19 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 8-20-16

  1. 😆
    Yesterday, we were out of milk and apples. So, Elvera and I went to Harris-Teeter, a NC grocery chain. We just went in to buy those two things. Milk and small red apples. The fact that I took Elvera with me is important to this story.
    It cost me $76.45 to get out. But she had a card and “saved $17.11.” That’s almost 20%. No. it was all stuff we will use. Huge boxes of Cheerios and Raisin Bran. Two boxes of crackers because you buy one, you get one. That sort of thing. I would have come out with mil, apples and possibly some soup.
    I have told you several times before that it was her thrift that got us through the first seven years.

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  2. I’m with Elvera . . . Which is why I seldom shop with cash– the stress of missing a bargain because I don’t have enough money is too much for me! 🙂

    Girls in the house for the weekend! They’ve heard my husband’s stories– this is one you missed, Kim, and are now playing disc golf with some of the other guys in the family. Off to sail this afternoon– the friends are very excited to ride a sailboat.

    I tired to dampen their expectations, it’s a tired 30 year old catamaran.

    Or, as the skipper said, “you’re going to get wet.”

    It’s supposed to be 90, they should have a splendid time.

    I’ll be home writing and cooking.

    The vote is in and we’re off for a 4- day getaway soon. I can hardly wait– though I have a lot to do before then! 🙂

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  3. Or sick.

    🙂 May have found a much cheaper and less disruptive way around demo-ing the bathroom to fix a leak.

    🙂 I’m learning a few things along the way.

    🙂 And am grateful for finding ways that are costing less to do the same thing (I hope).

    🙂 Every time he comes into the house, the roofer/plumber has Tess attached to him, she’s in love. He seems to like her, too. And he loved my horse saddle in the living room, he’s a horse guy. At least I think that’s what I got from him. 🙂

    😦 I should have taken my Spanish classes much more seriously.


  4. 🙂 So relieved my bathroom won’t have to be demolished — as least not this week. That would have been more chaos than I’m ready for, I’m afraid.

    🙂 Hoping the quick fix will stop that leak for a good long time.

    😦 A mentally exhausting few days just thinking about all this and going back and forth on what to do or not to do. I was in very unfamiliar territory. I should have married a plumber, obviously.


  5. 🙂 After a dry summer, we have had rain several days this week, none that’s too much, and finally the grass is green again.

    🙂 A couple of days ago I was out in the backyard for 30 minutes or so with my camera, and I told my husband any entomologist or 12-year-old boy would love our backyard–I’d simply never seen so many insects (number and variety) in one little 50-square-foot section of yard. Besides the aphids and milkweed beetles (pest species), we had ladybugs, many kinds of bees and wasps, butterflies and moths, and more.

    🙂 Work has been steady.

    😦 It’s hard to watch Misten getting old, and frequently needing help to get to her feet. It does make me glad we don’t have a house with stairs. At most I have to help her up two steps. And she finally seems to understand that if I lift her back end, I’m helping her, and it’s time to go ahead and brace her front feet and stand. It used to be I’d lift her back end but she didn’t understand the concept of putting her weight on her legs now that she was up, and she’d still be limp, and I would have to do it two or three times before she’d finally sort of scramble and get her bearings. Now I lift her and right away she knows to take the weight and stand. (You really CAN teach an old dog new “tricks”!)


  6. DJ, I’ve told my husband several times that I married him because I needed an IT guy. 🙂 When he replaced my computer recently, he did all the research as to what I needed (not even asking me for my “approval” as to what he was ordering), and he is the one who has been setting it up. Now, since he isn’t actually a professional and some of the stuff he was doing was a challenge for him, he hasn’t actually finished yet and I want full use of my computer. But I couldn’t have done it myself and couldn’t have afforded to pay someone to do it, so it works out.


  7. A towel used as a sling is a handy tool to help dogs up, too — I learned that with Pilgrim, my Australian shepherd, when he was diagnosed with diabetes and lost strength (temporarily until he was stabilized) in his rear legs. The clinic personnel showed that trick to me when I took him home from his initial hospitalization, you roll the towel a bit and just put it under the abdomen, then gently lift.



  8. 😦 So sad that our friends lost their baby Samantha who had been a real fighter since being born in June with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
    🙂 Enjoyed an afternoon with my Mrs. B. at Belle Isle State Park celebrating our 25th anniversary.
    🙂 Spent this afternoon with my aspiring pilot son at a nearby annual air show watching performances by an assortment of military and civilian planes and several copters, including the Batcopter.

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  9. Cheryl – Have you tried glucosamine for dogs? I think they are often called Joint Relief, or something similar. We have Heidi on 750mg a day (divided into three doses throughout the day). She has a bad hip, which sometimes prevents her from jumping on the bed at night. I think the glucosamine has helped. (I realize Misten’s problem is more age-related, but thought this might help at least a little bit.)

    BTW, I cried reading your comment about her. I know how much you love her, & I think many of us here, myself included, feel a love for her, too, through reading all you’ve written about her over the years.

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  10. I should have said that besides having trouble jumping on the bed sometimes, Heidi also has a limp when she first gets up from lying down, especially if she’s been lying down for a while.


  11. Thanks, DJ. I’ll try that. Kizzie, she’s on prescription meds (two different ones for joints and pain), but I’m not at all sure they have helped. Hopefully they can help us figure out something Monday.

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  12. Our aspiring pilot son has a sweatshirt given to him by a local cropduster who wants son to take over his business. It says, “I am a cropduster but don’t tell my mom. She thinks I am a piano player in a whorehouse in Winnemucca.” Children….

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  13. We aren’t having early service this morning. We go to SS at 9:30 and at 10:45 we all meet in what is a gym, dining hall and whatever else. I think they are having something for Becky, but I don’t know that.
    Following is a letter Becky sent to the church, if anyone is interested.

    August 17, 2016

    Dear Beloved Church Family,

    As I look back on the last nine years I am so blessed when I think of my time on staff here at Friendly Avenue. It has been blessing to lead and serve the preschool and children’s ministry here at Friendly Avenue. While I’ve been on staff the people of Friendly Avenue have encouraged me and family, they loved us well. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve, learn and grow alongside other parents and fellow staff members. I’ve grown and learned so much, especially about the grace, mercy and provision that only the Lord can provide.

    Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”. Our family has left a season of life with infants, toddlers and preschoolers and we’ve entered a new season of school age children. This is exciting, scary and busy. Brian and I humbly seek guidance from the Lord daily on how to lead, disciple and love them in the way Christ loves the church. Since I began serving at Friendly Avenue I’ve always tried to stay focused on the first ministry that God gave me, a ministry to my husband and children while striving to serve Friendly Avenue well.

    In order to be obedient to God and his call on my life to first care for my husband and children it is necessary for me to resign my position as Preschool and Families Ministry Director at Friendly Avenue effective August 31, 2016. Please know this is a decision that Brian and I have prayed over, sought God’s word and talked about in great length.

    Thank you for you love and support. This is not goodbye. The Muller family will still be a part of the Body of Christ here at Friendly Avenue.

    In His Love,

    Becky Muller

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  14. Chas, in answer to your question, no, yesterday was not our 25th anniversary. That was Wednesday, same as your birthday. Our afternoon at Belle Isle was earlier in the week. But it’s still worth raving about this weekend. 🙂


  15. Nothing special. They gave Becky a flower bouquet, but they were already almost 1.5 hrs. into the service. That illustrates one of the problems in this church, and it affected Becky especially. The services almost always go over time. Usually for trivial reasons. Today, it was a combination of children’s SS promotion. (Youngest great-granddaughter got a red bible with her name on it. She was very proud.) And a “prayer for America, in which the guy leading the prayer preached his own sermon.
    Pastor Steve in FBCHNC always started and stopped on time. The reason, he said, is because of the nursery.
    In the old days, church services could go for a couple of hours. But today everyone is on schedule. The nursery workers have to keep the children. An hour passes. Parents don’t come. Children get restless. To make it worse, invariably some parents come before it’s over to retrieve their child. Some of the other children are then expecting their parents. Some think they have been forgotten.
    It then becomes hard to get volunteer nursery workers. The don’t know what to expect.

    It’s a shame that the clock even determines the length of church services. But everyone has a schedule today.


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