Thursday, February 22, 2018

Happy Thursday!

Good morning to all,

I'm still reeling from last Wednesday's school shooting in Florida.  I was watching Dr Phil yesterday, and his show hosted the couple who gave the shooter a home after both of his adopted parents passed away.  I was surprised to hear that they never had any idea that he would do something like this.  In fact, they both said that he followed house rules and was polite to them and their son.  Dr. Phil also interviewed another young man who attended that same school, who said that when they were leaving the school, with their arms up in the air, that the shooter joined him and another boy.  They were so shocked to find out later, that he was the one they were all running from.

I have been thinking back to the time of my youth, which was many years ago, but I don't ever remember all these things happening.  Dr. Phil said that just this year, we have had 17 school shootings, which comes out to about one every three days.  That to me is horrific!

I can't help wandering if some of these situations developed because of the over-usage of the electronic era.  I realize that electronics has definitely brought us into a different time, but is it a better time?  In many ways, I think not!  Yes, we had some instances when I was in school, but nothing as bad or as violent as we have today.  Even when my children were still in school, things of this magnum weren't occurring.  So, I ask, why is this getting so out of hand? 

I agree that the age to purchase a weapon should be at least 21 years old.  But, why would anyone, other than a soldier, need an automatic weapon?  Certainly no child ever needs one and no parent should make one available to them, as well.  All guns should be kept in a locked gun case and no child under the age of 21, should have access to them, ever. 

This is just my opinion, mainly because this last shooting took the lives of fourteen, innocent  children, and three innocent adults.  Isn't that reason enough?  I don't know what I can do, individually, except to pray for these families and ask God to bring love and peace to our world, which I do on a daily basis.  Please pray for these seventeen families, so that they will find a way to live with the loose of a child, parent, son, brother or uncle. 

We all need to get down on our knees and ask God to surround us with His love and protection, for not only us, but for our families, as well.  May God keep you safe from harm and protect all those you love from danger.
Susan

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What are you doing for this Lenten Season?

Hi folks,

Yes, today is Valentine's Day, but more importantly, it's Ash Wednesday, the first day of this Lenten Season.  My husband did surprise me with flowers this afternoon and we both had a Valentine's cards for one another, but what's more important to me is that it's Ash Wednesday.

I am walking the "Footsteps to Mercy" which started today, and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday, which is always the Sunday following Easter.  Each and every day, we either walk  with Christ, or we walk without Him.  As for me, I desire to walk with Him every day.  Some days it's harder, but we must persist in keeping on the path with Christ.

Here is the reading for today, Ash Wednesday:  "We can sometimes loose our sense of urgency to repent and turn once again to the Lord.  "Even now, says the Lord, return to me with you whole heart..."Blow the trumpet in Zion.  Proclaim a fast."

"Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe His spirit into your hearts this Lent;  ask for the gift of the fear of the Lord, that you not become tepid."  May Saint Faustina intercede for you. so that you might turn to the Lord, this Lenten Season, with your whole heart."

If you've never watched the Mass, which is broadcast from Stockbridge, MA, which takes place on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday following Easter, you should tune in to EWTN Television Network around noon time that day.  The celebration is held outside at the outdoor pavilion, no matter what the weather. 

The first year my husband (who isn't Catholic), and I watched it, we were both so moved.  It was quite cold out that day and everyone was already gathered there at noontime.  The service didn't even start until 1:00 PM. and didn't end until about 2:50.  Each year as we watched this broadcast, the weather seemed to get worse,  one year it rained and the following year it snowed.  But, the pilgrims, as they refer to them, still came, bringing children and babies with them.  It truly amazed both of us.  We watch it every year and it always moves us both  If you want any more information you can go to:  www.TheDivineMercy.org

Please pray for all the families whose children were shot and either killed or wounded this afternoon in Florida, while attending high school.  The suspect was 18 years old and a former student at this school.  I sincerely can't even imagine what would make someone do something like this?   What is this world coming to?  We all need to pray for peace in our world.

Susan


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

How's the weather where you live?

Good evening everyone,

Well, how is the weather where you live?  It's very cold here, and we're expecting snow overnight and into tomorrow.  But, it's to change to rain before it leaves our area.  Hopefully, after it rains, the roads won't be too bad once again.  I'm just glad that I don't have to go out tomorrow.

Today my husband took me to my doctor's checkup.  The nurse took me quickly, but she was new and it took so long for her to get through my history.  Then I waited longer than usual for my doctor to come in to see me.  Of course, since it was just a routine checkup, it didn't take too long for her to check my blood work report and ask me some questions.  I was glad when I could be home once again.  I hated to ask my husband to drive me there, but he said he didn't mind.   Now next week, I have an appointment with the arrhythmia clinic so they can check my device to make sure that everything is okay.  That doesn't usually take too long because they are generally on time for their appointments.

How's your new year going thus far?  Mine's pretty much like last years, which is okay by me.  I've been thinking a lot lately about soon starting another novel, but I don't know what I'd like it to be about yet.  I'll have to spend some more time thinking about a good story line.  I was thinking along the lines of some good friends visiting some towns where paranormal activity has been recorded.  I've always been interested in these sightings, but I'm not sure how much I really believe in them. 
I'll keep thinking about it and then decide which route I'd like to take.  I will have to do a lot of research before I even begin the novel though. 

I am still working on my blankets with  an animal embroidered onto the center.   Almost everything is done by hand, so it takes me some time to finish one.  I will soon have all my hand created cards down for the year, except for my Christmas cards. 

I love creating, but I am restricted because of my health, in choosing certain things to do.  Mostly I need to create something that I can do while I'm on the sofa with my feet up.  That's why I do a lot of embroidery work.  How about you?  Are you working on anything that's hand made?

If any of you have a chronic illness, I do hope and pray that you don't let yourself fall into a deep depression.  As long as you are still alive, God has a plan for you.  It's up to you to figure out just what that plan is.  Talk with God and ask Him to somehow let you know what you can do to give back for all the many blessings that He has given to you.  If you are sincere, He will somehow let you know what He'd like you to do.  Keep an open mind and heart.  God does answer our prayers!

I hope the remainder of your week goes well.  May God bless each of you and keep you safe.
Susan

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Do you listen to the Oldies?

Hi everyone,

I'm sitting here on the sofa, obviously on my laptop, and listening to the Solid God Oldies TV station.  I love the music from my childhood years, which would be from about 1958, through about 1968.  Oh I still listened to music after that, but I had my first baby girl that year, so I was quite busy.

Then when my three daughters were in their teens, which would have been during the 1980's, I listened to both my oldies and their teen music.  I enjoyed some of the stars from the 80's.  How about you?  Have you always enjoyed listening to music?

Of course, as I've said before, I was what was considered a "Bandstand Brat".  Both my Sister and I watched Bandstand every day after school.  We both loved the music, the stars  of that time, and Dick Clark, as well as all the dances!  We learned how to do all of them. 

What is your choice in music these days?  Do you like The Big Band Music, from the thirties and forties?  I do enjoy some of that music genre, as well.  I suppose that is because both of my Parents loved that music and they loved dancing to it, as well.  I guess that would be where I got my love of both music and dance, from.  Thanks Mom and Day!

How is your week going, thus far?  Mine is about like normal, which is a good thing for me.  If you are still working, relax because today is Hump Day, meaning tomorrow you'll be on the down side of this work week.  It doesn't make much difference to me one way or the other.

I'm still working on my children's blankets, which my husband takes to our local hospital's children's wing, as well as, to two other agencies here in our hometown.

I'm also still working on my hand-made greeting cards for different holidays this year, except for Christmas, which I don't create until around October.  The rest are for birthdays, Valentines Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and such.  My new machine came today by UPS.  I am so anxious to use it.  It is a die cutting and embossing machine and it also does a few other things.  I have had one for some years now, but it is a manual one, and this new one is electric.  I'm sure it will take me a little while to get the hang of how it works, but I have no fear that I'll be using it very soon!  At least, I hope so!

I just love creating anything!  I have been so blessed by God with these creative abilities, and I am so thankful to Him every day.  I've also been thinking about starting another novel within the next few months.  I just haven't decided what I'd like to use as the story line this time.  Oh well, it will come to me, when I least expect it.  The ideas always do!

I hope the remainder of your week goes well.  Be safe always and may God bless and keep you safe.
Susan

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How's your day going?

Hi everyone,

How's your Tuesday going, thus far?  Mine's about the same as usual, which is good as far as I'm concerned.  It was a bit of a dreary day here in South Central Pennsylvania.  It rained a bit, off and on, then later this afternoon, the sun popped out once again.  The temperature got up to about fifty today, so it wasn't too cold. 

What have you all been up to lately?  I'm sure that many of you go to work every day and those with children are busy taking care of them in the evenings.  But how about those of you who are retired, how do you fill up your days? 

Since my husband is still working a part time job, I spend a lot of time alone throughout the day, but I do try to stay as busy as I am able.  Of course, I'm still working on my blankets for children who are in the hospital.  I now have about thirty four new ones finished. 

I'm also working on my hand make greeting cards for my family.  I create all of them a birthday card, and cards for each holiday that pops up.  Well, all except for Christmas, that is.  Those I don't do until around October.  I do love doing anything creative and I thank God every day for giving me these creative abilities.  I'm afraid I would be in a deep depression if I couldn't fill my days up while sitting on the sofa with my feet up.

Here's a few photos of my newest blankets.





Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Is the snow gone yet?

Hi everyone,

I'm sorry I haven't written a new post for a while.  I've been fighting a sinus infection and a few other medical problems.  Hopefully things will go back to normal for me, soon! 

I am thankful that none of the snows we've had, as of yet, have been very sizeable, but I'm kind of tired of it for now.  I see that our temperatures are to be up in the low fifties by this Sunday.  That will be nice.  I haven't been anywhere for some time now.  I just can't stand going out in the cold weather.  How about you?  How have you been handling the weather where you live?

I am listening to the Solid Gold Oldies on Comcast TV right now.  Does anyone out there remember this song.  I haven't heard it for many years now.  It's "Here Comes Summer" by Jerry Keller, from 1959.  Now I realize that many of you, perhaps weren't even born in 1959, but of course, I was.  I love listening to the oldies.  As a matter of fact, whenever I'm in my craft room, working on my hand made greeting cards, I play oldies CD's.  Well, all except when I am making my Christmas cards.  Then I listen to Christmas CD's. 

These old songs just take me back to a time in my life when things were so different.  It was definitely a much simpler time and much less violent then.  You didn't hear about some shootings, robberies, attacks and drastic weather conditions back then.  Times have surely changed and I truly don't think they're all for the better, either.  Some changes have been good, but I worry about what kind of world our future generations will have to live.  Thankfully I'll be gone by then and I pray I'll be in a much better place, a place where God will forever be present! 

I'm still hand sewing animals onto pieces of fleece, making blankets for children who are in our local hospital and a two other places that are local.  I need to keep busy and I need to give back to God for all His many blessings in my lifetime.  My life has been in His hands for many, many years now and I trust Him to allow me to live, as long as He has something He wants me to do for Him.

Where ever you live, I hope you are safe in your homes.  May God bless you always. 
Susan

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Have you settled in yet?

Hi folks,

Well, today is the ninth of January already.  Have you settled in to the new year and the current weather?  I'm sure, that for most of you, life has now returned back to whatever is normal in your daily life.  You know:  going to work, raising your children, cleaning the house, doing laundry, shoveling the snow, replacing a battery in your car because of the extremely cold temperatures.

Well, as for me, my children are grown up with grown up sons of their own, I do not work outside the home any longer because of my illness, but I do still have to do some laundry and cleaning.  Oh, and yes, my husband had to have my car battery replaced because of the extremely cold weather we've been having lately.  Hopefully we are getting a bit of a reprieve from the extreme cold throughout the rest of this week and into the next week.  Who knows what will occur, weather wise, after that.

Time goes by so quickly for me.  After becoming disabled, I thought that time would move very slowly for me, but it doesn't.  It's hard for me to believe that we're already into the second week of January already.

I'm still working on my blankets for children in the hospital and for some who are in the foster care and at a temporary shelter.  Here are a few photos of the last ones I've done.






I've been told that the children just love them.  I do hope that's true.  I just don't want any child to be frightened, no matter what their circumstances.

I hope your week is going well.  Stay safe and may God bless each of you, always.  Remember to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily!
Susan