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Sunday, August 26, 2012

A bad mood, $5 and 8 weeks

One Saturday, many weeks ago, I was experiencing a bad mood and decided that I needed some retail therapy. It happened that I only had $10 in my wallet, which turned out to be a good thing...

Instead of traveling 40 minutes to the Ballard Designs outlet for expensively discounted non-refundable things that 'might' work, I thought I might just save some gas and go to the Goodwill store around the corner. Once there, I headed back to the linens department in search of...I'm not quite sure, just something to get me out of a funky mood (I needed prayer but I was too grumpy). When low and behold, I stumbled upon a pair of gorgeous linen drapes with black polka dot trim! They were lined and even though I heavily doubted that they would be long enough, I reached into my purse to pull out my trusty travel tape measure and suddenly let out a squeal of delight! 
Two ladies on the next isle looked at my treasure and said, "Oh, where'd you get those, they are really, really nice!" Still in disbelief, I clutched them a bit tighter and looked around to cover my tracks and check to see if there was something I was missing. Just then, a friend called to catch up on things and I quickly told her I was "on a mission". 
At checkout, those fabulous curtains rang up for $5.50. 
Yes, that's right: FIVE dollars and FITTY cents!
Nothing like a major score to totally change your mood!

Despite my huge bargain and the fact that I was anxious to see how they looked up on the windows, frustrations set in when I realized I neither had the strength, nor the correct hardware to install them. You see, I have STUBBORN plaster walls that are resistant to just any old regular drill bit. After several attempts to put up the curtain rods I felt a case of Tourette's syndrome settling in! I decided to sit ALL of that mess down in order to maintain sanity. Every week night and weekend I struggled to imagine myself up on the ladder with that blasted drill and the pain in my hip (thorn in my side). Weeks went by and all I managed to do was to buy 2 concrete masonry drill bits and lay them in a huge, not so glorious pile of tools.

This weekend while I was off my feet, a friend stopped by to see me. I mentioned some of my undone household projects as a way to excuse my messy pile and he quickly calculated which one he could take care of the quickest. 
Bing-Bang-Boom, there you have it! 
Curtains purchased 8 weeks ago are now in place and look absolutely perfect! 

Thanks to: 
my friend
a bad mood
2+ heavy duty drill bits, screws and anchors
a couple of ?#@*&%!
8 weeks of patience (or laziness)
1 giant Hallelujah!


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Saturday, August 25, 2012

One Shot, Straight to the Hip

I may have told you about the intense pain I have had in my hips. 
It's halted most of my physical activity and I admit, I've been a little out of it!

Well, I have osteoarthritis...
I haven't had any traumatic injuries, don't have a family history of it and I'm still relatively young.
But my doctor says that I'm showing signs of it in both of my hips and my lower back.

The Orthopedic doctor said I have 3 choices:

  1. Continue on pain killers
  2. Get a cortisone shot in the joints
  3. Do full hip replacement surgery  :-(

I decided that I wanted to get the cortisone shot in the hip IMMEDIATELY, but my insurance company slowed down the process and it took exactly one month and a ton of phone calls to make that happen.

So, does that mean I'll be doing this

any time soon?

Well, besides the fact that I have to limit the amount of shots that I can get, there are some risks associated with them:

  • Death of nearby bone (osteonecrosis)
  • Joint infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin and soft tissue thinning around injection site
  • Temporary flare of pain and inflammation in the joint
  • Tendon weakening or rupture
  • Thinning of nearby bone (osteoporosis)
  • Whitening or lightening of the skin around injection site
Source: The Mayo Clinic
And in the meantime, 
I'm doing some research on hip replacement 
(and how to avoid it)

I'm hoping that I'm as good as new, 
as soon as possible!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Morning Reflections

Doubts And Faith

Can a believer in Jesus who has occasional doubts about matters of faith ever be effective in serving the Lord? Some people think that mature and growing Christians never question their beliefs. But just as we have experiences that can build our faith, we can also have experiences that cause us to temporarily doubt.
The disciple Thomas had initial doubts about reports of Jesus’ resurrection. He said, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, . . . I will not believe” (John 20:25). Christ did not rebuke Thomas but showed him the evidence he asked for. Amazed at seeing the risen Savior, Thomas exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!” (20:28). After this incident, the New Testament is silent about what happened to Thomas.
A number of early church traditions, however, claim that Thomas went to India as a missionary. It is said that while there he preached the gospel, worked miracles, and planted churches. Some of these churches in India still have active congregations that trace their founding back to Thomas.
A time of doubt doesn’t have to become a life pattern. Allow God to lead you into a deeper understanding of His reality. Renew your faith. You can still accomplish great things for Him.
When faith grows weak and doubts arise,
Recall God’s love and tender care;
Remind yourself of all He’s done
And of those times He answered prayer. —D. De Haan
Learn to doubt your doubts and believe your beliefs.

Read: John 20:24-31

Hi Bloggers, it's been a while. 
I've been in a lot of physical pain and though I've tried not to complain, my attitude has been very different, even discouraged lately. But there is an end in sight and I'm looking forward to it. I'm reminding myself of all that God has done, the answered prayer, His love and tender care. 
I haven't forgotten about my little blog and it's original purpose, to count my blessings and delight in the mundane. I will be back soon, better than ever!