Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
I was gifted by both Jo & Sharon with Day 24 of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop this year. Thank you both again sweet friends ... a gift I will always treasure : )
Jo has asked each of us participating in the Hop to share a bit of our Christmas stitching. The ornament I'm sharing below is not something I've stitched, but it is one of my very favorite ornaments which I received in an exchange with Lisa last year ... O Night Divine, a design by The Sampler Girl which appeared in the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments issue. Tonight is indeed a very special & holy night ... the night that Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of our dear Savior.
Posted by Shirlee at 7:13 AM
Sunday, December 7, 2014
The PewResearch Religion & Public Life Project published a report today that shows people who consider themselves to be Christians make up 78.4% of this country's population. More than 3/4 of the people in this country claim to be Christians!!! So why do we suddenly have "holiday trees" rather than Christmas trees? Why are people wishing each other a "Happy Holiday" rather than a Merry Christmas? Why are businesses no longer able to display nativity scenes? Why do schools now have "winter breaks" rather than Christmas breaks?
Last year parents of children attending the Ralph J. Osgood school on Long Island, New York, were outraged when at the school's Christmas concert, the children sang the beautiful carol Silent Night with ALL references to Christ's birth removed. I've been listening to the radio & have heard about this happening elsewhere. What is going on here?!?!? A nationwide radio station is broadcast here & they start playing Christmas music 24/7 right after Halloween. I kid you not. I listened to them off & on for a year or two after moving here. I knew something was missing, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It dawned on me last year. No real Christmas music. No Silent Night, no Joy to the World, no Oh Come All Ye Faithful ... nothing like that. Nothing about the real meaning of Christmas.
The focus of Christmas for too many years has been gimmie-gimmie-gimmie. Christmas for many people is kicked off by standing in a mile-long line on Black Friday just so they can elbow, shove, & trample each other to get a flat screen TV for $200 ... for themselves! Christmas commercials encourage buying expensive gifts for friends & loved ones, or worse, gifting yourself! I saw a Christmas commercial a couple years ago with the catch phrase "Don't you deserve it?" Another commercial encouraged people to "Do something nice for yourself!" Sad. Oh so sad.
John & I watched a Christmas movie the other night called Guess Who's Coming to Christmas. The family of 4 ... father, mother, son, & daughter ... have the tradition of buying only one gift for the one person in the family whose name they draw out of a jar. There is a $10 spending limit on the gift. They have this tradition so they can focus on Jesus during the season, not on what they want or what they are going to get. I indicated to John that I thought this was a nice tradition. He thought so too.
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Saturday, December 6, 2014
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
I apologize for not posting after my Wednesday followup with the eye doctor. I'm behind in responding to emails & blog comments & my exchange mailings are going to be a wee bit late, but I've been trying to not overdo things. I was actually given a good report. Even though I was still experiencing some soreness & blurry vision in the injured eye, the inflammation & scarring were totally healed! He said I would still experience a bit of soreness & blurriness for a few days, but he felt confident that all would be well. I was able to stop using all but the steroid drops, & those I could decrease from 4 times a day to 2 times a day. Tonight will be my final drop ... hooray! He also suggested I not do any more yard work ... lol! Don't know if I mentioned it but I injured this same eye in a mowing accident a couple years ago. I was riding the mower around a small tree ... wearing goggles, mind you! ... when a little branch hit me at just the right angle to push up underneath the goggles & scratch my cornea! This eye doctor has a warped sense of humor just like I do, so we get along really well. He had a good time teasing me & I laughed right along with him : )
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Monday, November 17, 2014
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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Posted by Shirlee at 9:38 AM
Saturday, November 15, 2014
My visit with the eye doctor yesterday morning went quite well! He was happy to see that the irritation & inflammation was subsiding. I am to continue the dilation/antibacterial drops 4 times/day but now have the steroid drops to add to the regimen. I have another appointment to see him next Wednesday.
I had to continue to keep the eye closed yesterday, but today I am allowed to be a two-eyed person again : )
The eye is still rather painful, & my vision with it is not very good. I'm somewhat concerned about the vision. Hopefully that will return to normal in due time. If not, I may have to get a new glasses prescription.
Thank you all so much for your prayers! Please keep at 'em, if you don't mind : )
Posted by Shirlee at 7:34 AM
Friday, November 14, 2014
My eye doctor appointment yesterday did not go well. He was dismayed to see that I had not improved as he expected. Inflammation developed inside the eyeball along with some sort of irritation (I forget the term he used) around the injured area that was spreading across my eye. He likened it to little hangnails which explained the reason I felt scratchiness & pain while wearing the patch. Also, my iris, or retina, was spasming. His words were "You are a mess."
In order to get the iris, or retina, to stop spasming, I had to have dilating drops placed in my eye. It took three sets of drops before the spasming subsided. He then gave me a prescription for dilating drops as well as antibacterial drops to place in my eye four times a day for 30 days. Because of the need for drops he could not patch the eye again, so I had ... & still have ... to purposely keep the injured eye closed. This takes some concentration, let me tell you : )
He told me that the antibacterial drops are not the strongest he could prescribe for me, but they are the next best thing. He said he did not want to prescribe the strongest drops right away because they would destroy the good as well as the bad bacteria in my eye. He is hoping to avoid having to prescribe those. He wants to see me again this morning, & if the eye hasn't improved to his liking, he will need to prescribe these stronger drops.
After things settle down a bit, I will then need to add steroid drops to the regimen.
Your prayers are deeply appreciated.
Posted by Shirlee at 7:27 AM
Thursday, November 13, 2014
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Monday, November 10, 2014
The things I experienced during this 3-4 week time frame were, of course, nothing compared to the problems that others experience. Still, they were tiresome, bothersome, annoying, inconvenient, &/or painful. The painful situation was the most difficult for me. It involved another person. Not a friend, but someone others think of very highly. This person, a professing Christian, betrayed my trust. When I told this person how disappointed I was in what they had done, their reaction was far from Christlike. I was made to feel like the bad guy when I was the person who had been wronged!
I felt physically sick & very discouraged. I immersed myself in prayer & reading God's Word, & God answered me in my distress. Five times! The first word I received from Him was in a devotional reading one morning. The reading focused on Philippians 2:3 ...
Posted by Shirlee at 10:33 AM
Friday, October 31, 2014
I am hanging my head in shame because when I did my tea post the other day, I totally forgot the two most famous tea drinkers of all!
Posted by Shirlee at 10:25 AM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
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