Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Here Again

I do not think that the blog reader picked up this post. I am getting email from you ladies asking me when I am coming back....... sooooooooooo I am going to post this again with a new title and see if it shows up on your updates........... :) Have a good Tuesday!

My hope for Spring.

Hello girls and how are you all? It has been such a month and it seems that I have been gone forever! February was a hard month but I see Spring coming up all around me. Today is my 63rd Birthday and what better was to celebrate than to return to the blog land and all my wonderful friends.

I accomplished a great deal while on my break and I feel refreshed and ready to attack the spring and summer season that is headed this way.

I cleaned every room along with the baseboards and walls. Rearrange the pictures on the wall and rearranged each room. WHEW!!!!!

The ice storm was terrible and we were without power for days. After about 4 hours we had to leave the house and take Mom and Dad somewhere warm. My son Chris was without power and so was my brother so we had to go to the Holiday Inn here in town . That was quite a deal...... It was not hard for us but very very hard on Mom and Dad. They got their days and nights mixed up and slept most of the day and up all night.

We got through it and after 4 days got mom and dad home. Mom has never recovered and keeps wanting to go home. We have talked to her at length but she has no idea of where home is. She has no memory of before the ice storm. She will ask anyone that comes into the house if she can go home now. It just breaks my heart and after a trip to the Dr we found out that there is nothing left to be done. She is on all the medicine she can take. Nothing else for her. It has been very emotional around here. Also Dad has gotten very very confused in the past two weeks and the nurse said that she has never seen anyone that has changed that much that quick. I have had to take his medicine from him and give it to him as I do mother.. He gave it up willingly. Tough days girls...... tough days.......... BUT MY GOD IS ABLE .........

This is our beautiful tree in our back yard... Down it came! What is so very sad about this is that this is the tree that my little hummingbirds nest in. I am so sad. I hope they just move up a little higher and nest in the taller branches.

On a brighter note, I have some pictures of my Valentine roses that my sweet DH surprised me with. They looked beautiful on my side table under my new mirror. I think they were the most beautiful roses I have ever been given. I have dried them since then and they are sitting on my table and look beautiful.

Yes that is a bottle of Riunite Raspberry wine. I sip a small glass of wine every night. Have for years. This is my very favorite.

I also got some beautiful red tulips from my Dad. How sweet was that. I have since then dried out the bulbs and will soon plant them.

I did finish the web site for my brother and I will put a link at the bottom. go and take a look and tell me what you think. I think I did a good job but it was very very time consuming. I have decided to make mine and I am about finished with it and hope to publish it to the Internet in the next week or so. I will post that when I get it up and running. I have worked hours and hours on the files to sell so I so hope they do well. I have also created a Sew The Word blog and will be putting things to sell on there. I will post that when I have a few things to sell. I have finished the 6 Pay It Forward boxes and will be sending them out a couple a week. So ladies, you know who you are, watch your mail , they are on the way!

I have been a busy little gal, but computer things are so time consuming.

I have missed everyone here in the blog but I have to tell you that I was so addicted to the blog and needed very much to get away for a while. I had to get my priorities in order and understand the roll of the blog in my life. I think I have accomplished that.

I have started my book and have been in touch with a publisher. It is a long story about the book and I am going to write about it on my other blog, Samaritan Women Among You. That will be a few days away. I did not know what format the book needed to be and I have been hitting and missing on it was a long time now but I think that the Lord has done a wonderful thing and shown me how it is to be done.

There is another thing I have embarked on but I am going to wait on that for a few days because I need to take some pictures to go with it.

Also I have been waiting on the other SURPRISE that I want to share but as of yet it is not here... BUT it is on its way and I will share then!

Can you imagine that????

Now let me explain this picture........... I was trying to take a picture of my new hair do and was standing in front of the mirror in the bathroom. I took several and they just did not turn out at all and looked really silly...... but this last one was taken from down low to the side toward my face....... NOW what in the world is those blurred streaks on that mirror I have no idea... my mirror looked clean and had been cleaned the day before with windex and paper towels.......... LOOK AT THOSE STREAKS............ I choose to go on and share the picture as I am sure I would never get another picture that I liked....... soooooooooooooooo here you go girls....... you have been asking so ok.............I am going to go and clean that mirror again!


I am turning 63 today and this was taken on Friday............ sooooooooo use it for your garden, it is bound to scare something! I will try to get Dennis to take a better picture this week.

I am headed out to dinner with my son and PE and Alpha and my sweet DH to celebrate life at 63......

Love you gals and I will be out and about in the blog world tonight.... Can't wait to "see" all of you!

Web site for my brother's web. It took me the entire month of February to finish it.. He loves it.....He is a very talented artist and I am very proud of him. So go and look and tell me what you think..



  1. You are so beautiful, even with the streaks!!!! I am so sorry that your going through everything with your Mom & Dad, they are so very lucky to have you. I hope your birthday is a joyful one and those roses are stunning!! Have a sweet day birthday girl you look marvelous!!

    Hugs always~

  2. Oh Denise, so great to hear from you and also to see you. Bless your heart, dear girl. I feel it--with your parents. So hard. And with the tree. I cried like a baby when our apple tree came down. On my way to look at the website for your brother...Looking forward to seeing your own site. We're trying to make new things to sell at our site too. Not easy these days. Glad you're back. Still praying for you!

  3. Oh, I forgot to say happy birthday!! And to say you made me feel guilty hearing about how you cleaned all your house!

  4. Happy Birthday Denise. My heart goes out to you in what you are going through with your parents. I don't know what to say. Many of us have been where you are in providing care for an aging parent...it's heart breaking. God will see you through this.

    The photos of the ice storm are lovely. How can something this beautiful be so destructive? Your Valentine certainly is a sweetie! And your self photo...it is lovely! That streaky mirror didn't hide any of your beauty! I loved reading your post and catching up with you. I usually read your Samaratian Women blog and just found this one from your post on my blog. I'm so glad I did! I hope you have a great week.


  5. Happy Birthday!!!!
    I am so sorry about your lovely tree, we have a huge elm in our back yard its about 60 or more years old, if something should happen to it I would be so sad.
    My MIL lives with us ,she has alzheimers she is 89,its not easy having that kind of responsibility.
    I am enjoying your blog!

  6. Beautiful picture. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You parents are so blessed to have you caring for them.

  7. Happy Birthday BEAUTIFUL GIRL ! That,s not a smudge that,s your aura...GOD,S love pouring out ! You are LOVED....

  8. Your brother's website is awesome and the pictures are breathtaking! I will return to it when I can really study each one...great talent seems to run in your family!

    Great winter pictures...and the bday pic shows a beautiful lady...you do NOT look your age,...

    Your sweet mom and dad...praying for them...and you and your family....

  9. It sure is good to have you back. I'm sorry that your folks are feeling the way they are. It has to be tough on you. ((((hugs))) Happy Birthday and I think you look great!

  10. Happy Birthday! You look great!

  11. I am so sorry for the changes with your parents...I know that this hurts your heart and makes taking care of them so much more overwhelming. I pray you are getting the rest you need.
    Happy birthday girl....you picture shows that you are a very young 60+. :)
    Glad you are back...life is getting busy so I am not around as often...but I will check in when I can.
    Praying for you God's comfort and strength.

  12. Pray you had a beautiful birthday as is your photo. Thanks for sharing the photos with us and I pray for you and your dear family. God bless you as you continue to live for Him.

  13. Denise, my beautiful friend, I am so glad you are back!!!! Our birthdays are on the same day, the 9 of March!!!!! Happy belated birthday honey!!!!
    Margaret B

  14. Happy Birthday, Denise. Thanks for catching us up on everything. You did a wonderful job on your brother's website, I know the computer takes up lots of time. Sorry about your tree, I felt like that when we lost a big branch off of our flowering crab and then they had to cut the whole thing down. I cried - the tree had been a home to many many birds, feed in the winter, squirrels. Diane

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  18. Welcome back! I missed this one, too.

    I am so sorry about your parents' confusion. It must be so hard on you. And your big beautiful tree - sad! You've had a rough couple of winters down there with ice, haven't you?

  19. Denise,

    Happy Birthday, my friend. You are beautiful!!!

    February was a trying month here as well, but nothing like you went through.

    Keeping you in my prayers.


  20. Hi Denise, Sorry I missed your birthday and I just now saw this post. It does sound like you did have an enjoyable birthday...it is nice when we are treated special...
    you are blessed. I, too, am sorry about your parents...God will give you the strength to deal with those issues. You are truly a special daughter to take care of them the way you do. It sure sounds like you have been very busy...something I should be, but I'm not. I will check out your brother's web site. Loved your snow pictures...but we are all glad that spring is beginning to spring forth. Your photo is so good...and I agree with Rowann's comment. God's love does shine through you. Hugs to you, my friend.


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