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





Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hi everyone,
This will be a short post, as I have been sick.  Not a great way to start off the new year!   I hope your new year thus far, is going better than mine has.  Today I laid on the sofa and dozed off and on all day.  Hopefully tomorrow will be better.  I was diagnosed with a sinus infection.  We never seem to appreciate God's gift of feeling well, until we don't feel well.  I suppose that's just human nature.

It is good that I didn't have any plans for the start of the new year, because they would have all been broken.  We didn't even have our pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day.  I don't think my stomach could have handled that just then.  I put the pork in the freezer and promised my husband that I'd make it once I feel better.  How about you?  Did you have pork and sauerkraut on New Years Day?

You know that I must feel sick, when I'm not even working on my embroidery projects.  I just don't have the ambition to do much of anything.  I've now had two days on the antibiotic, so hopefully by tomorrow, I will start feeling a bit better.  Please say a prayer for me, if you would.  Thanks.

This cold, frigid weather we've been having, can now leave!  I just can't seem to get warm these days.  And I truly do not want to go outside at all.  How about where you are?  According to the weather reports, large portions of the USA are having this same frigid weather as we are, here in South Central Pennsylvania. 

I hope you all are doing well.  Hopefully I'll be able to post a longer blog in a few days.  Take care of yourselves and may God bless each of you.
Susan

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Now it's on to the New Year!

Hi everyone,

I trust you all had a blessed Christmas with family and/or friends.  My family all came to our home for Christmas Eve.  I loved every minute with each one of them.  Although I will  say that I was exhausted when I finally laid down in bed around 10:15pm.  Of course it took me a little while to fall asleep because my brain was still spinning from everything.  But, I wouldn't have changed one single thing. 

This was the first year in some time, that all six of my Grandsons were here, at the same time.  Of course, I had to take a photograph of them, because I am so extremely proud of each one of these young men.  Here's a photograph of them:

It seems like just such a short time ago that they were just young boys, doing crafts with Grandma.  I truly miss those very special times with them, but I understand that they are adults now and their days are very busy, what with either working, going to college, or both.  I love them so much, they'll never truly know just how much they mean to me!

My daughters and their mates are loving, caring, very special people and I'm also very proud of the six of them.  Family is what makes Christmas very, very special to me.  But, I have to say that I miss my Mom and Dad very much, especially at this time of year.  It's because of them, that I love Christmas so very much.  To me, it's a time for loving family and close friends, but mostly for giving thanks to God for giving us His baby Son on Christmas Day. 

I hope your Christmas was as special and loving as mine was.  Now New Year's Eve and the first day of 2018 is almost upon us.  We're not doing anything on New Year's Eve, but we will start the year off with pork and sauerkraut!  Not necessarily because we believe that you won't have luck in the new year without having it, but because we both love it!  But, it never hurts to get some help in the luck department!  haha.

All my best to each of you for a blessed new year of 2018.  Please remember to give thanks for every small blessing you receive, because we each are given many small blessings.  It's too bad that so many folks don't see all their may blessings, but choose to focus on the negative.  I am so very thankful to just wake up each morning, that truly is a blessing from God to me, every day!

Happy New Year!
Susan

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone,

I just want to take a minute to wish each of you a very merry Christmas.  Please always remember the true reason why we celebrate Christmas, which is because we remember the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior, who suffered and died on a cross to give us eternal life.

I hope you all will be spending time with those you love and care about during these next three days.  Remember, tomorrow is not promised for any of us!  So, tell those you love just how much they mean to you, now.

Merry Christmas and all my best to each of you, for a blessed and happy 2018.

Susan



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Happy Sunday!

Hi folks,

Wow, just one week until Christmas Eve.  I can't wait.  My family will all be here at our home and that excites me, immensely.  It's been four years since all six of my Grandsons have been able to attend Christmas Eve at our home.  Time for another photograph of the six of them so I can change out the photo from 2013.  They are all grown up men now and I still don't know where the time has gone to.  How about you? 

I have everything done that I could do ahead of time and I have my lists for each day this week.  I can only do one or two small preparations each day, so I have to spread  them out.  Being ill isn't easy, but I will do whatever I need to do to stay alive.  This is for myself as well as my entire family!

Well, my tail bone is slowly getting less painful, so that's a blessing to me.  The research I did said it takes approximately four weeks and I'm almost there.  Just two more days!  I'm just thankful that it's healing. 

I hope you all are almost ready for Christmas.  Mostly, because it's almost here whether you are ready or not.  I would suggest that you start early for Christmas 2018, like in January or February.  Well, at least by June!

Enjoy your last week before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and remember to give thanks to God for all His many, many blessings.  Have a safe week and may God lead you, always.
Susan