Monday, February 27, 2017

What do you think?

Hi folks,

I've been thinking a lot about the powerful weather we've been having, not just in the USA but all throughout the world.  I don't remember there being such devastating weather before.  If it's not tornadoes destroying complete neighborhoods, or fierce winds and heavy rains bringing destruction to where ever they hit, or intense dry areas being completely ruined by fires, it always seems to be some drastic weather. 

My opinion is that we're getting this violent weather because God is trying to make us wake up and see what's happening in the world today.  We take everything for granted.  So many people today, don't appreciate what we do have.  They always want more and even then, aren't satisfied. 

We all need to stop and appreciate all the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us.  The really sad thing is that so many folks never do that.  All they ever can think about is having more:  money, things, fancy cars, grand homes, designer clothes and on and on!  It's time for the world to stop and be thankful for everything they do have. 

Yes, I am ill, but I also give thanks for that.  I'm grateful that even though I am ill with a damaged heart, I still woke up this morning.  I think we all need to start practicing gratitude and acceptance every single day.  We need to open our eyes and see what is happening in our world today.  Start being thankful for everything you have and stop expecting and asking, or demanding, more! 

This is just how I feel about what's happening to this world today.  I know that most people won't agree with me and that's okay.  We all have a right to our own opinions.  What guides me through my life is where I want to be in the next life.  That would be:  with God in heaven!

I hope your week goes well and that perhaps, you'll stop and think about what I've said.  Who knows, it could just change your life now and in the next life.

Be safe and may God bless you.

This is the Diary of St. Faustina.  It's very enlightening.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hi friends!

Good evening to everyone,

I hope you all had a good extended weekend.  Well it was a long weekend to anyone who works for the government, bank, etc. but for the rest of you, it was just a normal Monday.  For me, it was pretty much a normal weekend here, which I'm fine with. 

I am a person of habit, but mostly because I have to live a sedentary life style now.  I'm okay with that fact, after almost eleven years, I should be!  My 2017 "Giving Back" project is moving along very nicely.  I now have thirteen blankets completed for young children.  I have to tell you that I am enjoying this project very much.  I just hope that the kids enjoy them. 

What have you all been up to lately?  I do hope you have found some time to give back to God for all the many blessings He's bestowed upon each of you.  If you woke up this morning, then you have been blessed.  We all have so many blessings from Our Lord, but we choose not to recognize them.  If you have enough to eat, clothes to wear, a job to go to, and someone to love you, then you are indeed very blessed.

I've been thinking a lot about death.   Not in a weird way, but just in regards to the age of someone when they pass away.  We all have to remember that when God created human beings, His plan was for them to be born, live as children, teens, young adults and then to become a senior citizen.  His plan was not for us to live forever.  I feel that if you live to be in your seventies or eighties, you've lived a long life. 

Some deaths do disturb me.  Those deaths would be that of a little child. a teenager, a young adult, or a middle aged adult.  Out of all of these, children who die make me feel very sad.  They've just barely lived their lives.  When I think of the many years I've had on this earth, the death of a child breaks my heart.  So, I give thanks for every day that I have with my husband and family.  Maybe you never take the time to think about these things, but perhaps you should.  Maybe that would help you to realize just how very much you have been blessed by God every day.

Well enough talk about death.  What have you all been up to lately?  If you live in the Eastern part of the US, you already know that this winter has been a bit weird.  One week it's a typical winter, but without much snow, and the next week we have spring time weather.  I'm not complaining though.  I'm happy that we haven't had much snow this year, at least as of yet.  How has the weather been in your part of the world?  I know some countries have had very damaging weather and for that, I'm truly sorry. 

Well, tomorrow is Hump Day, so relax because by this time tomorrow evening, you'll be on the down side of this week.  Have a great day tomorrow and be safe always.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Good afternoon to everyone,

First of all, let me say, "Happy Hump Day" to all of you who work Monday through Friday.  You'll soon be on the down side of your work week.  If you don't work anymore, then just celebrate the middle of the current week.

The day started out pretty nice here in South Central Pennsylvania, but the sun has disappeared and it's gotten quite cloudy.  Also the wind has picked up some.  Oh well, at least it's not snowing or raining.  That would definitely be worse, at least in my opinion.

I hope your week has been going good.  Mine is okay.  So far this week, I've managed to do a couple loads of laundry, clean our downstairs and this morning, I visited my friend, who's in a nearby nursing home.  I've also been working on my newest project.  I am hand making security blankets for little children who are in hospitals, fighting some disease.  Since they can not be crocheted, because of the medical equipment getting tangled in the holes, I am using fleece. 

I'm hand embroidering a small rendition of a teddy bear, dog, or some other animal onto the fronts of them, in the center.  I won't be handing them out until early December.  I've decided to attach a small tag to the blanket, giving the child the animals name and asking them to be his/her friend.  My heart goes out to each and every child who's afflicted with cancer or any other disease.  I'm looking for anyone who would be interested in helping me, by making some blankets themselves.  If interested, let me know.  You can hand them out in the area in which you live.

Here's a photograph of one of them.

I hope things are going well for each of you.  Remember to give thanks to God for all your blessings, because He has blessed us abundantly!  Have a great day and may God continue to bless you.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hi ya all,

Hi folks.  In Monday's post I was telling you all about a new project I was working on, which is making security blankets for children between the ages of six months and five years.  I plan on giving these blankets to a hospital before Christmas sometime.  I already have two made and will be working on a third one a little later this evening. 

I promised to post a photograph of the two that I've completed.  They are alike so I am only posting one picture  for you to see. 

I'm sorry this photo is a little dark.  Let me try another one.

It's blanket-stitched around the outside. 
Say a prayer for me that I can complete at least 20 to 25 of them by Dec. 1.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hi friends,

Today is Monday and the start of the work week for many of you.  I hope your day went well, but if it didn't, tomorrow will be better.  Monday's are always hard days.  I also hope you all had a great weekend, whether you were extremely busy or just chillin' out all weekend.

My weekend was fairly quiet, but then most of my weekends usually are quiet.  Which is the way I like them to be, especially during the winter months.  I hate going outside when it's cold out.  How about you?  Perhaps you don't mind the cold or hot weather.

I went to Mass yesterday, which I enjoyed very much.  Since I can not go to Mass at my parish church anymore, I attend the Mass that  Heart of the Nation broadcast either on television or online.  I use the online method by utilizing my laptop.  One of my favorite priests celebrated yesterday's Mass.  They mail me a booklet which contains all the readings for each Sunday, for about six weeks.  Then they mail me a new one.  I love the fact that I can follow along by having the readings right in my hands.  The only think I miss is not having the words to the hymns also.  Sometimes I know the tunes but not the words.  Of course I send them my offering because I very much appreciate that now I can, once again, attend Mass every Sunday.  If you are interested, their web address is:  Check it out.

My current creative project is for young children, who are hospitalized or who are orphans.  I am making security blankets.  You know, when children are little, they like to have a small blanket to take to bed with them to make them feel secure, or sometimes they carry it around with them.  They will be made out of fleece fabric and have a teddy bear, dog or some other character in the center of them.  I'll post a photo of one when it's finished.  This will be soon.  I'm anxious to see the first finished product.  I hope the little ones will love them.

My mission in life is this:  although I may be chronically ill and live a very sedentary life style, I am still alive and that's all because of God.  I have a need to give back for all my many blessings and for my loving family.  My "giving back" method, may not be anything elaborate, but it is from my heart.  How about you?  How do you give thanks to God for all your blessings? 

I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Love with all your heart and give thanks to God always.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tomorrow is Friday! Happy or not?

Hi folks,

I am quite sure for the majority of you would answer the title question, Happy!  As far as I'm concerned, it really doesn't matter what day of the week it is, at least most of the time.  My life is pretty much the same on most days.  Of course, there are certain days that I do laundry, or clean, and on Sundays, I attend Mass and I don't really do any work on a Sunday.  God said it was His day to rest, so I try not to do any work that day, also.  How about you? 

The weather this winter sure has been up and down.  We seem to have a few days with temperatures in the 30's and then a few days with the temperatures up in the forties.  Don't misunderstand me, I'm not complaining, not at all.  I enjoy the days when the temp is warmer, but since I'm usually indoors, it doesn't really matter that much.  My home is warm and I'm very comfortable being there.  How's the weather been where you live?

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, I am in the process of making hand-made things for Christmas 2017.  I already have an ornament made for everybody in my immediate family, as well as their significant other.  And, I'm almost finished with the felt bags to hold each of them.  The bags are taking me longer to make than the ornaments did, but I don't mind.  It keeps me busy. 

When these are finished, I think I'll take a break from Christmas things, and make a few blankets for children who are hospitalized.  I'm going to use fleece, which I plan to hand embroider either a teddy bear or a dog onto the front of it.  Then I'm going to blanket stitch around the outside of each blanket.  They won't be real big, as they are to be used as a ?cuddle blanket" to make them feel safe.  Come on, you must remember having a "blankey" when you were a child.  Most of us did.

Do you all have plans for the weekend?  If so, I hope you enjoy yourself, that is unless you'll be working.  If not, just enjoy your time off from work, catch up on some television programs, do some shopping, or just kick back and rest.  Enjoy yourself and your family.  Whatever you do, be safe and may God always be with you.
              Here's a little piece of the beauty God has given to us.