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12  My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. 13 The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them.

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1 Peter 1:18-19

http://bible.us/296/1pe1.18-19.gnb

For you know what was paid to set you free from the worthless manner of life handed down by your ancestors. It was not something that can be destroyed, such as silver or gold; it was the costly sacrifice of Christ, who was like a lamb without defect or flaw.

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Went with Santa Shoebox management yesterday to inspect two possible drop-off venue’s for Pretoria North. Both were excellent, but we are leaning towards the church in Magalieskruin. Still have to send the e-mails through and have them agree to some stuff, just holding thumbs that they will be able to accommodate all our needs.

On another note….Dad is sick with a stomach bug. Had him at the doctor’s Monday, but received a call from his caregiver yesterday afternoon. He was getting worse, so it was ambulance arrangement and transport to hospital.

This morning when I called the hospital to find out how he was doing no-one knew anything about admitting him. I had to call his medical aid for help and they were brilliant. Called me back a while later ….they’ve found him. So I went to see if he needs anything and..lo’ and behold…he was nowhere to be found. I traversed through endless halls, filled with sick people and…nothing. I was quite frantic at that point. Eventually I found him still in the emergency dept. They lied to the people from the medical aid about where he was…God only knows WHY! Anyway, Dad was very upset, but obviously feeling better (just listening to his rants and ravings about his treatment, or rather, LACK thereof confirmed his return from the ‘shadow of death’!). So I signed him out and took him home to his imaginary family (a company of 4 – a woman and 3 children – who apparantly share his room at the care centre …had a good giggle at THAT one, I tell you!).

This afternoon was filled with the exciting chore of grocery shopping and then (trumpets please) the big packing away of all the acquired items. NOT something I particularly like to do. And, man, I am SO obsessive about it…I work out exactly what its going to cost me, create a spreadsheet, print the whole lot out and then proceed to either deduct savings on cheaper items or add the extra cost of the more expensive items. Its rare that I’m NOT within a R50 either way for my grocery bill. As if THAT’s not enough, I pack the trolleys in a certain way as to distribute the weight evenly and at home its even worse…the grocery cupboard is emptied and washed. Then the fresh items are packed according to type…jellies and instant deserts, drinks, cake flour and cake mixes, sauces and spices, cereals, canned goods and so forth. Fresh stuff at the back, older stuff in front, all cans and boxes turned with their names to the front. Crazy, huh? Well, that’s just me…miss Nutcase ’67 through 2013.

Tonight I’m so tired I can hardly stand, yet here I am…babbling away as usual. Its a wonder I haven’t fallen asleep yet…was so worried about Dad last night that I laid awake untill way past 4 this morning!

Welladay, as Mother Abigail says in Steve King’s ‘The Stand’….tomorrow will bring more work, more chores, more stuff to deal with I’m sure, so I guess I’d better sign off and catch me some shut-eye!

Sharon H…over and out!

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…and NOT in a good way! Last Friday my dr changed my heart meds…BIG mistake. I felt like crap for days after that and, once again, I had a horrid birthday. You’ll remember last year? I had thromboses of my lung and nearly died of heart failure….what a way to go, and on my birthday too! Well, fortunately I only felt like death this year, with no danger of it actually happening! But still! And then Saturday Tyla’s birthday party totally crashed when madam threw a hissy fit about something the twins did in her room. So, last week, please NEVER again. Perhaps I should stop having birthdays …..yes, that’s what I’ll do I think. People, from now on I’m having unofficial turning older days…no more birthdays for this gal! Okay? Got it? Good!
Hopefully this week will be better. School’s closing for the Easter holidays and I’ve got a string of appointments coming…so I’ll stay busy. Next week its off to the seaside for a bit (not that I’m looking forward…going to the beach is hardly a treat. Too much noise!) Anyway….I’m not one to mope around, so I’m going on, reaching out for whatever lies ahead. Anyone, want to join me?

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The people of Kindle asks this question: What book made an impression to you as a child? I didn’t even WONDER! It was (is) ‘Ring of bright water’ by Gavin Maxwell. I saw the movie too and made a total ass of myself….I cried so long and hard that my brother still remembers and still teases me about it. It is SUCH a wonderful story.
Of course there were many other books…I adored my Nancy Drews, loved biographies (yes, I did, even as a 10 year old) and then there was the evergreen tales my Dad used to make up for me. You see, books have always been a part of my life. It has been my constant companion since I can remember. I always have a book with me, just in case I get a chance to read.
I still remember my first book…one of those cardboard things with animals. I also remember that, when I learned to read, it was wonderful to finally make sense of those letters on the pages.
Today, I’m still fascinated by words and the art of writing…I wonder sometimes if I didn’t miss my calling….perhaps I should have been a writer!

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Was this it?

A few weeks ago I had one of my bizarre visions. Now, I never speak of it…somehow it seems foolish and anyway, people will just tease me and roll their eyes. So, no, I might mention it to someone, but mostly I just shut up. Today something happened that confirmed what I saw and heard once again so I want to write it down. If you think I’m nuts…think away, I don’t care, but this has been happening to me on and off my whole life.
A few weeks ago I was sitting in the study. I saw somebody standing in the doorway. My first thought was that it looked like my father-in-law. White shirt, dark pants…face just a blur, but somehow I thought it was him. The image disappeared, but it disturbed me somewhat. That same evening I was lying in bed. It was rather late, but I had trouble sleeping. Suddenly I started to hear voices…indistinct, like over a radio with bad reception (I’ve heard this many times before). One clear voice said: He has 3 weeks. I thought it was my father-in-law, whom I thought I saw, who had 3 weeks.
This morning I heard about my nephew’s father-in-law…he died early today. I didn’t know this person well, but when I try to recall him…well, I see him in a white shirt and dark pants…and it was about 3 weeks ago that I heard the voice.
Weird shit, I tell you! So, next time, I’ll write it down I think…just to make sure I’m not imagining things!

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