Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Got Super Glue All Over My Fingers - More Fun & Games

So funny, really. I just posted about how my lower dentures broke in half again, and I would be gluing them together.

Well, the tube I used wasn’t in the best of shape. The one part of the top that usually is removed so that you can pinpoint the exact spot for the glue was itself glued to the next part. So I had to use the larger mouth of the tube to direct the glue.

And, by now you realize, I managed to get the glue smeared on all the fingertips of my left hand except for the thumb.

Normally, you can easily remove it with nail polish remover, the kind with the acetone in it. I don’t have any around. I did an online search and found 7 ways for removal, including such household items as margarine, WD40, petroleum jelly, and more. I tried several, in succession, and have at least removed about half of it, but the rest will have to wear off in time.

Oh, and yes, I did manage to get the dentures put together correctly - at least I did that right. 

It could be worse - at least I didn’t have some other objects stuck to my fingertips just from grabbing things to wipe them off. It’s time to close up shop for the day before I do something else equally clumsy. 

Sometimes you just do things that are so dumb or awkward that you have to laugh at them. Can’t you see me laughing?

Fun & Games Tonight - Dentures Broke Again

Lower dentures broke in half again tonight. This is the third time in recent months: 7/14, 9/14 and today, 10/22. I’m trying to be more careful with my Super Glue routine tonight. I’m making sure both edges are totally dry before I apply the glue. And I’m praying that the Lord helps me hold them together just so while they bond those few moments. They will have a chance to completely “cure” overnight.

I am so grateful that this happened tonight, at home. I'm also grateful that I had already finished meals for the day. And as Colombo always says, "One more thing...," I'm also grateful that I have the glue in the house and I don't have to run out for some as I sometimes do.

Sweet Jesus, I realize that while you walked the earth, you and your family had to deal with far worse dental issues than we do today. For this reason, I know you understand my needs and that you are working on the bonding even now. Yet not my will, but the Father’s be done.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Praying for an Attitude Adjustment for Myself

My outlook on life seems to be changing its focus and I do not like it at all. I’m not sure whether it’s because I’m getting older, or whether life’s issues have worn down my defenses, or whether I just miss certain people to talk things over with.

All my life, I was always the one who folks came to when they needed to be uplifted or needed to find an upbeat way of looking at life’s issues. I have been the optimist. Not a Pollyanna, but just a person who never allowed fear or worry to last long in my mind.

Now, it seems, I am beginning to sound like a whiner and I don’t like it. Mostly, I’ve posted and shared because I just wanted folks to know why I can’t do what I used to do, or because if I can get through a difficult time, maybe it will give them hope to do that, too.

It’s sounding different to me, though, lately.

I know God has my back. It’s the one thing I have always kept in mind. But these days, my worry-spells last longer than they ever used to last. I used to be able to kick a mood out of my head in a few minutes. Now it may take an hour. In that hour, I’m afraid I bother people. 

I do not want to fall into depression. That has never been a fear of mine. I have at least half a dozen very dear friends with this problem, and my heart aches for them. When that happens, nothing I say is able to help. So I pray for them.

Now, I must pray for me. Not because I fear depression for me. But because I do not want worry to rob me of that peace that I used to feel no matter what life tossed my way. And in my 75 years, life has tossed a lot my way.

I just looked back at the beginning of this post, at the reasons I considered for my change in attitude.

Age is not an excuse. I loved my mother dearly, with all my heart, but we disagreed on one big thing. She often said that after she got older, she didn’t need to change any further. I disagree. I want to keep changing - for the good.

Life’s issues should not be allowed to wear down my defenses. They never have before. I must keep reminding myself of that. I have had much worse to deal with, and I have come through because of my faith.

However, part of it could be because I miss having a dear one to talk things over with. This just means I need to adjust - a little, or a lot. But I do need to adjust. No biggie - I just need to do it.

Father, Sweet Lord Jesus, and most Holy Spirit, I call on each of you, each in your own way, to help me get back on track if I have truly slipped off, and to stay on track. Help me to remember all the times you have bailed me out of troubled times. And help me to resist the urge to share too much when it is not going to do anyone any good to do so.    

8 Guinness Crochet World Records!

Check out this link for 8 world records related to crochet.

The one that really boggled my mind is this one...

6. World's Fastest Crocheter
Others have tried to beat this record but the winning title is still held by Lisa Gentry who achieved her win in 2005. She crocheted more than 5100 stitches in just thirty minutes. She was crocheting shell stitches.

I cannot imagine even beginning to come close to her record - can you? 

Have fun reading these - care to challenge any of them? They are out of my league, that’s for sure. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Tips on Worrying from Guideposts

Guideposts has many, many daily email message choices available when you register on their site - free. One that I love receiving each day is their "Our Prayer - Daily Scripture and Reflections" message.

Today’s really hit home and I have to share it here with you. I will save this somewhere so I can savor it the next time I need it badly...

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

A Time to Think
Worry is a thin stream of fear that trickles through the mind, which, if encouraged, will cut a channel so wide that all other thoughts will be drained out. –Author Unknown

A Time to Act
Focus not on your fears but your strengths.

A Time to Pray
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the comfort you give us, when we come to You.

This little collection of thoughts plus the verse are tailor-made for many of us in today’s troubled world and all the issues associated with it.

Father, thank you for all the resources available to us today regarding Your Word. Those of us connected to the Internet are far more blessed than we acknowledge. I thank you for that connection and for all the helpful words I find there. Bless those who share them with us.