Friday, August 18, 2017

Sorta finished...

My loon is...kind of finished. I may tinker with it a bit more before adding a clear coat to it. It turned out more folk-art-ish than realistic, but I'm okay with that. I'm trying to loosen up and enjoy painting more instead of stressing over the finished product too much. ;)
I also outlined the fish that I'm going to paint next. It bothers me that he's slightly off-center, but I'm going to ignore that OCD thing in my head. Folk art, folks!
I returned "The Intern" movie and rented "The Accountant" and "The Martian". Any more "The" films? Josh recommended The Accountant, though it is kind of a shoot-'em-up, violent tale. I've seen The Martian before and thought it was so intriguing I'd like to watch it again.

By the way, can anyone recommend a good photo editing site other than Picmonkey? I've loved Picmonkey for quite some time, but they seem to be trying to force you to do the Free Trial, which makes me think I'll be pressured to subscribe. Not so free any more. I'd like to make a new header but last time I edited a photo they didn't seem to want me to save it to my computer without signing up for the free trial. Any suggestions appreciated!

Almost forgot! Audrey and her cousin, Cali, turned six years old recently. Audrey's "other Grandma Lisa" (aka Grammy) and Grandpa Ken are taking them both to Duluth. They left this morning and will be gone until Sunday. I believe it's the first time either of them have been gone from home overnight. Hope they enjoy it and forget to be homesick!  Lisa and Ken are fun grandparents, so I know they'll keep the girls well entertained. Fun times! :)

The thunder is rumbling outside, so I think I'll get off of the computer.

I've spent a lot of time praying for my Josh today. Healing from mental illness is needed for his family in order for peace to reign there. All things are possible with God! (For those who are new to my blog, Josh has no mental illness problems, but the other 3 members of his family do.)

God bless and shalom to all!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

On his way home...

My sweet boy packed up his car and headed home last night. His wife asked him if he would come home. (She's the one who asked him to leave!) Anyway, I'll try not to expose all of their private stuff here. Suffice it to say there is a whole lot to work out and it's mostly rooted in her bipolar challenges. Josh is just trying to deal with the ever-shifting emotions which cause her to act irrationally. He's willing to fight for his family's future. He read a lot of John Eldredge books (Wild at Heart, etc.) as a youngster and he's kind of a knight-in-shining-armor type. I'm proud of him for being so faithful. My heart aches for him, but I know his marriage vows and his love for  his family motivate his good heart. He loves God with all of his heart and I pray he will grow even closer to Him through this. Thanks for all of your prayers. I think he's probably in Indiana by the time I type this. He lives near Berea, Kentucky, which is south of Lexington.

As if the old blood hasn't been pumping enough, I checked my bank account this morning and found out that someone has been helping themselves to my debit card!!! They ordered three items from Ebay. I was shaking like a leaf as I dialed the bank. They quickly blocked my card. I followed directions and went in and got a new card and signed some papers. My money should be back in my account by tomorrow at the latest. My credit union did a great job! Scary stuff.

Right now I'm stuffing my face with a bean burrito topped with lots of guacamole. Just what I needed! :) (I LOVE Wholey Guacamole!)

Tonight I'm going to an AWANA BBQ for new volunteers. I look forward to helping and having some fun social interaction with kids and adults at church. I also signed up for Life Groups, which is our version of small groups. I'm hoping there is one near Nevis so I don't have to spend too much time driving back and forth to Park Rapids. It's only 12 miles, but in the winter it can be 12 miles too far, lol.

I'd better start thinking about getting ready for church. It's a rainy day. We sure do need it!

Love you folks! Thanks for your prayer support and kindness.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Checking in...

I'm enjoying my long visit with my dear son, Josh. I feel more sure every day that he and his wife will reconcile, so I'm trying to just enjoy and be thankful for the time I have with him. My prayer is that he will return home refreshed and ready to face all the challenges of a family dealing with bipolar and other mental health issues. He's been very strong for a lot of years and I think he needed this break, though I know he doesn't want to be away from his family. He's doing bookkeeping online and is becoming accustomed to his new job. He loves the flexibility it will give him to be home and help with children more. Please continue to pray for him and his family. Thanks so much!

I've been getting in some good 2 mile walks and I hope to keep it up. Josh brought a ton of good books with him and I'm now reading "Life With God" by Richard Foster. I'm reading a lot so I can return the books to him before he leaves. Not sure when that will be so I'm reading a lot.

 We enjoyed a movie last night called "The Intern". I've been wanting to watch it for a while but it wasn't available on Amazon. Josh found it at the local gas station/convenience store! I thought it was a really sweet movie.
I think a nap and a walk are in order. (In THAT order.) Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


So, I'm wonderin'. When I leave a reply to your comments do you see that somewhere? I suppose not if you're a "no reply commenter" or whatever that's called. SO, I'll probably answer some of your comments in my posts just to be sure you see my answers.

Granny, you're first! :) You mentioned that you would be terrified to go to a large group thing like the Women's Retreat at my church. I know exactly what you mean! I took an online test some years ago that said I'm 100% introverted. Didn't surprise me a bit. I realize that introversion and shyness are not the same thing, but I had allowed my shyness to take over down through the years. So, I've decided to do battle with that tendency and FORCE myself to do social things. Actually, I find that once I bite the bullet and commit I do enjoy this sort of thing. I really do LIKE people. My favorite reading genre is the autobiography because I'm fascinated with other people's lives. My main fear seems to be not being able to come up with something to talk about. However, I find that once I get in a group there is usually at least one avid talker who will keep things rolling. I need to think less about what others think of me and more about them and their needs. Anyway, this is part of my training to get out of my shell so God can use me in the church. And if I get to shoot a gun or paint a canvas in the process, so much the better, lol.

I hope I didn't impress you all too much with my early rising post, ha ha! I think yesterday I woke up at 4, but probably didn't actually get up until 5:30 or so. But I was awake in the interim, so maybe that counts? Anyway, in reply to Elizabeth, I did have to take a nap about 9 a.m.! And I felt like taking another one in the afternoon, but I didn't. I've really been tired lately, and I think the culprit is a new wave of pollen producers. At least there's a reason for my feeling tired. That in itself makes me feel better!

I hit the trail by 7:45 this morning and took a 2 mile walk. I'm feeling sleepy rather than all bouncy and energetic, but I'm going to try to push myself to walk more regularly. The muscles and joints need the movement!

Otherwise, I've been working on some art cards. Are you guys familiar with Loteria cards? I had made one for a swap a while back and I love the bright colors on them. Here are the two I have finished so far. I have three more to make. There are over 50 cards in a loteria deck and the gal who's hosting this swap is going to have a series of swaps so each player ends up with a full deck. I'll let you Google Loteria if you're curious about the game, rather than go on and on here.
And then I made this card for a Make Me Happy Forest Animals trade.
You guys have a great day! I appreciate everyone who stops by so I'm not totally talking to myself!
XXOO and shalom!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

An early start on the day!

Is anyone else in the habit of waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning and then just laying there thinking for a couple of hours? I do that a lot, and I started down that road again this morning. If I'm not careful my thinking turns into worrying, so it's best to just get up!

I arose and decided to do some flexibility exercises right away since I tend to neglect them if I get busy doing other things. After that I put away the laundry I did yesterday. Then I organized and rearranged a little in my bedroom, vacuumed, mopped my little kitchen floor, cleaned the bathroom sink, hand washed a dress, and took a shower. Then I carried a couple of things out to my car (a box of photos for my sister-in-law and some clothes for the thrift store) and took out the garbage. All before I made my morning smoothie, which I drank while sitting in my deck chair enjoying the mild morning breeze. Lovely!

Audrey and Hazel have swimming lessons every day for the next two weeks, so I'll be riding along to watch the others while the lessons are going on. Maybe I'll walk some laps on the high school track afterwards? Or maybe the trail.

Before I forget, my Lyme's Disease test came back negative! Woo  hoo! I think it's quite a miracle that anyone living here in our woodsy, tick-infested area could make it for 28 years without picking up Lyme's. But I'm glad for the good report!

MK, you asked how the fermented veggies taste. Do they all taste like sauerkraut? Well, I'm still in suspense myself. I'll sure let you know as soon as I have a batch to try. This lady ferments fruits and berries, too, and I can't imagine wanting them to taste sour like that. She mainly likes to do hard root veggies. She says some softer veggies get mushy. I got a few pint jars for my experiments. Supposedly fermented veggies keep for about 6 months in the fridge, so I'm thinking I'll make a few small batches of different things. She said you only need to eat a little bit to promote gut health, but I'm also wondering if it's possible to eat too much fermented stuff. It will be a fun learning process!

I'm signing up for the Fall Women's Retreat with my church, Sept. 21-24. Should be fun! Our church uses a place called Camp Lebanon which is like a little resort on a nice lake. I think it's co-owned by several churches, but we're the host church this year. My daughter went to camp there when she was a teen. They have rustic little cabins with bunks or a few more civilized lodge/chalet type places. I think I'll go with the rustic little cabins and save the civilized accommodations for the "older" ladies, lol. I plan to go a day early (Thurs.) for the early bird extras. Since our church is the host, we get this extra half day for free. Here are some shots of the brochure:

I made some ATCs for a swap called Paper Painting. We could have any theme, but the picture had to be made of pieces of paper.

Well, I'm yawning now. I may have to take a nap to make up for getting up so early, ha ha!
You all have a blessed day.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Excitement, right here in River City!

Are you ready for an update on my tick bite medical journey? Yay!

Well, last evening about 6 p.m., I developed an excruciating headache. I had, at this point, taken 3 doses of Doxycycline. Two of them on Monday, and one Tuesday morning. It had been about 9 hours since my last dose. Anyway, this headache came on, and it was unlike most of my headaches (and I don't have many). It felt like my brain was going to explode. I felt worse and worse. Since headaches are listed as one of the side effects of this drug, and since it was worse than I ever get a headache I decided to call my doctor for advice. By this time it was about 7 p.m. I called my doctor's office number, fully expecting to get a recording with an emergency number to call. Imagine my surprise when good old Dr. Vern answered in person, and I believe he was eating his supper, bless his heart. Now this is a good old country doctor! That's why I stay with him (since 1989) even though there is a more modern hospital across the street from his little 1960's ranch house turned doctor's office. :)

The good doctor listened to my symptoms and very sensibly told me not to take any more antibiotics until the headache was gone. He said I could try them again and see if the same thing happened again. So, I woke up about 1 a.m. this morning and the headache was gone...thank you, Jesus! BUT, I'm no dummy. I didn't take another dose. Uh-uh!
Wonderful! You might want to click on the photo to make it bigger.

This morning I went to the clinic early and asked if I could talk to the doctor about the medicine. I wasn't in any hurry and I was feeling fine after that not-so-fun evening. As I waited for the doctor in my little examining room I heard a crash down the hall. Remember, this is a little 1960's ranch house. You can hear everything. A nurse comes running down the hall, "Doctor Erickson, we need you now!" Apparently, a poor young man named Mike had suffered some type of heart anomaly. He had come in with chest pains and was waiting to see the doctor. (Dr. Erickson is the only doctor in this little clinic.) I could hear Dr. Vern (Erickson) talking to Mike, "Mike, are you still with us?" and asking someone to call an ambulance. I sat there listening as the ambulance arrived and the technicians got Mike ready for the hospital across the street. Why didn't Mike go to the emergency room there? Probably trying not to get a big ER bill. Sad but true. I think Mike was okay when he left. Then Dr. Vern walked into my room with his little reassuring smile and said, "Excitement! Right here in River City!" (I'm assuming that most of my readers will get that Music Man reference?) You have to understand that he's a musical guy. He sings in a gospel quartet with his brother and some friends. He's probably somewhere in his late '70's and he has a lot more pep than I do! It might be his vegan diet. He's a Seventh Day Adventist.

So, we had a little discussion about the meds. I told him I wasn't going to take anymore because that headache episode had been really scary. I also said I didn't really want to take anything with a lot of risks when I don't even know if I have Lyme's Disease. He looked at me and said, "You know what? I think we're just going to stop." He meant stop meds and do the blood test to be sure what we're dealing with. I was on board with that suggestion. So, I now have a hole in my elbow pit, and we await results. He told me to watch out for symptoms, but I told him I've had most of the Lymes's Disease symptoms for many years, so it would be hard to pin down. Well, we'll just do the best we can. But I'm not going to take any meds that have side effects that are worse than the disease itself. Sorry, folks!

So, there ya go...

Hey! I just ordered a fermentation kit! It contains a few items you need to ferment veggies, fruits, dairy products and such along with informational books on how to do it. Just something that sounded interesting. A way to preserve foods without having a lot of equipment. I can do just a few jars at a time in my limited space. Anyone else doing this? I heard about it from one of my YouTube folks. I'll link that video below.

 My daughter just took some photos of my granddaughter, Audrey. She turned 6 yesterday! I'll refrain from posting all 22 of them! :)

Well, that's what I'm up to today. Think I'll make a cuppa joe and enjoy my evening. Beautiful day!
Love you all!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer knitting...

I had a sudden hankering to do some knitting yesterday. As someone who seems destined to remain a beginner I looked for something very simple. A dishcloth! It's coming along nicely. I really love this color of yarn. I won't make any big plans about making a stack of these to give away at Christmas. Right now I'll just plan on finishing this one! I really like the plastic needles I'm using. I picked them up at a thrift store for $1, I think. They're very quiet.
Here's the video I used in case there are any other beginners out there. She made me a little impatient with the fiddly beginning of this video, but she eventually got going and it was easy to follow.

My new neighbor. He's very quiet.
 These cards were for a Pick-a-Theme swap. The main theme was the UK, but each participant asked for something specific. This gal wanted an Irish cottage with a rainbow...
 This one wanted The Lady of the Lake.
 This player just wanted something to do with Irish mythology, so I made a pixie. The only protection from her magic is a four-leaf clover or an image of St. Patrick.
 This lady wanted something historical. She mentioned illuminated letters as an option, so I did this one. I had a hard time finding an example that was "simple" enough!
 This one of St. George and the Dragon I made for the host as a gift.
 I went to the doctor yesterday about the tick bite between my toes. He recommended that we go straight to antibiotics since my foot had been swollen for about 11 days already. He said if we sent in a blood test it would take so long to come back that I'd be that much further behind on treatment. So I'm taking doxycycline with its long list of possible side effects. Please pray that this will work safely. I've been on way too many antibiotics this year!

I LOVED The Scent of Water. I finished it in just a couple of days and I've ordered another Elizabeth Goudge book and a movie.

Everyone have a blessed week!