Showing posts from May, 2019

Day 55 Of Writing: A Few Updates

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

To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late; And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers And the temples of his gods. —Thomas B. Macaulay.
This month of May certainly has been interesting. I ran into Allison the other day. I guess, running into isn't quite the word to use. She scurries away pretty quick whenever people from the building come out. I did notice her hair is growing back which is a sign she is done with her treatment or at least, chemo. She used to have a strawberry colored hair and now it's more like dirty blond. Ones hair does come back a bit lighter or darker than before. 
We have seen our landlord more these past two weeks than we have in one year! It seems the apartment below ours is claiming her bathroom ceiling is leaking! Obviously, our toilet must be the culprit. He has been here tightening, repairing, buying …

Day 54 Of Writing: Leadership

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

Without an end or bound
    Thy life lies all outspread in light;
      Our lives feel Thy life all around,
    Making our weakness strong, our darkness bright;
  Yet is it neither wilderness nor sea,
  But the calm gladness of a full eternity.

I have been a leader of one thing or another since my children first entered school. I volunteered for many things all because they were interested in joining various groups like Boy Scouts. I have no problem leading a Pack of Boys or a Ministry of Women. I have no problem in raising my hand to volunteer or take on any additional workload. I love busyness and the act of completing a goal. Love it.

 I have always wanted to be an encouraging role model for other women, especially the young and survivors of cancer. I wanted to be a positive influence on them, to show them a…

Day 53 Of Writing: Where It Began

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

A soul cannot be regarded as truly
 subdued and consecrated in its will, 
and as having passed into union with
 the Divine will, 
until it has a disposition to do promptly
 and faithfully all that God requires, 
as well as to endure patiently and 
thankfully all that He imposes.

A few years ago, I discovered Pinterest and like any other person, I explored everything. It was in that process that I discovered some pictures of a THOW (tiny house on wheels) called Fy Nyth. I have written on this once before if you search my archives. 

I fell in love with this type of living and began reading her blog, imagining myself living there. I rarely follow blogs that aren't biblically inclined, but I really liked hers. Then she found YouTube and started to do videos only. It's been a long time since she wr…

Day 52 Of Writing: How's It Going?

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

Oh for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame;
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

So how am I doing with this writing challenge for 100 days? Well, I think I started out pretty okay. It was very hard at first to write since my writing has gone to the wayside. As I continued writing, I feel it became easier with each publication. I didn't have a problem until this week. 

You see, we went away for a small getaway. I wish I had the technology available where I can post my blogs from anywhere anytime, but I don't. Even though, I had written the stories ahead of time so all I had to do was post them, I was unable to do so. So now it looks as if I didn't do a post a day, therefore, breaking the challenge.

You know, we do what we are capable of and what is financially available to us. As we begin, we may not have all the necessary items to do qual…

Day 51 Of Writing: We All Fall Down

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

Thy thoughts are good, and Thou art kind,
E'en when we think it not;
How many an anxious, faithless mind
Sits grieving o'er its lot,
And frets, and pines by day and night,
As God had lost it out of sight,
And all its wants forgot.

None of us are infallible. We all hurt. We all can be brought to our knees. We all bleed. Every single one of us can in a heartbeat, be struck with an illness. Are you ready? I think not, because none of us ever thinks about the what if moment that could happen to us. 

This has been brought home to me just the other day in two ways. One, my own cancer anniversary. Two, my younger brother's sudden quadruple bypass. 

Who knew, just as everyone was going around their business, one of us would be struck down so quickly. Here we were preparing for our trip, packed and ready to go, as that dreadful phone call came. The words quadruple bypass, 90% block…

Day 50 Of Writing: It's A Celebration

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey

No sinful word, nor deed of wrong,
Nor thoughts that idly rove;
But simple truth be on our tongue,
And in our hearts be love.

Today marks my twelfth year since being diagnosed with cancer. It was on this day, that my whole life changed and for the better. I was at that time 42 years old and I didn't think I would ever see the age of fifty! I did end up reaching that milestone a few years ago. Today, I reached another.

Back in 2007, I wanted desperately to meet other women with ovarian cancer. I couldn't find any and in fact, it's hard to find them even now. Our survival rate is quite slim. For a period of two weeks, I searched online for ovarian survivors, finally finding some in a chat room that I can't remember. I wish I did, because I would love to see where some of those ladies are right now. 

One thing I can tell you is that this monster called cancer has …

Day 49 Of Writing : Vacation On A Budget

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

Within! within, oh turn
Thy spirit's eyes, and learn
Thy wandering senses gently to control;
Thy dearest Friend dwells deep within thy soul,
And asks thyself of thee,
That heart, and mind, and sense, He may make whole
In perfect harmony.

One may think that just because we are on a weekend getaway, that we spent a bit of money. Not true. Remember, we have a goal that we set for this year. That didn't go out the window just because we are at a weekend getaway. We did plan this accordingly.

For one thing, we compared prices at the various hotels out there. We looked if they offered a breakfast and if their rooms had a microwave/ refrigerator. We looked to see what was in the neighborhood surrounding the motel. Were there any restaurants or grocery stores? Once when we went to Florida, we had a grocery store a few blocks away. We bought groceries and made our own meals. A grocer…

Day 48 Of Writing: YouTubers!

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

Thou art as much His care as if beside
Nor man nor angel lived in heaven or earth;
Thus sunbeams pour alike their glorious tide,
To light up worlds, or wake an insect's mirth.

When I first began watching YouTube I was very judgmental in my view of the many channels out there. It wasn't the content of their channel. In fact, I really liked a lot of them and soon became enthralled by them. What I had a problem with was the asking of money from their subscribers. 

Don't get me wrong here. There are many channels out there that show spectacular vlogs and provide a wealth of information. If people want to support their channel via Patreon or Paypal, it's their business. They are providing  so much great information for free. It's the ones where, a flood happened or someone became ill or they needed a well. Or the ones that didn't have a job, but help me pa…

Day 47 Of Writing: A Weekend Getaway

Everyday is a brand new day,
                                                                     everyday is a journey

O Thou, the primal fount of life and peace,
Who shedd'st Thy breathing quiet all around,
In me command that pain and conflict cease,
And turn to music every jarring sound.

A few months ago as we sat down with this year's budget and goal's, we asked what are planning for a vacation? Well, when one is trying to pay off debt and gain financial freedom, one doesn't go on expensive vacations. We opted to do a couple of weekend getaways instead.
If you googled tourist attractions in your state, you would find plenty of these little getaways where one can visit a vineyard, a cheese factory, state parks and even sites where movies were made. These types of tourist attractions are just perfect for a small weekend away. We chose to see what was around us in a three hour radius within our s…

Day 46 Of Writing: Cancer And Family

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

A patient, a victorious mind,
That life and all things casts behind,
Springs forth obedient to Thy call;
A heart that no desire can move,
But still to adore, believe, and love,
Give me, my Lord, my Life, my All.

I often think back to that first time with cancer. If I could go back, I would change a few things. For one, I would include my two children more in my recovery. In fact, they would be all in it with me. I relied on my family way too much to pull me through. I think I was so starved for their love and attention that I allowed them to take care of me. I loved every minute of it. They pampered me, took over my household, the paperwork, basically everything. I totally basked in it. 

I was selfish, though, because my children needed me. Maybe it couldn't be any different. All of us were going through something very dramatic, very emotional and very painful. My son reached …

Day 45 Of Writing : Everything Is Possible

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

Lord, I my vows to Thee renew;
Disperse my sins as morning dew;
Guard my first springs of thought and will,
And with Thyself my spirit fill.

When we paid off the one debt, I was elated for about 24 hours. That's all. I know I should be feeling on top of the world to have achieved it, but I wasn't. In fact, quite the opposite.

You see, I know what it took to get that done. It wasn't easy, far from it. Yes, one is finished, but we have to do it again . . . twice. All I see in front of me is the hard work involved. 

Remind yourself
everything is possible.

That quote stared up at me all day at work. One of our managers writes an inspiring quote on the board every single morning. The quote of the day. You can't miss it. There it is as one walks by, staring at you. 

Remind yourself

Day 44 Of Writing: Cancer And The Port

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

Where our Captain bids us go,
'T is not ours to murmur, "No,"
He that gives the sword and shield,
Chooses too the battle-field
On which we are to fight the foe.

What is a port? Well, a port is a medical appliance that is placed beneath your skin. They place it beneath the collarbone area. It is used during chemotherapy treatment to administer the infusion without having to use your veins. Chemo damages your veins, especially if administered directly with an IV. 

The port I have now is my second one since my diagnosis. I took my first one out as soon as I went into remission back in 2007. Silly move on my part, but I honestly thought I was done with cancer. I mean, I had it and beat it. That was my thinking back then. 

It was soon apparent that it would become my life. When they placed another port, it could not go into the same spot as the other one. Scar tissue formed in …

Day 43 Of Writing: Yarn Shopping

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

The souls most precious to us here
    May from this home have fled;
  But still we make one household dear;
    One Lord is still our head.
  Midst cherubim and seraphim
    They mind their Lord's affairs;
  Oh! if we bring our work to Him
    Our work is one with theirs.

Yarn prices have gone up, folks. I've spent this past week checking around the different prices in my neighboring craft stores. I am blessed to be surrounded by a 6 block radius in either direction with Michael's, Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, a Resale Shoppe and a Salvation Army. I wanted to see what each store had to offer in prices, clearance aisles and coupons.
The Resale Shoppe benefits an organization for abused women. They have so many beautiful things and really good prices. I wish I had enough time to go through all the aisles, but I was on my way to work. All their books were goin…

Day 42 Of Writing:

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

Just where you stand in the conflict,
There is your place!
Just where you think you are useless,
Hide not your face!
God placed you there for a purpose,
What e'er it be;
Think you he has chosen you for it:
Work loyally.

"Isn't it amazing what you learn to live with around the house?"
Oh yes, until someone plans to visit. Of course, it does depend on who it is that is visiting. It could be that relative that lives in a magazine worthy home. They see everything and might tell everyone. Suddenly, everything seems out of place and outdated. We scrub from top to bottom, from morning until night. We scream at our family to stop messing up the house.
Yet, when our dearest and closest come, they don't seem to care. They are just as comfortable in these surroundings as we are. That door that doesn't close all the way doesn't bother anyone. The threadba…

Day 41 Of Writing: Some Days

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

Thou Thyself dost still display
Unto the pure in heart,
Oh, make us children of the day
To know Thee as Thou art.
For Thou art light and life and love;
And Thy redeemed below
May see Thee as Thy saints above,
And know Thee as they know.

Some days . . . we just want to lay in bed dreaming of nothing in particular. Listen to the birds chirping and feel the Sun streaming through the window. 

Some days . . . the weather reflects how we feel. It's raining heavily and purifying the land. Purify me, Lord.

Some days . . . we look for silence, opting to be alone. Reflections. Meditations. Bask in the silence, you never know what you will hear. Or whom.

Some days . . . you want to jump for Joy at all the blessings flowing your way. You want everyone to know the goodness that comes from Him.

Some days . . . a hug says more than any smooth yielding tongue. Embrace me in your love, your c…