Tuesday, March 31, 2009

the color test

I was begining to think that I was a total loss mentally.
Someone sent me this website yesterday:


It completely frustrated me for two days straight.
I would take the test and my score would be zero, and if that wasn't bad enough it would make some comment like this......"You are a pathetic, worthless person."

Every now and then I would get one or two right, but it still had a comment about how stupid I was. I became determined to beat it and I just did.....

I scored 100% and the site complimented my win.

The game has something to do with the right brain/left brain thing, but it sure is rude.

I feel sorry for the people here at the beach this week for spring break. It is cool and windy and cloudy and soon to be rainy. It's funny though......they continue to do their thing. They swim and sunbathe and run around in skimpy clothes like it is 90 degrees.

Me.....I still need a jacket or a sweater and a blanket on my bed.

Monday, March 30, 2009

remember sniglets?

Back in the eighties we used to laugh ourselves to the ground over sniglets. They were words that were made up to have a funny and unexpected meaning. We had a couple of books filled with sniglets.....always a source of good laughing material.

Bubba got our taxes ready to go to our accountant today. Her confirmation of receipt sent by e-mail contained this sniglet:

Intaxication - Euphoria at getting a tax refund which lasts only until you realize it was your money to begin with.

Of course she didn't call it a sniglet....but that is what it is.

The only other sniglet that I remember offhand is nerkle - people who leave their Christmas lights/decorations up way past the time they should have been taken down.

We must find those books so that we can laugh again.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

a christian's delight

"The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts. I solemnly state this from the experience of fifty-four years.

The first three years after conversion I neglected the word of God. Since I began to search it diligently the blessing has been wonderful.

I have read the Bible through one hundred times, and always with increasing delight. Each time it seems like a new book to me.

Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study. I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God."

The above was written by George Muller of Bristol Orphanage fame.

I have contemplated these last few days why I write this blog.
I pray that my motives are pure.

A Christian is to love God and enjoy Him forever.
A Christian is to glorify God with the daily living of her life.
A Christian is to encourage others in the ways of God.

I write what I live....I try to live what I write.

Pray for me if you will in this endeavor.


Friday, March 27, 2009

lucy in the sky with diamonds

These glitter stars are hanging in my bedroom......yes I have grown very whimsical in my old age. I collect these. I found this veil of stars in a flea market that I love down here at the beach.

Last night Lucy spotted them for the first time, stood on the window seat behind them ,and gave me a great photo opportunity.

Lucy's hair is just getting long enough to force into pigtails and I think she looks very cute.

I guess you can tell I take great joy in these grand babies.....they are God's gift to the aged. I can't believe I fall into this category, but I do.

We have big plans for the beach this summer. I told Lucy last night that we would go to Target and buy her very own folding beach chair. That way she and I can sit on the beach and read together.

We are also planning for some larger buckets and shovels so that we can make really large sand castles. A Day at the Beach is the book that has inspired all of this.....it gets read over and over, especially to Jake.

I'll leave you with this tonight....

Find your contentment in the moments you spend with those you love, in small, simple things like a smile brought on by a veil of glittering stars hanging from the ceiling or a big red bucket and a beach full of sand......a tiny hand reaching for your hand or a yelp of your name when you walk into a room.

go out and look for your glittering stars, cathy

Thursday, March 26, 2009


God gave this little boy back to us.

He is getting better every day.

His walking has regressed, but will get better when his strength returns.

He came to have dinner with us tonight along with Lucy and his parents.

This was the first time I had seen him since he woke up.

I am overwhelmed with thankfulness and so much more that I cannot put into words.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

faith cometh by hearing

I prayed for faith and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightening. But faith did not seem to come.

One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans,

"Now faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

I had closed my Bible and prayed for faith. I now opened my Bible and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since. D. L. Moody

Does this quote describe you? Are you waiting for faith to come knocking on your door?

Don't wait....open God's word and start reading. Ask for wisdom and understanding. He will bless you with both and He will give you faith to believe what you read.

Faith comes from knowing the Book of all books.

Study it, read it, hear it taught, desire it above all else.

Every now and then I have to come back to why I started blogging in the first place and that was to urge all of you to
Read and study God's word.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

good morning sunshine

This was taken from my deck early this morning.....a testimony to worship God.
And God said, "Let there be light" and there was light. Genesis 3:1
Do we need any more evidence that God is the creator of all things?
Look up in the sky......see the sun. Be reminded of the faithfulness of our God.
as a blessing, Cathy

Monday, March 23, 2009

this elevator is going no where

Bubba and I just got cracked completely up.

We had driven into town to do a few errands......he ran the errands, I sat in the car and ate a blizzard from the Dairy Queen......my reward for being so sick and not getting out much lately.
Sadly it was too sweet and I couldn't eat much of it.

While driving back to the beach, I made the comment that we really live far out on an island in the middle of the ocean which ensued into a conversation about the many logistical aspects of Tybee Island itself.

I say that to say that we were not "arguing" with each other about anything.

Upon arriving at the condo, I ran to get the elevator and Bubba stayed back to retrieve the bags of goodies that we had bought.

Well.....the elevator came and Bubba continued to stand by the van. I finally whistled for him to come on because the elevator really wanted to get going.

The whistle did not set well with Bubba at all. He finally came and the elevator door closed behind him. We proceeded to throw insults back and forth at each other for a while before we realized that no one had pressed the bottom to the third floor.

There we were closed up in the elevator box arguing about who was right and who was wrong, just standing still on the first floor. This struck both of us as hilarious. It was one of those healing belly laughs that continue on just by thinking about it.

Needless to say all of that laughing ended the "dispute."

He did provoke me again when he threw his old deodorant holder in the trash can. It sounded like he had started remodeling the bathroom by jackhammering the walls.

God blessed our evening with laughter......one of my favorite things.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

falling on a tin roof

I can see it like a veil of gossamer swirling over the hard packed sand.
With the early light it looks like a picture being painted by an unseen hand.

The wind is blowing straight in from the ocean this morning.....lifting up the loose, fine particles
creating a masterpiece over the hard packed sand below it.

By the time it reaches my front window it sounds like a gentle rain falling on a tin roof on a warm summer night.

I know, I know, I'm a helpless romantic.......what can I do?

I am slowly getting better.
My physical body is responding to the physical and mental rest of these past ten days.
This convalescence has been rewarding.........an amazing sense of calm has come over me.

We think Harry will go home tomorrow....maybe that attributes to my sense of relief.

I am so excited about feeling better and getting back to a normal routine.....but not at such a fast pace.

love you, c

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

notes on reading

How to get your kids to love reading....Love it yourself!
Pile up in the bed with your grammy.

Have on your jammies and smell fresh and clean.

Do a little fighting for the place closest to the one who is reading.

Become quickly mesmerized by a book you have had read to you a hundred times already.

One of you go get grammy's glasses because the words blur without them.

I have to get the words right because they have memorized the book and will call me on every mistake.

Leave plenty of time for some horseplay....giggling.....more fighting.....and a kiss or two.

I just finished reading The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough. It met every need I have for weather related thrillers.

This is the funny part....at Christmas David and Erika gave me an old, out of print book about weather related diasters. I read it while I had the pneumonia. For my birthday they gave me the book I mentioned above. I read that one during this present illness.

I would warn.....no more weather related books, they only cause me to get sick. (just kidding, of course, keep them coming!)

To spring!!!! Rejoice in the seasons of life!

Love, Cathy

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

harry is awake!

Let me explain quickly as many of my blog readers do not know about Harry.

Eighteen days ago Harry was taken to the emergency room with breathing issues. Immediately he was placed in Pediatric ICU where he was hooked up to a respirator and put in a medically induced coma.

At that point machines and tubes took over the complete management of his body. He appeared to be sleeping peacefully. (He was in God's special care during this time)

Yesterday the doctor felt that enough healing had taken place so that he could be removed from the ventilator. All of us were skeptical as this had been tried twice before to no avail, but yesterday............

Praise God, he breathed on his own.

He opened his big, beautiful eyes and his mommy and daddy got to hold him for the first time in over two weeks.

I will write more later....still sick. My writing is not what it should be.


Saturday, March 14, 2009

the flu

I have been flat of my back in the bed for the last few days.
They say it is the flu.
I self-medicated on a round of antibiotics to no avail....the bug was determined to run its course.

It is interesting to watch what your body does when it gets sick.
As soon as I left the doctor's office on Thursday I knew it was bad.
I had to find a bed and I had to get into it fast.

The move had exhausted me and there was no time to rest.
This bug said, "You will rest...now."
So for two days I have slept...all day and all night.
That has done me more good than any medicine.

I think I turned the corner this afternoon.
I felt like getting up and doing a few things.
My throat is less sore and my head has stopped throbbing.

God is good to give us what we need even when it seems like a bad thing.
I would have never taken this time to rest without this sickness.

Prayer for spiritual strength

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthed with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith----that you being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God."

Ephesians 3: 14-19

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

riding in a car with three toddlers

Tomorrow Amanda heads back to Virginia.....this week went by so quickly.
In her van will be extra cargo.....Lucy is going home with her cousins for a week or so.
Amanda has a sweet, giving spirit.......she sees a need and responds unselfishly.
I hope all goes well on the road and in their home for the coming days.
I am very tired tonight....weary as we all are, but hopeful as well.
Tomorrow I will stay home and rest and try to get well.
Job went through many trials in his life and at the end of them, when God restored his wealth and his family, he had this to say........
"I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you."
Before his trials began, Job had heard things about God, but when all of his trials were over, Job KNEW God personally and intimately.
Knowing God this way is life's highest achievement....
"Be thankful in everything."

Monday, March 9, 2009

20,000th reader

Okay, it is going to be here before I can even speak of it.
I can't believe that four hundred readers from now I will reach 20,000.
I want to know who #20,000 is. I know who was #10,000......
so don't think about not making a comment if it is you.

At this moment there are three children sleeping here at the condo.
There is one in each bathroom, so if I have the call I will just have to wait.
The weather is beautiful and as soon as they wake up I will take them to the playground.
The one here at Tybee, just across the street, is the best I have ever seen.

I want to ask for your prayers.

I have been going through so many crisises in the last few years.
One comes right on top of an ongoing one......I am strong in the Lord, but very weak in body.
I am catching every bug that comes along and I am not able to focus. My reading is suffering.

I think that there are times in one's life during which other people's prayers carry them through. That's why I ask for your prayers.........

thanks, cathy

Sunday, March 8, 2009

happy birthday eli

Eli is our third born grandchild.
He was born during a tumultuous time on March 7, 2007, in Louisville, Kentucky.
He was the tiniest baby I had ever seen.....just a little over four pounds.
Yesterday he turned two during another tumultuous time in our family........much sickness and sorrow. Everyone deserves a celebration, so we "made happy" for him.
I love Eli's big blue eyes and his gentle voice. I love when he calls my name.
He is all boy......he is smart and a fighter. His handicap is no determent to him. He "runs with the big dogs." You will never catch him "sitting under the porch."
We are so blessed as a family to have all of these children.....they are a gift from God.
What a joy to watch a life unfold.
God's richest blessings to you, little man. When the time comes, I pray that God will call you unto Himself........that you will be a godly man with character built on the foundation of truth taught to you by your parents.
I hope you always have ready access to your Nemo cup.
I love you, grammie

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

bumper sticker

Today I saw this bumper sticker and it struck me as so true....

bark less....wag more

There is nothing more annoying than a barking dog.

There is not much cuter than a little dog with it's mouth shut wagging it's tail in complete happiness.

We should take a clue from the little dog.......

Be happy and speak softly and quietly.....listen a lot and talk very little.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

in a child's world

Lucy is camping out with us at the beach tonight.
She is relaxing on our bed watching Winnie the Poo.
That is much -loved puppy and favorite blanket too.
The book of the night is The Three Little Kittens.....both of us are fascinated with the pictures.

While riding in the van we listen to all of the nursey rhymes with Skip to the Lou being her favorite because we sing her name. I personally enjoy Little Bunny Foo Foo. Granddaddy likes The Grand Old Duke of York the best.

I never doubt why I became a teacher........all of these books I just love.

Lucy is my favorite granddaughter. I can say that because she is my only granddaughter.

Tomorrow Amanda, Jake and Eli are coming. On Saturday Eli will be two years old.

My body is telling me I may be getting sick. It is the aches that give it away. I am hoping a good rest will find me okay in the morning. I think I am just overwhelmed from the moving experience. Lifting heavy boxes and carrying them to the car will cause these aches also.

Anyone a little worried about what's happening in our country?
Just keep in mind that God is in control. He knows what is going on and is allowing it.
He will never leave us or forsake us.......those of us who belong to Him.

Also remember to "pray for those in authority over us." God's word tells us to.

To God be the Glory....


Sunday, March 1, 2009

no snow :(

Our time slot for the snow is 12:00 midnight.
It is sure cold enough to snow and the sky has that gray snow look,
but what can I do on the beach in the snow at 12:00 am in freezing temperatures?

Oh well, maybe I will dream about snow in my sweet slumber.

Tomorrow will be the day to get the last of our belongings out of the house. That means it will be a killer work day. Bubba says we can do so....I hope he is right.

This afternoon, Bubba sent me home to rest. "You need it," he said. "Take a long nap under your quilt and enjoy. I read a little and then drifted off.....it felt so good.

I had been sleeping for about 30 minutes when my cell phone rang. I considered letting it ring on, but there are too many important things going on in my life right now, so I got up, located my cell in my purse, dug for my cell phone in my purse, tried to answer before the fourth ring, failed, and looked at the caller ID. It was Bubba. I called him back to hear him say, "Did I wake you up?" " I just wanted to tell you that I'm on my way home."

I replied, "That's okay, I needed to get back to standing on my ladder lining shelves anyway."

"He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what does God require of you, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

I love this verse..........God only requires good things from us and He gives us the power to do what He asks.

Be kind to someone tomorrow.....let them know you care about them...........c