Showing posts from November, 2017

At This Time

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

When thou hast thanked thy God
For every blessing sent,
What time will then remain
For murmurs or lament?

So I finally went out and bought myself the 2018 calendar. I had to talk myself into it, because I'm afraid of the dollar store. Yes, you heard me right. I'm afraid of the dollar store. I cannot go in there and walk out with just one item, even if I make a list. Emily thinks it's just hilarious. Well, maybe she should do the shopping then. 

I buy my calendars there, because I see no reason to spend around twenty dollars for something I'm going to scribble all over. Besides, I really like their selection of landscapes and the size of the calendar. 

Calendars are pretty important around here. For as long as I could remember, Emily and I have been writing down all our appointments, dates, activities and any other important facts on it. Every Sunday, we…

Let Us Not Despair

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

Psalms 25:2
O my God,
 I trust in thee: 
let me not be ashamed, 
let not mine enemies triumph over me.

It has been one of those weeks, maybe more, where everyone seems to have a trial or struggle of sorts. Just in my own circles, my friends have been attacked spiritually, not knowing how or when. A friend of a friend lost an infant to Crib Death. Another is getting divorced and someone else just found out their mate was unfaithful. I know of at least two people suffering with mental illness and a pregnancy that isn't going well. 

Last night, Emily sprained her ankle walking home from work. As she winced with pain (plus some tears), I realized that the young don't know how to deal with pain. They have to learn. They have to learnwhat to do and how to react in a situation that may seem dire. They have to learn not to panic, but adjust to what is placed in front of them…

Celebrating Uniqueness

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

Follow your 
Star that lights a desert pathway, 
yours or mine,
Forward, till you learn the highest 
Human Nature is divine.
Follow Light and do the Right--
for man can half control his doom--
Till you see the deathless 
Angel seated in the vacant Tomb. --Alfred Tennyson.
All of my life I have wanted to blend in with the wallpaper. I've never wanted to have the spotlight on me. I preferred to sit quietly on the sidelines watching others in the limelight. Even my name was an embarrassment. I mean, how many Lotties do you know? Not many. As a child, I thought I had such a strange name and all I wanted to be was an Anne, Laura or a Mary. Not to forget that I was a foreigner having come to this country at the age of seven. 

It has taken me a very, very long time to like myself. A long time to celebrate who I was in my own uniqu…

Walk With Me

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

Yet Love will dream, and Faith will trust
    (Since He who knows our need is just),
  That somehow, somewhere, meet we must.
    Alas for him who never sees
    The stars shine through his cypress trees;
  Who hath not learned in hours of faith,
    The truth to flesh and sense unknown,
  That life is ever Lord of Death,
    And Love can never lose its own.

When Linda was alive, she would have this saying she used whenever she was scared. Jesus, would you walk with me? I've never forgotten it and have used it many, many times.

I think of Linda all the time. I miss her dearly, her bubbling smile that always reached her eyes. Not many people can do that, smile with their eyes. Linda loved me and I knew it, because she showed it in all she did. That's love, folks. And Linda loved me.

I could so see us both walking around Heaven together, arm in arm. I'm looking …

Puzzle Time

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

The picture above is of a puzzle that my mom and I worked on. In fact, this has become a favorite past-time of ours. I begin them and mom continues until the next time I come over. It's also a great exercise for our hands and fingers, especially if we have arthritis. 

It has also become a great conversation piece when people come over. It lays on the dining room table, welcoming anyone who wants to add a piece or two. Not many people do puzzles anymore and I'm not sure why. They are such fun whether one is a toddler or a senior. Why not open up a box and try. 

Below is another wonderful poem that I wanted to share with all of you. I hope you enjoy. Today has been a quiet and peaceful time and sometimes, we need to be still. 

O may I join the choir invisible Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence: live In pulses stirred to generosit…

Simply Sushi

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

If the soft hand of winning Pleasure leads
By living waters, and through flowery meads,
Where all is smiling, tranquil, and serene,
Oh! teach me to elude each latent snare,
And whisper to my sliding heart, "Beware!"
With caution let me hear the Syren's voice,
And doubtful, with a trembling heart rejoice.
If friendless in a vale of tears I stray,
Where briars wound, and thorns perplex my way,
Still let my steady soul thy goodness see,
And, with a strong confidence, lay hold on Thee.
--Anna Letitia Barbauld.

I love sushi! This has been quite a surprise to me. I've had some earlier in my life, but somehow, it never tasted that good. I didn't understand how rolled up rice with some herbs was to fill up my tummy as a meal. How boring! 

Well one night, Emily came home with some sushi. I've n…

An Emotional Day

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

Could we by a wish
Have what we will and get the future now,
Would we wish aught done undone in the past?
So, let him wait God's instant men call years;
Meantime hold hard by truth and his great soul,
Do out the duty! Through such souls alone
God stooping shows sufficient of his light
For us i' the dark to rise by. And I rise.
--Robert Browning.

I don't know how it happened, but tears welled up and they spilled over. I never intended to become so emotional over a Women's Breakfast with a friend. We were meant to spend some time together, my having invited her to share my faith and expose her to something different in her life. 

The topic alone seemed very interesting: How to be okay when things aren't okay? Who hasn't experienced that at some point in their life. Some of us more than others. You see, there were these questions we were to discuss with one another …

That One Neighbor

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

 O Lord, how happy should we be  
If we could cast our care on Thee,  
If we from self could rest;  
And feel at heart that One above,  
In perfect wisdom, perfect love,  
Is working for the best.

We all have that one neighbor that never follows the rules. Always makes a fuss. The drama and all the ruckus always comes from that apartment. I think we all can safely say we've experienced a neighbor like that. 

Emily and I have always held onto the mantra of living in harmony with others. Unlike many, we love diversity and welcome all people. It doesn't matter if we live next to a family with small children or a person with multiple pets. They can have all the parties they want as long as they end at a reasonable hour or they are mindful of others in the building. 

That's the magic key, you know. Being mindful and respectful of people who are living side by side with you. Y…

A Year Of Findings

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

As the winged arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life's rapid stream;
Upward, Lord, our spirits raise;
All below is but a dream. --John Newton.
So it certainly has been a year of findings since my last treatment. I knew that I might have problems after the radiation with certain foods once in awhile, but I certainly didn't expect so many foods and so often. 

My list, thus far: Popcorn, grapefruit, fried foods, buttery foods, green grapes, dried fruit. If I eat any of this, I might as well stay home and swallow a box of anti-diarrhea pills. I will have problems for the next couple of days. I know this isn't a pleasant topic to speak of, but it is a major part of our life. If this upsets you, please forgive me. 

For some reason, I have no problems when Emily cooks. She always …

That Shopping Run

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

  Oh, take this heart that I would give     Forever to be all Thine own;   I to myself no more would live,--     Come, Lord, be Thou my King alone. G. TERSTEEGEN
Once this Season comes around, if I never leave the house, I'm extremely happy. Remember my word Burrow?  Yeah, that's right, I want to burrow. Unfortunately, we have to work and we have errands to run. Today's errand is shopping. 

I don't care for shopping. I know, I know. I'm a woman and I'm supposed to like shopping, but I really don't. The crowds, the no parking available, the long lines at checkout, none of these are for me. Window shopping? I don't understand that concept at all. How am I suppose to enjoy something I cannot have just by viewing it? This isn't picturesque scenery.

Going shopping is really a chore for me. I don't just jump out of bed and rush out the door. I have to t…

Social Media

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

Oh! let us not this thought allow;
The heat, the dust upon our brow,
Signs of the contest, we may wear;
Yet thus we shall appear more fair
In our Almighty Master's eye,
Than if in fear to lose the bloom,
Or ruffle the soul's lightest plume,
We from the strife should fly.

So I'm sure you have noticed that I haven't been on social media as often as before. I post something, but rarely and I do mean rarely, do I scroll. I have found myself upset many of times when scrolling, therefore, I just stopped. 

When I first joined the social media's fast track, it came as a surprise to me just how quickly I became addicted. I wanted to quickly fill up my friend list or have as many followers as possible. I wanted to be cool like the rest of the world. I looked to social media as a great outlet for reaching the world. I wanted to turn around all the negative posts…

It Is Simply Time To Trust

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

My God! in whom are all the springs
    Of boundless love and grace unknown,
  Hide me beneath Thy spreading wings,
    Till the dark cloud is overblown.

We all have dreams, ones that lay heavily on our hearts. Sometimes, we actually get to see these dreams come to fruition and others, not. What makes one dream more favorable than the other? Is it the passion that lies behind it? The drive?

We may have that dream, but do we have the trust in our Lord to deliver that dream? Placing our trust in anything or anyone is huge. I've always had a problem with letting go and trusting others completely. If I want to grow in Christ, I will simply have to trust in Him. 

Remember that old play acting activity of us falling back into someone's arms? I was never able to do that. Never! I did this with my 3rd. through 5th. graders in Sunday School. I was amazed how none of them had any …


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

But what if I fail of my purpose here?
It is but to keep the nerves at strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again--
So the chase takes up one's life, that's all. --Robert Browning.
What can I say about my one and only daughter-in-law? She's beautiful, compassionate, loving, intelligent, emotional. I could keep going. How much time do you have?

                                                  Love this picture of my loves. 

Before Joey went and married this lovely lady, he would call me every Friday night on his way home. I would be driving also, but going to work. All of that changed when he got married. I remember telling Aubs. how much I missed that. Do you know what she did? She started calling me instead! A relationship began that has been growing and growing. Nowadays, I think we talk more with one another than I do with my own son…

A Bad Connection

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

We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lieth not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor small,
But just in the doing and doing
As we would be done by is all. --Alice Gary.
Another cloudy day. Another rainy day. Another day with bad internet connections. In fact, since we have moved in here, the connection hasn't been exactly great. This area where we're at has only one internet company. Yes, we found that out when searching for service. Almost everyone we called didn't have towers out here. I'm at the back of the apartment and Emily is more in front, Her connection is much better than mine. It doesn't make sense, but there it is. 

So I really cannot do much of anything today on my computer. It keeps stalling, buffering and it's very frustra…

The Gratitude Challenge

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

Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer;
Next day the fatal precedent will plead;
Thus on, till wisdom is pushed out of life.
Procrastination is the thief of time;
Year after year it steals, till all are fled,
And to the mercies of a moment leaves
The vast concerns of an eternal scene. --Dr. Edward Young.
Whenever November rolls around, one sees gratitude challenges spring up. November has become the thankful month. For one month, people post all the things they are grateful for and appreciate all they possess. It's very popular during this month and I always smile inwardly whenever I sit around the dinner table with friends. They always want everyone to recite what they are grateful for this year. Only this one time.

Too bad this only happens during November and Thanksgiving time. Why can't we do this every supper time or when w…

My Grandson

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

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life from aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
shall not live in vain. --Emily Dickinson.
Meet Timothy, my grandson and my little genius. He is a walking encyclopedia of information. He loves to absorb general knowledge about anything and everything. No wonder I love him so much.

              Playing soccer.

                 One of my fave pics.

Looking at him now, it's hard to imagine him as that little boy with missing front teeth. He was such a cute little guy and now he's such a grown young man. Where has the time gone? When did he grow so much? I shouldn't have blinked my eyes.
                                                             The young hockey player.

I've always wanted a grandchild that I would be able to connect with and develop a relationship. Tha…