Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Enough Already

Hi, Honey. I can imagine if you could get a glimpse of where I am you would be nodding your head saying "yep" Heaven is a wonderful place right about now"  It's beautiful here but Brrrrr.

Last weekend was a skiff of snow and lots of freezing rain leaving parts of the city paralyzed.  True to my word I stayed inside until the roads were clear


Then Monday and Tuesday, I took care of some appointments and am happy to tell you  Dr. gave me another good report. My A1c is great, liver enzymes are normal. 

Blowing, freezing rain made it slick right up to the door . I opened the door, looked out and closed it right up again.

I've seen snow hang on to the patio furniture, but see the little icicles on the table and arms of the chair?


The car was encased in ice. So the next day I carefully, with my boots on and all bundled up, went out to the motor home and it started right up and I also ran the generator for awhile. All is good. I was finally enjoying a day out of the house to finish my errands. I spent a day gathering all the paper work from all the Dr's, hospitals, pharmacies etc so I can claim the mileage on our taxes. I'm so thankful for Jean our tax lady. I just don't know what I'd do without her this year. I also made an appointment with the skin Dr. again as much as I didn't want to.  Dr. wants to have that mole near my right temple checked.  Then he also wants me to make an appointment with Physical Therapy for a balance assessment. He seems to think I would walk better on my feet than my face. I haven't fallen but  I'm a little more unsteady than before.  

But before I could do that, my ears really perked up when I heard the weather report on the radio. Snow was on the way.  And before I got in the door it had started to snow...and snow....and snow... All night long
It snowed until this afternoon. Portland and surrounding areas were paralyzed yet again. But I was warm and "snug as a bug in a rug" inside. Plenty to eat and drink. And today I have enjoyed all the Gaither video's I could find on You Tube and with the miracle of my Chromcast I've been able to watch them on my TV. I couldn't remember where I packed it when I moved and recently found it. By then I had to figure out again how to hook it up again. All done. I can use it with my phone, the iPad or my laptop. Right now I'm using the laptop while I work on my blog. 

I opened the door this morning and it appears the sweet little birds outside were looking for something to eat... I don't have any bird food at the moment. I will get some and put it in a feeder away from the front door step. 

This is looking out toward the highway.

I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful place. It isn't heaven like where you are honey, but it is as close as I will get for now.

It makes me cry, my heart is full of gratitude,  when I think of how much the Lord loves me and cares for me until I can be with you again.

I am told that no matter what the season is it is beautiful here. So I am looking forward to Spring, Summer and Fall.

Bye for now
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I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Back Home In My Cozy Little Abode



It's me again Joe.  My first day back home after spending two weeks with my sister  was full of appointments and errands. Then in the afternoon I attended the memorial service for your aunt Sally.  It was nice to have Kelly sitting beside me and your cousins around me.
After the memorial service I decided to drive up to Willamette National Cemetery to see if your Marker had been set.  I had already made up my mind that I wanted to see it by myself first. I knew it wasn't going to be easy and it wasn't.  A biting cold, windy day and seeing your name on that stone marker was a reality check. If I hadn't accepted your being gone before (which I have) I sure did at that moment. I'm so glad there was no one around because the tears, and anguish crying and groans came from deep within and was not quiet. Out of all of that was a very private closure I needed. 

Today was a new day. More errands to run. One of them was a stop at Bob's Red Mill. You know how I love those healthy muffins.... On the way out one of the clerks told me to stop by the wheel and look at the plaque. I guess it's been there for awhile but I hadn't seen it before.

I'm sorry it is so light. My hands were full and I took it with my phone. I loved Uncle Wesley. You know He was such an encourager to us while your mom lived with us. 

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I have a little book I keep by my bedside entitled BEDSIDE BLESSINGS by Charles Swindoll. Last night was especially meaningful to me. 
"Our Part"...Trust God whole-heartedly, in every corner of life, recognizing that He is the one in charge.

"His Part"..."He will make your paths straight," or "even".In other words, He will smooth out your path. He'll take care of each of those obstacles on the trail ahead of you.

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart.....He will make your paths straight
Proverbs 3: 5-6
So that's one of my words I'm working on right now...trust.  I was thrilled this morning when I turned the key in the motor home and it started right up. The generator took a little priming, I think cause it was so cold, but on the 2nd try it started right up too. Now I'm TRUSTING the Lord to find the right person to buy it (sooner than later) 

Bye For Now

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I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A Beautiful Ride To Church Today


Hi my love,
As usual I'm Multi Tasking.... working on my blog and watching the Seahawks a the same time. 
You and I always prayed before starting the car no matter where we went. But today was a particular good day to do that.
Jan is a very good driver but asking God for protection while on the highway is also a very good thing.....no, that's not us. Probably happened last night.


The roads weren't too bad, and the scenery was beautiful. You would have been so proud of me. No jumping. Not even once. Didn't even have to sit on my hands..... Yeah, I know you're smiling.

But I've been working really hard on trusting God to take care of me. Why pray if I'm not going to trust Him after I ask Him to.... right?

By the time church was over, the roads were pretty much clear.  The service was wonderful and afterward, there was a "Tailgate Party" in the foyer with Frito Pie..... Fritos covered with chili and shredded cheese and lettuce on top, and coolers full of Soda and water. Nice prelude to a great game...... Seahawks did it again. 
It's been a wonderful two weeks with Jan. Christmas has come and gone and it's a new year and time to go home. I'll walk in the door and you won't be there. There may even be some tears. But I know those are a healing agent.  Like Kelly told me last night, "it's hard to look forward to something you can't share with dad."  But In my heart I will be sharing with you. I will put all my words in my journal. You know how writing  helps me. You taught me so much not by words but by your actions. I will try hard to use less words and do more on the action side. Don't know how that will look yet but with the Lord in control I'm sure I'll figure it out. 

Goodbye for now my love
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I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl



Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016 Hello 2017

2016 is almost gone. As I look back on it....what a roller coaster ride. A year of highs and lows. Among the highs were the birth of two great granddaughters, and the marriage of our son Rob to his beautiful bride Gloria.  It was a year of Port placement, chemo, biopsies, MRI's, scans, blood draws, Dr. appointments and in between we'd do chemo breaks to the beach, visiting family, camping and fishing. It was a sad day October 22, when I had to say goodbye to my beloved Joe. Before this year ended, I did what Joe and I had talked about and sold our home in Milwaukie and moved to Damascus, Oregon about a half hour away. I'm close to both my sons and my daughter and a few of my grand kids and great grand kids. If I want to go a bit further, I take Amtrak to visit family in WA.   My church is just a few minutes away and I'm just minutes away from major stores. If you don't have it already you can email me or text me for my address.  I have a few more pictures I would like to share of places my sister took me. Short rides from her house.
Yesterday we went for a ride along the old Sumner-Buckley Highway

These pictures were taken along that highway and of course I'm going to take pictures of all the old and falling down barns, sheds and houses.




Mt.Rainier in all her glory at every turn

Would you believe huge hay bales?


St. Aloysius Catholic Church of Buckley

The old Buckley school.... 

This is the end of the  Rails to Trails where my sister rides her bike from  the outskirts of Orting to South Prairie and back. Fifteen and a half miles.


It's a beautiful little park.



I wish these walls could talk. Jan doesn't know what this building was 

Our last part of the drive was through theTaheleh Development  in Bonney Lake.



On the way to pick up our New Year's Eve Pizza we took a little ride around Lake Bonney. So I saw Lake Tapps, Lake Jane and Lake Bonney during my visit this time.

Look closely. The lake is starting to freeze.


A little marsh where the ducks and geese hide sometimes.

Yes my friends, those are snow flakes on my coat!! I am praying the roads will stay clear until I can get on that train in Tacoma Monday afternoon.



The last three pictures Jan took on her very cold walk this morning. She managed to get a picture of a goose just take off in flight.  Good job Jan!!

And here if you look between the first two trees, there are swans on the water.

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I've never been one to make resolutions. But tomorrow will be a life change for me.  It will be a life with out my Joe. But I do have precious memories. What is this new life going to look like? I don't have a clue but I love the words to this old Ira Stanphill Song. 



I know from these last two months, there will be days when it's living moment by moment one breath at a time. These couple of weeks I've spent with Jan I've had time to think about when I get home... I want to let the Lord be more in control of my life and me not trying to help Him, I want to try to develop a daily routine but not have to beat myself up if I don't stick to it.  I want to eat right, exercise more,  spend more time with old friends and get to know my neighbors and make new friends at church, just to name a few.
 So thus ends another year. I looking forward to the New Year no matter what it brings because I know who holds the future. 
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I'll love you for ever and for always
Your Betty Girl