Monday, September 15, 2014

happy birthday harry

I picked Harry & Lucy up from school on Friday last.
As we were riding to the Chick-Fil-A.
for lunch,
I asked Harry what kind of cake he wanted for his birthday.
Without hesitation he replied,
"I want a fire-breathing dragon and eagle cake."
Oh my....
that is really going to be a challenge.
As you can see, he got just what he wanted.

Harry turned seven today
and what a day it was!
He was on television early this morning
saying the pledge of allegiance with his class.
He and his friend Alex,
who share the same birthday,
celebrated with cookies and cupcakes at school.
He and his family ate Mexican for lunch.
He had his first soccer practice,
and then came to our house for his favorite meal....
steak, mashed potatoes, and corn on the cob,
prepared by his granddaddy.

We opened presents,
blew out candles,
sang Happy Birthday,
and just had a grand ole time.

I like the young man Harry is growing into....
Serious and sensible,
with his dreamy eyes and dark complextion
full of energy,
with a real desire to learn and do well
He is caring and loving, and very, very charming.

His mom and dad gave him his first set of real golf clubs.

Thank you God for giving us Harry!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

river street ~ savannah

What an experience....
a walk down
River Street in Savannah, Georgia.
Serious tourists abound,
but a real treat for us locals as well.

It is a happening place,
alive with
music, food, treats,
boats and hotels,
souvenir shops,
and various and sundry tents and kiosks
selling low country fare.
Such a fun place to spend an afternoon or evening.
(not my picture)

 More on the Stone 

 On Thursday
I went to my doctor for an X-ray.
Happy go lucky, smiling to myself I say.....
"This is so unnecessary,  that stone is so long gone."
After the X-ray the PA comes in.
Mrs. Cleland, the stone is......
still there.

How can the stone still be there?
The pain is gone 
I feel great.
Sorry dear, it is readily visible on the film.
Drink a lot of water and
we will see you back here in a week.
Hopefully it will be gone,
but if not......

So, I'm a walking time bomb.
At any moment
that thing could decide to tear loose.

In the meantime,
Lucy and I went to the beach today.
we spent three hours IN the pool.

#living normal life.
#will worry about it when and if it happens.

Friday, September 12, 2014

preach the word

I know I have shared this photo before.
This is David at six years old
in his first grade Sunday School class.
We were at 
Calvary Baptist Temple,
That is Brother John,
our pastor,
Kellie Rushing Lee,
and my mom on the back row.
I don't know what his passage was....
looks like he is preaching from the middle of the Bible.

David is the pastor of 
Cornerstone Church of Savannah.
We meet on Sunday morning at 9:15 for Sunday School
and at 10:30 for worship
over at the YMCA on Mercy Blvd.
If you are interested in hearing the truth preached,
verse by verse
in an expository way,
then come and join us this week

There is always a big pot of coffee and lots of good fellowship
and you don't have to dress up.

Paul's Charge to Timothy

"I charge you therefore before God
and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who will judge the living and the dead
at His appearing and His Kingdom;

Preach the word!
Be ready in season and out of season.
with all long-suffering and teaching.

For the time will come
when they will not endure sound doctrine,
but according to their own desires,
because they have itching ears,
They will heap up for themselves teachers;
and they will turn their ears away from the truth,
and be turned aside to fables.

But you be watchful in all things,
endure afflictions,
do the work of an evangelist,
fulfill your ministry."
II Timothy 4: 1-5

*This picture resides permanently in my Bible.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

just now at the beach

.....because I can't stay away.

"Whatever may happen in life or in death,
whatever may take place in any conceivable situation or circumstance,
whatever may be your lot,
the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be sufficient.
It will hold you,
it will sustain you,
it will even enable you to rejoice in tribulation.
It will strengthen you,
establish you,
keep you, 
answer your every need,
and take you through.
it will present you faultless,
in glory in the presence of God."

The Life of Joy and Peace

*Something wonderful to think about tonight
as you drift off to slumber.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

big tree ~ down

the tree is down.
Felled from the very top
by a 27 year old extremely brave young man
with an itty-bitty chain saw.

Bubba and I watched from chairs on the patio
while the feat of taking down a hundred foot pine tree
was orchestrated before our eyes.

They have left for lunch 
and will return any time now to clean up the mess.....
such a big mess it is.

Very thankful for the safety of the one who climbed so high.

Yards are endless work.
We rented for about seven years and had forgotten.
Work is good.
God ordained it to keep us busy and happy.
Glad this project
can be marked permanently off the list.

Clean-up has begun....

they left the place a big mess....
threw their water bottles on the ground,
 leaked oil from the tractor all over the driveway,
and tore up the grass, etc.

The tree is down,
but that is all. :(

*after the tree ordeal and the kidney stone event
I am ready for another
week at the beach.

Monday, September 8, 2014

an old postcard

This is our Tybee Island....
a rather smallish retreat off the coast of Georgia.
The shot is looking from the south end 
Butler Avenue is distinguishable,
as well as the old pier,
and the lighthouse on the north end.
I love Tybee!

I am still recuperating from the "stone thing"
on Saturday last.
Somehow, I am diminished a bit,
but not down,
and certainly not out.
I didn't go to water aerobics today.

I wrote about the tree "coming down" 
a couple of blogs ago.
The tree guy was supposed to be here at 9:00
this morning..
Bubba left early to go get Gus & Archie
so they could watch.
We should have known, though,
that he wouldn't show.
They never do.
Maybe tomorrow!

The key to life is to learn patience....
to not get easily upset,
and to roll with the punches.
We are getting lots of opportunities to practice.
Just hope that no hurricane developes
and decides to head this way.

Thankful this evening for water,
good, clean, pure water,
to drink a lot of,
to flush bad things out of our bodies.
Many people don't have the luxury of good water.

Sunday, September 7, 2014


My Saga

It was 4:00 am on Saturday morning (yesterday).
I should have still been sleeping.
But I was in pain....
like pain I've never experienced before.

Should I wake Bubba?
it will go away soon.
It didn't!
At a little after 5:00 am,
we were in the ER.

Come on in Cathy,
we have a nice bed for you right here....
in the hall.
Could I please have a sheet?
Oh sure.

Don't worry.....
we will get you comfortable
 as soon as this nurse learns how to 
insert an IV in your arm.
She never did learn.
My arm is black and blue from where she practiced, though.
Another nurse (male)
got it done in two seconds flat.

we need to take you to get a CAT scan.
We'll get you feeling better after that.
Could I have a sheet please?
Oh sure.

they take me back to my place in the hall,
give me some meds in my IV,
and swiftly disappear.
The pain and nausea finally begin to dissipate.

Could I have a room, please?
Sorry, no room for you....
all of these other people have a room.
but there is not one for you!

Bubba is perched on the end of my stretcher,
there is no chair for him in the hall.

Soon, the floor cleaner comes with this large machine
making the loudest noise I have ever heard.
He concentrated on the space right around my stretcher.
It must have been really filthy there.

Finally my doctor appears with a huge smile on his face,
when the floor cleaner finally moves on.
You have a Kidney Stone!
Is this supposed to be good news?

The pain is worse than childbirth.....
but you will live.
Go home, rest, and look for that stone!!!
Groggy from all the medication they pumped into my arm,
I slept all afternoon.
I haven't seen that Stone yet....
probably never will!

Oh my,
that's not how I planned to spend my Saturday.