Monday, October 24, 2011

Birthday Wishes

Happy birthday to my dear husband.

As I was thinking back over the years, I was reminded that the first clear memory I have of interacting with him was at a church singles fellowship where we sang Happy Birthday to him.
I asked him his age.
I didn't believe he was THAT OLD (24) when he told me so carded him on the spot.

Neither of us had a clue about what the future held. :-)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Culture Sale

On Facebook my talented daughter-in-law posted LAST WEEK: "I am currently having a major sale on all my fine art prints!! This will only be going for two weeks so be sure to take advantage! All prints are now starting at $12 instead of $30!! Please take a look!"

If you've been wanting to purchase a print of one of Maryn's beautiful paintings available on her site at Fine Art America, now is the time to act! OR if you just want to look, no purchase is required! For more info on Maryn and of her pictures on exhibit, look at this and this.

She & Jacob are doing well. A year into their married life, I live the reality of most mothers of married kids: I don't get to see them often enough.

But when I'm feeling lonely for them, I've got Facebook! :-)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Training the Ear

Caleb & Rachel have been taking piano lessons since last January, with Rachel enjoying the bulk of the lessons during the summer while Caleb worked at SACK.

Rachel has recently began to seek out simple sheet music versions of songs which she likes to learn to play. ("WooHoooo!" says Mom.) The latest of these is "Rocky Top". There was a problem though; our memory of how the song was supposed to sound was different from how the notes were written. Not vastly, but enough to make us tilt our head & say, "That's not right."

So today I sat down with the song sheet & a blue pen & plunked-out (thank you Brother Scott for that properly used term) the song, locating & correcting the wrong notes. It was satisfying to hear the song played properly. We were happy to recognize the right, familiar tune.

Made me think about truth. God's truth is gleaned from His Word. Rightly applied truth is satisfying in our lives. Sometimes we hit a wrong note but His guidance gets us back into playing His song. How I pray that we are so in tune with His Spirit and His Word that we recognize any inappropriately played music, the wrong notes grate on our ears so we say "that's not right" then seek out the Truth so we are not stuck playing the wrong notes. Harmoniously restored.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Juggling to Beatles

My Aunt Elaine has been sending me lots of entertaining things. This one of a man juggling to a Beatles song is one of the best. Hope you enjoy it too.

The Juggler

On youtube this is called "Chris Bliss Juggling Act - Beatles" and notes he is performing to "Golden slumbers", "Carry that Weight", and "The End"

There were comments that stated he wasn't that great of a juggler but I think he's a great entertainer!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Quick up-to-dates from my FB Beautiful pictures of the world & song "I Believe" courtesy of Aunt Elaine.

Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this tenth anniversary of

one our country's worst tragedies.. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their

families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting

at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms. So, is YOUR flag ready?

Planted seeds in my little garden today: broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, carrots, spinach, lettuces, squash, beans. Squeezed them in amongst the peppers, grape tomatoes, strawberry (just one), basil, parsley & multiplying onions. Stan has plans to build me a mobile greenhouse. :-)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Heart Attacks in Women

My Aunt Louise sent this to me in e-mail form. I decided to share it with you. :-)
I looked for it on spam sites & didn't find it so hope it has reliable info. If you know differently, please comment to correct. Thanks!

Author Unknown


I am an ER nurse and this is the best description of this event that I have ever heard. Please read, pay attention, and send it on!


I was aware that female heart attacks are different, but this is the best description I've ever read..

Women and heart attacks (Myocardial infarction). Did you know that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have when experiencing heart attack.. you know, the sudden stabbing pain in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest & dropping to the floor that we see in the movies. Here is the story of one woman's experience with a heart attack.

'I had a heart attack at about 10:30PM with NO prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect might have brought it on. I was sitting all snugly & warm on a cold evening, with my purring cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and actually thinking, 'A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up.

A moment later, I felt that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water, and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable. You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation--the only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about 5:00p.m.

After it seemed to subside, the next sensation was like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE (hind-sight, it was probably my aorta spasms), gaining speed as they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one presses rhythmically when administering CPR).

This fascinating process continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. 'AHA!! NOW I stopped puzzling about what was happening -- we all have read and/or heard about pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't we? I said aloud to myself and the cat, Dear God, I think I'm having a heart attack!

I lowered the foot rest dumping the cat from my lap, started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to myself, If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the next room where the phone is or anywhere else... but, on the other hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any longer I may not be able to get up in a moment.

I pulled myself up with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and dialed the Paramedics... I told her I thought I was having a heart attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked if the front door was near to me, and if so, to un-bolt the door and then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.

I unlocked the door and then lay down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me onto a gurney or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call they made to St. Jude ER on the way, but I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the radiologist was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking questions (probably something like 'Have you taken any medications?') but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was saying, or form an answer, and nodded off again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stints to hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the paramedics, but actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going on restarting my heart (which had stopped somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stints.

Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned first hand.

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your body, not the usual men's symptoms but inexplicable things happening (until my sternum and jaws got into the act). It is said that many more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they didn't know they were having one and commonly mistake it as indigestion, take some Maalox or other anti-heartburn preparation and go to bed, hoping they'll feel better in the morning when they wake up... which doesn't happen. My female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a 'false alarm' visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said 'Call the Paramedics.' And if you can take an aspirin. Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!
Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER - you are a hazard to others on the road.

Do NOT have your panicked husband who will be speeding and looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road - take you to the hospital.

Do NOT call your doctor -- he doesn't know where you live and if it's at night you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants (or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr will be notified later.

3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's unbelievably high and/or accompanied by high blood pressure). MIs are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to sludge things up in there. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Equal Rights for Unborn Women

Gianna Jessen (b. April 6, 1977, Los Angeles, California) is a Christian recording artist and pro-life activist who was born alive during a saline abortion. (from Wikipedia)
Gianna Jessen's personal testimony as recorded in Queen's Hall, Melbourne in September 2008.
Her abortionist signed her birth certificate. Hear her story in her own words.