Archive | May 2012

Sinkhole Swimming – A Note for Mother’s Day

Sinkhole Swimming

The Lord has a purpose for everything…even mosquitoes. 😉 I had to ponder it for a bit but without mosquitos, what would bugs and other animals eat? See!?! A purpose for everything…especially a lovely lake where people can go for free to enjoy swimming and the fellowship of others for a well-deserved break after a hard week’s work. I love Lake County…there are more springs and lakes over here then you can shake a stick at. Most require a four-wheel drive to get there but plenty of us have those available here. 🙂 And, before I go off on one of my tangents, it’s called Blue Sink because it started out as a sinkhole, the water is actually blue in the middle and at the edges there is white sand where you can actually see the bottom of the lake – along with all the little minnows swimming merrily along. It’s just some of God’s beautiful creation showing off it’s best. 🙂 (The water is great too!)

Now I’m sitting here listening to Nancy Sinatra (“These Boots Are Made For Walking”). Then will come Jeannie C. Reilly (“Harper Valley PTA”). My tastes are very eclectic (as most of you know). I can go from this to country to 80’s to the most current dance music. My all time favorites will always be swing and big band music. That would be the influence of my father for sure. I love the Andrews Sisters. Then my sister Joy got me into the Herman’s Hermits. Of course, most of you won’t know who they are but imagine a lesser known Beatles band and you’d have it down. I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me the love of music. It definitely brings so much joy to my soul!

Sorry for the detour…back to the lakes of Lake County. I don’t know the name of the one I went to that is about 4 minutes from my house. A couple of weekends ago some friends from church and I went to Lawless Lake…very, very nice. I think I like that one the best so far. Of course, I didn’t have my camera for that one. 😛 I liked the Blue Sink as well but it has a steep bank to get to the water, kind of like Red Bank on the Nanticoke River, where I used to go in Maryland. Now that my bones don’t always cooperate I sometimes struggle on steep inclines. I ended of wearing my knee brace for 2 to 3 days after that Saturday trip. However, it was worth it to see everything and to get in the water, which was perfect. And I have had a epihany…next trip I will wear my brace down to the water and then leave it on the beach. As long as I take a towel to dry off before putting it back on, I should have solved my problem. Like Mom always said…”Where there is a will, there is a way.” 🙂

Mother’s Day is Sunday. I hope everyone is ready to celebrate the woman who gave you life thanks to a blessing from God. Blue Sink reminds me of the bottomless love that parents have (just like God has) for us. So much today you hear about kids who hate their parents and blame God for what He gave them. Some parents I believe love their children but are incapable of showing it…how do you show love when yours was stifled as a child without God to open your heart? I know people felt that way long ago but not everyone posted it on Facebook and such. LOL! My take is a little different – I think that God gave me the perfect parents for me. Were they perfect? No! Was I? No! Granted they didn’t do some of the things that parents do that are definitely not acceptable but I feel as if God always knows what He is doing. His Will is perfect in every way. So, it your parents were less than perfect, there was a reason for it. We don’t know what life holds for us as we grow older but the very things that we allow to influence our decisions when we are young may be the very same things that cause us to straighten up and fly right when we are older. I don’t know how you feel but I know I had a choice to make as I grew older…to take the good and use it for good and to take the bad and grow from it so that it could be used for good as well. I guarantee you that some of the things I saw people do (who shall remain nameless) definitely influenced what I did and didn’t do as I wandered through the early part of my life. Now as a child of God, I still have all those memories and my past, which never disappears BUT now I allow His influence to determine where I go and what I do. Not that I’ve stopped sinning but now I know when I do when I do – ask for forgiveness and ask for help for the next time.

I still think the Lord influenced my earlier life when I wasn’t saved as well. If not, I seriously doubt that I would still be walking on this earth and not being saved, I would have been serving a hellish sentence for the eternity. Sometimes I think of the foolish things I did and truly wonder why I was spared the same fate that befell others that did the same type of things. To me that means that the Lord has something for me to do here. It is definitely to be a witness to others of His love and saving grace. There is a CD that I like called Higher Ground. It has a song on there called, “We Want You Over There.” I think it describes true witnessing so perfectly – we don’t want anyone to be left behind.

My parents were saved when they died…they weren’t when they were younger. God does indeed make a difference in what you say and do. My mom and dad were very good people; they loved to help others and lived the golden rule very well. However, the golden rule and all the kindness in the world doesn’t get you to Heaven to worship Jesus forever…only salvation does.

And that is my soapbox sermon for the day! LOL! I hope that this Mother’s Day, you take your mom a special gift, especially if it’s been a long time since you’ve spoken by choice. Take her the gift of forgiveness because truly, if you are a child of God, you have no choice or you thumb your nose at the forgiveness that the Lord gave you. If you have a close relationship with your Mom I hope you spend this Mother’s Day celebrating who God gave you to help start and guide you down life’s path. I hope to hear how you spent your Mother’s Day as a Mom or as the child celebrating your Mom. I hope the day is truly a blessing for you!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there… friends, family, readers, other bloggers and those that are in Heaven waiting for us to come Home one day. Happy Mother’s Day Mom – you may be with the Lord now but you will always live on in my heart! I love you!

Till next time – faithwalkin’ 🙂

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Green Acres Is The Place To Be (LOL)

The Newest Additions to the DollHouse Farm 🙂

Well, here I sit, 1:39 am and wide awake. I had some rough leg cramps last night (up every hour on the hour) and I can feel them lurking about tonight, hence the alertness I suppose. :/

My Lord is SO good to me. Since I have moved my health has improved greatly. I am doing things that, back in January 2012, if you had said I be doing them, I would have laughed at you. For the most part I am sleeping better and am controlling things (bi-polar and other) without medications (which is a HUGE blessing!).

My landlord and I have expanded and now we have two ducks (Sally and Sami) and two chickens (Betty and Emma). And, in case anyone is wondering, I don’t have a problem eating animals that I have named…as long as they are livestock. 😀 However at this point, roasting anyone isn’t in the game plan; right now its eggs. Sami and Sally are so much fun to watch; I am really enjoying their antics in the kiddie pool. My landlord bought it for the dogs but that was a dismal failure; the ducks like it much better. LOL

We have probably close to 100 tomato plants, 4 blueberry bushes and probably 50 hot pepper plants. We are becoming regular farmers. Summer never looked so good! The pool has been moved to the center of the yard and now it’s warm enough for even me to get in! LOL Of course, I feel as if I don’t have the time to get in but I’ll get situated soon enough so that I will have time.

As per my previous post, I had stated that I would be starting a new blog to keep track medically. I really need to get on that, right? It’s hard as I find little time to post on this one. 😛 There truly has been so much going on!

The weekend before last my niece Franny came over to spend Friday night. We had a blast together! I am so happy that we live close enough now to spend actual, physical time together. I love all my nieces and nephews but I miss my three nieces so much – Franny, Virginia and Tara. They are more like little sisters than nieces. 🙂

Then Franny came back over Sunday afternoon with her three children: Jordan, Chloe and Preston! Love’em so much! My Jordan is gettin’ to be such a beautiful woman. It scares me sometimes just looking at her but let’s not tell her that. As for Chloe – I see myself but in her I see much more self-confidence and I am so grateful to Franny and her husband Don for instilling the children with that. It makes a world of difference!

Don was out of town so Franny and the kids came to visit after church. We had lunch with some church friends and the kids swam in the cold pool (this was before it was moved). Hey, they are young and hardy – they survived! LOL! Leona had made lasagna to share so we had that and it was awesome!

Another huge blessing of moving to Paisley is that I am close to my big sis so that she can spoil me with her cooking. She isn’t a certified chef for nothing. In fact tonight (Tuesday) I’ll be heading over for (wait for it) beef and red dumplings! Yummy! I know they say that a way to a man’s heart is through is stomach but when my sister is cooking, it works on me as well. 😀

Nermal, my domestic long-hair, had been acting horrible for a couple of weeks. I found a couple of lumps behind his ear so I think he must have gotten bitten by a snake or something. He is finally doing better and eating again. For a couple of days there I thought I was going to lose him and I wouldn’t have taken that too well.

Animals always make my world happier…sometimes more than people I admit. But, I am getting better with people – I think. LOL.

Till next time…faithwalkin’ 🙂