You may lose friends, but family is forever.

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In the last two weeks I have lost both of my friends (in photo). I grew up with Barry and his family.  When Billie started coming to our church years ago I got to know her. She had a laugh that would literally put you on the floor laughing with her. They were God loving people with two wonderful sons and grandchildren. Although Billie had Stage 4 Cancer; Barry left this world about 13 days before her. They are now together again.

When you stop to think about all the friends you have had in your life – how many do you get with now? How many have turned their backs on you for whatever reason?

My husband and I have lost several friends to death. I don’t mean to view death as “forever” because I believe we will see them again when our time is up and what a REUNION that will be.

Listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on Sunday he too talked about how former friends are no longer friends because of differences in beliefs. How sad it is that if one doesn’t believe exactly like you then you can no longer be with them. We all serve the same God and he never preached to walk away except for certain reasons. The only reason I know that is biblical is if one turns their back on God and blasphemes Him. I know I have not done that.

NOW for more fun stuff!

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My only grandson just turned seventeen and has entered his Senior year! Wow, how can that possibly be? His mom took him to the KC and Vikings football game this past weekend. It didn’t matter to him which one won as he is a big fan of both. This photo makes him look like he has ear rings but he doesn’t. Must have been whatever he was standing in front of. Jennifer and he had a wonderful time in KC messing around.

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This is a photo she sent me on Facebook of them being at the California Pizza Kitchen when he was younger and then now. As any teenage boy can do he could probably eat the whole pizza by himself this time! ha

The Family of Jesus

I just finished reading The Family of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury. It would be great for a Bible Study or Book Club. It has extra studies in the back of it.

Fifteen Minutes

I JUST finished this one; Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury. If you follow American Idol, or any of the talent shows this is a wonderful book to read. It tells what goes on behind the scenes and how the show works to it’s ratings advantage. I would recommend it to anyone. Karen Kingsbury is a Christian writer so you don’t have to worry about any bad language or stuff you would rather not read.

My son and his wife are moving to Shawnee, KS on Sept. 13th. He has already been up there working for almost a month. They found a house and she has found a job – at least for now. I am excited for them, yet sad because they won’t be as close. A mom never wants her kinds to move away but they do sometimes. I imagine once my grandson goes to college his mom will leave Wichita also. Will have to wait and see.

Have a great week everyone!

It is Thursday! Throw back photos.

Since I retired I keep forgetting what day it is. I invited my kids to meet us at Cracker Barrel last night for dinner only to find out it was Wednesday! I wanted the “Turkey” dinner that is a Thursday special. I was rather disappointed. Yet, each week holds a Thursday so I will go another time.

Reception

Here is a “Thursday” throw back photo for you. Bob and I got married on a Thursday (March 13, 1969). He was in the Air Force. I was 18 and he was 20. Boy was that a long time ago! Would love to be THAT THIN again. lol

Dad and I

Here is another one of the same day with my daddy. I remember he told me; “Now sis, when we go through that door, you can either turn right and go out the front door and I will take care of everything here. Or you can turn left and get married. The decision is up to you.” I miss him so much, he was my dad, counselor, friend and the most wonderful man I have ever known. I love this photo of us.

Sandy w 1970 VW Bug

This is a photo of me at our second apartment with our 1969 “bug”. As you can notice Bob “flared” the back finders and put larger tires on the rear. After that other people started doing it also. I loved that bug. I drove it all the way to California from Kansas by myself – not knowing it would not heat up I did not use the A/C in the desert. It was one long hot ride. lol

Jeremy and Jennifer on trip to Disneyland CA

Jeremy and Jennifer on trip to Disneyland CA

This is a photo of our twins, about 8 years old when we took them to Disneyland in California. They picked out the clothes they wanted to wear. I never dressed my twins alike accept for photos. I knew they were individuals and did not want to dress them alike. Besides the fact they were boy and girl they were mirror twins. Jennifer is right handed and Jeremy is left handed. If she was cold he was hot. They look alike but are totally opposite of each other. They are now 36 and have always been best friends.

Caroline

This is a photo of my sister, Caroline. She was 3 years older than I am. We were never best friends like my kids were. Yet, I miss her everyday. She left us in 2010, seven months before my dad passed.

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This is my graduation dinner photo. My date was Claude. I have no idea where he is now. I did not get to go to my high school prom but our church had a Senior Graduation Dinner for us. Love my BIG hair and gloves! Yeah 1968!

1965 Fastback Mustang

This was our 1965 Mustang Fastback. Sure which I had that car now. This photo was taken in California at my husbands parents house (Garden Grove, CA) in 1969. On the way there we stayed in AZ over night and watched the first man set foot on the moon. Will never forget that.

Bob and I with my Great Grandma Ghan and nephew Jimmie (pre twins)

Bob and I with my Great Grandma Ghan and nephew Jimmie
(pre twins)

Last one – this was before we had the twins. Bob, my Grandma Ghan, myself and my nephew Jimmie. Grandma had come to visit my mom and we took this photo in the back yard.

Hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane with me!

Is it wrong to question your doctor?

It is reverberatingly quiet in my house right now. I am so used to my fur babies making noise, wanting out or tackling and fussing with each other that when they are at Diva Dogs getting all cleaned up and pretty I don’t really know how to enjoy the peaceful, wondrous peace that is present.

I recently found a wonderful website called: http://www.halfpricebooks.com
While we were in California the books started rolling in. I ordered 18 books by Karen Kingsbury. I LOVE, LOVE her writing. Pictured below are just a few of them.

Kingsbury books

I also just ordered her newest release:

The Family of Jesus

This book will be good for individual reading, she also has a study guide and DVD’s that go with it for a church study group. She tells the story of Jesus in common everyday life as if we were there. I am so excited to get it. Hopefully this weekend. I may have to read it before I start on the other 18 books.

I know I have not written on my blog for almost a month. I need to explain that I have still been experiencing health problems – no, not serious but I just set and stare a lot, or just don’t have the energy to do ANYTHING. I can wake from a very good night’s sleep and an hour later I am ready for another 8 hours of sleep. I have ask my doctor for ages to do a TSH and T4 test on me for my thyroid but he felt that his normal CBC blood work was enough. It showed that my Thyroids levels were within range. I took it upon myself to go have my own blood work done at a Lab and see what it said. For the TSH the reference is 0.35-4.94. For the T4 the reference is 4.8-11.7

My TSH was 1.48 and my T4 was 5.9. Yes, they are within “range” but at the lower end. After telling doctor this he finally decided to try me on some Thyroid meds. Yesterday was a good day and it seems that today is also going well. My mind is clear and I am not so totally exhausted that all I want to do is sleep. I started the meds on July 4th and they say it takes up to 3 weeks to really so improvement. I am excited – I pray it continues to get better and better.

The symptoms I have been experiencing are:

  •  I am gaining weight inappropriately
  • I am constipated, sometimes severely
  • I have hypothermia/low body temperature (I feel cold when others feel hot, I need extra sweaters, etc.)
  • I feel fatigued, exhausted
  • Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
  • My skin is dry, scaly and very thin
  • I have a hoarse or gravely voice
  • I feel depressed
  • I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
  • I feel restless
  • My moods change easily
  • I have feelings of worthlessness
  • I have difficulty concentrating
  • I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
  • I have more feelings of sadness
  • I’m more forgetful lately
  • I can’t seem to remember things
  • My eyes feel gritty and dry
  • My eyes feel sensitive to light
  • I have tinnitus (ringing in ears) (although I believe I got mine from a fall)
  • I have vertigo
  • I feel some lightheadedness

These are the symptoms for Underactive Thyroid / hypothyroidism. Out of a list of 40 I have 22.

I feel that even if I am at the lower (within range) that doesn’t mean that everything is working correctly. My symptoms speak for themselves. My husband and children are glad I went ahead and took the blood test myself to find out what my levels are. Time will tell if this will help or not but I pray it does. My husband says he wants his Sandy back, and my kids say they want their mom back. The old mom who was fun, enjoyed doing things, felt like going places. This one doesn’t.

Are we wrong to question our doctors? No, I don’t believe we are. They have so much on their plates and we know our bodies better than anyone. I believe we have to follow our own hearts and find out what is going on.

Well, that is enough for today. I hope I didn’t depress you too much!

Oh, we finally got our basement shower fixed – there was a small peace of solder in the pipe. That simple! But now the shower has PLENTY of pressure.

Thank you for you reading my blog and babbling you are all great!

Route 66 to California

A week ago B and I got back from California. We had gone out the prior week to see his family. He had lost his only sister in February and we needed to help go through his sisters, Moms and her parents things. His Nephew was overwhelmed with all the stuff that was there. We had NO idea how much stuff they had until we arrived.

As we drove along you could see parts of the old Route 66 along the highway. We went to OKC and cut across this time, usually we take US 54 all the way down through the corner of OK. We found it a much smoother and easier ride. Four lanes almost all the way baby!

If you look to the right, you will see a red car – he is on the old Route 66. I do not think I would want to travel it today, up and down and rough!

Route 66

We hadn’t made the trip for about 12 years so it was a long trip – we used to drive it straight through or stay overnight one night. We stayed overnight two nights on the way out but only one night coming home. I think we were on auto pilot and ready to get home.

Views along the way

The rock formations were beautiful. Looked like they were placed by God individually.

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The WIND FARMS were awesome they were every where!

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We seen several trains going one way or the other.

Once we arrived we got to see B’s family and for the first time meet their twins. Since I too have twins, a boy and girl; it was special to finally see these too. We hadn’t seen the oldest girl since she was a baby. We enjoyed going to a musical concert her school put on Friday night.  After going through letters we found her musical talent (she has played violin for 5 years) may have come from her dad’s father.

Murrell Family

Once we got into the garage we seen we had our work cut out for us. There were four steamer trunks; one dating back to 1850 which B’s great-grandfather brought over with them from England when they came to America. This photo was taken after they were empty and moved to another Niece’s home. They have a person who will fix them up and sell them, with the proceeds going to Cancer Research.

I would have loved to have brought one home but just didn’t have room. We rented a Rave 4 and had it full on the way back! The one on top is the one from 1850. They were all about that age but didn’t have any proof on the other three like we did on the top one. Following this photo are vintage family photos – with the explanation below them.

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Above are some photos we found. We think the girl is LuBelle Whitworth, next is her father J.R. Whitworth, and then LuBelle and Blaine on their wedding day. We have the suit that Blaine has on in this photo. LuBelle and Thomas Blaine Mitchell were married in 1917. We found LOTS of old vintage photos.

My husbands step-sister Iona came over and helped us identify people and we shared and talked for hours while working through the trunks and many huge plastic tubs of stuff.

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B was not looking forward to this trip. Going home after your  Grandparents, dad, mom, and now sister have passed does make it seem lonely. After the trip he was so glad he went.

On Sunday I’s girls (4) and their families had a cook out for us. We had a wonderful time catching up, meeting new mates and kids, the kids and some adults swam. After all it was California.

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It was a long way home but we seen Cadillac Ranch and the Christ in stages to the cross.  We didn’t stop we just looked that way. We have seen them on the internet and that was good enough! ha

One place we did find of interest – we didn’t go in but thought I would show it to you – Route 66 Casino,

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Hope you enjoyed our trip – I spared you of a lot of photos! ha ha

 

Random thoughts for Thursday

I read blogs of other bloggers everyday. I can’t really say what my obsession is other than I like to see what other peoples lives are like? Does that make sense? Some write about their farm life, cooking, their children and their pets. Many are authors who write blogs and sell their books on media and hard copies also. Some are spiritual in nature and I read but have to be careful because sometimes the things they say are not to my belief as I read the Word of God. Some are very funny and I get a chuckle that I am not the only klutz around.

I have wondered if my blog ever touches anyone, is it boring or do people really enjoy reading it. I try to make mine a varied blog. Some of travel, my fur babies, my kids, news items, things that happen to people I know and try to make it worth reading.

The other day I wrote about not being a good cook; well today I am going to say I don’t like to dust. When we moved to our new downsized house we had to get smaller furniture to fit the smaller rooms. We went off light Oak to dark wood. OMW (oh my word) you can dust it every day and the next you could write your name in it.

So I will see if it helps but I bought table runners and place mats from LTD Commodities that say Live, Love and Laugh. I put a table runner under the TV in the living room and one on my long dresser in the bed room. I already have one on the white cabinet in the living room (which really we have 3 (two are stacked) – they are used as cabinets as I have an 8 x 8 kitchen. You put a stove, dishwasher and Ice Box in there and you don’t have any cabinets for storing can goods or cereal). Oh, back to my story. I put place mats on both of the end tables in the living room and on the night stands in our bed room. Now I can dust the edges and shake the runners and place mats when they need it. I also leave 4 placemats on our kitchen table which is also dark wood.

I found a photo of the white storage cabinets but please excuse Nicky, she is a photo boomer.

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Hubby sold his 1993 C4 Corvette a week ago. I know he didn’t want too but he just felt it was time. He has enjoyed it for several years and it was time for it to find a new home. He also wanted his R/T truck to get to set in the garage. We only have two garages here where we had 3 oversized ones at the other house. He has always wanted to take a trip to Alaska so maybe he will use the money for that. He deserves it for giving up his baby that he put so much work (and $$$$) into. Bye to his loved corvette:

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We need to get our dogs more “social” because we want to eventually travel and will need to take them with us. Up to this point when hubby would take Nicky for a walk he would end up carrying her back home (30 lbs.). She would freak out at everything. So we took them to the Exploration Center – across the bridge to the Indian Center then across the other bridge to the Veterans Memorial Park. I let them say HI to Grandpa’s brick on the WWII Memorial (I put one of each paw on it and said Hi Papa), I am sure he was laughing in Heaven if he can see us. Then we went back the same way. Nicky freaked out at first at every person that passed and Buster tried to go in the river after some ducks. But it was a good day and they enjoyed it.

Have you ever heard of half price books? I bought 18 books there yesterday of Karen Kingsbury. They were each .99 cents but one which was $1.49, of course you have to pay between $2.99 and $3.99 shipping per books but that still only adds up to like $5.00 for a soft or hard back book. I want to read all her Baxter and Flannigan books so that is what I ordered. I already had a few but paid much more for them. Check it out:

http://www.hpb.com

Well, until next time have a great week and try to keep warm or chilled – depending on you part of the country! Crazy weather.

 

 

 

Dinner for Two or not?

Doesn’t anyone make real food anymore? I am NOT a good cook, God in his infinite humor gave those genes to my mom and sister. I have never been able to just “put a meal together”. My poor husband; he doesn’t complain; he eats cereal or once in a while will say – be ready because I need to go out and get some REAL food tonight. I feel so bad, really I do.

Shoot I can eat half a sandwich and be full. He needs substance; meat, potatoes and green beans. I don’t care that much for red meat anymore, nor is it good for you. Plus the fact that it is so expensive anymore. Who can afford to make a T-bone on the grill? NOT me…

I was just looking at Tasty Kitchen for some ideas of something to make for supper. Hubby doesn’t care for cheese, or white sauce, the only veggies he cares for are green beans and corn. Sort of limits any kind of creativity. Give me some hummus and pita bread or pesto on pasta and I am fine. He isn’t that easy. It isn’t that he tries to be picky we all have foods that we don’t like to eat, so that is okay. I accept his food aversions.

I on the other hand feel that I am not doing my obligation as a good wife by not fixing him a healthy meal each night. He worked hard today, so he desires food. Right? I can only offer so many Stouffer’s meals from the freezer; which he will eat on occasion.

I have it! Today is Wednesday, free pie night at Village Inn – he LOVES pie. Problem solved for one more night.

What has been happening in my world

Easter has just passed; I do hope you believe that it goes on throughout the year. Because he rose from the grave for you he is here every moment of your life. Just waiting to hear from you. Please note it says: “so that everyone who BELIEVES in him will not perish but have ever lasting life”.

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C.S. Lewis stated it in a different way:

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My Grandson, Brenton, his girlfriend is Kaelin went to the 2014 Prom together. This was Brenton’s first Prom, so please don’t mind me if I get a little teary eyed. They both bowled together for Maize High and Kaelin is a senior this year. She is planning on going to WSU next year. Brenton will be a senior next year. Here is a photo of my grandson all grown up! (tears….) Notice he no longer has his braces? Yay! (tears starting….)

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It just seems yesterday that he got his yellow, then orange belt in karate! (more tears….)

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Or when he was in Cub Scouts in Edmond OK…… isn’t that about the cutest thing? (one more, about cried out for now)

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Well, let’s see; I took mom to Missouri to see her sister about 3/9/2014. We had a nice time while there as always. On the way home I took a different way then I usually do and this happened:

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Yep, found a round about that was new and I did stop at the yield (although I got a ticket for not doing so.) I hit the bed of a pickup truck that I seen but didn’t realize how fast he was going. Broke my heart, first wreck in my pretty car. But she looks almost as good as new now. They just didn’t spray the top of my door right. I have a diamond white special color on and the tiger striped it. We weren’t hurt so that was what was the most important thing.

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I believe this may have been the cause of my accident. I was really depressed when I went to Missouri. I know it has been almost four years since I lost my dad and sister but there are times the emotion of it is more than I can handle. I was depressed the whole time I was in MO, I excused myself as being ill. I was having a little problem but it was mostly depression. Bob had seen I was getting worse but didn’t say anything. After I got home it didn’t get any better and on the same day we both decided I needed to go back to the doctor. He stated me on more pills but within a week I had the tremors so I had to stop that medication.

On March 31, 2014 we bought a power washer and Bob cleaned the deck – it turned out beautiful from the “black” that it was.

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We let it dry for a few days then together we got it stained (the rails and tops) in one day. He is going to use something else on the floor of the deck as it is really bad. We found that out as we sanded the whole thing as it dried. (That was fun…) Yet the staining cramped my fingers near the end I didn’t know if I could curve them around the paint brush anymore – but we got it done.

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This is just a part to show you the stain compared to the sanded part.

 On April 19, 2014 mom called and she had fallen, hurt her eye and didn’t know what to do. I went to her house then found out the rest of the story. She had fallen at Taco Shop where she had gone for dinner. A man and a nurse helped her; got her ice and the nurse continued to monitor her for a concussion. After I seen her I took a photo and sent it to her doctor and he said the same thing the nurse did; keep ice on it watch for headaches, dizziness or nausea. She never had any but really had a shiner to show for it. A bruise on her wrist and on one knee. She is going to be okay. I worry about her.

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