Tag Archive | Easter

Signs of this Holy Day!…

I am up at 3:00am…

Jill… my cat didn’t even wake me…

I went to sleep early after a long day…

so I imagine that is why…

Of course my Bobby finds me…

and asks, “Why are you so quiet?”…

I answer…”I certainly didn’t want to wake you with a lot of noise!”…

but, sometimes “the quiet” is louder than we realize!…

I was reading a blogging friend’s posts…

I have neglected reading my sweet blogger’s writings…

My mind has been off-balance…

too much thinking going on…

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Yesterday… “Easter Sunday”…

started with a slow rain…

 

We were going to a nephew’s church  that he pastors…

First time visiting and listening to him “preach” God’s word 

His church is across the River into Indiana…

Not a long drive… 30 minutes …

The sky changed often during this short ride…

We were greeted with such genuine love and hospitality…

I noticed coffee and a few sweets offered… on a table…

Inviting…

My Great-great niece greeted all that come in the door with a pamphlet of the day’s service…

Her mother (Great-niece)… would be singing with the music group…

with wonderful songs of Praise…

and then her Dad… came with hugs… and smiles showing us he was glad that we came…

His wife… a sweet petite young woman was so gracious…

We were greeted by most of the church members as we had a moment of welcoming all…

My nephew came out… relaxed in his position as the Leader of this small congregation…

and introduced himself… 

and then prayed a welcoming prayer for God to enter into fellowship with all who were there…

I liked that!…

The lights dimmed… and a display made by a fellow member to represent the tomb that Jesus arose from…

was accented with light… as others rolled back the rock from the entrance…

A simple visual that represented that Glorious Day of God’s Gift to us… His son…

that we could have Everlasting Life…

 

My nephew’s words and the songs sung… were so inspiring…

and Believers felt the pull of their heart-strings with the wonderful selfless gift that they have experienced…

When… emotions come through with your followers…

a Pastor should be pleased that his expression of God’s words came through…

that they had an impact on the congregation…

and this was so yesterday…

in a small church…

with a group that has Faith…

and so generously let us be a part of…

With sincere hugs and good-byes…

we headed home as a gusty wind blew and rain pounded the Earth with a downpour…

and just as quick it subsided as we crossed back into Kentucky…

as sunshine made the Earth sparkle anew…

We knew Jesus had Risen!

 

 

 

Bobby’s Progress… and Treats Given…

Bobby had his scan on Monday…

We always get the results on Wednesday when he goes in for Chemo Treatment… (every other Wednesday)

(scan is done after every 4th treatment)

An agonizing time for both of us…

I decided to take the Oncology Department some goodies for “Easter”…

our next appointment being after Easter Weekend…

I made fudge…  

 adding a few flower sprinkles for color and make the pieces more festive…

 

I had a kit… which has everything in it to make about 1-1/2 pounds of fudge…

PLENTY!…

I cut the pieces in small squares and put in small muffin papers before putting on my clear “Bunny” plate…

 

 

and tied up with Easter Cellophane Bag and bow…

They deserve to be treated kindly… for all they do to make my Bobby feel good when he comes in for his treatments…

kind words…

a pat on the back…

joking…

encouraging…

A “special” job…

“Special people”…

 

We leave early to go downtown to the VA Hospital…

the day is shining bright… … and ei9t’s early!…

 

we turn to go up the hill to the hospital …

 

Visible above the tress…

 

We valet park… found to be much easier… and no charge/no tipping… are the rules…

We are assigned a room for the day…

he in the bed with his IVs… of 3 or more meds…  

and I take my place near him in my chair

Wednesday is Popcorn Day at the VA… and always buy a bag or two  … one to eat as I read my book… watch TV…etc. …

and sometimes one to take home…

His port is accessed…

and Magnesium is started if in need…

and with these drugs… it usually is low…

I go and get him a little breakfast as we wait for blood work to come back…

they have a nice cafeteria at the VA Hospital with kind people… waiting on you…

With the new med that has been added…

Benadryl is taken… Ativan… Steroids, etc. …

and blood pressure has to be monitored…

It seems to raise his  pressure…

but, being somewhat stressed has it’s effects also…

The Doctor comes in… and we actually “hold our breath”…

he is very direct!…

“his Way”…

but, we get honesty… which we do want…

There are 3 spots in his diaphragm they are keeping a close watch on…

“No new growths”…

but, cancer cell # is rising (which is not good)…

he was 230 when discovered cancer…

dropped to 5-6 at end of first year…

then came back…

went to 10-11…

went 15-16…

and now 30-35…

and we nearing another year!…

so… as you see… we are concerned…

Goal was to remove two previous meds… but, he will have to remain on them at this time…

Three total… given through port… and a pump to take home for two days… Taken off around 1:00pm on Fridays…

This is our routine now for about two years…

“We have been given time!”… (Thank you Lord!)

Now…

the Doctor would like to try a new med but, will it will have to be approved

Will take a month for the approval if given… NO guarantees!…

So… we feel like we have heard “the news”… which is terminal cancer

all over again…

Definitely makes you sink…

and the tears flow for both of us

The girls… “nurses”… social worker… nutritionist…

we have several who come in to check changing bags of meds… resetting machine…offering snacks/drinks and sometimes just stay and talk…
That’s what we like best…

so… as you see…

a treat to brighten the day in this department is welcomed…

 

The Resurrection

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It’s Easter Sunday…

a time to reflect on this special day…

We celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection…

a time to feel the power of what this means…

a time to reflect on our own salvation…

a time to reflect on the truth that needs to be shared…

and a time to worship with other Christians…

If not in a home church…

then with talking to friends/family…

and even words spoken on Facebook… and other media…

Our worship with our Lord can be with many or by oneself…

All good!…

Praise be to my Jesus… who died for me… and through this I will have Life Ever After…

AMEN!

 

A Little Bit of Easter!

I bought a rock…

well… a Stone… A pretty Dark Brown Stone…

polished and engraved with a pretty bird..

Placed it on this greenish blue small plate to put in my bathroom…

It says “Spring” to me!

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Easter baskets for Grandkids are made…

This year these were made with remembrances of them when they were little…

and although Grown-Up… 11… almost 14… and 21…

I think they will enjoy going through them…

They know I’m kind of silly!

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I loved this stand-up Bunny…

reminding me of older Easter Cards…

It winds up on the back… and music plays “In My Easter Bonnet”!…

https://youtu.be/lYac9O3GYTM (Song)

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A funky Bunny for the flower bed…

some things are starting to sprout!…

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Easter flag…

Painting Easter Eggs can be so much fun!…

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This old Wood Bunny has adorned my door for many years…

and I still like him!…

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This little Cabbage and Bunnies reminds me of the story of Peter Rabbit who got in Mr. McGregor’s Garden…

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https://youtu.be/ADi4UnMfSps   (story)

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Filled an empty vase with bright paper mache eggs and a Bunny…

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I have many sets of salt/peppers that depict the Holidays…

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Peter Cottontail and wife…

https://youtu.be/q7UXYvRRZFc    (song)

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I found these cute metal birds at the $ Store…

They will adorn my tree branch near our swing in the back yard soon…

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A few window clings brighten my kitchen windows…

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In Your Easter Bonnet

This little “Fishing Girl” had lost her fishing pole…

She was always sitting in our home where I grew up…

My daddy bought her and made her a special little shelf to sit on…

I treasure her!

I found a little twig outside on my walks in the yard and…

then I finally located this little blue glass fish to dangle from it…

She would pleased with her “catch” I think!

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I couldn’t resist this homemade little White Bunny made from a Handkerchief…

I loved the embroidery and details…

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and my last “find”… 

an Easter “Music Box”… with that Vintage Look …

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It plays “In Your Easter Bonnet”…

Enjoy Judy Garland and Fred Astaire singing their rendition from the movie “Easter Parade”…

https://youtu.be/lYac9O3GYTM

Irving Berlin – Easter Parade Lyrics

In your easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
You’ll be the grandest lady in the easter parade.
I’ll be all in clover and when they look you over,
I’ll be the proudest fellow in the easter parade.
On the avenue, fifth avenue, the photographers will snap us,
And you’ll find that you’re in the rotogravure.
Oh, I could write a sonnet about your easter bonnet,
And of the girl I’m taking to the easter parade.

 

Photos of Today…

Today…

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I had planted Poppys and Marigolds about a week ago… Do you see the little sprouts starting???

946505_10200248935005027_1218806216_n My Granddaughter, Kennedy broke her wrist and she finally had it cast today… It’s decorated with University of Louisville colors… black/red… her favorite team…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I tried to capture the birds who have taken up residence in my little red birdhouse… for the past 3 years it has been occupied   every spring… but, they were just not having it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  When I took a friend to pick up her prescriptions… she handed me these flowers (yes, they are real)…when she came out…

Just enough for my little vase… Aren’t they pretty sitting in between my funky little birds I bought on Easter clearance…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I bought my “Lady”  statue from the thrift store many years ago… I thought she was lovely… She’s been sitting inside for a long time… so…

I thought she would look pretty outside in my flower bed… just sitting on her bench… enjoying the sunshine

Daily Prompt: Unknown Caller

You receive a call from an unexpected person. Who is it, and what is the conversation about? Go!

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It’s usually a Holiday…. Christmas… Easter… Thanksgiving… etc. …

This young lady used to be a cousin by marriage

She loved my Mom and Dad

After my Dad passed… she would call my Mom on every Holiday… to wish her well…

My Mom was so happy to hear from her…

It was such a treat!…k11011359

They reminisced about my Dad… and exchange news briefly in each other’s lives…

Not… a long conversation… just a “keep-in-touch” phone call…

Linda would say she had a list of names k12930689that she called … and Mom was a priority

I loved her for that!…

This went on for many years until Mom passed… at 98 years…

Linda said she just loved them… “my parents”…

It seems that they showed her love and care

Linda said her list was growing short… so I suggested she add some new names… and I would love it if one of them could be mesca0386

So… now… unexpectedly unknowing… the phone rings… and I’m blessedk0982803 by a sweet voice on the other end… saying, “Just thought I would say hi… and see how you and yours are doing”… k11313815

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Her… about her husband and their son/family…

and me, about my husband, kids, grandkids and others that she knew from the family…k11519603

Our last exchange was about a month ago… and I’ve promised to meet them at one of the last drive-in theatres k6791251 that is still in use in Georgetown, Indiana

I can’t wait!

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Computer Fixed!…Late Easter Pics!

My computer is finally up and running…k8394947

Evidently with us doing so much sanding… on walls and floors… the computer ate most of the dust!…RSCL0049k11099286k8865542

Burned out a part… but replaced and doing great!…

My cat, Jill is so happy that I’m back in my spot

She would come get me to come in the computer room with her OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … and I would have to decline… so she would just look out the window without me…

I really don’t think she understood

I guess my last event was Easterk12882726 … with the Grandkids and family… so I thought I would share a few photos tonight…

Hope to get back in my writing groove soon… k4344779k7756882

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Table set for Easter Dinner… there were 9 of us…

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Candles lit…

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My daughter-in-law and Kennedy made little yellow chick cupcakes… Lemon flavor…

Aren’t they the cutest!

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I had filled about 40 eggs…

and Melanie brought more…

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Brother and sister… “Off to the hunt”…

I’m wondering if they will want to do do this next year???

Something tells me… YES!

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I was checking out the eggs I guess… so no head… but, a big grin!

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Kennedy’s brightly painted toes are showing here… in my flower bed in the front of the house… It had turned sunny and pretty warm by afternoon…

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Carson checking out the backyard… Melanie and her Mom did a good job hiding the eggs…

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Kennedy finding one in the Ivy climbing my big tree…

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Kennedy’s bag is looking quite full… but, still running around and checking for more!

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Carson finding one near the deck…

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She thinks she has won… finding the most eggs…

After opening them… she had accumulated candy and $9.00 in change and $1.00 bills…

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Sharing with Dad all that they had found…

I Used Paas Dye…

I picked up a package of Paas Easter Egg Dye … a little kit… at the thrift store the other day…

Why not!… it was marked $1.00 on the package as the original price and then the store had marked it to their price of 68 cents

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I’ll take it!…

The thrift store has more bunnies… Easter decorations… grass and baskets… of every shape… and even clothes to dress up the little ones…

and they were quite busy!…

I bought a little bunny too… He’s sitting on my bathroom shelf

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I decided I could wait no longer to dye the eggs… so after making some sugar cookies

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My guys love their sweets…

I boiled about a dozen eggs

Just enough to say I did it and to get that urge out of my system…

There were 5 colored tablets in the kit… pink, blue, orange, green and yellow with a little wire egg holder…

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plus a few colorful cardboard egg holders and a matching game of Easter characters… I was feeling like a kid again…

Simple pleasures!…

I read where just vinegar and the tablets in a cup k0996563 would make the brightest colors… lemon juice would make medium colors… and water for pastels

I opted for the brightest… only using vinegar!… u17660117

They turned out quite bright and pretty… and I managed to keep my fingers pretty clean…

Not dyeing them too much!

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I read about these Paas dyes… and a gentleman named William Townsley… who was a druggist… invented these special egg coloring dyes around 125+ years ago…

He renamed the company paas-logo after the Pennsylvania Dutch word Passen which was used for Easter

Quite interesting… that after 60+ years… I have learned that tidbit…

I hope you have dyed a few eggs… It is quite fun! cottonHeader2

Bird’s Nest for Breakfast?

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and my Mom passed on this “Egg In A Nest” Recipe to me… and I just loved it when she made it… I thought she was magic!

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Melt about a tablespoon of butter in a non-stick skillet…

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Take a piece of bread of your choice… whole wheat, white, french… and cut a hole out of the middle… save the circle of bread … (I used the top of my spray oil)… it was handy!

Now place in melted butter in skillet…

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Break an egg into the center… Are you seeing the idea of an egg in the nest???

You can leave the egg yellow whole… which is probably preferred by many… but, I must have my eggs DONE!… so I break mine…

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Salt/Pepper to taste… I like pepper!… let brown a little…

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Turn and let cook as long as you prefer…

I eat mine with Grape Jelly k6014419… Just flavors I like together…

ENJOY!…

May be fun for Easter Breakfast