A Conversation

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Beyond all wealth, 
honor, or even health, 
is the attachment we form to noble souls, 
because to become one with the good, 
generous, and true is to become, 
in a measure, good, generous, 
and true ourselves.
--Thomas Arnold.

A conversation at work between three people discussing FMLA and the various company policies on that subject.

Person 1: How do people survive on that kind of financial percentage when on FMLA?
Myself: Some may not have a choice.
Person 2: It's easy. Just come to work and take the pain.
Myself: It maybe a little hard to do when you're having surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
Person 2: Oh yeah. Your cancer.

Sometimes the big dramatic event that took place ten years ago in your life becomes the norm. Another bout with cancer. Another treatment. Another remission. Another same thing. Nothing new. That concern that overwhelmed everyone that knew you, wor…

Radiation Pt. 3

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                           everyday is a journey.

Being perplexed, I say,
Lord, make it right!
Night is as day to Thee,
Darkness is light.
I am afraid to touch
Things that involve so much;--
My trembling hand may shake,
My skill-less hand may break:
Thine can make no mistake. 

Whenever we are going through treatment, chemo or radiation, we should take special care of ourselves. Your doctor and nurses will provide you with some helpful tips, but here are some simple things you should do.
1. Get plenty of rest. Take naps if necessary.
2. Eat healthy foods. My doctor placed me on the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) diet to help with my side effects. 
3. Take care of the skin in the treatment area, My nurses gave me instructions on how to do so based on my treatment. Yours might be different. 
4. Tell your cancer team about all your…

Rainy Days

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

 If my shut eyes should dare their lids to part,
  I know how they must quail beneath the blaze
  Of Thy Love's greatness. No; I dare not raise
  One prayer, to look aloft, lest it should gaze
  On such forgiveness as would break my heart.

I love rainy days! One of my most memorable books I've read to my children was RAIN by Peter Spier. There were no words in this book, only illustrations of a young boy exploring his neighborhood after a good rain. Absolutely beautiful.

After a good downpour, everything looks such a lush bright green. All the flowers are standing tall as if their thirst has finally been quenched. Everything looks so alive. That's what water does for them, it brings them back to life.

In a way, that's how I feel about God. To me, nothing shows God's love and power than a good thunderstorm. Just watch a display of lightening flash a…

Simply Herbal

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Never yet was a springtime, Late though lingered the snow,
That the sap stirred not at the whisper
Of the south wind, sweet and low;
Never yet was a springtime
When the buds forgot to blow. Ever the wings of the summer'
Are folded under the mold;
Life that has known no dying,
Is Love's, to have and to hold,
Till, sudden, the burgeoning Easter!
The song! the green and the gold! --Margaret E. Sangster
To be honest here, I've never been into herbal living.Don't get me wrong. I am all for taking vitamins, but I truly believe in medicine when one is extremely sick with a disease. Real medicine for real sicknesses. Home remedies for the minor stuff. Having said all that, I also believe in taking care of our bodies and avoiding everything that is unnatural. 

As a child, I have heard of many home remedies that were passed on from one generation to the next.  A potato is good for burns. Parsley f…

A Life Makeover

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. 

I, and the bird,
And the wind together,
Sang a supplication
In the winter weather.
The bird sang for sunshine,
And the trees for winter fruit,
And for love in the spring time
When the thickets shoot.
And I sang for patience
When the teardrops start;
Clean hands and clear eyes,
And a faithful heart.
--Arthur C. Benson.

I never wanted a life makeover, because I didn't want to live in regret. That doesn't mean that I don't have any regrets, but I refuse to live my life within them. This is me. This is who I am. I may not have been the world's greatest mother, child, worker, etc. You go ahead and fill in the blank, but I did the best I knew how in each role I played. 

Although, there are those weird, feel sorry for myself kind of days that attack our souls. We delve into the past for a couple of hours into the real dark, dark times and we play havoc with our conscience. Ever h…

September Days

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Tis not enough to weep my sins,
    'Tis but one step to heaven:--
   When I am kind to others,--then
     I know myself forgiven.

I've been crocheting baby hats like crazy all month long!  First, they were in the color purple for Shaken Baby Syndrome and now in bright colors for preemie babies in Africa. I also made some in red for the American Red Cross babies with heart defects. I love making baby hats, because it's easy and fast. I can whip them out like crazy. 

In the beginning of the year, I received an order for a large afghan (another king size) which I use the proceeds of that for purchase of yarn for my Ministry. Same thing with scarves/hats and headbands. I never minded since I'm paid in yarn. As I'm finishing up these orders, I don't think I'll be doing these anymore. As much as I love the payment of yarn in return, it is very time …

The GP 2017

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. 

What an amazing,
 what a blessed disproportion
 between the evil we do, 
and the evil we are capable of doing, 
and seem sometimes on
 the very verge of doing! 
If my soul has grown tares,
 when it was full of the seeds of nightshade,
how happy ought I to be!
And that the tares have not
 wholly strangled the wheat,
what a wonder it is! 
We ought to thank God
 daily for the sins we have not committed.

For many years, I did not actually have a General Practitioner. I mean, why should I? All my health needs were met by my Oncologist. All that changed last year when I had no choice due to my surgery. I needed a Gp and fast.

I have to admit that my experience with her has always been pleasant. I wish I could say the same about the one before her. It just proves that we need to be comfortable with our doctors. Otherwise, what is the point?

I had multiple reasons for coming to see …