Saturday, March 25, 2017

First Day of our Savannah Adventure

Today we were,able to go on
a private tour of the new auditorium at Compssion Christian  church.  The auditorium will hold 2000 people and we had a guided tour of the control video room, Green room and all the back stage areas.  Wow, it was remarkable and very impressive.

We also got to see the new satellite church in Midway that is averaging about 300 in their services.

We went to the warehouse book sale...always a favorite venue and bought about 10 books and a large print Bible for grandmothers.  We celebrated with happy hour at Sonic ( with a lemon berry ice cream slushy). 

Tonight we just rested up for the big meet and greet tomorrow on the main campus.  I heard from my best friend who lives outside of Atlanta that they are also in Savannah this weekend.  We plan on meeting up for lunch tomorrow.

Suzy, Oscar, Charlie, and Henry all earned an orange belt in karate today.  I asked her if she needs some orange shoes with that new orange belt.  So proud of my little ninjas and their mommy.

Goodnight Savannah....see you in the morning.

Friday, March 24, 2017

On the Road Again!

Look out Savannah....Me, Mr. Wonderful, and Willie Nelson are going on a road trip.  We are so excited to see old friends, and indulge in some of our favorite Savannah treats.  We are staying with fabulous friends who have literally turned their guest room and bathroom into a luxury hotel for us.

I am looking forward to lots of hugs, laughter, adventure and fun.  Let the good times roll.  I will try to make you envious of good eats, sweet treats and new memories.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Meet Willie Nelson

We have been a one car family since moving to Tennessee.  Our van was 25 years old and mostly used for taking our trash to the dump on a weekly basis or for driving to work if I wasn't planning on spending the whole day at the Mission.

We donated to van to Love, Inc. when we left Virginia.  The thought was we would eventually get another car in Tennessee.  Usually Mr. Wonderful and I do most things together.  He drives and I search Google Maps to get us where we want to go.

As we have met more people and made other commitments we are finding some conflicts in the scheduling of events.  In case of a tie....I always lose.  I would love to tell you that I am always kind, and understanding and that putting my plans on the back burner never bothers wouldn't be true but I would love to tell you that.

I have learned that it is easier to talk to God about the problem than it is to worry, fret and be disagreeable.  I have been praying about this situation for months now and always got the message to wait ....Did I mention that waiting is not one of my stronger spiritual gifts?

One morning Mr. Wonderful walked in the house told me to get my shoes on....we were going to look for used cars.  The men in his Bible study group had told him the best place to go to look for used cars.  When we arrived at the lot Mr. Wonderful told the salesman we were interested in a no frills, and whistles, basic transportation.  I smiled sweetly and said, "Well, not all of us!"  I had noticed 3 VW Beetles when we drove in and was instantly drawn to them.  We were able to test drive a red Beetle that had  standard shift (5 on the floor).

I told the Mr. that I wasn't interested in a standard shift as there are many hills and mountains in Tennessee and I didn't want to have to try to remember to shift, and also look for my exit in a new town.  I also figured out that we are only going to get older and my knees are not as good as they used to be.

We got to test drive the black VW and eventually bought it.  The car is in pristine condition and only had 65,000 miles on it.  I have always wanted a VW bug for the last 43 years but was always shot down for not being practical for a large family.  Now that we are empty nesters it is much more practical and economical.

My friend Becky told me about a blue VW she once owned named Ringo and the mini cooper she drives now she calls Sheldon  Becky loves puns and play on words but it took me about 4 days to figure out Ringo was a Beetle....Sheldon Cooper is a character on the Big Bang Theory.

So meet Willie Nelson....our new to us car.  Yes, I know Willie Nelson is not a Beetle but the first thing I thought about when we purchased him was the Willie Nelson song..."On the Road Again".
I literally have not driven in 5 I can't wait to get on the Road Again.

On the Road Again
On the road again
Just can't wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I cant wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Goin' places that I've never been
Seein' things that I may never see again
And I can't wait to get on the road again
On the road again
Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
We're the best of friends
Insisting that the world keep turning our way
And our way, is on the road again
Just cant wait to get on the road again
The life I love is making music with my friends
And I cant wait to get on the road again
Songwriters: Willie Nelson
On the Road Again lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

Thoughts on Falling.

They say "Pride cometh before a fall"...but here's my take on it.

1.  There are two extremes to falling.  Either I fall in the midst of a big crowd of strangers...(always embarrassing especially when it comes to trying to get the rather rotund granny back on her feet again and assuring everyone the only thing broken is my pride.) 

2.  The second option is to fall at home with no one around which is exactly what I did the other day. 

   It was a typical evening, I was home alone, opened the pantry door only to have a ceramic salt shaker fall on the floor and break depositing salt all over the floor.  I thought about getting the vacuum cleaner to clean up the mess and if I had I wouldn't have fallen.  But no, I decided to sweep up the salt with a whisk broom and small dust problem.

The problem came while bending over to sweep the salt up.  I don't like to wear shoes in the house since it tracks in dirt and debris from the outside onto the hardwood floors and carpets.  I have slippers but they were upstairs in the bedroom and who wants to climb stairs to get them.  My feet are always cold so I walk around the house in my socks.

As I assumed the position  (as pictured above) a strange thought came into my head.  Maybe I should have gotten the vacuum because I think my feet are starting to slip.  Two seconds later both feet started sliding on the hardwood floor in two different directions thus causing this non-athletic body to come crashing down into a very painful split landing full force on my already arthritic knees instead of my very well endowed backside.   

This was immediately followed by toppling forward into an elegant face plant on to the floor . I laid there for a few minutes assessing the damage and trying to untangle my legs gratified that there was no blood or limbs at strange angles ...but Oh Sweet Jesus there was definitely pain.  

What to do?  What to do?  I would have gotten up,  but my little scrawny pencil legs wanted no part in trying to push up my bigger than life buttocks. My cell phone was also in the next room.  So I " butt walked" into the Living Room where my two cats (delighted to see Mom on the floor) jumped on top of me and started giving me cat kisses and covering me with more cat fur ( since I obviously didn't attract enough from sliding on the floor from the kitchen to the Living Room in black pants.) 

After many minutes, lots of prayers, and determination.  I slid the recliner against the back wall, grabbed a pillow off the couch, and with great pain and an extraordinary push from my guardian angels was able to get on my swollen knees and bury my head in the recliner.  I was now in the prayer position and it seemed like I might be spending a considerable amount of time there so I called out to Jesus, the Holy Spirit (who communicates for us when there are no words) and to God the Father for help.  With the help of the trinity I finally managed to haul my derriere into the seat and to elevate my legs.  

So what did I learn from this experience? 1. Don't fall.  2.  If you are going to fall make sure your cell phone is in your pocket.  3.  Wear your shoes, you can always vacuum the floors. 4. Always get the vacuum cleaner . 5.  Time to start dieting and exercising to lighten the load and strengthen the leg muscles. 6.Prayer always works.  7.  Be fearless! 

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