I spent yesterday at the hospital with a friend from church who had to have his big toe removed. He has no family here, they all live on the east coast, so I drove him to the hospital and stayed with him. 9 hours! Believe it or not, they sent him home right after the surgery! He's 69 years old, lives alone and I couldn't believe they didn't keep him overnight. Dennis and I tried to talk him into staying with us for a day or two, but he is fiercely independent and insisted on going home. The problem is, home is over 30 miles away from us. I worried about Tom all night and called him first thing this morning. He said he took a pain pill at 8:00 last night and slept until 8:00 this morning. Better than I did! I HAVE got to learn how to not worry so much about everyone. I take him back to the doctor next Monday for his follow-up care. Then, next Wedneday I have an MRI for my back. Would you believe that since I slipped on the ice last week and had two days of pain from that, I have had NO pain since then. It's like the slip fixed the problem that I've dealt with since October. Just when I finally get in for the MRI. Now I don't know what to do. It took so long to see anyone and get the test scheduled that I'm afraid to cancel it. Dennis says to just hav it done anyway. Oh my goodness!!! How silly is this?
I still have a bit of Christmas up. I love to look at the Christmas cards. I'll probably keep them up for another week or two.
was from this falling off the wall yesterday when I was winding it. Luckily I caught it with my HEAD before it hit the floor. :-) Dennis will rehang it after the wall is repaired and repainted. I haven't the foggiest idea why it fell. It's been hanging there for several years with no problem.
I started a new devotion book on January 1. I'm really enjoying it. The cover is made of cloth and feels very luxurious.
A sample devotion from the 12th. I liked this lesson a lot!
Every week or so there is a recipe included. I haven't made this but doesn't it look good?
I delivered the last 13 pair of mittens to the school today. I was taken to a classroom where I met some students I hadn't seen before. When the teacher told them I was the "mitten lady" they spontaneously began calling "thank you" and all ran up and hugged and hugged and hugged me. One little boy would NOT let go. He was crying and saying thank you over and over again. My friends, by that time I was crying too. After talking to the teacher for a minute or two I understood. She has a class of over 20 students who are just learning English this year. They are ALL refugees from Africa and the Middle East. These families came here with nothing except their lives. The children have NOTHING. To have someone give them mittens was beyond their understanding. Such a small thing that meant so much to them. They asked me to come back and I'm considering becoming a "reading Grandma". They need someone to come in and just read with with the children. Oh my goodness. What an overwhelming experience. The gratefulness of these little children was unreal to me. It sure puts my blessed life into perspective.
Thank you to all who have encouraged me as I persevered in making these mittens. A total of 103 pair since just after Thanksgiving. I will definitely keep making them so they are ready for the cold next year. I have to admit though, I am tired of mittens and want to make something else for awhile but I will wait until I have at least 10 pair in my "mitten bag."
I'm sitting by a cozy fire and will start my next pair of mittens as soon as I'm done with this post! I have a new motivation after that visit today.
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38
My friends you are, each one of you, definely blessings in my life and I'm grateful for each of you.