I thank those of you who shared Clint's "final journey" with us. I hope you found inspiration and encouragement as we shared the good and bad moments over the last months until Clint found his way home to Jesus on December 3, 2004. As we journey through the next season of our lives, perhaps something I share here will help others who are also making this painful journey.
I got eight hours of sleep again last night. Wow! Woke to sunshine. If the weatherman is right, this will be the last nice day for about a week. I got word that my accountant did, indeed, file an extension so I can relax now until she is done with my taxes. I was just getting ready to head off to Sarah’s when she called. Her son Malachi is getting baptized on Sunday and needed to meet with the pastor so she wondered if I could come a little later. That was fine so I drove into Key Center, got the mail, and did a couple other things. As I was ready to head home Sarah messaged to say they were headed home. I dropped off things at home, picked up my knitting and headed to Sarah’s. I hadn’t been in the house five minutes when Naomi managed to step on a scooter (that wasn’t supposed to be in the house to begin with) and had the handlebar whack her in the face just under her right eye. Sarah got out an ice pack to put on it. Life with six kids must be a continual stream of one thing or another. Joshua, who will be four in June, pulled a big jar of jam out of the fridge when he wanted a sandwich. Next thing we knew, he had gone outside and dropped it so Sarah had to go clean up the mess, including broken glass! I let the boys wash my car and let’s just say I won’t do that again. Ha! I was there until almost five during which time I helped her get started learning to knit. I was just about ready to leave Port Orchard when Bill called and asked me to bring home food from China Sun. I was distressed with the way the car looked, even after Sarah hosed it off. I spied a car wash on the way home and went through the $6 wash to be sure all the soap was rinsed off the car. Finally home, I snacked some of the takeout before settling in for the night. The yarn for my scarf was becoming a mess so I set out to wind it into a cake. I spent a good bit of time untangling yarn. At one point I was sure I’d have to cut it but I persevered and saved it all. Whew! I was looking through Facebook as I played with that and was shocked to read the following report on my special little friend Ellie. It was scary beyond words…
“A few days ago, I noticed Ellie looking slightly more pale than usual and a little more tired so I made an appointment with our Geneticist on Wednesday. They ran some labs and I expected to hear something within the next few days. At 9:22pm while Ellie was sleeping peacefully in bed while I was cleaning up the house I got a call from our geneticist saying the lab called and that I needed to run upstairs and scoop Ellie out of bed as fast as possible and call 911. Her red blood count came back so incredibly low that she was in immediate risk of heart failure. When we got to the ER her heart rate was 170 and they began blood transfusions. She has had 4 so far and they are helping!! So hard not having answers to what causes Ellie's overall condition. Hopefully we will be cleared to go home soon so we can get our sweet girl out of this place and be home for her 6th birthday.”
When we give freely and generously, we find that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. — Tim Gustafson
I finished the lacy top last night except for adding buttons. I had to decide which of three sets of buttons to use. I got about 8 1/2 hours sleep last night which is fantastic for me, as you well know! With Ann’s help, I decided on buttons and sewed them on today. Done with the lacy top, I cast on for another one of my lacy ribbed cardigans in two colors for the next baby girl gift. Before long it was time to head off to rehearsal. After rehearsal Debi and I talked and talked so it was almost ten by time I got home. Here is the lacy top which is for Barbara’s third great g’daughter due in July. The baby shower will be in May.
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.
I reached over to turn off the alarm a few minutes before it was ready to go off this morning. When my other alarm went off at 8:30, I realized I had turned my Sunday alarm on. I made sure to turn it off so it wouldn’t go off at 6:30 tomorrow morning! I knit on the lacy top until I ran into a knot. I didn’t have what I needed to fix it so I spent the rest of the time on the scarf. I remembered to pick up the rest of my prescription and then went to Key Center. I picked up a few things at the grocery store and on the way back to the car I noticed that the Gnosh food truck was in the parking lot next door. I hadn’t tried it out yet so figured today was the time. I got a BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado) wrap. I picked up the mail and headed home where I polished off half of the BLTA. It was tasty. I have now been “gnoshed.” After lunch, I got the knot fixed and finished the lacy top except for the border. I snuck in a 20 minute nap before time to head off to The Blend for more knitting. I forgot to take the smaller needle so I couldn’t knit the lacy top border. I knit on the scarf instead. I just got back in the house before the rain began pouring down. I’ve had a snack and I’m ready to knit the border and the lacy top will be done.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia
While I didn’t make it to bed until 3:45, I didn’t conk out in the recliner last night. I talked to Cousin Beth for about half an hour. Yesterday was her birthday. Two other friends had birthdays today. Speaking of birthdays, I was looking back through emails for something and came across the email from McCormick Woods for a free entrée during my birthday month. I printed that out. They have prime rib on Friday nights and while my birthday doesn’t fall on Friday, that doesn’t bother me one bit since I love prime rib. Today was a mixed bag as far as the weather was concerned. One minute the sun was shining and then it was raining. Friends reported sun and then hail. I was yawning by 2:30. I checked on the status of the baby gift package and it was delivered at 10:46 this morning. Hopefully someone was home to get it. I am moving right along with the current knitting project. I knit the headband tonight. Since I have plenty of yarn, I’m going to add some more length to the lacy top.
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all. – Walt Disney
I checked with my accountant yesterday about the status on my taxes. I was thinking they had to be filed by today but then remembered it is tomorrow. Whew! I was surprised to find that the Words with Friends challenge for this week as only 4920 points after I played 5050 last week. Hmmm... I forgot to mention that when we went out to the garage Saturday evening, I spied a teensy bird egg on the edge of the big pot. It had a tiny hole in it and there were remains of another egg on the ground. I watched the first episode of a somewhat strange show last night called “Glitch” – “The paranormal drama takes place in a small town where people suddenly return from the dead in perfect health but with no memory.” I don’t usually watch paranormal stuff but I ran across it when I looked up one of the actors in the “Rush” series I watched recently. Both are Australian shows. One episode led to the next and I wound up watching all six in the first season! It was after one by time I was done with that but I made good progress on the lacy top while watching. I fell asleep in the recliner again, woke and went to bed. This is getting to be a habit. I took off about 2:30. Since I didn’t wear my raincoat, it was raining by time I got to the post office. On to the chiropractor where got some extra snap, crackles and pops this month. It was much needed – probably from 10 or so hours of sitting on the keyboard bench the last several days! I finally remembered to buy grated Parmesan cheese at the grocery store. I also got some of the French Onion Soup. Since they don’t provide the bread or cheese to go on top, I bought some bagels chips and added Parmesan cheese. It’s not the original version but it tasted good to me when I tried it. I found new episodes from Season 7 of “Vera” and Season 21 of “Silent Witness.” Those will occupy me while some of my regular shows are off for a week or two. I recently discovered a feature on my bank card that I quite like. It notifies me of all online, phone or mail order charges. I really like that.
Take a deep breath. It’s just a bad day, not a bad life. – Unknown
I had about 3.25 inches knit on the new baby sweater when I quit knitting for the night. I chatted with Lacey until almost 3am. As I wound down with her, Angela popped up. She lives in Kansas. We chatted and I finally headed for bed at 4:15. It seems to go from bad to worse! Then the phone rang twice at 9:45 – apparently, a wrong number. I came out front but decided to go back to bed. I slept till noon with no further interruptions. My first order of business for the day was to get my music book fixed up for tonight. There are times in the service where I played quietly while someone was reading so I got all my notes put in with the music in the hope I would know what I was supposed to do and when. The music I had for one of the songs I was to play was a chord sheet with no melody. The church uses a site to get music so I went there, found the song and transposed it to the correct key. When I hit “print” from the site it didn’t do anything. I thought “This is NOT the time for the printer not to work!” I downloaded the song and printed it. Actually, this was a good thing because the song was three pages long and I only needed the first page. It was almost two by time I was done with that and I was yawning by three o’clock. A military helicopter flew over and sounded like it was about to land on the roof. A little later another one flew over low. I caved and went to bed for an hour’s nap. As I woke up Bill hurried me to the living room to see a huge rainbow outside. It had dulled some since he first spotted it but I was still able to see it. I ate dinner and got ready to go. We were supposed to be there at 7’ish so I got on my way by 6:30. The service was really nice. I thought it was one of the better ones we’ve done. I made it home by a little after nine. I’m happy to have no place to be now until Sunday!
Nails could not have kept Jesus on the cross had love not held Him there. - Unknown
Since it was 2:30 by time I made it to sleep last night, I wasn’t happy to be awakened at 8:30 by a telemarketer. Caller ID said Medical SVC Group which appears to be the one selling medical supplies for diabetics and back braces. Another call came at 11:30. Even Bill didn’t answer this one but I think it may have been one of the charities he has donated to in the past. Like the telemarketers, they never let you off the hook. The wind kicked up after noon. I love listening to the wind chimes on the porch. I was yawning away as 1pm approached but I had made a start on my next project so I tried to stick with it and push through the yawns. I’m reknitting the lacy baby set with the top, head band and leg warmers. I’d like to publish that on Ravelry. I sold another lacy baby top through the yarn shop (Bazaar Girls) that sells the most of my patterns. I did manage to rest my eyes for about half an hour before time to eat a bite, dress and head off to rehearsal. Debi, Vonnie and I had a nice little pow wow after rehearsal so, again, it was 9:30 by time I got home. I had a snack and when I checked email, I found that a buyer on my Etsy shop had a problem with her order. For some reason, the digital file for the pattern she ordered was not up there. I got that problem sorted. It will be bedtime here before I know it.
Not once in the Bible does it say worry about it, stress about it, figure it out, but time after time it says to put your trust in God. – Unknown