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A New Attitude.....

I want to share a scripture a friend posted on Facebook this morning.....

Whatever we do or say should be permeated with an attitude of joy, thankfulness to God, and encouragement of others. Instead of whining and complaining, we are to focus on the goodness of God and His mercies toward us.   Ephesians 5:18
For some reason, this one really jumped out at me today.   Hmmmm.......wonder why?

Probably because I've been pretty busy this past few weeks - nursing Ed after his surgery, keeping things picked up at the house, gaining momentum at work, and all of Life's other activities. I feel like I'm burning the candle at both ends when I finally crash in bed late at night.  And, sometimes when I feel tired or overwhelmed, I tend to forget this powerful exhortation.

Time for an "Attitude Adjustment", Jane!  

Many thanks to long-time friend, Valerie, for sharing this today - just when I needed it most!  Now, I'm just passing the Word along - in case you needed to…

In the Blink of an Eye.....

Our whole world can change. 

A few days ago, I heard a piece on the news about a 16-year boy who sank the winning shot at the overtime buzzer to lead his high school basketball team to a championship victory and a perfect season.  A few minutes later, he collapsed in the midst of the celebration and was pronounced dead at the hospital only two hours later.  He had an undiagnosed heart condition and suffered a massive heart attack.  His name was Wes Leonard. 


When I heard this news on the radio in my car, I was overcome with grief and emotion.  As the mother of three grown children, I cannot even begin to imagine how his parents must feel. What a tragic loss for his family, his teammates and friends.  At one of the finest moments in his life, just as he was experiencing jubilation and joy over his accomplishment - literally being lifted to the shoulders of his teammates, his celebration was cut short and the lives of all those around him were changed in the blink of an eye. 


As my min…

The Prince Pulls a Stunt!

Well, Mr. Eddie Dale decided to take a little field trip today while I was at the office. 

He gathered up some items that needed to go to the post office....and then he just up and took 'em!  Even though we had talked about him not driving for a bit longer, he got in his big honkin' truck and drove to the post office.  The stinker...


I don't know whether to hide his keys tomorrow......or let him get out of the house and terrorize the streets with his good (or should I say dominant?) arm strapped to his body in a super-sling!

I guess we will just have to chalk this up to "healing".   Each day is a bit better.  His therapist is able to stretch his shoulder and arm a little farther at each P/T session.  He is now showering, dressing and shaving all by himself.  He wrote some "thank you" notes to friends with his left hand and they were incredibly legible.   He has even been doing a little cooking in the kitchen, with my help around fire, hot water and kniv…

Progress on The Porch!!!

The front porch is looking a little better at the end of this busy day.  At least I am not ashamed to share a few photos showing the progress that was made this afternoon.


I was able to score some pansies at WalMart's nursery.  I know, I know....it is almost "late" to be putting in pansies.  However, it is still too early to set out anything like petunias or geraniums - at least in my book!  For sure, we would have a freak snowstorm in March or April if I invested a lot of moolah in those fair weather plants.  One flat (6 six-packs, total cost $12.96) enabled me to fill the planter box and a couple of clay pots with plants.  Hopefully, these will last until the beginning of May or thereabouts and fill out with some brilliant purple and lavender. 



I couldn't locate the grapevine wreath I was going to repurpose.  So, I dragged out a decorative iron wall hanging and placed that where the wreath was supposed to go.  I like the way it turned out, so when I find that wrea…

A Bad Case of Neglect....

Janie's poor little porch has been so neglected......

Since the Christmas decorations came down (like the third week of January!), the porch has been bare; the planter box filled with brown plants; the dust piling up.  Sad, so sad.....


For the first time since - well, since NEVER - there isn't a wreath anywhere in sight to greet visitors and spruce up the porch.  Just a nail sticking out of the wall where the wreath should be....


I told you it was SAD!

Well, things are about to change.  I've got a bad case of Spring Fever.....to be followed by a case of Hay Fever, I'm sure, very soon.  I'm about ready to grab my broom (and, no, it's not the one I ride around on....) and sweep away the dust and cobwebs.


Then I'm going to pull on my gardening gloves and tend to that planter box.  I'm thinking some cheerful yellow pansies would be "just right" in there!



As for a wreath, I definitely have a little project in mind.  I plan on recycling an old grape…

A Little Update from The Porch....

The last couple of weeks have been stressful, to say the least!  Where to start......

Remember when we had all that ice and snow and I was stuck at home with a bad case of "cabin fever" for a few days?  Well, on a couple of those really nasty days, Eddie had to make the treacherous drive in to work.  On his way to the truck one of those days, he fell on the ice in the parking lot and landed pretty hard, injuring his shoulder.

A week later, he still couldn't life his arm or rotate his shoulder.  So, he trekked off to the doctor, got an x-ray and was immediately sent to the imaging center for a MRI.  Within a week, we were sitting in an orthopedic surgeon's office hearing that he needed arthroscopic surgery to repair the rotator cuff and reattach tendons.

Surgery was last Thursday.  What was supposed to be a two-hour scope turned into 3-1/4 hours.  As his surgeon put it, his shoulder was "pretty boogered up!"

You see, Ed did a lot of bullriding over an 8-year…