19 thoughts on “Rants! and Raves! 12-29-18

  1. Wait ’till next year.
    Anyhow, Gamecocks are playing Virginia cavilers today. Should be a good game.
    Clemson and Notre Dame are playing tonight. I’m trying to decide which I want to lose.
    I should be for Clemson. It’s just that I don’t like Tigers.

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  2. πŸ™‚ Lovely early Christmas celebration with most of the grands.

    πŸ™‚ Being able to stay in when the snow hit. Our neighbor has plowed our driveway a few times for us. Husband told him he did not need to do that, but he told him he can’t stand to see him out with the snow blower when it can be plowed with a truck so easily. My husband kind of likes the blower since no big banks are left. Nevertheless, it is a blessing to have neighbors like this. I kind of like husband doing it, since it makes him get a little more exercise. He does walk, but this uses a lot of other muscles. I love the beauty of the snow.

    😦 Our friend’s daughter died after a long struggle with her cancer. She was a believer and trusted God. It is a long story, but these two had issues and forgiveness was given. He had the blessing of helping his daughter during this difficult time. God blessed him with a fiancΓ© who understood and helped in wonderful ways.

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  3. πŸ™‚ A wonderful Christmas with our children and their dogs. Very little money was spent and that is a very good thing. It was so relaxing with no stress (other than the youngest pup having an accident or two). Just being together and playing games and watching movies and hanging out.

    πŸ™‚ Husband is outside cutting more wood (which will then need to be chopped). The wood that our small group men chopped and loaded into the house has lasted this long and will probably last until the new year πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Close friends are dropping by today to see the progress on the kitchen (and probably will insist on helping)

    πŸ™‚ Antibiotics

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  4. πŸ™‚ Second son wanted to go to breakfast today, “just the original six.” It was fun. We all ordered the same thing except Stargazer–so we told the waitress he was adopted. πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ Finally off to see the Mary Poppins movie today with the Adorables.

    πŸ™‚ I’ve read three thick historical novels in the last two days. Finally, finally, relaxing enough to let anything else go and just rest.

    😦 So I didn’t sleep much after 3 this morning–too much resting during the day?! LOL

    πŸ™‚ It’s been wonderful having my whole family around and happy the last 10 days. Feeling very blessed and grateful.

    πŸ™‚ 23 weeks along and measuring fine. We are most grateful for that.

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  5. Football is a stupid game. Just a bunch of huge men bumping into each other and playing with a silly looking ball. A person would have to be dumb to spend Saturday afternoon watching such stuff.
    When he could be ?????????????

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  6. Second Nephew has acquired the taste for American college football. We keep telling him Canadian football is better, but he pays no heed. He is a numbers guy, so knows all the college stats and has a driving need to watch games like others need their TV shows.


  7. I’ve been thinking back over 2018 and all the reasons to be grateful. Mostly because on April 4 I lost an aunt on one side and an uncle on the other but at 8 pm a little girl entered my life and filled it with a different kind of love. Oh don’t get me wrong. I love my child but I was responsible for raising her and making sure she is a responsible, functioning adult. This new one? The only thing I have to do is lover her. She can be a complete monster and then she smiles at me and I melt.

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  8. Kim, in Texas, Elvera kept a girl like that for a while.
    If she was wet, she would scream and holler all the time you were changing her
    When she got the dry diaper on, she would smile.
    Weirdest thing, but it captured your heart.
    She’s about 60 now, broken a ;lot of hearts along the way and hopefully captured onel

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  9. πŸ™‚ Got to hold our granddaughter this week.

    😦 My husband didn’t get to. Being sick, he elected to wear a mask, not hold the baby, and not hug anyone or shake hands.

    πŸ™‚ Yesterday I decided to try the second of the three walking trails within a couple miles of our home. It was nicer than I expected, and I’ll return.

    😦 My husband has been sick a large enough percentage of the time recently we are both growing weary of it. Tomorrow will be at least the third time I’ll have gone to a morning service without him in the last five weeks. (At least the second in a row, maybe the third. I know he didn’t go with me in the evening two weeks ago, and I don’t remember if he went in the morning.)

    😦 I think this is the first time in my life I haven’t talked to any of my siblings the week of Christmas. Everyone’s families are growing up, three of my brothers have several grandkids each, it’s harder to reach people every year, and this year I didn’t bother to try.

    😦 One of my friends (probably my closest friend) just lost her mother last night. It wasn’t unexpected, and has actually been years “in coming.” (She had cancer and other ailments, the cancer in recent months quite advanced and inoperable.) Years and years ago, before my parents or hers had daughters, our parents knew each other. (They attended the same church in Illinois.) Her parents had had multiple miscarriages without a live birth, and my parents had four sons. Their daughters met in college 25 years later; both of us had lost our father by then. And now both of us have lost our mother, too.

    😦 It has been a good year in several ways, with the grandbaby and the move topping the list. But it has been a hard, and sobering, year in many ways, too, and one with a lot of death and a lot of sickness in it.

    😦 A community I have been part of for several years is disbanding, and though “it’s time” for it to do so and I’ve been involved little recently, it probably still is another loss.

    πŸ™‚ Christmas was good, God is great, and less than 12 hours from now I will be able to worship God and fellowship with His people.

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  10. 😦 In many ways, this has been a tough year for my family.

    Due to her anxiety and emotional struggles, Chickadee started to over-react to The Boy while childsitting, and then quit childsitting altogether after a misunderstanding with her sister that turned into an argument. (Losing her companionship and help with taking care of The Boy, although probably for the best for more than one reason, has made things more difficult for me.) She has also had more difficulty in other areas.

    The Boy still misses his papa, although he doesn’t mention him much. He has gained too much weight over the past year, which is a concern. There is still the concern that he may be mildly autistic. (He will be assessed in January at a children’s hospital.)

    The added responsibilities on Nightingale, along with trying to raise a difficult child and working, as well as her other activities and responsibilities, have added to her stress. The break-up with her boyfriend hurt, and was disappointing. She so very much wants to have a lasting relationship that will lead to marriage and more children, but doesn’t see any opportunity for that on the horizon as she is on the verge of turning 30 in May. Sadly, she seems to think that the problem is with her. (She also doesn’t realize how very pretty she is.)

    And then there’s me. You all know much of what I have been feeling throughout the year, as I have shared many of my thoughts and feelings with you. Looming ahead of me for the beginning of 2019 is going through Hubby’s things, starting with his many, many clothes. Our church has a clothing ministry, so I know where the good ones will be going to when I finally get to them, but it is a daunting project. (I will probably ask Nightingale, and maybe Chickadee, too, to help.)

    And of course, we have all still been grieving the loss of Hubby’s presence in our family.

    πŸ™‚ Even so, as the new year is about to begin, I have a feeling of cautious anticipation. I am praying and hoping that it will be a year of positive changes, and a time of refreshment for me in certain ways.

    We are still standing, still moving onward, still a loving family. I thank and praise God for that, and for His many other blessings to me in the midst of what has been the most difficult time of my life. (I can think of at least a couple other times that come pretty close to this, but for the emotional wallop, this is the worst.)

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  11. All afternoon she has thought that we were supposed to get into the car and go home.
    I have her on the recliner in the “family room” where she is waiting for me to come and take her.
    I promised that I wouldn’t leave without her.
    That’ll do for now. When it gets bedtime, it should be easier.


  12. Chas your love for Elvera inspires me. My husband has physical limitations. He is mostly in pain and some of the medications he sometimes has to take cause him to pause and search for words. I lose my patience sometimes. Then I come here and read something you have written, take a deep breath and regain my equilibrium.
    I know sometimes you tell us you only have one purpose left in life but you truly have many. I think it is safe to say you add to all of our lives. We love you.

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  13. Chas – I agree with what Kim wrote.

    Your comments were very touching, and had me teary-eyed over her confusion and over your sweetness to her. God bless you both.


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