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December 10, 2013 at 11:34am
The Word "Dead" is one we dread
|Sitting here pondering people and our ways of thinking. Why is that when a good friend and person we love is about ready to bite the big one, we avoid saying "death." We whisper in corners and still refuse to say it, "My friend is going to be dead soon."
Dead is not dead of you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and John Hobbs hbar most definitely does. I know when he dies, he will be with Jesus in less than a twinkling of an eye. So, any emotion and tears are for myself who will miss him greatly.
Anyone who knows John also knows he does not want your sympathy; he wants your prayers for his family and friends who will carry on after he's dead. There, I said, the word: "Dead." It's just sits there like a four letter word and doesn't do anything. Dead is something we are all going to be sooner or later. We all prefer later, but we don't always get the choice - in fact, I don't think we ever get the real choice. Sometimes our bad decisions take us closer to dead when we didn't need to be.
So, buck up Karen, and get to praying for John and the Hobbs family for peace of mind and heart.
December 6, 2013 at 8:50pm
Latest re: John Hobbs
|I just received an update regarding my friend John Hobbs. hbar
Here it is:
Hello to All from St. Vincent's Hospital:
Well, today we must share the news we had hoped and fought so hard to avoid:
John began vomiting and running a fever yesterday Lori had already gone to work so Cami managed to get him to the clinic, where it was quickly decided he needed to be admitted to the 5th floor oncology unit at St. Vincent's.
His labs had not looked good earlier in the week, and this afternoon's results were back from Seattle confirming our worst fears; his leukemia is back. His blasts are at 20% and are climbing. He is not making any blood at all, and is not expected to. He has a bacterial infection, and so, sadly, we are having to admit defeat in this long, hard battle.
He is needing daily transfusions as well as other supportive care. He and Lori and the kids will be talking over what to do next. On the one hand he just wants to be at home but on the other hand it may not be feasible to safely meet his needs on the home front.
He keeps saying he is OK, he just wants what will be easier for Lori and the kids.
Tonight we will be gathering in his hospital room to have a late birthday party for Katie, and we'll be leaving the harder stuff for tomorrow.
Please join us in praying for courage under fire, especially for John, who is leading by example just how to walk this dark valley.
We love you all, and we will keep you posted.
John and family
Please keep John and his family in your prayers.
December 5, 2013 at 1:23pm
Wondering about Ohio
|Wondering about my Ohio friend. Haven't heard anything in awhile. Maybe my thought vibes will waft up there into the Northern climes where is colder than it is here. Not that I wish cold on the Northern folks, but I'm glad it's not as cold down here in the South.
Well, so my brain is not coming up with anything of interest beyond the above personal issue.
December 1, 2013 at 12:47pm
Thankful after Thanksgiving Day
|After Thanksgiving day, I am trying to remember to continue to be thankful.
I am thankful for the great leftovers. No lunch and supper cooking for awhile.
I am thankful I heard Max meowing when he was trapped in the refrigerator which I had left open as I took container after container of Thanksgiving food and put it on the counter on the other side of the stove. One cool kitty emerged when I opened the door. He was not amused, but he does not hold a grudge.
I am thankful for zucchni bread made by me summer before last and kept frozen until I need it like right now.
I am thankful that I am sleeping better now that Angel kitty has re-started coming into the bedroom at night. He used to do that all of the time, but since the dogs who sleep in the bedroom have changed; he has not ventured in there at night or anytime. Angel is 10 1/2 years old, and he was here before any of the current dogs.
I am thankful Rusty dog has not had his collar chewed off by Dixie in a long time. I like him to have his blue collar on all the time.
I am thankful I noticed that Reyna has a blue collar, not supposed to anymore. Girls have red, and boys have blue. She goes to the vet in early December, so I will get her a new red collar then.
I am thankful the chickens are laying more eggs. The young ones have grown up and are starting to produce. We were only getting one or two a day. The past few days I've gotten 9, 6, 5 and so forth.
I am thankful is it almost lunch time - leftovers. Yippee! No more letting Max get into the fridge.
November 28, 2013 at 7:07pm
Whispering "Happy Thanksgiving"
|Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and associates on WDC. I hope y'all had a great day and ate a bunch of good food with people you like or can tolerate.
The day is not over, but no major catastrophes here. Holidays are when bad things tend to happen at our place, so I'm saying, "THE HOLIDAY IS OFFICIALLY OVER!" But here in a quieter voice, I am here to wish you well.
Onward tomorrow with other pursuits which DO NOT something called "Black Friday." Just by the name, I can tell you; it's not something I want to be involved in." I personally think anyone who goes out in that crowd has a few screws loose to begin with even if you are one of my friends or acquaintances who do so. Why not stay at home and have a good stiff drink and read a good book. It would be so much better for your stress factor. By stiff drink I mean really strong coffee or tea, something the spoon almost stands up in.
November 27, 2013 at 3:27pm
Day Before Thanksgiving Tasks
|I spent the morning and early afternoon - after I fed the animals - cooking for tomorrow. I've been on my feet most of that time, and it's time to rest.
My responsibilities on the day before Thanksgiving with regard to cooking Thanksgiving dinner are:
1. Bake big pan of corn bread for use in the dressing.
2. Prepare candied sweet potatoes.
3. Boil eggs for dressing and giblet gravy
4. Boil eggs for stuffed eggs. Make stuffed eggs.
5. Make and bake a pumpkin pie, including home made crust.
6. Thaw out turkey necks to use be used in dressing and giblet gravy.
7. Thaw out Cool Whip.
8. Make sure turkey is defrosted - which it is not at this point.
9. Cook fresh green beans, not canned.
In the process, I also cleaned out the refrigerator of and took the result to the chickens. They love me, but I don't really care one way or another. I'm not really into chickens any more. I used to be and had some special chickens.
Since it is sunny outside and 52 degrees with Real Feel of 59, all of the dogs are in the back yard except Little Bit, Maddie and Buffy. Time for a nap with Maddie and Buffy.
November 26, 2013 at 1:07pm
Are you truly AWAKE?
|Want to be truly AWAKE? Here may be your answer.
I found a candy bar that sounds perfect for my friend Ebenezer Ink . It is called "AWAKE," something Jeff needs to be part of the time. Here is what it says on the back of package:
"Consume one piece of AWAKE, and you'll be ready for wringing out a washcloth or possibly closing a very heavy door. Two pieces and you're ready for a conversation with a three year old, writing a book report, or cornering a cagy marmoset. Three pieces and you're 3/4 AWAKE - ready to run an impromptu 5K, paint the house (both floors), or become a successful auctioneer. Eating four pieces of AWAKE will have you ready to take a 53 hour road trip, cram for midterms or hike Mt. Ranier - up and down - in an afternoon.*
" *Actual states of AWAKE may vary by height, weight, diet, disposition, and willingness to believe."
I think I need to stock up on these puppies. I only bought one which I should send to Ohio.
November 24, 2013 at 4:36pm
Thankful for Friends
|Unless we have gone to war together, side by side, or having each other's six; I cannot call you friend. For a friend is someone who has faced the same enemy with me. Whether we won or lost is less the point than that we fought together. We may have been brought to our knees in the fight, but we held our positions and never gave up always knowing who was down there in the dust - you and I. In victory, we shared whatever glory came our way. In defeat, we shared our woes and our tears. We are forever friends. Friends are few, but they are worth their weight in gold and more.
November 22, 2013 at 2:37pm
Focus on Thanksgiving
|Focus on Thanksgiving, the action and the holiday. Give thanks to God for your blessings and celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with that same spirit. Be thankful
I am thankful for so many things. One thing for sure is my husband. He's a marvel and a real blessing to me. I love him in the depth of my being and always will.
One reason is that he cooks the most of the Thanksgiving meal every year. Here is our menu:
Candied Sweet Potatoes
I make the candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffed eggs, pumpkin pie, and tea, but he does the hard stuff - turkey, giblet gravy, and stuffing.
Yes, we do all this when it is just us two. We eat good for days.
November 19, 2013 at 12:57pm
Downsizing Christmas Decorations
|Gone. Boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations taken to the Thrift Store. Gone, lots of really nice stuff. A few boxes in my closet waiting to be put up after Thanksgiving. I can physically put up as much as I used to, not even close since I used to decorate to the max. I went through all my boxes last evening and again this morning. Took out a few things to keep and the second go through.
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