Monday, November 30, 2015

Tomorrow is December 1st.

Hi everyone,
I hope each and every one of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your families and/or friends.  My husband and I had a great day with our family and friends.  The food was delicious and the company was warm and inviting.  I hope you experienced the same.

I just spent the last four days with my oldest daughter and six of our lady friends in Ocean City, Md.  We had a wonderful time.  I didn't get as much sleep as I usually do, but I'll play catch up this week.  We did some shopping for Christmas.  Well, me and one friend,  didn't do too much but the rest of them shopped until they dropped.  All I know is that the cars were overflowing with shopping bags coming home today.

We couldn't stay at the hotel where we usually do when traveling to OC, but the one we stayed in was very nice.  The rooms were a bit smaller, but we made do.  Everything was very clean and the view was spectacular.  We were on the seventh floor and had a marvelous side view of the ocean, beach and surrounding buildings.  We ate at our favorite restaurants and as usual, the food was delicious.  I enjoyed myself but I am glad to be home.  It's always nice to come home once again after being away for a few days

I'm planning on watching another new Christmas movie this evening.  I love this time of the year and being able to watch the Christmas movies just makes me feel happy inside.  How about you, do you enjoy the Christmas movies?  I surely hope so.

Well, I'm a bit tired this evening, so I'm going to make this short.  I hope you week goes well and I also hope you do something creative this week.  Be safe and may God bless each of you.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

It's Turkey Day here ...

Hi everyone,

Well, today is Thanksgiving Day.  What are you most thankful for today and do you give thanks for all you have, every day?

I suppose many of your answers will be much like mine.  I'm thankful for my wonderful, loving family.  We will be spending Thanksgiving Supper with them, shortly.  Well, not all of them, but some of them.  I'm also very thankful for the gift of life, which God has given me.  In three months it will be ten years since I became chronically ill with Congestive Heart Failure and it will be 24 years since I've been pacemaker dependent to live.  So, as you can guess, that's why I'm so thankful for the gift of life.

My life changed after that diagnosis, but at least I was still alive.  So, that truly is my greatest blessing.  It's usually not until after one becomes very ill, that they realize just how important life truly is.  Yes, my life is very sedentary, but that's okay with me.  My goal is to live long enough to have a great, grandchild, and I don't think that will be for some time yet.  Basically, it's all in God's hands, just as my life has always been.

Whatever you're doing or where ever you're going today, please take a few minutes to thank God for the gift of life that He's bestowed upon you and your loved ones.  It only takes a few seconds to change your life completely!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

Friday, November 20, 2015

It's the weekend again...

Good evening everyone,
How's things going in your part of the world?  It's pretty quiet here in South Central Pennsylvania and I pray it stays that way for a long time.  Well, the weekend is here once again.  What is on your calendar for the next two days?  Anything exciting?

Of course next week we will celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We all have so very much to be thankful for, and yes, I mean all of us.  If you woke up in fairly good health this morning, you should be thankful; if you had a job to go to today, you should be thankful; if you have a family who loves you, enough food to fill your tummy and you can afford all the necessities, then you should be thankful.

I live every day of my life giving gratitude and acceptance to God for all the many blessings He's put in my life.  No, we aren't rich, not even close.  No, we don't live in a big fancy house or have servants who work for us.  No we do not drive new cars, not even close.  But, we are still living, we have enough food and clothing for our needs and we do have loving families.  What more would we need?  Nothing!

I give thanks every single day for all my blessings and I hope you will too.  If you do, you will find that your needs become less as every week passes.  What a wonderful way to live your life.

One of the thanks I give today is that my sister, Carol, has been here in PA for the last three or so weeks and I've gotten to spend quite a bit of time with her while she's visiting PA.  I miss not seeing her on a regular basis.  I taught her how to do hand embroidery and she's loving it.  She's hand made many of her Christmas gifts and that makes her feel good.  It makes me happy, too.  I will miss her when she leaves on Monday morning to return back to North Carolina.

Wow, can you believe that Christmas is almost here.  I've been working on Christmas gifts all year, so I'm not feeling rushed in any way.  In fact, I'm getting excited about decorating soon.  I love the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays very much.  I hope you do, too!

Have you hand made any of your Christmas gifts?  If not, why don't you try creating something hand made.  I promise you that it will make you feel good about yourself and your recipients will so enjoy the fact that you hand made their gift.  Try it, you'll see...

Whatever you're going to do this weekend, please stay safe and enjoy time with your families, too.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The week is almost over now...

Hi all,

How's everyone this evening?  I'm doing okay, so I can't complain now can I?  This month is just flying on by, don't you think so?  Two weeks from today is Thanksgiving Day, can you believe that?

I do love Thanksgiving, although I give thanks on a daily basis for all the many blessing I've been given all through my lifetime.  Since becoming chronically ill, I've learned what is important in my life and what truly isn't.  I used to worry about so many little things and now I simply don't.  What is important to me is my husband, my daughters, my sons-in-law or significant other, my grandchildren, my extended family and my friends.  I have a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat, heat and cool air to make my home comfortable and I'm still alive.  What more could I need in my life?

Illness changes a person's life.  This I know is very true.  Sometimes it's for the better and sometimes it's for the worse.  That is entirely up to the individual and their state of mind.  No, I can't run around going on bus trips, train trips or the like.  I can't start my evening at 7:00 pm, because by then, I'm just too tired and I need to be home on the sofa in my pajamas.  I have very little energy anymore, but that's okay, too.  What I do give thanks for is that I am still alive.  I can still watch my grandsons grow into strong young men, see my daughters happy and be with my husband.  I still have the ability to use some of my creative abilities in a limited time period, which is okay with me.  So, you see I have so much to give thanks for every day.  I hope you feel this way, too.

I'm still working on my hand embroidered kitchen towels, which I'm using for Christmas gifts.  Of course, I will retain one or two for our kitchen.  I have to make about twenty more hand made Christmas cards yet, so I suppose I need to get on the stick and get them completed.  After the holidays are over, I need to start my all occasion cards for next year, as well as, my birthday cards for my family and other holiday cards.  I love creating my own cards.  I suppose all my crafting abilities are where I get my self-worth from.  I don't know if I'll start another novel next year or not.  Time will tell.

How about you?  What have you been up to lately?  I hope you are keeping your creative abilities alive because they may boost your self esteem, also.

Have a good weekend and enjoy your families.  We just never know when a member of our family will no longer be with us anymore.  Be safe and may God bless each of you.

These are two of the booklets I have on for electronic reading.  Check them out!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Happy Sunday.

Hi all,

Well today is Sunday and it's God's day.  That means we should all give praise and glory to Our Lord today.  Well not just today, but everyday.  But, especially on a Sunday.  What will you do today to keep the Lord's Day special?

I will be observing Mass at the noon hour, plus I will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet today.  I try to pray the chaplet in song every day during the three o'clock hour.  Why during the three o'clock hour, you may ask.  Well, because that's around the time that Jesus died on the cross. 

Since discovering The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Saint Faustina's teaching from Jesus, I've changed many things in my life.  One of them being, that I sing the Chaplet daily, as often as I can, asking Jesus for His mercy.  Not only in my life and my husbands, but for my entire family, both immediate and extended.  I also ask Jesus for mercy for all our friends and for our neighborhoods. 

I have to say that my entire life has changed since I discovered St. Faustina's diary and what Jesus instructed her to do.  I love the chaplet because I can just feel Jesus' Divine Mercy filling me up with love, grace and much mercy.  I need that to continue on with my life. 

You may not realize it, but you need it also.  You can check the Divine Mercy Chaplet out daily, by looking to see if it is televised in your area.  I watch it on Xfinity (Comcast) on channel 15.  That's channel is EWTN (The Eternal Word Network) and I love it. 

I've become so much closer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit during the past five or six years.  My entire life sits in God's hands and that frees me to have a light spirit.  I do what I can to 'give back' for all the many, many blessings God has bestowed upon me.  I give Him thanks for all the mercy He instills in my heart and soul. 

So, happy Sunday to all of you.  I will pray for you all during today's Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  Have a wonderful day and may God bless each of you.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Is it really November 2nd. already?

Hi all,

This year has gone so very fast.  I can't believe that it's already November 2nd.  Before you know it, it will be Thanksgiving, then Christmas, then we will welcome in 2016.  The months and years just pass so quickly now that I'm older.  I think perhaps that's because once we are over sixty years of age, we realize that we're on the down slant of life.  Also by then, many of us have one kind or another health problem.  We now realize that we move a bit slower, that we don't hear as well as we used to, that our memories aren't what they used to be, and so on and so on...

If you are over sixty, you know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you are not that old yet, believe me you will know what I mean when you do reach that age.  Time goes by now faster than at any other time of my file.  When I was in my thirties and forties, I thought that after we got older, time would just drag on by. Well, I was so wrong.  Even though I live a very sedentary life style, time still flies on by.  I appreciate the gift of live so much more now than when I was younger.  I give thanks each day that I wake up to live another day.

Now that my newest novel is published, I've been working on my handmade Christmas cards.  I've decided not to make quite as many as I have in the past.  I started four cards, in a new design, over the weekend.  I only had about an hour available to work on them this morning, and during that time, I was using  a medium called "Smooch" to fill in the color on the panel which goes onto the front of the card.  I'm still not finished as of yet.

My sister, Carol, is up here in PA visiting from North Carolina.  I'm always so happy to be able to spend time with her.  She's now seventy and the trip is getting harder and harder for her to make.  I'm so happy that she does though.  I miss her, but at least I've been able to spend some time with her when she comes up about twice a year.  It's nice that I can help her with her crafting a bit.  It gives her something to occupy her time as well as, help her with some Christmas gifts which don't cost a lot of money.

Last evening, Sunday, my husband and I had dinner with my sister and my brother and his wife.  It was very nice.  I don't see my brother, Greg, or his wife, Sue, very often either.  So, I was glad that the five of us could get together for a meal and conversation.

How's the Christmas shopping coming?   What?  You haven't even started on it yet... Okay, well it's time you got started.  The sooner you start, the sooner you get finished, and that means that then you can really enjoy the Christmas season without stress.  Don't you think that's a good idea, because I do!  Don't forget that the Christmas holiday season starts with Thanksgiving and ends on New Years Day.

I do hope you all have been doing something creative, whatever that may be.  Be thankful for all God has blessed you with and don't worry about what you don't have, because most of the time, those things really don't matter anyways.  Be safe and may God bless you.