The Lion in my house

As many of you who often read my blog know, I have indoor cats. One of my cats is a ragdoll cat named Buster. He has long hair and is hot ALL the time. He lays around on the stone in front of the fireplace or just hangs out on top of the air vents when the air conditioner is on. For awhile he has needed to be shaved. I have been very leery of this idea because one of my best friends and neighbor as a child had a chow who…well I guess you would call it…went into shock from the grooming and never was the same afterwards.

Well Buster, he is pitiful. He grooms himself constantly and leaves what looks like big cottonballs literally all over the house. I had to buy a special vacuum (the Bissell pet hair vacuum) just because of him. He often gets sick from the hairballs and he thinks I am the ENEMY when I give him hairball medicine, but it HAS to be done to keep him from choking….and I feel so helpless when he is trying to get rid of one…nothing I can do but just hope he doesnt get it on my carpet…seriously, it is scary to see a cat gagging and choking all the time.

On my facebook page this week, one of my friends had posted a pic of her mother’s Himalayan cat who looked a lot like my Buster, but was a lot lighter. When I asked her about the cat, I found out that the cat is shaved twice a year and she was lighter because it was her undercoat! She said the grooming changed this particular cat’s personality for the better because she felt so much better. She became more sociable and just LOVED the haircut. She gave me the info for the veterinary clinic who shaves her. I decided to make Buster an appointment.

That is the background for my story today. I want to tell this as a life lesson because Buster’s actions to the entire preparation process really hit me as how we act as God’s children a lot of times.

The instructions I was given seemed simple enough…no food after 6 pm and no water after 10 pm. Make sure Buster is at the clinic between 7 am and 8:30 am and pick him up any time after 3:30 pm. because he would have to be sedated for the procedure. He also needed his shots (just a side note…but he got those while sedated, so no trauma there!)

Of course everything looks simple written down, but for a cat like Buster, putting his food bowl up at 6 pm was a MAJOR EVENT! I feed Buster and Sassy with an automatic feeder, so they just take a nibble here and there, but mostly in the evening and night, then go to bed and do not usually eat again until suppertime because I also give them treats at designated times.  No sweat, not much to do… Put their automatic feeder in the large container that we keep the bag of cat food in…the water is in our master bathroom, so at 10 pm just close the door and we are all set!


Well at first Buster attempted the loving approach. He jumped up on the back of my recliner and just leaned his whole 18 lb body over on my head and purred, purred, purred. He did this literally for about 30 minutes. I feed them in the den, about 10 feet from my recliner. There is a little sink, refrigerator and bar in that area that is “their” domain. Sassy (gray tabby) just quietly sat on the edge of the bar, patiently waiting. I think she knew that I have never withheld food for very long, so she was just simply not too worried about it, just waiting. She is a wise and patient kitty. 

After Buster attempted the loving approach of nuzzling my head for 30 minutes or so, he finally gave up and huffed VERY LOUDLY and jumped down, then raced down the hall in a tantrum. He acted much like a very angry and spoiled child. He is a vocal cat, so he was fussing the whole time.

When he jumped down, it scared Sassy, so she ran, too. This was a bad idea because he took his frustrations out on her. I could hear them wrestling (they are both declawed on the front, so their fighting is usually pretty harmless) and Sassy started whining. This meant Buster was really mad because usually he does not get the best of Sassy. I told Buster to leave her alone. This got his attention long enough for Sassy to go hide. She is only about 8 lb soaking wet.

[X] Water Taken Away

Bedtime was pretty much a repeat of loving/anger/loving/anger. When I went to bed, Buster immediately jumped up beside me. I have a king size bed and Buster sleeps on the corner. Most of the time he starts out at the foot of the bed on top of the covers, and then by early morning, he is laying beside my head on the corner. I even lay a blanket out there for him. Well this night he went straight to his blanket purring and loving. He wanted a treat. I always give them a treat just before bedtime. When he realized I was not going to get up and get a treat, he huffed VERY LOUDLY AGAIN and then took a GIANT LEAP clear across the king size bed to the floor, never touching the end of the bed, and started chasing Sassy again. She finally got away and hid under the bed. He will not go under the bed, so she was safe there.

FINALLY, I fell asleep, so I have no idea what he did during my sleep.

I got up at 6 am and Buster was laying beside me asleep. I quickly got a bag of cat treats and although I felt guilty about it, I pretended to throw a treat into the cat carrier. He ran in and I closed the door. Then I got ready to go to town.  The ride to the vet that morning made me think of what I heard called Chinese water torture when I was in elementary school. I do not know if it is true. I think it is where just a drip of water falls intermittently nonstop for hours and drives one insane? I did not call it that to offend anyone reading this that may be Chinese. That is simply the name I heard it was called…ANYWAY, the noise Buster made all the way to town was like that…just an intermittent tone that sounded like a meow of the word “no” every few seconds. No matter what I did, he would not stop. He did not know what was going on. He was hungry and thirsty and MAD, MAD, MAD! SO he wanted to torture me.

I dropped him off and I filled out the necessary paperwork. when I looked in to the front of the cage to tell him bye, he curled himself up in a ball as far away as possible to really make me feel guilty for leaving him. Just seconds before, he had been at the front of the cage looking at the vet tech, so I know this was done “just for me”.

Several hours passed and I was back that evening ready to pick Buster up. I was so ready for him. I had thought about him ALL DAY. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. They brought him in to me and he looked like a lion! He was SO CUTE! He looked like he’d lost about 10 lbs, too! I was SHOCKED! Everyone there just kept gushing over how cute he looked. They left his mane and the hair on his feet and end of his tail. He is just adorable! SO I sat in the back seat and put a big towel in my lap and let him out of the carrier for most of the ride since he was still groggy. FORTUNATELY, he was glad to see me and let me hold him. He enjoyed watching the traffic on the interstate.

Sure enough, he HAS been like a different cat. He has never been a cat to sit in the den all evening or in my lap or even to let me pet him much. BUT now he curls up on the blanket right beside me on the couch and stays in the living room all evening. He LOVES for his back to be rubbed where the hair was shaved. He purrs every time I touch him (in a good way, does not run off). I have not seen him fight with Sassy even ONE time since he has been home. It has been 4 days now! His whole demeanor has changed. He did not hold a grudge toward me. He still follows me around the house like he used to. I have always called him my Butler, but now that he looks like a lion, I hate to give him a servant’s role! HAHA. In the summary below I will refer to myself as master only to make the lesson clear.

There are SO MANY LIFE LESSONS in this story of Buster. Buster did not know WHY his master was treating him this way. Buster tried many approaches to get his master to do things Buster’s way instead of his master’s way. Buster did not consider that the master knew best and was looking out for his good. Buster did not know how much better his life was going to be once the master’s plan was carried out. Buster fought and fought against the master’s plan. Buster’s anger hurt his master as his master had to show tough love and go against Buster’s wishes for his own good. It is too bad he did not enjoy the time with his master, that he did not simply be patient like Sassy. Buster put so much unneeded stress upon himself by NOT trusting his master. He also hurt those around him in the process (Sassy). But now look at how happy he is! He is cool, calm, his belly is full and he has all the water he could ever want…plus now he can enjoy closeness with us, which he could not do before because he was just simply too hot to sit with us! THE MASTER KNOWS BEST! TRUST THE MASTER!

Why do we so often want to do things OUR way instead of God’s way…why as Christians can we not see that God’s Plan is that we trust Him so much that our Will becomes the SAME as His will? My cat helped me really see just how much I have to learn about keeping with God’s Will and not following a different path. HE is not the enemy, so why in the world do we so often treat HIM like HE is? The song “Trust and obey, there is no other way”…sounds easy, but is so hard….oh but that sweet peace and joy we will find if we trust and obey our Lord! He DOES know best! His ways are not our ways, but HE is teaching us and guiding us….we must LISTEN and NOT RUN THE OTHER WAY, do not be a fickle Christian…be steadfast…it is all part of the process of maturing as a Christian.

I love this pic because he looks mad, but it is just because he has ice blue eyes. It is so hard to get a pic of his eyes! If I put it on the red eye reduction setting, he blinks, so instead I get a pic like this! He’s a cutie, though! He’s a gift from God and I am thankful for him!

I hope you enjoyed this little tidbit from my life!


Fresh smell of coffee…not always such a good thing!

This afternoon, I realized that the fresh smell of coffee filling the air of your kitchen is not necessarily a good thing!

My cat Sassy loves her afternoon naps. At 4 pm, I was surprised when she came to the den and persistently tried to get my attention. Finally I realized “Sassy is trying to tell me something”. I knew that she normally takes her naps in the kitchen either behind the drapes in the sun, or on a day like today when it is about to storm, on top of the upright freezer…so naturally I started walking toward the last place I assumed she had been. Suddenly I was overcome by a very strong scent of coffee. My first thought was that my hubby had left the coffeemaker on this morning before he left to ride his motorcycle. That was literally 8 hours ago or longer! I was worried and started walking faster. The picture below is the scene I found to my shock!!!

As you can see, little Ash…our newest kitten and addition to the household…is also checking out the strewn mess.

I can only wonder if Sassy came to A: tell on herself for accidently knocking off the coffee from the freezer….or B: tell on Ash for finding Sassy’s hiding spot on the freezer and thus in the process of Sassy hurrying off the freezer, this was the result. Either way, I was left to clean up the mess. I am proud of Sassy cat, though for coming to get me before the cats played in the coffee grinds or WORSE, used them as litter! OH MY!!!

As the canister fell, it hit the counter, thus knocking the lid off and spreading the coffee granules all over the countertop, too.

In other news, I had it in my thoughts that it was monday instead of thursday for some reason. I took the following picture “outside my window” to use in The Simple Woman’s Daybook since I hardly ever make a monday entry for it. Since I am wrong about the date, I will just post the pic. You will see a few Rose of Sharons, bee balm, butterfly bushes, edge of crepe myrtles, maple tree and in the distance, my new weeping cherry tree that I pray makes it through this drought this year.

MORE NEWS: My little cousin who is due ON MY BIRTHDAY this month is having a baby shower this weekend. I had hoped to make her a quilt, but due to my low energy level, have not been able to do so. I ordered some cute fleece blankets through ABC Distributing in her colors of turquoise and brown. However, today I have been making a special project for her new little one named Haden Lee. I will post a pic when I finish it. Also, she may have the baby a little early as she has already dialated 2 cm, so alas, he just might not be born on my birthday afterall! That’s okay, the main thing is that he gets here safely and is in great health.

Thanks for stopping by and reading about a few tidbits of my life!


Computer Virus name Sassy!

I was reading the page of friends’ blogs today through my blog and all of a sudden, my screen just kept scrolling to the bottom, I couldnt do ANYTHING to stop it!

I clicked the X and closed the window…

THEN the screen behind that one was doing the same thing! I clicked the X and closed that window…

THEN I’m just at the desktop of my computer and it was going crazy, too!!! I clicked the start and then went to the shut down screen. I tried to click the restart icon, but it just kept telling me what the icon meant in a bubble pop-up…SAME THING for when I tried to click shut down instead of restart!


WELL, it turns out my cat Sassy was SITTING on the arrow key that is pointing down on my keyboard!!! 

Sassy LOVES to sit in front of me on the table at the computer and attack my fingers when I type. This makes for quite the entertainment. She’s just a little bit of nothing of a cat, was 5.9 lbs when I took her to vet last…she probably weighs close to 8 lbs since we let the orange tabby Charlie come live with us…more competition for the food bowl I guess.

Please watch out for this computer virus Sassy as this virus will start attacking your fingers as well as your computer!!!

Me and Sassy Christmas 2007

Life lesson with my Peace Lily

Posted April 2008

Peace Lily Blessing…

This peace lily may not look like anything to brag about, but I was SO BLESSED by it. A little over two years ago I had to have a total hysterectomy. My wonderful friend Sheila brought me a little peace lily. It fit in a drinking cup, that is how small it was. I have never had many house plants, but I really wanted to treat this lily with care and watch it grow.

After about a year, my peace lily was big enough to re-pot. I re-potted it and placed it back on my mantle where it was out of reach of the cats. It was really beautiful, but NEVER bloomed! I could not understand it. I had done all I thought I was supposed to do. It had indirect sunlight, so I had thought that might help it to bloom. I will mention here that I also have a table runner stretched across my mantle…My 15 lb cat “Buster” became fixated on this plant and COULD NOT get it off his mind. He just HAD to reach it. Well it took him a few months, but he is a VERY smart cat. One day I heard a horrible noise and saw Buster flying through the house to hide. OF COURSE, he had figured out a way to get onto the mantle AND he, with his 15 lb of momentum, slid on the table runner and knocked down almost everything that was on the mantle, including my PEACE LILY!!!

Through tearful eyes and a broken heart, I repotted the peace lily FOR A SECOND TIME, cleaned up all the dirt and continued trying to baby the plant. When I get upset, Buster also gets upset…he NEVER tried to get on the mantle again. For the next year, my peace lily got bigger, but still WOULD NOT BLOOM! WELL I was at my friend’s house one day and I noticed she had a peace lily on the floor, beautiful…her cats never bothered it. She told me they do not seem to like it and so for the first time, I considered displaying my plants in a more pleasant way.

I bought a Rod-iron baker’s rack that fits in a corner and displayed my plants in my kitchen/dining room. I realized the lily was too big for the rack, so I put a rod-iron plant stand beside the baker’s rack and used it to display my peace lily. I figured it would be high enough that the cats would not notice…

THEY NOTICED!!! Before I could stop them, all three cats were attacking the leaves because the leaves were bouncy, kinda’ like Tigger. The cats had mowed down half my plant before I could get them away from it. They did not eat the leaves. They spit them out. Evidently it was bitter. SO now my BEAUTIFUL peace lily was RUINED. Leaves were spread across the floor.

Seeing my plant destroyed hurt me much worse than it normally should. I think it is because I related it to my own healing process of getting over the fact that I had to have a hysterectomy. I was in Walmart a week or so later, around Easter time…and saw a HUGE peace lily for ONLY $10!!! It just made me sick all pretty and blooming! I DID NOT BUY IT.

When I got home from Walmart, I walked over to my pitiful looking plant and I was debating just throwing it out. I was SO upset. BUT all of a sudden, I noticed something WHITE coming up from one of the broken stems! I was SO SHOCKED…I checked it EVERY day. Within a few weeks, it opened up and was a BEAUTIFUL BLOOM!!! So there was my pitiful broken plant with such a magnificent “PERFECT” bloom.

I will not lie to you, it made me cry. This bloom was focusing on the light coming from the sliding door. I thought about how amazing God is. HE knew I needed this special blessing. He supplies all our needs. He treats us even better than our earthly parents! He understands the self-pity, but He also expects our grieving to only be for a season. We have to stay focused. We MUST keep our eyes on HIM. HE knows when the time is right. He has prepared me for a new turning point. I have entered a new season of my life, one where I will claim VICTORY through Christ Jesus. I am on the WINNING SIDE!

Just like gold that has been tried by fire and the impurities are taken away…This beautiful bloom was raised up out of the broken leaves and came forth shiny and new. That is when I realized that this bloom is just like me! I am ready for the next phase of my life and look forward to serving God and witnessing all God has in store for me to do for Him!

Incidently, the cats have not touched the peace lily since that attack!

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Fibromyalgia and my cat Charlie

Okay, I am not sure how many folks on here have fibromyalgia, but I decided to share my FM experiences in hopes I can be of some help to others who suffer from this. I take Lyrica now to help. It is the only prescription drug approved for FM pain…the Lyrica helped alot at first, but I think my body builds up an intolerance to it…my dr has increased the dosage twice and each time, I have relief for a couple weeks, then it hits me again. Well this past week of almost NO pain for 7 days straight was a TRUE BLESSING. It’s the first time I’ve had this much relief without an increase in lyrica being the cause. I felt so good that I had really forgotten what a flare up is like until last night…

Well last night, the pain started coming back. First, it felt like I had sprained my ankle even though I knew I hadn’t…then the pain was also in my knee of same leg…I was limping and could hardly move my ankle…I propped it up, but it was just throbbing, just worse by the minute…I took pain med (1st time in 7 days! woohoo), but within an hour, the pain just swept over me in waves, all over, back, shoulders, arms, legs, feet…and even my face…I realized (duh) I was in a fibromyalgia flare up…I just could not get relief…my hubby came in at about 4:30 am (night shift) and I was propped up on the couch just not knowing what to do. He rubbed my arms for me, which I must say this was very out of the ordinary for him to do this because he does NOT give massages, absolutely hates to…but he did it because I was so bad. I was so greatful for his attention to me. It made me feel good inside. I told him I guess there was going to be a major storm because my storm detector had just started its warning signal…he said it was lightning the whole drive home…Sure enough on the Weather Channel, the barometric pressure was dropping…that seems to be my BIGGEST trigger. My hubby got my “Bio-Freeze” for me…it is good for sore muscles…you can buy it at any physical therapy office…mostly menthol, so very good product and not damaging in any way. It is available in a roll-on which I LOVE b/c I can reach areas on my back w/o straining or getting someone else to do it for me…well I was still in awful pain. I can take up to 2 pain pills, but I already had severe heartburn from the first one I had taken, so I really didnt want to take a 2nd one…so then I remembered I hadnt taken a muscle relaxer in awhile b/c I hadnt been in pain for a week…so I took one of those. Finally about an hour later I fell asleep and didnt wake up till about 6 pm this evening.

I had mentioned in earlier blog that my orange tabby cat Charlie is a “cat healer”, he senses where the pain is and lays over the worst places…WELL when I woke up, I was on my side and he was stretched out to his full length laying against my entire back! He is such an amazing cat. He knew my back hurt!!! It’s almost uncanny, though…LOL. I know God paved the way for this cat to be in our household because He knew I’d need him!

This is Charlie not looking too wise! 

RELIEF…the pain has subsided.


Little Tidbits of My Life

A week at my sister's house…AND I HAVE A PIANO AGAIN!!!!

My LONG week started with babysitting this little 6 month old chihuahua below posing with her best friend, the teddy bear:

Yes, this little dog is VERY cute and sweet…BUT looks can be deceiving!!! WOW AM I TIRED!!! This little chihuahua, named Ladybird, belongs to my oldest sister Tina and her dh Brian. They have raised her from about a week or so old. My BIL Brian bottle fed her and carried her around in his shirt pocket at work (Ace Hardware) the first few weeks.

My sister Tina is a professor at a local college, so she and BIL went on a little vacation to Cocoa Beach, FL last week during Spring Break. I had this BRIGHT idea to babysit her chihuahua for her at her house b/c my dh is currently working 90 minutes away from our home on 12 hour shifts. My sister lives about 40 minutes away from this job, so I thought if my DH and I stay at her house, my DH could get much needed rest by sleeping an extra hour each day. Well apparently this chihuahua had forgotten we were there for REST! She thought I was her newest chew toy. She was SO EXCITED for us NEW folks to stay there that she kept me up all night wanting to play. She was TOO excited to sleep for about 18 hours!

By the 2nd morning, I called my mom who lives beside my sister and I asked her to come get the little dog for just a few hours while I took a nap…DID I MENTION MY DH IS ALSO ON NIGHT SHIFT??? Yes…AND DID I MENTION she had pushed open the bedroom door TWICE the first day while he was sleeping and jumped on him AGAIN AND AGAIN until he woke up??? SO when he woke up that 2nd day around 4:30 pm after getting a full day’s rest without chihuahua interruptions, he asked me what had happened to the chihuahua…I told him I KILLED HER!!! LOL…he actually didnt even look surprised! Well, I had gotten a much needed nap and I felt better, so I decided to bring the little rascal back home. My poor mom was now worn out and looked about as rough as I did when she had first come to get the dog! This dog was absolutely wearing us out! Now despite all the things I have said about her, I just love this little bundle of energy, and I enjoy learning things about her because she is VERY smart. She was finally ready to sleep, though because she had been up for 2 days/nights already!

I wanted to also take this opportunity at my sister’s house to do something special for her and BIL…I ADMIT I WATCH WAY TOO MUCH HGTV AND LOVE THE SURPRISE HOME MAKEOVER SHOWS…I organized my sister’s and BIL’s closet from top to bottom…WELL let me say, I began this process…4 DAYS LATER, I finally finished the project with only hours to spare before I had to pick Tina and Brian up at the airport! I was actually nervous I wouldnt get their bedroom back in order BEFORE they got back. I have a degree in organizational management, which I must say, I never thought I’d need to use it for closets!

I found out my sister owned over 30 pairs of shoes! I stopped counting at 30!!! 3 pair were all EXACTLY ALIKE! Did I mention this might be a good sign the closet had NEEDED organization? I found some shoe organizers at Dollar General for $3 that hold 10 pair! This was a great find, so I bought 2 of these, and put the other shoes on shelves and along the wall…I realized quickly she was in SHORT supply of hangers…over 100 hangers LATER, I was happy to see I had finally gotten everything on hangers and in decent order. I found a clothes basket buried in there, too. It was torn pretty bad and looked like a safety hazard, so I found a round one the same size for $2 at Dollar General and I threw the old one away (I found out later that this old one was their FIRST clothes basket as a married couple from 1991 and had sentimental value…LOL…I told her she’d have to dig her sentimental value out of the garbage because it was long gone!) My BIL is also a preacher. He has collected ties for years…he often gets ties from others as gifts…he has LOTS AND LOTS of ties! I found probably 30 more ties that were buried in the closet besides the ones hanging up on organizers…I just love his ties and so I wanted to display them for him in a way that he can easily find what he wants to wear…I started categorizing them…about 4 hours later, I had finally gotten all his ties back in the closet…he had some BEAUTIFUL eagle ties, probably about 20 or more of various eagle scenes…lots of paisleys, some beautiful bible story themed ties, Christmas themed ties, all kinds of wild looking ties, frog ties, and even a HOT PINK tie which I personally have NEVER seen him wear! Hmmm…anyway, I would not be surprised if he had over 100 ties! I didn’t bother counting them. I found bags and bags of ball caps/various mens hats, so I found a good deal on some handbag/hat holders that mount on the back of closet door. (The holders held 16 hats/handbags and were $9.95). I managed to get most of his hats on here so he could actually see what he has and wear them. I was so pleased to finally complete this project. This was pretty much all I got accomplished the whole week besides withholding the temptation to harm the chihuahua in any manner…JUST KIDDING, I really did get attached to the little rascal!

Tina has always been so wonderful to me and such a great influence. She is like a second mom. As I mentioned in earlier blogs, she always took me to church and has always been a prayer warrior for me. She has worked so hard for MANY years and FINALLY got her PhD last year. She is now officially Dr. Cannon, a professor! She has literally been in school her entire life! She always seems just a bit tired to me, so I just wanted to do something to make her life a little easier and to surprise her.

Now I do not want you to get the impression that my sister does not keep a clean house. She has a beautiful home. I loved my stay there. It is very inviting and comfy. She has decorated it beautifully and really it was hard to leave it! My dad had made her an amazing mountain stone fireplace that covers almost one entire wall of her great room. She designed the houseplans herself, and she has an aquarium in the wall of her great room. She also has a saltwater aquarium that holds all kinds of surprises. They love the outdoors, so the room makes me want to go fishing, or just camping or something! She has mostly hardwood floors and tile throughout. Her kitchen has roosters from one end to the other (not alive, though!) . They are just so pretty! The home is located in the middle of her 5 acre plot and her land is surrounded by fields and woods. They raise a huge garden every year on her property, too. They had to put a 10 ft fence around the garden spot b/c the deer also love her home! The deer actually come right up to her back porch! I saw a total of 7 during the week, but I am sure there were many more as the CHIHUAHUA barked quite often w/hair standing on end at night (SCARING ME ALONG WITH HER!!!)…

Well after the week came to a conclusion w/me picking up my sister and BIL at the airport, I went home and slept ALL DAY AND NIGHT Friday and ALL DAY Saturday! I finally got up saturday evening around 5:30 pm. I suddenly remembered I was supposed to go to an estate sale that morning to look at a piano. I called my friend who was having the sale (her MIL had passed away) and made sure the piano was still available. I managed to get there about 6:30 pm with 30 min. to spare before the sale was closed for the day! I got to spend a wonderful supper w/my friend and her DH as they told me about her MIL’s last moments here on earth. Please pray for Rob and Karen. Rob is an only child, so this is especially tough for him. They are both just so worn out now from taking care of her, then the funeral, and now the estate sale. They were left with some debt, so that is why they have to sell most everything in the home. They were so glad to know the piano would go to my home. I was so pleased with the piano. It was in mint condition! It sounded GREAT(and I am VERY picky about pianos!). I have played for probably 25 years now and I lost my antique baby grand 4 years ago in our house fire. I am so glad to have a piano again! This piano is a console and is just beautiful. My DH will not be able to move it home for me till he gets laid off next friday, but I have that to look forward to, now!

Well, after a relaxing supper w/my wonderful friends Karen and Rob, I came home and played my fiddle for a few hours b/c for the first time in months, I wasnt having any pain from fibromyalgia! Actually, for 3 days now!…I remembered the time would change that night, so I reset my clocks and went back to bed AGAIN around 3 am based on the new time. I slept most of the night and SLEPT THROUGH 2 ALARMS this morning and MISSED CHURCH ALL-TOGETHER! This really upset me, especially since I am a SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER! I have chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, though, so I am not surprised that something different in my routine as simple as keeping sweet little Ladybird could cause such a “sleeping beauty” moment.

I am finally awake now and looking forward to having lunch with my DH when he wakes up this afternoon. I hope I can stay awake long enough to spend some time w/him! It’s weird how I need SO MUCH SLEEP at times! My DH finally gets a day off, bless his heart!

I was so pleased when DH said he’d buy the piano for me. I am not used to asking permission for things like spending money. I have always worked and had my own money since I was 15. Now that I can not work due to FM, I am fully at my DH’s mercy when it comes to big items like pianos! I am still in shock that I am getting it! WHOOHOO! I thank my Lord for His many blessings. He knows what we need and He also blesses us with wonderful musical instruments. He gave me the talent to play the piano at a young age after I earnestly asked him to give me this gift to know how to play and I would use it for Him…He took me at my word and I love to play for His Glory. I started writing songs in the mid 90s, but have not written one in years. I look forward to start writing songs again now that I will have a piano again! The Lord is so good to us and I am amazed every day at the surprise blessings He bestows on us.

This was lengthy, but I was just bubbling over and havent gotten to share w/too many folks since I’ve been asleep for so long!

Have a wonderful Sunday my dear new friends!

Love in Christ,


Birds at my feeder

Blog post from 2008

This afternoon, I opened a blind in my den so the cats could watch the birds at the feeder. The wind was really reeking havoc, but the birds were determined not to miss their meal. I guess they knew there was snow coming tonight (who knows if it’ll be there in the morning)…so here is a pic of the birds waiting for their turn:

I also got a pic of my alert Sassy cat just after she had been looking out the window at the birds. It is VERY hard to get a good photo of her, so I was happy to get this cute little pose…enjoy!