My Week: Living Through It

Sunday
“The LORD straightens the backs of those who are bent over.” Ps 146:8, God’s Word. That was in my e-Sword Bible reading this morning and, guess what? A few hours later, something popped in my lower back and though the soreness is still there, the “catch” is gone. Hallelujah!

I got done what I could and went to Wally World this afternoon, stopping by the cemetery on the way. I hadn’t “tested” her picture yet so I pulled on it the least bit and it popped right off. I’ll call the monument company tomorrow.

Seems the Lord puts us in places where He wants us no matter what we do. One of my favorite cashiers was on her way to lunch and stopped me for a short conversation. She said she’d been to the doctor and was going to be tested for cancer. Understandably, she was very upset. I told her I’d pray for her and offered to, right then and there. She’s a Christian but she said the manager had gotten upset once when he caught her and someone else praying inside the store. I said I’d pray for her silently so she hugged me and went on.

After I left there, I went to Bi-Lo. Wally World has changed their brand of organics and isn’t carrying Earthbound Farms any more. Bi-Lo does. I got some arugula, too. Mine is good but there’s so little of it that I get maybe a dozen or so leaves every week. Then, the arugula I bought is too spicy to eat so I’ll use it for smoothies.

Thank goodness, my back was feeling okay so I could carry everything into the house.

DD called later in the afternoon since she’s in a different time zone. That’s going to take some getting used to for me, let alone for her and merm.

I’m making a concerted effort to get more rest so I’ll stop for now.

Monday
This was in my Bible reading this morning. It’s the God’s Word paraphrase again:
Pro 6:7 Consider the ant, you lazy bum. Watch its ways, and become wise.
Pro 6:7 Although it has no overseer, officer, or ruler,
Pro 6:8 in summertime it stores its food supply. At harvest time it gathers its food.
Pro 6:9 How long will you lie there, you lazy bum? When will you get up from your sleep?
Pro 6:10 “Just a little sleep, just a little slumber, just a little nap.”

My mother used to quote the last verse as “A little more sleep, a little more slumber, a little more folding of the hands to rest and poverty knocketh at the door.” That was usually in the mornings when I didn’t want to get up and get ready for school

Well, I went to the doctor as planned and he diagnosed my problem as stress (imagine that!) and asked if I still walked. I told him I’d quit and he said he wanted me to start back. Maybe I was using it as an excuse to be lazy, but I’ve felt that I needed to stay in the office to back the staff up since their hours have been cut. I’ve decided, though, that if there are at least two in the office, they can handle it. One does on weekends and holidays but that’s a different situation. I also talked to him about my bladder problem but that will be a different post. Suffice it to say, I got out and walked both this morning and this afternoon, 2Xthree laps around the buildings.

Tuesday
Mercy! My enthusiasm got me into trouble. After I went to bed last night, I had the most excruciating leg cramps ever in my life. I was ready to scream before they finally calmed down. I should have eased back into walking, I guess.

I’m a day behind on the readings in my devotional book so I read the one that was supposed to be for the 9th this morning. The style of writing was familiar so I looked at the author’s name and, sure enough! it was my sister! It was a nice beginning.

The new West Coast residents have been there for a week now. They should be getting settled in pretty well. Of course, I still have stuff I haven’t unpacked but it’s things I don’t want to get rid of but I don’t need to use at the moment, either.

It rained ALL DAY today. At one time, I would have let that knock me out of walking but not now! I walked up and down the hallways and in and out the gazebo (it has a covered walkway) countless times. Amazing how slowly 15 minutes goes by when I’m not walking outside.

I’d planned to take Mother’s picture to have it put back on today but decided against it. The day has been just too nasty for me to travel over the mountain. There are flash flood watches out, too.

Wednesday
The rain gauge had 1.9″ showing from yesterday. Didn’t seem to ever rain that hard but it was steady for more than 24 hours.

I did three laps around the buildings this morning but none this afternoon. No time.

I dashed to town for a little while so I could fill my Christmas Child box. It took forever, it seems, to find enough stuff to fill it up. This coming year, if I participate, I’m going to buy things as I find them and not wait until the last minute.

Today was our now monthly staff meeting. I think it was productive. That’s the buzzword at the hospital now, anyway. Productivity is key. It used to be that “Happy employees make a good hospital.” Now, it’s all about productivity whether we are happy or not.

I asked permission and it was granted for me to leave early. I headed over the mountain to take Mother’s picture to the monument place. The lady there said it will be put back on with a compound that has to be mixed right before it is used. According to her, it will never come off again and that’s what I want. My head was bothering me again so I came right on home from there.

Thursday
The weather today and yesterday has been as pretty and clear as it was nasty the day before. It’s warm, too, which is nice. There was quite a stiff wind, though.

When I got out to walk, I turned my ankle twice. Not bad and it wasn’t my ankle’s fault either time. The first, I stepped on a large gravel and the next, I had to walk up on the grass and as I was coming down, I stepped where the little slope came to the road. I’ll take my walking shoes tomorrow. I have them in a bag and hanging on the front doorknob. Except for yesterday, I’ve done a total of 30 minutes, at least, each day.

I called my sister at my niece’s place this afternoon. I found out she will be going to NC tomorrow. There have been rock slides on both routes that are the most direct so she will have to drive over an hour out of the way to get back. She’ll be staying with my other NC sister this weekend and go home next. I’ve sent her a link for the video for the latest rock slide. It’s pretty impressive.

Friday
Today was what DH would have referred to as “severe clear”. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky and I regretted my choice of Hawaiian shirt.

Wintertime Hawaiian Shirt

It will be nice later on in the colder months. BTW, this is in front of the nursing home.

While I was over there, I took a picture of the new residents. I think there are three new couples in here. I couldn’t get them all. I tried from several different angles but this was the best picture of them all.

Birds!

After everyone was gone except for one registrar and me, things picked up and I wasn’t sure I was going to get out on time but I did. The hospital has more patients in bed now than in the past weeks. Insurances don’t want to pay for inpatient stays if they can help it so it’s unusual. It helps cover the paychecks and that’s what we need.

There was a message in my email from my oldest sister that our sister in the Great Northwest had been admitted to the hospital yesterday with hypercalcemia. That’s on top of her shingles pain. How much can one person take?

I’ve been doing well getting to bed and I don’t want to make an exception. Good night and happy Sabbath!

Saturday night
It was another beautiful day and I thought I might have overdressed when I left for church. I was almost too warm in the car. However, the hot-blooded people in the church prevailed and the sanctuary was quite cool. I had tried to get my breakfast down before I left the house but I didn’t succeed. It was nice to have an excuse to go sit in the car and warm up.

During the prayer and praise time, one of the ladies who is interested in raw food was telling about her blender stopping when she was making her smoothie. She started blending it with yet another blender which also stopped. She prayed about it and lo and behold! both blenders started working! She said that goes to show that the Lord is interested in the needs of little old ladies and their blenders. Of course He is!

The speaker for church was one of my dear friends and she did an excellent job. It was her first time but she was well prepared and gave a good talk.

I stayed behind for a few minutes after church and visited. There was a fellowship meal but I didn’t stay. I came home and ATE. I even had TWO persimmons.

I should have gotten out in the sun this afternoon but I didn’t even think of it until now. I may not have time tomorrow.

My head isn’t bothering me as much as it was. I think part of it is I tense my shoulders. If I consciously relax them, the pressure goes away. I meant to have one of the fellows at church pop my back but I forgot. I must not be too bad off.

This is enough for tonight. I had a message on Google Voice from my oldest sister. She didn’t say to call her back so I won’t right now.

Tomorrow at 23:59 EST is when the giveaway entries have to be in so if you haven’t entered yet, time’s a’wastin’.

Good night and have a safe and happy week!

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