Thursday, November 19, 2020

Prayers Answered for Friend's Family!

Prayers were answered in amazing ways and under amazing circumstances today for my friend's family. I had stated that they were in need of medical, financial and emotional comfort and help.

This was because of a medical incident that needed follow-up and for which the family did not have the financial means and all were distraught and worried. Today they learned that the medical would be covered because of a program that qualified them. This eased the medical worry because now they can concentrate on getting a full and complete diagnosis and treatment. It eased the financial worry of not having funds to cover the process. Both of these eased the emotional worry.

Thank you, my friends, for your prayers. Granted, we do not always know the outcome of our prayers, but it surely does feel good when we do know of some that are answered.

Sweet Lord Jesus, you knew what they needed and you provided in an amazing way. For this family it was a little miracle! Please bless all those who prayed from their hearts for folks they didn't even know. And continue to look out after this family as they travel the route of tests and solutions for the medical issues.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Prayer Request for Friends in Need

Some folks I know could use a few extra prayers for sure. While I can't give details, I can tell you they need medical, financial, and emotional comfort and help. They are trying their best but it is slow going. Please say a wee heartfelt prayer or two when you get a chance.

Sweet Lord Jesus, you know what these people need. You are our healer, our comfort, our link to the Father. Please glance their way and help them in all the ways they need it. And please bless those who pray for them, each in their own way, as well.

Monday, November 2, 2020

EBTKS Soup in Crock Pot Overnight

Had fun tossing it all into the pot. Love the "Everything but the Kitchen Sink" soup because it is different every time but still great. I just took my crock pot and dumped it all in. Just looked through my pantry closets and freezer.

This time, this is what I tossed in...

  • 2 lb. tub shredded cabbage
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 2 onions
  • cilantro
  • can peas
  • can diced tomatoes
  • can pinto beans
  • can sliced carrots
  • black pepper

The cabbage and celery and cilantro were in the freezer; the rest in the closets.

One of my friends recently did something similar when she made a batch of minestrone, tossing in this and that to substitute things that were similar to what it called for with what she actually had.

Can't wait for the aroma to drift through the old mobile home in the middle of the night.

Rolling along...

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Halloween Treat Bags This Year

Most of you know that for almost a decade I've made holiday treat bags and give them out inside our senior mobile home park. Years ago, I made 15 or more at a time. Time has taken its toll and some of my recipients have either passed on or moved on. I'm down to 8 but hey, I'm 81 now and that is a lot more manageable and still no pressure.

For many months now, I have not done these because of various pandemic issues in our community and in the world. I got antsy - I missed it - I had to do it again.

So, yesterday and today I gave out 8 bags of silly, sappy stuff which my friends put up with.

The bags always contain at least ONE hand-made by me item. It might be anything - a coaster, dishcloth, bookmark, hot pad, potholder, hanging dish towel, whatever works for me at that time.

This year, I made these really cute Candy Corn Coasters. I adapted them from a pattern for a stuffed candy corn thingie. I just made one "side" instead of two and when I got to the top with white, I just kept coming all around in a single crochet to give it stability and make it lie flat. I was really surprised at how they turned out.

In the bag I also tossed miniature candies, cheeses, printed puzzles (mazes, word searches), and because I forgot to pick up the candy-corn-pumpkin-candies, I painted jack-o-lantern faces with a sharpie on Cuties. Had fun.

They go mostly to our Office staff, our current, active charity crafting group, and our former newsletter delivery team folks.

Hope everyone has a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Rolling along...

Tri-Color Baby Jacket - The Story - LOL

Those of you who crochet know the feeling. I'm calling this jacket my "The Yarn-I-Thought-I-Had-Enough-of-in-the Color-I-Needed-But-I-Was-Wrong" Jacket - Yep, you all know that feeling!

Started with white. Was absolutely CERTAIN I had enough white. Didn't take long to know I was wrong.

Grabbed nice perky hot pink and was absolutely CERTAIN I had enough to finish jacket. Didn't take long to know I was wrong.

Finally found another pink, a lighter shade, to finish sleeves. Thankfully I was finally right. (sigh)

The good thing is, it is a great pattern for changing colors, our group's favorite baby jacket pattern.

We also love it for the desperate young Moms-in-need that get these from the local charity we donate them to. Those moms usually either don't have time to hand wash fancy things or they don't even know how to handwash fancy things and most would never even think of it.

Added to that, the pattern uses a sturdy but not bulky string (chain stitch) tie which is very forgiving no matter whether baby is small or large, and no tiny buttons for mom to fuss with if baby is crying or fussing.

Yep - love, love, love this pattern.

Rolling along...

Friday, October 30, 2020

Time for Prayers for Those With Lingering C19 Issues!

We tend to overlook the details in the news that document the lingering effects of C19. I was checking with a friend in her 60s, considered reasonably young, compared to my 81, who recovered a few months ago. "Recovered" is a relative term, it seems.

She is still, months later, short of breath, mild coughing and, she says, can't smell a darn thing! She says that's the worst thing! She says that it's the lung issues she's worried about, but she adds that the not smelling sucks!

This is a brutal disease. We cannot ever think of it as something casual.

Yes, some recover totally, but that should never take our attention away from the thousands and thousands who not only do not recover totally, but for whom living with the aftereffects becomes a true burden and cross to bear.

Sweet Lord Jesus, you who walked on water, cured lepers, restored Lazarus to life, we need your compassion and healing hands for these people. Please bless those in charge with wisdom. And please enlighten everyone with compassion strong enough to help them to help us by masking and keeping that magical distance! Jesus, we trust in you!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Prayers Requested Again for that 10 Month Old Baby Boy

Off and on over the past few months, we've been praying for this baby, the great grandson of a friend of mine, who has been having many seizures. She has asked for prayers big time, once again.

Yesterday, she wrote to me: "He has gotten 5 seizures today, one lasted 25 minutes. We called 911 and he has been transported to the hospital. It’s hard cuz his mom and dad are in quarantine. They are giving him some tests today to check if he has an infection. The parents are quarantined because one of the coworkers tested positive. Please say a prayer for his mom she’s just crying and wants to go. They got tested but have to wait for the results. He got about 9 seizures yesterday and one today."

My friends, you are so kind with your prayers, so I know you will once more join in prayer for this baby and the family. It doesn't sound like the medical teams have made a diagnosis yet and this must be so frightening for all involved. Each time, he must be flown to another city for hospitalization.

Sweet Lord Jesus, you loved the innocent little children so very much. We know you will look kindly and compassionately upon this baby and his family and do what you can to help them. Please bless all who offer prayers on his behalf as well. Jesus, we trust in you!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Always SO Happy On Distribution Days!

This morning, Louise and George picked up 7 boxes and 8 13-gallon bags of our handmade hats, scarves, and gloves for our local homeless. We usually make this distribution in mid-to-late October. Even though some think our group is small, we seem to accomplish more than we expect. Two of us meet each Friday morning for two hours, and two work from their homes. We use only donated yarn which we have been continually blessed with. We will make another smaller distribution possibly in late February or early March, but that's unsure at the moment.

This time, our counts were:

Scarves            109

Hats                 324

Gloves             52 pr

I am very careful when bringing them out. At this point, at 81, I am not planning to do anything stupid, so I take my time. The boxes were relatively light but bulky for my short frame/arms. But usually the most difficult is hauling 8 bags out of my large back bedroom closet, then through the house to the pantry in the middle, and out the door and down the steps. I can only do 2 bags at a time, so that is four trips up and down the steps just for the bags. So I just make sure I have plenty of time and patience - that's all I need for most things these days, time and patience.

We are so happy to have this large amount once again. Our "hat" lady has been undergoing a lot of dialysis activity the past year and we were not expecting her to deliver 300 of them! Considering that early on, they were making 60 mile trips for dialysis every other day until they were finally approved to do the dialysis at home, that is amazing. Our ladies are so loving and compassionate and dedicated! I keep them each in my heart and prayers for special blessings.

Rolling along

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Prayers Needed Once Again...

Back on the 11th, I posted that my friend's friend with the C19 had responded to the plasma treatments and that she had even come to the point of being sent home instead of to rehab. Bad news - she now has fallen and broke her hip.  She snapped off the ball on either the left or right side.  She is back in the hospital and had surgery to fix it.   Plus they say she has Covid again.  I needn't say more - you know she needs prayers, big time.

Sweet Lord Jesus, we all thought this poor woman was out of danger but now she is even worse off than before. Please hear our prayers and heal her easily from her injuries and from this awful disease. We don't know what else to say as we are worried. We trust in you!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Some Prayers Answered on Earlier Prayer Request

Back on 8/24 (link here) and 8/26 (link here), we asked for prayers for multiple folks in a friend's family. I have an update now and some of these prayer requests have been answered.

Heart condition: the person with the heart condition had heart surgery and is doing well with that.

Cancer condition: the person with the cancer has it in the kidney and still needs prayers very strongly.

Covid19: the person with this was fortunate enough to qualify for plasma treatments, is recovering very well and has been sent home to recover further without need of a rehab faciltiy.

Thank you all so much for your prayers! And thank you for continuing to pray for others who you do not even know. That is an amazing act of kindness.

Sweet Lord Jesus, thank you for hearing our prayers for this group of people and for helping in several ways already. Please continue to send your healing and compassion and help where it is still needed. We trust in you!

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Wow! Long Time Since an Update on Charity Crafting

<ItemPage> Strange how the pandemic affects our sense of time. You would think we'd be getting a LOT of things done and yet time seems to fill with other things.

Anyhow, for now, one of our girls, one who works from home and I pick up her finished scarves and drop off donated yarn to her, is taking a break until the end of September. Louise and I will finish some baby jackets we're working on and then we will jump onto fingerless gloves for a few weeks. We like to have a good stash of them to go with our hand made items for the local homeless. Our first distribution to our contact is usually between Oct. 15 and end of that month.

I've already got 6 big stuffed 13-gallon bags for the homeless in one end of my back closet. I've also got 2 stuffed bags with lap covers for the VA and we work on those usually in the winter because it's too hot in the summer for all that to be on our laps. And we hope to have a few bags ready end of November or in December when we sort of expect a baby-boom to occur because of folks being "close" at home during this pandemic.

Yep, we've been working all along, I just haven't been updating here. I like to do it regularly because it also helps me keep track of things.

Rolling along...


Thursday, September 3, 2020

Urgent Prayers Needed for Friend's Job Loss

<ItemPage> I can't give all the details publicly but just learned today that a friend lost their job and the family depended on that job to pay the rent. In the pandemic, getting another job is harder than ever, and the first paycheck, even if that person is blessed to get a job quickly, is not likely to come in time for this month's rent this week.  This person will not be eligible for unemployment which makes the matter more worrisome. 

We need a wee miracle on this one... Grateful, on their behalf, for any prayers you can offer up...

Sweet Lord Jesus, you know what life here is like, you knew people who struggled and who fell on hard times. Please look lovingly on this family who has blessed so many others on their path and help them see whatever the Father has planned for them. Along the way, please make their path an easy one and help them to deal with the bumps on life's road. We trust in you.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

My 1st Eye Injection Today...

<MainPage> On 8/13, about 2 weeks ago, at the ophthalmologist's office, I thought I was in for just an annual look-see and renewal of referral to the retina specialist. For about a year, I've been going to the specialist every few months because I had dry AMD in left eye and wet AMD in right eye and specialist anticipated possible bleeding back of the right eye eventually which would need an injection.

However, 2 weeks ago, that dude said my left "dry" AMD had now become "wet" and there IS bleeding back there.

So today I was at the retina specialist and he agreed and did my first eye injection.

Have to admit there was a lot of subdued terror and fear at that thought but I tried to relax and deal with it. In the waiting rooms, I talked to several patients who were going for regular injections for this and were tolerating it in many different ways so it still didn't help me figure how I'd deal with it.

Turns out my specialist now thinks I'm an elderly wimp (sigh). See, my left eye is the most jittery when you start coming toward it. It will clamp shut. Tight! And it will take 4 quarterbacks to open it again. Just saying. So after he had me put my head back so far I had a momentary vertigo from those loose crystals in my inner ear, every time he came near that eye - yep - it clamped shut. Tight.

He kept telling me to relax, that I wasn't helping, it was only going to be a few seconds. In retrospect, he was correct - it didn't take even a whole minute or two at most to do what he had to do. But my eyelid wasn't having any of that. Somehow, he managed to get it done. And I felt embarrassed.

Ok - so in my case, I felt no real pain, honestly! I've had worse pain the past with probing IV efforts. He said as the numbing meds wore off today it would feel as though I had gravel or sand in my eye. And that's about all that bothered me, except the eye was weeping off and on all day, so I've been dabbing with tissues. Oh, and they told me to use artificial tears and it took me all day but I finally got one drop in that eye tonight. Very uncooperative eye. At the most, I guess I could say it felt a bit "sore" sometimes but no real pain.

Bottom line - I must return EVERY MONTH until the bleeding stops which could be a year, or two months, or never. But I plan to practice an open-eye-vacant-stare for the next 30 days so that eye will behave when I go for the next one.

Rolling along...


Update on C19 Prayer Request 2 Days Ago - Not Good

<MainPage> My friend's friend, who I mentioned in a post 2 days ago (link here), is not doing well battling the C19. Her hubby who gave it to her is getting out of the hospital tomorrow, but his wife is not. My friend spoke to her this morning and says, "She does not sound well at all.  The pneumonia is getting worse.  She is at max oxygen level.  Next will be induced coma and a ventilator. Prognosis is not good."

Please, please continue your prayers on her behalf and on behalf of her family and friends. I know you all realize how serious this is. Thank you for your blessings.

Sweet Lord Jesus, we have seen too many pass on from this, and not in a nice way, but rather in a brutal way. Please have mercy on this one in particular. You are our biggest, most wonderful hope. Words fail me at the moment, but we trust in You!


Monday, August 24, 2020

Asking for Some C19 Prayers, ASAP, Please?

 <ItemPage> A dear local friend is frantic, worrying over family members... here's the complicated story...

Her friend's hubby was getting cabin fever.  He talked his wife into to going to NC to the camp ground they go to every year. He managed to get Covid 19 and gave it to his wife.  He called his wife's daughter telling her his wife is very bad.  Since they were in a podunk town, they sent her to Ashville, NC via ambulance.  The stepdaughter is a mess. No one can go see the woman in the hospital.  The stepdaughter is still trying to get through her own husband's problem from his cancer episode.  She needs all the strength and prayers to keep her sane. My friend's friend has a heart condition to top it all off.

When things get this tangled and this involved and this frightening, all we can do most times is pray. So if you have a moment, say a wee prayer for this family for whatever they need to deal with the C19, with the friend's heart condition during it, with her daughter's worries and with the whole mess.

Sweet Lord Jesus, our healer, our savior, you know so well what it feels like to have things pile up on you, just as they did when you were here and spent that night in the garden, followed by the scourging, followed by the crowning of thorns, followed by your cruel death. Please look gently upon this family and help the medical team to untangle all these worrisome issues, to help the family and friends to stay calm during this time, to heal those who need healing. And hear our prayers on their behalf. We trust in you!