My Week: Fall Is Here

Early Sunday morning, a post appeared on Facebook saying that an old friend who hadn’t been well had passed away. The graveside service would be the next day. Well…It’s like John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I had to shift gears but that was okay. I didn’t have to make arrangements to get off work, anyway.

DD and I had a good long talk. She’d been to a writers’ conference and was enthused by what she’d experienced.

The male half of my neighbor/cousins came home from California. Whether he’s glad to be home or not, it’s nice to have him back.

The day was cloudy and cold with drizzle. I did hope the weather would be better on Monday and it was. I’d worn a long sleeved top to go to the service and I was glad I did but the sun was shining brightly. I saw lots of people I knew and was able to ride out to the country cemetery with a former pastor and his wife. We had a good visit and she said she’d look for the song I mentioned on last week’s post.

True to her word, she posted on Facebook the next day. She’d found the song and she told me what book and the page number. She offered to mail me the music but that wasn’t necessary. I looked it up and there it was!

Music and lyrics by A.H. Ackley

The joy of the Master we, too, may share,
In serving the heart is made glad,
There’s sweetest delight in the help we give,
The poor and the lone and the sad.
And if we are kind to our fellowmen,
The verdict of Jesus will be,
“Inasmuch as ye did it to one of these,
Ye did it unto Me.”

The “cup of cold water” in His dear name,
Tho’ small such a gift we may feel,
Is needed so much in the world today,
The Father’s great love to reveal,
And we can do something just where we are,
To win His approving decree,
“Inasmuch as ye did it to one of these,
Ye did it unto Me.”

Our hands are the hands that the Lord would use,
Our feet are the feet He would send,
Our heart is the heart He would have men feel,
Our goods are the goods He would spend,
If we live for others, the Lord will say—
The tho’t of our heart He can see—
“Inasmuch as ye did it to one of these,
Ye did it unto Me.”

Still on Monday, I almost bypassed Save A Lot but stopped in at the last minute and I was so glad I did! One of my former co-workers and hairdressers was there shopping and she and I had a good time catching up. I should have asked her if she had her scissors with her.

The sister I’d visited with had spent the night with our other sister and then continued on home on Monday. She discovered her computer was out of commission. When she took it into the shop, it was the power supply. It was replaced to the tune of more money than I’d want to spend. Getting it back home, she had to wait for someone to come and hook it up for her. When help arrived, they discovered the connection she had pried off (don’t ever pry anything loose on a computer) was for the monitor so she’s still computer-less.

Wednesday brought some unsettling news. DS1 called that morning and I could tell by his voice that something was wrong. His mother-in-law was in the hospital in a serious condition. As soon as they could go, he and his family went to be with her. Over the next few days, her fever soared to 105 degrees but with good care, it went back to normal and she was able to be discharged home yesterday. Surgery is next on the agenda but it hasn’t been scheduled yet.

My younger granddaughter’s 11th birthday was on Thursday. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed. I sent her some black salt since, as far as I know, her mother never ordered any for her.

I need to charge for consultations. One of the nurses at the hospital emailed that she needed a report I used to run for her. I was nice and didn’t hold the information hostage but told her who to get in touch with to get it. It should have been in the list of reports I left for my successor but I don’t know if she went through the steps to get access. The email-er did have some kind things to say to me which was refreshing.

My hair has been driving me nuts. It grows so fast it doesn’t seem like any time at all has passed until I need to have it cut again. The person who cut it the last two times is almost impossible to corral so I bit the bullet and made an appointment on the hospital side of the mountain.

On the way down, I kept thinking about how beautiful the colors were and wishing I’d brought my camera. I had my phone with me but I’m not adept at taking pictures with it yet.

The haircut didn’t take long and neither did my trips to the two supermarkets. There wasn’t anything I’d want to buy in either one. I picked up a tomato in one of the stores and it was so heavily waxed it didn’t feel real. I saw a couple of people from the hospital but we just mostly spoke and went on. I don’t think I’ve turned into a Favorite Person.

Going back up the mountain, I got stuck behind a log truck (I’m so thankful that doesn’t happen often these days) so I dug my phone out of my purse and snapped away. When I looked for the pictures tonight, none of them had been saved. I’m STILL not too good with the camera on my phone.

My sister has been going through things and she’s found Treasures. She tucked some of them into an envelope and sent them to me. One of them was a picture of DS1’s graduation from academy. He’s holding DD, DH is next, then moi and my mother. I’d crafted the dress I was wearing and I hope it looked better in person than in the picture. Mother had probably made hers, too, since she said They didn’t make clothes that fit any more.

Tony's Graduation

Yesterday, I thought about fixing food to take for the fellowship meal after the special service at one of the larger churches but I decided against it. I eat at the communal meal then come home and eat again and end up miserably full. I’d just come home.

For a long, long time I’ve been thinking about signing up for the free month with Netflix. Yesterday, I took the plunge. Uh-oh. I’m in for it. I found all sorts of Veggie Tales stuff and watched some last night I’d never seen before. One was “Lord of the Beans”. I think that’s my new favorite.

This morning I got to the church and there were still a lot of parking spaces. I pulled into one and a man came over and asked me to move to a different one. Now, when I get parked and the engine has been switched off, I don’t want to do anything but get out and go. “Do I have to?” I whined. He looked and said, “Well, you ARE between the lines. You’re okay. I’m new at this.”

I knew most of the group of people standing close by and greeted more inside that are old friends. The service was good and most of the music was nice. There was a bell choir that did better without the flute. The flautist was a young girl and no one could figure out who should follow whom. She played well and I would have liked to have heard her part as a solo rather than with the group. The speaker’s wife sang “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” and it was beautiful. The sermon was good and he stopped right on time. That was a good thing because I couldn’t have made it any longer. I had to flee to the bathroom during the closing song.

One of the ladies was concerned that I wasn’t staying to eat. I explained my dilemma and she said, “You could eat salad.” I didn’t want to eat salad. I came on home and ate (guess what!) salad. I’ll bet it was lots better than one I would have had there. That isn’t all I ate but it was a big ‘un.

Mother’s home place is between here and there. It’s off the main highway but it doesn’t make for a longer trip to go by it so I passed it twice today. The second time, I stopped and took a couple of pictures—with my phone. It worked!

A Long Ago Home

A few of the fall colors show up but nothing like the ones I saw and thought I could share but can’t. Oh, well. I’ll live and you will, too.

Genese has won some games lately. We’re down to playing just one at a time. I did squeak through to win the last one. She has me playing first most of the time. I think that’s to try to gain the advantage but it doesn’t always work.

3 Responses to My Week: Fall Is Here

  1. Mary Jane October 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    the home place picture is beautiful and made me homesick for the “olden days!”

  2. Lila Morgan October 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm #

    I’m still behind reading your blogs – I think there are two I haven’t read, though I did read part of one when I was away. Reading them is something to look forward to, but I won’t wait long. M.J. had told me about the beautiful “home place” picture, and I agree that the camera and the photographer did an excellent job!

    • Tommie October 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

      The picture looks even better on Facebook but it seems when I put an instagram picture from there on here, it doesn’t translate well.

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