Tuesday, January 27, 2015

one of those days

I had a hard time getting up this morning.
I never have a hard time doing that.
I also had a hard time staying up
or getting anything done.

Had an appointment with the dermatologist at eleven.
Took a shower,
but didn't do my hair
 or apply any enhancement to my face.

Drove into town...the brain fog continued.
Missed my turn
and had to go way out of the way.
At least I got a good report from the doctor,
nothing even needed to be cut 
or burned away.

Had about ten errands to run,
but came straight home instead of running them.
Figured that was the best thing to do in my condition.

After eating lunch and resting a bit,
I started a project.
Big mistake!

I turned this beautiful antique piece of furniture over
so as to attach these "magic sliders"
onto the bottom of the legs,
so that I can, in the future, move it more easily.

Using the world's most successful "super glue,"
I commenced with my project.
Somehow I got the tube of super glue
attached to the bottom of my thumb.

I will stop here and do a little commercial for "super glue."

I tried to get it off...no way.
I ran it under hot water....not budging.
Didn't want to tell Bubba,
because I knew he would say
in that way he says it when I've done something wrong.
He did.
But I needed help.

His first thought was alcohol immersion.
then I thought we should read the packaging.
The package said to use acetone
fingernail polish remover.....
mine had no acetone.

Finally at my point of despair,
because he had told me,
"Cathy, I'm just going to have to jerk that thing off of your finger,"
at which I cringed and teared up,
he appeared around the corner with a can of what else?

WD 40.
He sprayed it all around the edges and
the tube of glue slid right off of my thumb.

Never been so happy in my life.
WD 40 really does work on everything!

Monday, January 26, 2015


I have read 26 Psalms on this 26th day of January ~ 2015.
In this reading I have come across
the word refuge
9 times.

The word refuge in the Psalms
refers to God.
God is our refuge.

Webster defines refuge like this....
"Shelter or protection from danger or distress."

God is our refuge,
our safe place in the storms of life.
He is where we should run when we are in trouble or distress,
when the circumstances of our life are not what we want them to be.

The world has plenty of places that we run swiftly to when we hurt,
but they do not last, they give no real relief or help.
People turn to all sorts of things,
drugs and alcohol,
movies and TV,
All of these distract for a while,
but they don't bring lasting relief.
They only cause us to want more and more
to try and feel better,
to escape the cares of the world.

The Bible says that God is our safe place...
the right place to run
when we are overwhelmed with life.

In His word,
God has given us
"Everything we need for life and godliness."
The answers for all of life's hard questions are in His word.
Do you run to it as your only safe place,
or do you seek after the things of this world?

There is peace for the heart
and life for the soul 
contained in the pages of His word.
Run there!

Sunday, January 25, 2015


 Love . This . Picture

Pure joy caught on camera.
Jake, Lucy, Harry, Gus and Eli frolicking
on the lawn a couple of years ago.

This was a birthday celebration weekend.
In this family,
there is nothing like a birthday.
You are indeed made to feel special.

Yesterday dawned much colder and windy,
but it didn't stop us from getting on
 I - 95
and driving south to Jacksonville, Florida.
Eight total in the van,
one in a full leg cast in the seat between Erika and I,
all children taking ten minute turns on my IPad.
They loved it and did not fight.

PF Changs tasted wonderful.
We had not been in quite a while
which enhances those flavors even more,
Crab wontons
Chinese dumplings
Egg rolls,
Shrimp and chicken kung pao
Garlic noodles
Fortune cookies,
It was a sumptuous feast to celebrate David's birth.

When we finished shopping we all went to the candy shop
where we each got to pick our own.
Archie choose a chocolate alligator,
several chocolate covered Ritz crackers were consumed,
granddaddy got a praline
and I got two chocolate covered cherries
and some sea salted caramel.

A stop at Trader Joe's at the beach finished  our day.
We left to come home
 happy campers 
with bags full of goodies.

Thank you God for good times,
 fun times with our family,
for good food shared together with lots of love.

one more week in January.
Days are continuing to get longer,
Spring is coming......warm weather too.
Almost there!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

happy birthday david....

....what a beautiful family you have!
The older you get the more thankful I am
for all of you....
watching God work His miracles
  to make you who you are.

David and Erika 
got to spend the day together doing fun things
and Bubba and I 
got to love on our grandchildren.

I rose very early this morning to make
 David's birthday cake.
It was a red velvet.
It tuned out
to be amazing in all ways.
The only thing for next time 
would be to make a little more icing.

Here is a slice for you....

I put this next picture on facebook this morning.
I love the color of the batter.

Tomorrow morning,
Lord willing,
we are going to Jacksonville to celebrate at
PF Changs.
Its been a long time coming.

What a birthday weekend!
David, I love you!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

here it is....

....the natural jute,
 eight foot round rug.

I completely emptied the room 
of everything 
from top to bottom.
I scrubbed the walls 
 the bookcases 
the beadboard 
 the floor 
 the windows
and the overhead fan
until they were all clean as a whistle.

I pushed the rug into the middle of the room
and unpackaged and unfolded it.
At some point during this unpackaging process,
 Bubba screamed down from upstairs,
"You are going to kill yourself."
I didn't answer him.
(He is down with a sore back)

Now Amanda,
you may be right.
The rug, the furniture, and the new coffee table 
may be a tight squeeze.
The table is not done yet, so I couldn't bring that in.

After I placed the rug,
I moved all the furniture back.
Then I moved it around and about, here and there.
By this time Bubba is out cold,
and wouldn't care if I moved all of the furniture out of the house.
(the meds kicked in for him)
And along with a heating pad and his recliner,
he is out for the night.

I did take time to cook a delicious meal,
shrimp creole.
It was amazing and gave me lots of energy 
to continue working on into the night.

Just kidding,
In 50 minutes I will be in bed with my book.
I may get one sentence read before I'm gone for the night.

The days are getting longer!

Monday, January 19, 2015


I love Facebook.
In reality, it is basically a place to keep up with people.
Some of my friends on facebook go all the way back to my childhood,
some I have made since we moved back to Savannah.
And then there are those from 
high school and college,
students I taught,
friends from our time in Atlanta, 
the list goes on and on.

It is a place where we share pictures and good news.
recipes and music,
fun places to search out.....
a way to keep in touch with people
who would otherwise
 have passed from our realm.

Earlier in the month I shared three collages
of the pictures I shared in 2014.
This is just a little sampling of some of my "statuses."
So fun to look back over the last year this way.

David and Archie went to the
Shriner's Hospital
in St. Louis
to start the casting process
 that will make his foot straight and usable.
Keep Archie in your prayers.
He will go back in two weeks for a new cast.
We just picked them up from the airport
Archie was riding on a cart,
with David pushing.
Also on the cart 
was his Star Wars suitcase that we gave him for Christmas,
and his very own little walker.

God have mercy on Arch and his family
as this process progresses.
Not easy ~ Always thankful for God's grace and your prayers

We love this little boy from China
who always
has a smile on his face.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

beautiful afternoon....

.....down at our condo on 
Tybee Island.
The wind was blowing as you can see,
and all the grass in the dunes is the color of winter.
The sun was shining brightly
and there were two kites in the air.
Most relaxing, most restful place on earth
just a stones throw away.

We are getting it ready for the next rental season
which starts very soon.
This year I bought a new duvet cover and shams
for the king size bed.
We are going to paint the furniture
to give it a fresh look,
maybe a few new lamps,
and fresh rope lighting on the deck.

I like to read the guest book....
people just love
the view.
That is what keeps them coming back year after year.
The ocean,
the Savannah River,
the big container ships,
the little boats,
Hilton Head,
and the dolphins...
all of these together put on the best show in town.
They love the color on the wall,
reef it is,
the moldings,
the vintage sinks,
the king size bed,
the coziness,
but most of all the view!

Than you Lord for this little place by the ocean,
the we call home!!