YA
      XXX

    • Laura dear, I can still feel your pain at the loss of your sweet mother. I love some of those short prayers because you know they come right out of your gut. I think my most frequent one is , “Thanks, Lord.” It seems that more and more there is more to be thankful for.
      Your Dad sounds like such a treasure. No news is indeed good news in the health department. love, Sue

  3. Sue
    I’ve thought long about your blog
    To put the words magic and belief in the same sentence was truly magic in itself.
    The way you joined up those two thoughts is great
    It encompasses all religions,in the way it happens . The belief in your own religion and what happens is magical …or is it the miracle
    Definitely food for thought for all
    I hope things are all ok sue

    Lyn yep read your answer Thankyou

    • CHRIS SWEETHEART HOW ARE YOU DOING? HOW IS YOUR DAD? I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THE BLOG VERY OFTEN, WELL ALMOST NOT AT ALL. JUST HAVING A HARD TIME OF IT RIGHT NOW BUT THIS TOO SHALL PASS. PRAYING FOR YOU AND DH AND OF COURSE YOUR DAD. LOVE YA.
      XXX

  4. SUE…….WHAT A WONDERFUL BLOG, MAKES ME THINK OF HOW SOMETIMES WE TAKE THINGS FOR GRANTED, BUT IN THE MAIN ALL OF US SEEM TO HAVE HAD OUR SHARE OF SUFFERING AND PAIN SOMEWHERE ALONG THE ROAD. I ESPECIALLY LIKE WHAT YOU WROTE ABOUT THE TREE, WE HAVE A FEW IN OUR GARDEN, AND ITS STRANGE BUT I LOOK AT THEM TOO AND SEE THE BRANCHES THAT COULD EASILY REPRESENT ALL THE HAPPENINGS IN MY OWN LIFE, I SEE IT MORE IN WINTER WHEN THE KNARLED BRANCHES SEEM TO REMIND ME OF THE VIOLENCE I HAVE SEEN….I’VE HAD A GUN AT MY TEMPLE, A BROKEN BOTTLE UNDER MY THROAT, BEEN BEATEN AGAINST THE CORNER OF A WARDROBE AND GOT CONCUSSED, ANSD SO MUCH MORE, BUT THEN HEY! ALONG COMES SPRING WITH ALL ITS NEW SHOOTS REPRESENTING HOPE, AND IT MAKES YOU FORGET ALL THAT STUFF…..ME, I AM OF ONE FAITH, NO OTHER ONLY WHAT COMES VIA THE GOOD BOOK, NO NEED OF ANYTHING ELSE. OH LOR I AM ON A RANT TODAY…..BEEN A BIT POORLY, AND THE JOY OF FEELING EVEN MARGINALLY BETTER , IS A BONUS. SO, ROUNDING THIS UP, SUE, I THANK YOU, AND PRAY FOR MORE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY…..I LOVE YOU…..JENNIE XX

      • HEY LYN….DON’T BE SORRY SWEETIE, IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, I WAS YOUNG AND FOOLISH AND DIDN’T SEE THINGS COMING AS I WOULD NOW………….HOPE SB IS OK NOW, …….LOVE JENNIE X

    • OH MY DEAR JENNIE, DIDN’T KNOW ANY OF THESE HORRORS YOU ENDURED. SO HAPPY THOSE DAYS ARE LONG GONE. HAPPY TO HEAR YOU ARE STARTING TO FEEL A LITTLE BETTER. PRAYING FOR YOU ALSO.
      LOVE YOU BIG. XXX

      • SUZANNE…….SO GLAD YOU ARE ON HERE, CHRIS AND I WERE GETTING WORRIED ABOUT YOU……AS I SAID TO LYN, THOSE HORRORS ARE LONG BEHIND ME, I CAN’T AFFORD TO DWELL ON THEM, GOT TO MOVE ON, FAR MORE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW YOU ARE….ANY NEWS ON YOUR SISTER? AND WHAT ABOUT YOU PETAL, HOW ARE YOU? LOVE YOU….JENNIE POO X

    • Jennie dear girl, I know you went through a great deal and are living proof of the power to overcome. To be loved and cherished as you are now is life’s greatest blessing, isn’t it. The power to recover is marvelous. It is more evident now than ever to understand how strongly you feel about the hovering presence of angels in one’s life. Remember how much I care for you as you are something quite wonderful…Sue

  5. Bobsled, I’ll be praying for pups. 🙂 I’m so glad you and your dad have wonderful “family” to share the holidays with. Truly a blessing.

  6. OK THEN, NOW I NEED TO GO LIE DOWN ONCE MORE, WILL BE BACK LATER. LOVE THE MAGIC AND BELIEF SUE. WILL GIVE ME LOTS TO THINK ABOUT WHILE JUST LYING DOWN.
    HOPE ALL IS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN FOR YOU MY DEAR SUE. SENDING HEALING PRAYERS AND ANGELS TO GUIDE EVERYONE’S WAY. LOVE YOU BIG MY SWEET DARLING SUE. YOU TOO HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH. XXX

    • Suzanne, your sweet presence is felt so strongly here on the blog, even when you are quiet due to the way you feel. I’m not certain I have found the latest results for you but do pray you are getting some treatment or medication to help you after all of this torture you’ve experienced. I think doctor’s sometimes forget we are flesh and blood just like them. Sometimes I am tempted to ask, what if I was your mother or your sister? Would you still treat me thus? Prayers for you dear girl as you search and wait, which are two of the hardest events in life. Love you…Sue

      • OH SUE, I HAVE BEEN QUIET BECAUSE OF THE PAIN. THE BLOOD TESTS ANTI-NUCLEAIR FACTOR SHOWED ARTHRITIS IN MY BODY AND THE C FACTOR SHOWED INFLAMATION BUT STILL NO DIAGNOSIS. I’M NOT SURE WHAT EVERYONE IS WAITING ON. STILL NO NEWS ON THE MRI – WENT ON HOLY THRUSDAY FOR THAT TEST WHICH WAS FOR MY ORGANS, NOTHING TO DO WITH MY BONES. I’M NOT SURE WHAT TO DO NEXT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS I REALLY NEED THEM NOW AS EVERYONE HERE ON THIS BLOG. WE ARE QUITE THE GROUP AND LOVE EVERYONE HERE. SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE AND HELP FOR ALL. I’M GRATEFUL TO HAVE EVERYONE ONE IN MY LIFE.
        LOVE YOU SUE MY DEAR BRAVE FRIEND. SENDING HEALING PRAYERS YOU WAY AND ANGELS!
        XXX

  7. Sue
    beautiful and though provoking. I know I sound like a book reviewer (I always thought I would make a good one ) But it was. In later years of my life, I have come to realize regardless of HOW we worship, He is the same God and answers the same prayers. Somewhere in there is a scripture that speaks to “walk in the light as you see” We each have a different calling on our lives, where and when we answer is up to us. He is a BIG God and is capable of all things, great and small. I thank Him for them all. But oh how joyous are the GREAT ones huh ?
    Rest up and get your strength back.
    Love ya muchly
    Tonie

    • TONIE SWEETPEA, YOU ARE RIGHT ON THERE. HE IS THE SAME GOD AND ANSWERS THE SAME PRAYERS.
      YOU TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF THIS WEEKEND SO THE OPERATION WILL GO WELL. THINKING OF YOU ALWAYS. LOTS OF LOVE BEING SENT YOUR WAY ALONG WITH PRAYERS AND ANGELS TO GUIDE EVERYONE WHO WILL BE OPERATING ON YOU AND TAKING CARE OF YOU.
      LOVE YOU BIG!
      XXX
      SUE YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT YOU. I HAD A GREAT AFTERNOON THINKING ABOUT THE BLOG. I WILL NEED MORE TIME TO CONTINUE THINKING ABOUT IT. THANK YOU FOR THAT MY DEAR FRIEND.
      LOVE XXX

      • Suzanne, to put this blog succinctly, I would say the mind and heart much go first, and our bodies and daily lives follow. Love you, Sue

    • TONIE……..LOVE YOU AND PRAYING ALL GOES WELL, BUT I AM REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT AFTER CARE FOR YOU…..HAS ANYTHING BEEN SET IN PLACE FOR WHEN YOU GET HOME, IT WILL BE TRAUMATIC HAVING ALL DONE AND HOME IN A DAY……LOVE YOU BIGTIME…..JENNIE POO X

  8. Sue, Great deal to think about with this one. It’s wonderful that you do this when so much is happening to you. Jennie, I don’t know what to say, you have been through so much. Everyone, you are all in my prayers. With the tremors and neuropathy in my hands I just can’t write to everyone, but I read every comment and send prayers all the time. Love to all of you. Janet

    • JANET PET….I FEEL YOUR PAIN IN YOUR HANDS, ITS AWFUL WHEN EVEN PUTTING A POST ON THE BLOG, AND SENDING EMAILS ETC, CAN BE SO CHALLENGING……TAKE CARE LOVELY AND HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND…LOVE JENNIE X

    • Janet, I think my blogs usually reflect what I am personally going through. I think that’s why I usually don’t like suggestions from others because the subjects have to come from my own heart and life. If they didn’t, they would be far too insincere. I am sorry about your tremors and neuropathy. In a small way i understand because there are some days my writing has a mind of it’s own and flies away. Hate to see my good handwriting go along with so much else. Always good to hear how you are or just brief sentence…it’s not the length that counts. Love you dear lady, Sue

  9. OH JANET, I’M PRAYING FOR YOU ALSO SWEETIE. I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND YOU JUST CAN’T WRITE ANYMORE.
    LOVE YA, AND SENDING ANGELS YOUR WAY.
    XXX

  10. I WANT TO CHAT WITH EACH OF YOU BUT FIRST…I MUST SHARE WITH ALL OF WHAT HAPPENED TO ME THIS WEEK. I EXPERIENCED TWO GENUINE MIRACLES. THE FIRST OCCURRED EASTER EVENING WHEN WE STAYED TOO LONG AT OUR DAUGHTER’S AND SIL’S AND I WAS SO TIRED AND WEAK I COULD HARDLY WALK UP OUR FRONT STAIRS. BETH HAD GIVEN ME A PRETTY MINIATURE ROSE IN A POT AND I HAD IT IN ONE HAND AND THE OTHER HAND, MY PURSE. WHEN WALKING IN THE FRONT DOOR, I TRIPPED OVER OUR LITTLE JAKIE WHO WAS SO HAPPY TO SEE US. THE POT AND ROSE AND DIRT WHEN FLYING INTO THE LIVING ROOM AND AS IF IN SLOW MOTION I WAS HEADING FOR THE FLOOR, KNEES AND FACE FIRST. FORTUNATELY, JIM WAS JUST A PACE IN FRONT OF ME AND I WAS ABLE TO GRAB THE BACK OF HIS SHIRT AND COME BACK UP FROM ALMOST CRASHING. SO CLOSE, SO CARELESS YET I WAS SAVED FROM WOULD HAVE BEEN BAD. I KNOW BETTER. I KNOW TO ALWAYS HAVE A FREE HAND AND YET, I ACTED STUPIDLY.

    THE SECOND AND MOST, MOST WONDERFUL EVENT OF THE WEEK HAPPENED YESTERDAY. TO SET THE STAGE I MUST TELL YOU I DIDN’T CARE FOR MY FIRST ONCOLOGIST AND HAVE FELT UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE THOUGHT OF RETURNING THERE. YESTERDAY I WENT TO SEE THE RADIATION ONCOLOGIST ABOUT GETTING RADIATION TREATMENT FOR THOSE LYMPH NODES LEFT BENEATH MY ARM AND THE WHOLE SURGICAL AREA; INSTEAD OF CHEMO OR WITH IT? THE TUMOR BOARD AT THE HUGE HOSPITAL I AM GOING TO, GOOD SAMARITAN OF PORTLAND, OR. HAS THREE MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDINGS EACH FIVE STORIES HIGH, DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM OR NEXT TO THE HOSPITAL. THE WHOLE COMPLEX IS ENORMOUS BUT BEAUTIFULLY PUT TOGETHER. LARGE WINDOWS WITH TREES VISIBLE FROM ALL LEVELS AND NOW WITH SPRING, GORGEOUS AND PLEASANT BLOOMING PLANTS. WE HAD SEVERAL HOURS TO WAIT BETWEEN MY APPT. AND JIM’S THAT MORNING WITH HIS DERMY.(LET ME INSERT THAT JIM HAD A MOLE REMOVED AND HE’S HAD MANY BUT PRAYERS, PLEASE) WE TOOK GEORGE WITH US YESTERDAY, HAD TO GIVE HIM DRAMAINE FOR HIS MOTION SICKNESS, POOR BABY, BUT HE DID FINE. WELL, I HAD A BOUT OF IBS GOING AND HAD TO GO INTO THE RESTROOM IN BUILDING 3 AND JIM WAS WALKING GEORGIE. IT STARTED TO SPRINKLE SO JIM BROUGHT JIM INTO THE HOSPITAL AND WAS SITTING ON A BENCH BY THE EXIT WHEN I CAME OUT OF THE BATHROOM. AS GEORGIE WAS TRYING TO REACH ME ON THE END OF HIS LEASH, I HEARD SOMEONE CALL MY NAME. IT WAS MY SURGEON, WHOSE OFFICE IS IN BUILDING 2. SHE HAD HER PURSE AND WAS HEADING HOME. SHE GAVE ME A BIG HUG AND WE TALKED ABOUT THE FLUID BUILD UP, ETC. AND I TOLD HER I DIDN’T FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE ONCOLOGIST SHE HAD SENT ME TO OUT HERE IN ASTORIA. SHE SAID NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WAS A FIT AND SHE SAID, I KNOW WHO YOU SHOULD SEE AND STANDING THERE IN THE HALL SHE GRABBED HER CELL PHONE AND CALLED HER OFFICE AND TOLD HER SCHEDULER TO MAKE AN APPT FOR ME. LONG STORY SHORT, HE IS THE SAME ONCOLOGIST MY DEAR FRIEND NANCY SAW 4 YEARS AGO AND WE HAVE MET HIM. HE’S OLDER AND HAS AMAZING CREDENTIALS. I WILL SEE HIM NEXT WEEK.

    THEN MY SURGEON SAID, WE HAD TO TAKE GEORGE OVER TO HER OFFICE BECAUSE ALL HER STAFF WAS THERE, THEY ARE ALL DOG PEOPLE AND I COULD GET THE SPECIFICS OF THE APPT. WORKED OUT. I SAID, ARE YOU SURE..A DOG IN A MEDICAL BUILDING? AND SHE ASSURED ME HE NEEDED TO BE SHARED. NOW I ASK ALL OF YOU, MY DEAR FRIENDS, IS THAT NOT A MIRACLE? THEN WE WENT TO THE RADIATION ONCOLOGIST AND HE IS QUITE WONDERFUL. HE WORKS WITH MY NEW ONCOLOGIST AND HAS FORMULATED A PLAN FOR ME. IT SOUNDS GOOD AND I’LL SHARE IT WHEN I’VE SEEN THE NEW ONCOLOGIST A WEEK FROM TODAY AND HE CONFIRMS IT. GOD LOVES US SO MUCH, I’M ASHAMED WHEN I AM SURPRISED WHEN THESE WONDERFUL EVENTS HAPPEN TO US. TO WALK WITH HIM IS SUCH AN ENORMOUS LIFE SAVER AND BLESSING, ISN’T IT? SUE

    • OH WOW SUE……WHAT A STORY, SOMEONE (WE KNOW WHO) IS CERTAINLY WATCHING OVER YOU THROUGH ALL THIS, AND I FOR ONE AM GRATEFUL. HOW WONDERFUL THAT YOU WILL BE SEEING THE SPECIALIST YOUR DEAR NANCY SAW…..GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS ALRIGHT HUH? AND LITTLE GEORGE, BET HE WAS SPOILED ROTTEN. THANK GOODNESS YOU WERE ABLE TO HOLD ON TO YOUR JIM, WHEN YOU TRIPPED UP THE STEPS, OR WE COULD BE TALKING DIFFERENTLY ME THINKS….GOOD OLD JIM, HOW IS HIS SHOULDER NOW? HAVE YOU GOT OVER YOUR IBS ATTACK, ITS FROM ALL THE STRESS ISN’T IT, POOR LOVE……..REST UP THIS WEEKEND SUE IF YOU CAN, BEING AS YOU HAVE TO GO BACK NEXT WEEK….I LOVE YOU…….JENNIE XXXXXXX

    • Oh my goodness, Sue! I believe that was more than two miracles. Thank heavens you are ok! Hopefully Jim was able to brace himself well when you grabbed him. Goodness, you both could have gone down which would have been horrible! Your surgeon sounds like a complete gem! Georgie must be shared, indeed. 😉 I bet he was spoiled rotten, and what a nice break for him. I’m anxious for you to meet with your new oncologist. What a blessing you end up with the same one Nancy had and you know you like him already. Rest up and recoup now. Your poor body and mind have been through so much lately! Sending love and healing light. 🙂 Oh, and a hug for Jim and snuggles for George and Jake.

      • Lyn dear, Always so reassuring to know you’re in our corner. I have to admit George is always spoiled. Jake sleeps most of the time as age creeps up on him but still needs his cuddles. He’s deaf as a post so we have to watch sneaking up on him.
        Yes, right now I feel totally assured we are being well loved and will take it all from here in that same guidance.

        Things will get back to normal..a bit, when Jim returns to work tomorrow, then if the oncologist agrees I will be spending six weeks in Portland to have radiation treatments from that fabulous radiation oncologist. I’ll have to stay there during the week and will take George with me. Each of the kids have volunteered a week with me as Jim will. I found a motel with special rates for patients and they take dogs! All of that expense and trouble for a twenty min. a day treatment…but it’s only to save my life and somehow that puts it all into perspective. Do take care dear girl, Love you much, Sue

  11. Hey all:
    Sue God is indeed on your side. As the scripture says “If God is for us, who can be against us?” I am so happy how things are working out.
    I did get the lawn mowed today. But there was a power outage from 10 til 4:30 this evening :(, SO..just got done weedeating around what I wanted to do, run the vacuum, did laundry, took a shower and bathed the dogs ! Now I am resting with the heating pad on my shoulder. Wore me out !
    I just talked with Millie. She has a kidney infection and is not feeling well at all. Bill, who had his knee done right before Jim, is having a time with his back due to his knee not being done right. I think they are actually going to see a lawyer about it. Now that they Dr has told them what the problem is. She is sending me a medium box from the post office full of jewelry from her. She wants to make sure I get it all before anything happens to her. Isn’t she the sweetest thing ? It not anything expensive just older costume and some sterling. But she wants me to have it. Says she knows I will appreciate it and use it. I am very tired and going to rest now. Ya’all take care.
    Janet, dear prayers for you, as always. God will be with you.
    Jennie, I will be fine. I have a nephew who lives a stones throw away, who is just a phone call away. He knows he is on call in case “Auntie” needs him.
    Thanks to all of you for your prayers
    Love
    Tonie

    • Tonie, I suspect that power outage saved you from complete exhaustion. What a relief it will be when you are past the surgery and home where you can manage your pain and JUST REST. I agree with Chris…you be good. Just ignore all those needs around the place and take care of yourself first.
      I am so saddened to hear about Millie and Bill. I feel as if I know them and know they shouldn’t be having such a rough time of it. How upsetting for them to have to face the legalities of problems after his knee surgery. Pray it goes smoothly. Also, will say extra prayers for her kidney infection to heal quickly. They have been such dear friends to you over the years in AZ, I know. Are they managing to get around to their appts? Old age is not for sissies and I know they are strong but how much can a couple take? They are so fortunate to have you in their lives, even if it’s only now from a distance. No mileage on love. Be blessed with the assurance we each will be thinking of you tomorrow and send you our strength..safe travels, excellent results, and good recouping. Much love, Sue

      • Sue:
        Millie n Bill are just a few minutes from any of their appts and he is still driving. She finished up her kidney meds yesterday and was just really sick. She is upset over him suffering with a botched knee replacement. They are my sweet sweet loves. I pray all the time that I get to go see them again in this life.
        Well, the chicks are transferred, the pen is ready for the boys tomorrow. I took my shower and washed with that stinky Dial soap I don’t like, and am now ready to get to bed. Love you all Say a prayer for me in the am
        Tonie

  12. HELLO…….WOULD YOU BE SO KIND AS TO PRAY FOR MY FRIEND IN HOLLAND, WHO IS LOSING HER FIGHT AGAINST CANCER, AND WILL BE GOING IN TO A HOSPICE NEXT WEEK……..THOUGHT SHE WAS DOING FINE, GOT OVER HER BOWEL SURGERY, THEN HER THROAT SURGERY…..SEEMED TO BE BOUNCING BACK, BUT IT GOT HER IN THE END….MY MOM IS IN PIECES AS THIS LADY IS HER OLDEST AND DEAREST FRIEND, AND CLOSE TO ME TOO………THANK YOU….JENNIE X

    • Oh Jennie, I am so sorry to hear your Mom’s dear friend, and yours is facing the end of her life. I know she and your Mom are quite a pair. I can see what an impact it will have on your Mom’s daily life. Of course, we will pray for her peaceful, painless passing as well as for each of you dear friend. Love, Sue

    • Jennie, so sorry about your mom’s friend. Is this the lady who came with her to visit ?? Of course I will pray for her

    • YES CHRIS IT IS….SHE IS IN A BAD WAY, WILL SPEAK TO MY MOM LATER AND SEE HOW IT WENT WHEN SHE WENT TO SEE HER AT HOME FOR THE LAST TIME…….MY MOM IS 91 NOW, AND THIS IS A SHOCK TO HER……………JEN X

  13. Sue
    I hope you body hadn’t got anymore aches after falling .that is certainly a miracle that Jim was there
    Also it makes this week a better feeling for you with a dr. you respect
    Tonie
    Look after yourself.be thinking of you
    YOU BE GOOD

    • Thanks Chris, but I didn’t fall and that’s the great part. It’s wonderful to have friends like you to care so much. If you ever saw Jim you’d see it’s like falling into a tree he’s so strong; except for when he slips on the ice. He’s going back to work tomorrow after his sick leave. His shoulder is healing well and the last three weeks were vacation time for me and my appts., etc. but it’s time now to get back to it, although he will be taking me back to Portland this week for that one appt.
      Is your Dad still at home? I know you worry about him and pray he stays safe. Got to catch up on all the news now with all, love you, Sue

      • CHRIS SWEETIE, HOW ARE THINGS GOING AROUND THERE? NO NEWS ON YOUR DAD IN A WHILE HOPE ALL IS GOING WELL FOR HIM, OR MAYBE I MISSED A POST. HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL THESE DAYS AND YOUR DH TOO. THINKING ABOUT YOU OFTEN.
        LOVE YOU BIG!
        XXX

  14. Sue, such a lovely blog and so much food for thought. Our pastor just started a series in the book of James- talked about counting it all joy when we are suffering through trials, because of the perseverance and character that are developed. He said when our faith is being tried by fire, it’s pretty normsl to have the occasional meltdown! I loved that- it made me laugh, mostly at myself.
    I’m so glad your treatment plan is coming together and God worked things out so nicely for you to see the doctors that you can trust and be comfortable with. As for little George in the medical bldg, just consider him a therapy dog! He surely brightened everyone’s day.

    I had my bladder scope Thurs. still no clear cause for the blood in the urine other than “inflammation” , but we ruled out the darker possibilities – no lesions or ulcerations and no cancer. A BIG thank you to God for that. They gave me a little Xanax before the procedure and it knocked me on my caboose! I slept all afternoon til 9 pm, drank a glass of milk and went to bed slept through til 9:30 next morning. Came home after work and crashed again and slept through most of Saturday. Just starting to feel like myself again after all that.
    I could really use your prayers this week and next. Three crucial appointments coming up- interviewing a possible new primary care physician Tues. Follow up with neurologist on Thurs (after “flunking” my sleep study- in 6 hr study, 131 pauses in breathing > 10 sec, a couple dips in oxygen level as low as 38%, and lots of limb jerking ) I knew I wasn’t sleeping well but no idea it was that bad. I use CPAP machine, which will have to be readjusted or titrated soon- which means another sleep study. Then next week I have made an appt with a psychiatrist to review the combination of antidepressants I take, some for fibromyalgia and neuropathy, some for depression. After the sleep study, I wonder if it is more fatigue masquerading as increased depression? My primary doc had increased my dosages, but I feel over medicated and not really any less “depressed”.
    Still have to make appt with GI for esophageal/gastric scope to determine if I have a hiatal hernia. My surgeon would like to do a Nissen procedure to treat my reflux and hopefully get me off the reflux meds that are screwing up absorption and causing vitamin deficiencies. If I have hiatal hernia he would repair it at the same time.
    Meanwhile I’m just trying to take it one day at a time- kind of overwhelming. Seems so little compared to what many of you are facing…
    Not a lot of energy to post here as much as I’d like, but I love you all so dearly, and think of you/ pray for you frequently. Thanks for being there.
    TaTa for now, “Princess Crabby Pants”

    • Princess, you have every reason to be a “Crabby Pants”. For what it’s worth, I think you may be on to something with your suspicions. Glad you are following them up. It is so easy these days for docs to throw more medicine at everything and so easy to overmedicate and then misread the resulting symptoms. Time to get down to the facts – the facts, ma’am, just the facts. 😉 Prayers for you, my dear.

    • DEAR ANNE, YOU HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON WITH YOU! GO WITH YOUR GUT FEELING ABOUT BEING OVER MEDICATED. ONE DAY AT A TIME IS A GOOD THING, AND SOMETIMES ONE MOMENT WORKS TOO. WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH IS AS BIG AS ANYONE ELSE ON THIS BLOG. WE CAN NOT COMPARE THAT.
      TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF, AS YOU ARE DOING. SENDING PRAYERS FOR STRENGTH TO GET THROUGH ALL THIS AND ANGELS TO GUIDE YOUR WAY.
      LOVE YA PRINCESS!
      XXX

  15. HELLO EVERYONE………….SPOKE TO MY DEAR OLD MOM THIS MORNING, I WISH I WAS AS STRONG AS SHE, SHE LAY ON THE BED WITH HER FRIEND AND HELD HER HAND AND SPOKE OF ALL THE GOOD TIMES THEY HAD TOGETHER, AND HOW HAPPY SHE WAS AT THEM BOTH BEING ABLE TO HAVE COME HER TO ME IN FRANCE LAST YEAR………….MY MOM SAVED HER TEARS UNTIL SHE GOT HOME, BUT I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN WITH HER TO SUPPORT HER.

    TONIE….YOU KNOW I AM PRAYING FOR YOU MY FRIEND, I PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE IN SAFE HANDS AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO MANAGE WITH THE HELP OF YOUR NEPHEW WHEN YOU GET BACK…….LOVE YOU JENNIE POO XXX

    CHRIS….IF YOU ARE AROUND, I COULD DO WITH A CHAT, LET ME KNOW WHEN…..LOVE YOU JEN X

    SUE……HOW ARE YOU NOW LOVE? NO MORE FALLS, AND HAVE YOU RECOVERED FROM YOUR AWFUL JOURNEY? WHAT DATE DO YOU HAVE FIXED FOR THE NEXT VISIT TO HOSPITAL? GOOD NEWS JIM IS ABLE TO RETURN TO WORK AND HAS HEALED WELL, LETS GET THE SAME RESULT FOR YOU……..I LOVE YOU….JEN X

    ANNIE……I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU PETAL, AND HOPE ALL YOUR APPOINTMENTS HELP YOU GET SORTED OUT, STRANGE ABOUT THE BLOOD IN THE URINE THOUGH ISN’T IT? I DON’T LIKE THAT YOU FEEL OVER MEDICATED, THATS NOT RIGHT, MAYBE THE MEDS SHOULD BE ADJUSTED TO SUIT……………….TAKE CARE LOVE…….JENNIE X

    BY THE WAY MY FRIEND/MOMS FRIENDS NAME IS BEP (BETTY) DAMEN, THANKS FOR THINKING OF HER…..HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GOOD DAY, AND THAT NONE OF YOU ARE NEAR THE LATEST STORMS………JENNIE XXXX

    • OH JENNIE POO,SENDING PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOU. AS WE ALWAYS SAY, GOD IS IN CHARGE. MAY EVERYTHING BE PEACEFUL AROUND BEP AND ALL AROUND HER.
      LOVE YOU JENNIE. XXX

      • WELL JENNIE POO, I’M THE SAME!!! BUT MY SISTER IS WAITING FOR THE OPERATION ON MAY 14TH. EVERY TIME SHE TRYS TO DO SOMETHING SHE BLEEDS. SHE IS FINDING IT VERY HARD. I KNOW WE ALL UNDERSTAND HOW FRUSTRATING THAT CAN BE. WILL LET YOU KNOW ONCE SHE HAS HAD THE OPERATION. THANK YOU JENNIE FOR CARING. IT MEANS A WHOLE LOT. YOU TAKE GOOD CARE ALSO AND HAVE FUN GETTING READY FOR YOUR TRIP. IT’S COMING FAST NOW. SO MUCH FUN TO LOOK FORWARD TO.
        LOTS OF LOVE SWEETPEA!
        XXX

  16. hi all
    I am home and doing fine. my dil came up to stay with me so all is well. very sore but pain meds to help. more soon.
    love
    tonie
    (ee Cummings)

  17. OH TONIE SO HAPPY TO HEAR EVERYTHING WENT AS PLANNED. VERY KIND OF YOUR DIL TO COME SPEND SOMETIME WITH YOU. NOW I EVEN FEEL BETTER KNOWING YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
    YOU TAKE GOOD CARE SWEETPEA !
    LOVE YOU BIG! SENDING HEALING PRAYERS AND LOVING ANGELS.
    XXX

  18. Dear friends, Just talked to Tonie this AM and also spoke with her last night. The surgery turned out to be more extensive than originally planned. She was injected with a local anesthetic drug afterwards and it wore off in the night last night and gave her a bit of a rough time but the pain meds are helping greatly. She was intubated during the surgery (breathing tube down her throat)and had a sore throat but it is improved today. I’m also pleased she has help with her DIL arriving. They were out chasing chicks this morning, or hopefully, Tonie was only observing. Difficult for her to peck at the keys right now so told her I would enter this, and she sends love to each of you.

    Jennie, Prayers for your friend, Bep. What a brick your Mom is. So painful to lose a dear, close friend. prayers for all who love Bep.Pray your beautiful garden is bringing peace to both you and DH and that you’re preparing successfully for your trip. I know you’re excited and a bit apprehensive. I think it will be wonderful and then you can rest when you get home. Love you.

    Back later to all…Love, Sue

    • Sue…..Thanks for the update on Tonie, its great that you are her eyes and hands when in so much pain yourself, what a nice and typical thing for you to do. Yes my Mom is a “Brick” thought we only said that in the UK…..funny old saying when you think about it. Been told by a friend yesterday, that when you type always in Capitals, in computer speak you are “Shouting” and its not good for your computer….yes I know, but he seemed to know what he was talking about.
      Well today there is some sunshine, I am hoping that means some fresh air out in the garden for a couple of hours…..please God…….how are you getting on sweetie, when is your hospital date due, should be soon…yes? Take care and God bless and keep you safe….same to Tonie, and everyone else……..with love…Jennie xx

      • Jennie, One must remember many of us are of British descent. Brick, indeed. I hope you have a wonderfully cool yet fresh breeze in your beautiful garden. It’s actually warmish here, which means in the mid 70’s but it gets warmer up here in our upstairs, our bedroom. Here, on the NW Oregon coast spring is bursting out all over. Even the rhodies are blooming. Looks like rain is heading in for the weekend.
        What is the latest on your dear friend? I’m not too sure what you meant by the hospital, but I am going into Portland to see the new oncologist Friday. Another trip but necessary. I will also have to see the surgeon’s nurse because the fluid has built up in the wound again so must get it drained. Should be a pretty trip but do hope it gets a little overcast. So much going on here. Need to work on the new blog so will make this brief. I hope the change from capitals isn’t too tiring for your hands. Love you much, Sue

      • YES SUE, VERY KIND OF YOU TO KEEP US UP TO DATE WITH OUR TONIE. WE WERE ALL WONDERING HOW SHE WAS DOING. THANKS AGAIN SUE. LOVE YOU BIG.
        XXX

  19. My Peeps; I finally got the croup bug from my little grands, and although the cough isn’t quite the same with adults, it makes my body ache from the exertion. My flare continues,but the doctor did say not to expect any improvement until I have received several infusions of the new drug. I had some tests before Easter and the radiologist didn’t like something he saw on my chest x ray so I will be having a chest CT scan on Friday. I did have a base line TC scan of my lungs in 2002 after my last pleural infusion, so that should be available for comparison. Between the cold and the rheumatoid flare my energy level is nil. – it is even difficult to write this! The ice is out at the lake but I have no idea when I will feel well enough or have the energy to go to the cottage. Last week I did go to the hospital to see my hematologist because of pain and swelling in my left lower leg, but a ultra sound revealed that the swelling was from a ruptured Bakers cyst behind my knee, and not a DVD – there is always something to be thankful for, right?
    Sue, I think of you often, and am glad that thing re falling in place for your treatments,
    Tonie, glad you are at home and have help … I now how difficult it can be only having one arm to use!
    Sorry, can’t write any further but I am reading your comments and my thoughts are with each one of you. Love and Hugs … Brenda

      • Thank you Lyn. When I went in to the hospital concerning my leg I was first told I would be given a blood thinner and then return the next day for more testing, but seeing how much pain I was in (and rushing I had left my break through pain meds at home) thankfully the doctor ordered the U/S on an urgent basis that day. The virus I have feels deep inside me, so if there is no improvement in the morning, I think I should once again see a doctor.
        Sweet dreams … Pommum B.

    • Pommum Brenda, I am so sorry you’re going through so much right now. A ruptured Baker’s cyst has to hurt terribly…And now that wretched flu. Oh dear. Definitely pushing the endurance envelope, huh? I hope the new biologics can be started very soon. Enough pain and suffering for you…I know. Whether you are able to write to us or not you are in our hearts and prayers dear girl. Hope DH and the kids got over that nasty bug. Hope you have something for the cough. Don’t want you to break anything coughing. Yes, I’m getting there…where? Don’t know just yet. Much love..Sue

    • Pommum………good luck darling with your scan on Friday, let us know how it goes will you? What is the new drug they are giving you? Glad you didn’t have a dreaded DVD in your leg after all……take care my friend….love Jennie xx

      • DEAR POMMUM BRENDA, YOU CERTAINLY DIDN’T NEED THAT ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE. KEEP US POSTED ON WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO BACK. I REMEMBER WHEN MY 3 KIDS HAD THE CROUP, HOPE YOU DO NOT HAVE THOSE COUGHING SPELLS. THAT ALONE WILL WEAR YOU OUT. YOU CERTAINLY ARE A VERY STRONG WOMAN WITH LOTS OF FAITH. HOPE YOU ARE ABLE TO GET TO THE COTTAGE SO YOU CAN REST BUT I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THE MOVE RIGHT NOW WOULD BE WAY TO MUCH FOR YOU IN YOUR CONDITION. PRAYING FOR YOU TO HEAL FAST AND ANGELS TO GUIDE YOU AND YOUR DOCS AND OF COURSE YOUR FAMILY. LOVE YOU BIG BRENDA!
        XXX

  20. I didn’t know that about using caps all the time Jennie
    Suzanne
    My dad is good some days then bad .cant understand what he is trying to say.then he seems to pick up and I can .he still goes to town on his buggy and does some shopping

    DH was ill this morning bp meds playing him up with his Menieres ,couldn’t get out of bed..so he has cut back a small ammount. Seems better tonight so we got to go to a meeting of the history society.he didn’t have to talk to anyone which is good as if he does it means listening which he can’t do and it puts his bp up. I mostly do the talking for us

    Sue
    When will you be staying those weeks in Portland?
    Such a long trip again Friday for you

    Nice day here today,did some gardening and cut back the ivy
    Might do some wood staining tomorrow if it’s dry
    Tonie
    You keep resting and resting!
    Chris

    • OH CHRIS, SO SORRY FOR YOUR DAD, IT’S HARD TO SEE OUR PARENTS GROW OLD WHEN THEY HAVE HEALTH PROBLEMS. NOT SURE IF GOING TO TOWN ON HIS BUGGY IS GOOD OR SCARY FOR YOU.
      HOW IS DH TODAY? HOPE THE BP IS UNDER CONTROL.

      JENNIE I DID KNOW THAT ABOUT CAPS, WHILE I WAS STILL WORKING THE SCHOOL BOARD E-MAILED US WITH THAT INFO. BUT FOR NOW WHILE MY HANDS ARE SO PAINFUL IT IS EASIER TO DO THE CAP THING. HOPING TO GET THAT PAIN UNDER CONTROL AND WILL THEN GO BACK TO REGULAR WRITING.

      CHRIS AND JENNIE POO, LOVE YOU BOTH. HOPE YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES ALL HAVE A GOOD DAY!
      XXX

  21. Hey all:
    Doing really good today. Got to take the dressings off and take a shower. Dressed myself, and did good so I sent my DIL back to her brood. They are closing on a new home, so they need to get packed up. It was a good visit with her. It really doesn’t hurt as much as it did before surgery. Thank you all for your prayers. I know that is why !
    Well off to sleepy by. Sue will be in prayer for your trip. Chris, have fun with your garden, what are you staining ?
    Jennie, yep we got all kinds of sayings I bet you have heard a time or two.

    Well the chicks moved themselves back to the dog pen 🙂 Found a hole and came back down. So I will leave them there until they are big enough to defend themselves. But tonight I am missing one 😦 Don’t know where she got to. Unless Chockie wanted some nuggets.
    Take care all:
    Prayers for each and everyone one
    Tonie

    • SO HAPPY FOR YOU TONIE. WHEN DO YOU GO BACK TO SEE YOUR DOC? HOPE YOU FIND YOUR CHICKIE.
      TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF TONIE.
      LOVE YOU BIG. PRAYING FOR FAST HEALING AND ANGELS TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU DID HAVE AN OPERATION……
      XXX

    • Tonie dear, hope you found your little chick. Was it the smallest one? Let’s hope she is safe. Hope your weather is looking better. What a year for weather it has been for so many. We got truly hot yesterday and haven’t hooked up our upstairs air conditioner yet. Hate the heat. As for me and my body, we would rather cover up to stay warm.
      I hope all is improving each day for you after the surgery. I know each of us worry that you will overdo. I wonder where we got that idea? Imagine, our spunky, determined Tonie doing too much. Please pamper yourself right now. Much love, Sue

  22. Hi everyone………..got visitors today, so bit short on time……just wanted to wish everyone a happy day, and will try and come back later, love you all, that was the most important thing I wanted to say……………..Jennie x

      • Hi Suzanne…….Well my guest has gone, and it was a lovely day, she is taking care of my Sacha whilst my DH and I go home to the UK on the 17th, so we made our last minute arrangements, its nice to be able to trust someone with your dog like that, she is great with him. In her garden, she made a bug hotel, I’ll send you a pic on f/b………yup May day seems to have come round again quickly, it would have been my lovely Dutch daddies birthday had he lived, all the tulips are out in force over there now, its an amazing sight, they don’t do well in my garden for some reason, how about you?…..Right better get the dishwasher loaded……I hope your day goes well petal….talk soon, love you………..Jennie Poo xx

  23. Tonie
    I’m painting the fence and trellis .bit of a bind doing all the in and out and sidey bits..prob take me a week or more…but like you I shall attack it!
    But you mrs must stay put…hear me?
    Gives good weather for the weekend
    Oh yea happy May Day all
    Chris

    • Chris…….Did you manage to finish what you started? Its rained most of the day here, but Barry managed to get some more troughs planted up, and put on the window ledges, so we are getting there……be in touch asap…love you…Jen x

  24. THANK YOU CHRIS, TOTALLY FORGOT TODAY WAS MAY DAY! NOW YOU DON’T OVER DO EITHER. PAINTING A FENCE AND TRELLIS IS A WHOLE LOT OF WORK. OVER ON THIS SIDE OF THE POND THEY ARE CALLING FOR RAIN ALL WEEKEND. POURING CATS AND DOGS RIGHT NOW. ENJOY YOUR DAY SWEETIE.
    LOVE YA!
    XXX

  25. SUE MY DEAR, HOPE YOUR DAY GOES WELL TOMORROW. PRAYING FOR YOU. ANOTHER LONG RIDE FOR YOU BUT LIKE YOU SAID YOU WILL ENJOY THE RIDE LOOKING AT SPRING IN FULL BLOOM. KEEP US POSTED.
    LOVE YOU BIG! PRAYERS AND GENTLE HUGS.
    XXX

  26. Sue….like Suzanne and everyone else, wishing you a safe journey, I know how hard it is for you, so get wedged into your seat with loads of comfy cushions etc, perhaps listen to some soothing music, cuddle George, and you will be there before you know it…..thinking of you all the way darling…………I love you……….Jen x

  27. Jennie
    Nope never got started painting
    Went out doing photos with DH and a coffee instead,he seems a bit better today.just can’t move his head too much
    It was ok all day untill 3ish and it poured down
    Is it a holiday this Monday with you or just uk?
    Sue,,
    Thinking of you tomorrow all the way there and all the way back!
    Chris

    • CHRIS……yes its also a Bank holiday here too. I made a cherry pie yesterday, the most unusual one ever, first put a layer of apple puree on the pastry base, then opened a bottle of cherries, poured off the juice, then cos I didn’t think there were enough cherries and I didn’t have any more, I opened a jar of glace cherries in brandy, then put the lid of the pastry on and baked for an hour, when I served it, it nearly blew our heads off…..it was great, along with a bottle of pinot gris, got a slight case of the hic hic’s………lol xx jen xx

      • Jennie, WOW…inebriation by pie, I can hear the officer as you or DH tried to explain the drunk driving, “But officer, it was only cherry pie!”. Truthfully it sounds delicious. Didn’t ignite in the oven did it?
        I am so very excited for you both as you plan your trip in a couple of weeks. Let’s all hope May Day brings change for all of us along with spring, beauty and warmth. We were very warm here yesterday hitting 89 F. Our upstairs, where the bedrooms are located was about 10 degrees hotter. Jim had a long day and wasn’t bothered by the heat as much as I but poor George, he did his usually “swimming” routine by splashing around in his water bowl and making a complete mess but he enjoyed it and was so elated, it’s difficult to be upset with him. What a zany little doll he is. Do stay well dear heart. Love, Sue

    • Chris, the trip will go more easily tomorrow knowing you and many other dear friends are thinking of me.
      I am saddened to hear about your DH having to suffer with the dizziness again. What a time he’s had with his B/P med! As I write this I realize none of us are truly uncomplicated, however. It is a little scary to hear your DD is out on his scooter with his history but what the heck, he can’t just sit around and must live. I hope his lady friend neighbor is still hovering over him.
      I hope you are getting some rest in between all of your care giving. Thanks again for your concern and love, Sue

  28. Suzanne, ever vigilant. How is it going for your treatment? Think of you often and pray you hold on until treatment begins. Love your comments to each of us as you watch over us all. Love, Sue

    • NO TREATMENT YET. HOPEFULLY WILL GET A DIAGNOSIS SOON AND THEN THE RIGHT MEDS TO AT LEAST CONTROL MY PAIN. I NOW HAVE TROUBLE JUST DOING DISHES AND AM NOT KEEPING UP WITH THE HOUSE. VERY HARD ON THE MORALE. I DO SLEEP A WHOLE LOT WHICH IS A GOD SEND AS I DON’T FEEL THE PAIN BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE PAIN WAKES ME UP. I NOW HAVE NODULES ON MY LITTLE FINGERS ANOTHER SIGN? I WILL KEEP YOU POSTED.
      I’M PRAYING FOR YOU TODAY SUE, SO ALL WILL GO WELL. LOVE YOU!
      GODSPEED!
      XXX

  29. Sue…..a bit jittery today, got to print out our boarding passes. worried in case I make a hash of it. Haven’t flown since 2008, didn’t need to do it then, just picked them up from the counter where your flight was registered….ah well…in for a penny, in for a pound. The cherry pie……what happened in the oven is my business….only kidding. By eck! it was lethal, had a hangover afterwards. I checked the long range forecast for the uk at the time of our travel, and its average, not gonna be that warm…never mind, its seeing the family that counts, to date 16 of us, and growing. I feel your pain when you are traveling my friend, its a right bugger sitting so long, but what can you do, you got to get there, and its the only way……my prayers go on each day, and I hope with the merging of everyone else’s, it will help you through this most difficult time…..you will come out the other side stronger, I know you will……such good news that Jim is back at work, and also that he has been there for you when you have needed him…God does work in mysterious ways huh my friend?
    I love you…………….Jen x

  30. Tonie……..I hope you have been resting and not chasing them there chucks round the yard……and leave the cooking alone too, just easy stuff for now, right? Have you still got help? Hope so…….Keep us posted on how you are feeling lovely…….love you…Jennie poo xx

  31. Chris….are you ok, anymore problems with Dad? How is you DH, dizziness better……I’ll call you asap…..tried to get some trousers today, hopeless, must be a funny shape or summat, or French women are pygmys….LOL ……Jen x

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